1. A Snicker of Magic, by Natalie Lloyd. Hands down, THE best book I’ve ever read in my life. 100/10 would recommend.
2. The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater. Basically this whole series is <3 though I have a few issues with it, msg for details.
3. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHM, by Robert O’Brian. Childhood fave, still one of my top favorite books ever.
4. Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine. If you never read another fairy-tale retelling, read this one.
5. Captain Blood, Rafael Sabatini. A nearly-forgotten author, Sabatini once rocked the charts as an international bestseller in the 1900s. Swashbuckling adventures galore – I swear that one day, people are going to rediscover the brilliance that is Rafael Sabatini.
The Hating Game, Sally Thorne - The hottest, funnest book. Think 50 Shades of Grey meets the publishing world (except well-written and actually good). We could all use a little escapism at the moment, am I right? I’m obsessed with this perfect book.
The Oyster War, Summer Brennan - After the election, I made it a goal to read more nonfiction (because I’m a know-nothing dummy), and who better to start with than my favorite resistance tweeter, Summer Brennan. The subtitle sums it up: “The True Story of a Small Farm, Big Politics, and the Future of Wilderness in America.” While some of the politics went over my head, Brennan’s nature descriptions were enthralling – I can’t stop thinking about the fairy tale deer.
Ella Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine - A Cinderella retelling with a feminist twist: in this version, a fairy curses Ella with the gift of obedience, and she has to rebel against the adults to cure herself.
The Sun Is Also a Star, Nicola Yoon - Two teens have a chance meeting in NYC and make a bet to see if they can fall in love within 12 hours. When the 12 hours are up, the girl and her family are scheduled to be deported back to Jamaica. A+++ ending.
Avid Reader: A Life, Robert Gottlieb - A memoir of a career by a man who has edited seemingly everyone, including Robert Caro, Toni Morrison, and Bill Clinton. My favorite parts were the stories about Nora Ephron.