Making me choose favorite books is evil. In no particular order, here are some that have meant a lot to me over the years. I'll try to limit it to ten.
- •The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R KingMaybe the book I've reread the most. Definitely the book I've given as a gift most often. Sherlock Holmes with a brilliant woman apprentice. Gorgeous writing. What's not to love?
- •The Blue Sword by Robin McKinleyClassic. I still remember the feeling of reading this for the first time and being completely transported to another world.
- •Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson LevineThis is the sweetest story with the best characters. I will never forgive them for the movie they butchered and gave the same title.
- •Dragonsinger by Anne McCafferyMy favorite of the Pern books. Tiny dragons, music, boarding school feel, and a female protagonist who was vulnerable, sweet, and all the stronger for it.
- •Emperor Mage by Tamora PierceAll of the Tortall books were incredibly important to me growing up, but this was the first one I discovered, pulled at random from the library shelf. And it will always be my favorite for that reason.
- •Fables by Bill WillinghamThis entire series. Which is now finished and collected in 22 volumes. A great representation of what comics can be.
- •Troubling a Star by Madeline L'EngleMadeline L'Engle is the closest I come to having a definitive favorite author. I love all her books. This one inspired in me an unending love/fascination with Antarctica.
- •Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne JonesAnother author who deserves many more places on this list. What I love about this book is how dreamlike it feels while still having realistic characters. It's a very subtle magic story.
- •The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick NessHalfway through the first page I thought I was going to hate this book. By the end of the second, I couldn't put it down. Heart-rending sci-fi that has a ton to say and does it in a very unique voice.
- •Uprooted by Naomi NovikMy favorite book from last year. As can be seen from this list, I love fantasy and retold fairytales. Uprooted takes a familiar story and turns it on its head, telling a new, mature tale that is both terrifying and uplifting.