blair thornburgh

idontevenknow1237  asked:

How about YA? Or any really good magic-related fiction? I read the Bone Gap because of you and I loved it. I'm looking to read 3 books before the year ends so anything you suggest would be lovely. If the book stuck with you I'd love to hear about them :)

Hmmm… how about

  • Orleans by Sherri Smith (dystopian/post-apocalyptic scifi)
  • York by Laura Ruby (this is MG, which I’ve been reading more than YA in the last year tbh, and kind of steampunky/alternate science timeline scifi-fantasy?)
  • Leia, Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray (honestly, even if you aren’t into Star Wars, this is just a really solid YA book full of political intrigue – much more of a political thriller than a scifi, except, you know, space)
  • Who’s That Girl by Blair Thornburgh (YA contemp; carte blanche, I helped to edit it and it’s cute)
  • Breadcrumbs and The Real Boy, both by Anne Ursu, both of which are MG fantasy/magic/loosely fairytale retellings
  • Genuine Fraud by e.lockhart, of course
  • Infandous by Elana K. Arnold, contemp, but heavy trigger warnings – it’s kind of a YA Lolita told from Dolores’ point of view in the aftermath. The writing is beautiful.
  • The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie by Jaclyn Moriarty, which is YA contemp and has a truly effervescent word-level, sentence-level language (and isn’t REALLY about murder?)
  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova (fantasy), The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (contemp), mmm… if you haven’t read The Diviners by Libba Bray yet, that’s fantasy-horror and a big big rec from me, although I had some issues with the sequel… I’m trying to think of any magic/fantasy/fantasy-scifi that I’ve really liked lately and there hasn’t been much in a *while*. That might be because I’ve had Grad School Brain and then Work Brain on, though, and it’s harder to not nitpick things that I KNOW I would otherwise really be enjoying!

I’m trying to think what else I’ve read lately that wasn’t for work and wasn’t adult nonfiction or crappy mystery… since I’ve been reading SO MUCH kidlit at work, I’ve been leaning more into reading not-kidlit outside of work while my brain tries to digest. If you ever read nonfiction and you want to read some nonfiction about fantasy/the paranormal, I recommend Deborah Blum’s The Ghost Hunters?