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This is out of the blue, but recently I was talking about books with my coworker and I thought I’d share some of my favorite books and authors. Almost all of these are in the Young Adult realm. I’ll try to categorize these a little bit. Long before I became obsessed with dramas, I was obsessed with Young adult fiction.

Fairy Tale Retellings:

Robin McKinley - Most of her books are based on Fairy Tales, but my favorite the Hero and the Crown isn’t.

Gail Levine Carson - Ella Enchanted

Juliet Marillier - Only read Wildwood Dancing, but I’ll be hunting down the rest.

Shannon Hale - Some of the rarer fairy tales. Goose Girl is my favorite fairy tale and her retelling it marvelous. I’ve actually been to one of her book signings and she has an awesome blog.

Original Fantasy:

Sherwood Smith - Especially Court and Crown Duel. I’m still attracted to Vindaric.

Patricia C. Wrede - Enchanted Forest Chronicles. If you enjoy the Screencap Scenes on my drama blog, she did something similar, but written as letters with another author.

J. K. Rowling - Harry Potter. Enough said.

Terry Goodkind - Sword of Truth Series. Full of conservative idealogy. Seeker of the Truth the TV series was based the the series, but the books at so much better. A bit violent and crude though.

Anne McCaffery - Pern books. I especially liked the Harpmaster of Pern and Dragonsong, but I’d start with Dragonflight, Dragonquest and the White Dragon. There are 20 plus books, and I’ve only read a few of them.

Tamora Pierce - Once of the few authors that I’ve read all of her books, but I love the Tortall books the most. Girl disguised as a boy never fails to win me over.

Garth Nix - Sabriel. Not my favorite series, but definitely interesting.

Rick Riordan - Percy Jackson. Good series, but not super.

Diana Wynne Jones - Howl’s Moving Castle. Yes, the movie is based on a book. Funny British author. I particularly liked Dark Lord of Derkholm.

Madeleine L’Engle - Wrinkle in Time was classic.


Edward Bloor - Tangerine was my first one, but I’ve enjoyed all of his books.

David Klass - You Don’t Know Me. His word choice is amazing and the book just flows. His descriptions are vivid and his character is so interesting.

Jerry Spinelli - Maniac Magee was my favorite by him.

Sharon Creech - I really liked her books growing up, but now they don’t seem as appealing.

Shannon Hale - Austenland. I know she’s in the fairy tale section too, but I love this book. If you like Jane Austen then this is definitely worth a read and they are making a movie out it starring Keri Russell.

Roald Dahl - Fantasy in modern day life. Such wonderful characters and adventures.

Tanith Lee - The Unicorn Series

Ellen Raskin - Westing Game. Silly murder mysteries.


Loius Lowry - The Giver. Never thought about how awesome color is before this.

Scott Westerfield - The Uglies series.

Orson Scott - Card Ender’s Game. Not quite dystopian, but goes well with the other books.

Conor Kostick - Saga. World economy is based on MMORPG.

Suzanne Collins - Hunger Games. Gladiator for kids.

James Dashner - The Maze Runner. Haven’t read the rest of the series, but it’s on my hold list.

Maggaret Peterson Haddix - Shadow Children. Population control at it’s worst.

Little Known Books:

Noriko Ogiwara - Dragon Sword and Wind Child

C.S. Lewis - Till We Have Faces. A retelling of Cupid and Psyche. It’s really good. I still don’t like any of his Narnia books beside The Horse and His Boy.

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