Favorite Books

These are just a few of the wonderful books that have inspired me over the years.  Check back, because I’m sure I will be adding to the list over time.

Middle Grade

The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville
The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
Johnny Kellock Died Today by Hadley Dyer
The Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Airborn, Skybreaker and Starclimber by Kenneth Oppel
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Dust by Arthur Slade
The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud
Kalifax by Duncan Thornton
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
The Chrestomanci series by Diana Wynne Jones
(Really, just anything by Diana Wynne Jones!)

Young Adult

A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Skin Hunger and Sacred Scars by Kathleen Duey
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge
Deathscent by Robin Jarvis
The Earthsea Novels, especially A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula LeGuin
The Changeover by Margaret Mahy
The Chronicles of Faerie by O.R. Melling
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
The Abhorsen Trilogy, especially Sabriel and Lirael by Garth Nix
The Queen’s Thief Series by Megan Whalen Turner
The Kingdom Series, especially The Wings of a Falcon by Cynthia Voigt
The Leviathan Series by Scott Westerfeld


Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
Fairyland by Paul J. McAuley
The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan
Embassytown by China Mieville
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
The Dictionary of the Khazars by Milorad Pavic
The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon