Jessica Day George


Favorite Books

I’m going to go out on a limb and assume you’re all familiar with Harry Potter, Narnia, Lord of the Rings, etc. This is a list of good books you might have missed!

Middle Grade

Almond, David- Skellig
Collins, Suzanne- Gregor the Overlander (series)
Durst, Sarah Beth-Into the Wild
Haddix, Margaret Petersen- The Shadow Children (series)
Jones, Diana Wynne-The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Dogsbody, Archer’s Goon, The Pinhoe Egg, A Tale of Time City, Howl’s Moving Castle
Konigsburg, E.L.- Up From Jericho Tel, The View From Saturday, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Lawson, Robert-Mr. Wilmer, Mr. Revere and I
Nimmo, Jenny- Children of the Red King (series)
Pinkwater, Daniel-The Last Guru, The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Doom, Alan Mendelsohn: Boy From Mars (Really, any of his books are gems.)
Raskin, Ellen- The Westing Game, The Tattooed Potato and Other Clues
Reeve, Philip- Larklight, Starcross, Mothstorm
Riordan, Rick- Percy Jackson and the Olympians (series)
Sachar, Louis-Holes
Taylor, Laini- Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer

Young Adult - Fantasy/Science Fiction

Alexander, Lloyd-The Westmark Trilogy
Beddor, Frank-The Looking Glass Wars, Seeing Redd
Brennan, Herbie-The Faerie Wars (series)
Dean, Pamela-Tam Lin
Gould, Steven-Jumper, Wildside
Hale, Shannon-The Goose Girl, Book of a Thousand Days, Rapunzel’s Revenge
Jones, Diana Wynne-Deep Secret, The Dark Lord of Derkholm, The Dalemark Quartet
McKinley, Robin-The Hero and the Crown, The Blue Sword, Beauty, Dragonhaven
Nix, Garth-Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen
Pattou, Edith-East
Pierce, Meredith Ann-The Darkangel Trilogy
Shetterley, Will-Elsewhere, NeverNever
Turner, Megan Whalen-The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia
Westerfeld, Scott-Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras
Wrede, Patricia C. - The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Mairelon the Magician, Magician’s Ward, Sorcery and Cecelia, The Grand Tour, The Book of Enchantments
Yancey, Rick-The Alfred Kropp series
Yolen, Jane-The Pit Dragon Trilogy
Zevin, Gabrielle-Elsewhere

Young Adult - Contemporary

Cabot, Meg
-The Princess Diaries
Green, John-An Abundance of Katherines
Johnson, Maureen-Suite Scarlett, 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Devilish
Kindl, Patrice-The Woman in the Wall
Marsden, John-Tomorrow, When the War Began (series)
Plummer, Louise-A Dance for Three
Pullman, Philip-The Sally Lockhart books
Rayban, Chloe-My Life Starring Mum
Rennison, Louise-The True Confessions of Georgia Nicholson
Rosoff, Meg-How I Live Now

Adult - Fantasy/Science Fiction

Adams, Douglas-The Hitchhiker’s Guide Trilogy (all five of them)
Butcher, Jim-The Dresden Files
Card, Orson Scott-Ender’s Game
Clarke, Susanna-Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, The Ladies of Grace Adieu
De Lint, Charles-Memory and Dream, Dreams Underfoot
Gaiman, Neil-Good Omens, Anansi Boys
Hambly, Barbara-Dragonsbane, Dragonshadow, Knight of the Demon Queen
Heinlein, Robert-Stranger in a Strange Land (The Anniversary Edition)
Kay, Guy Gavriel-Sailing to Sarantium, Lord of Emperors, The Fionavar Tapestry, A Song for Arbonne, The Lions of al-Rassan, Tigana
Kurtz, Katherine-The Deryni books
Lackey, Mercedes-The Fire Rose
MacAvoy, R.A.-Tea With the Black Dragon
May, Julian-The Galactic Milieu Trilogy, The Intervention, The Saga of the Pliocene Exile (In that order, in my opinion.)
McCaffrey, Ann-The Dragonriders of Pern
Novik, Naomi-The Temeraire Series
Williams, Tad-Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, War of the Flowers
Willis, Connie-Bellwether, Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing of the Dog, Miracle and other Stories, Impossible Things

Adult - Non-fantasy

Archer, Jeffrey-Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less
Atwood, Margaret-The Blind Assassin, The Robber Bride
Byatt, A.S.-Possession: A Romance
Courtenay, Bryce-The Power of One
Dunn, Mark-Ella Minnow Pea
Heller, Joseph-Catch-22
Heyer, Georgette-The Convenient Marriage, The Corinthian, Friday’s Child
Irving, John-A Prayer for Owen Meany
Joyce, Graham-The Facts of Life
Kimmel, Haven-A Girl Named Zippy, She Got Up Off the Couch
Nelson, Mike J.-Mike Nelson’s Death Rat!
Perry, Anne- The Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series
Pinkwater, Daniel-Fishwhistle, Uncle Boris in the Yukon
Potok, Chaim-My Name is Asher Lev, The Gift of Asher Lev, Davita’s Harp
Rice, Anne-The Feast of All Saints
Santmeyer, Helen Hooven- . . . .And Ladies of the Club
Smith, Dodie-I Capture the Castle
Stegner, Wallace-Crossing to Safety
Vowell, Sarah-Assassination Vacation, Take the Cannoli
Wharton, Edith-The Buccaneers
Wodehouse, P.G.-The Code of the Woosters

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