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The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit because these books truly initiated me into the realm of fiction and fantasy.
Harry Potter (the whole series), I know it has been said and it’ll be said some more, but these books were simply part of my childhood. I read them while they were coming out, they gave my junior high and high school life so much context and an entire way of speaking and making friends. They are special books to me and entire generation.
The Giver because it was the first book in school that I actually connected with–and it led me to focus on dystopian and utopian literature in my thesis, which was a ton of fun.
Any science fiction and fantasy book that features a POC or alternative sexuality and doesn’t make a big deal out of it. I love it all! Read Legend by Marie Lu, The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, anything Octavia Butler, Neil Gaiman does a good job of this too, the Saga (graphic novel series) features intense interracial relationships in an intergalactic war and it’s fabulous… I mean: explore and be grateful folks!
Passing by Nella Larsen. I read this book in my Modern Literatures class and I absolutely loved it because it was so extraordinarily sad and it opened a whole new world and perspective for me. I read it in conjunction with class learnings but also with a women’s studies class and, anyway, I highly recommend not only reading this book, but thinking about the context in which it was written and published. Amazing.
Sorcerer to the Crown and Spirits Abroad by Zen Cho. Extraordinarily beautiful, deep, sly and funny books. The magic feels both meticulously planned and immensely organic. There is no getting over these characters.
Howl’s Moving Castle and Year of the Griffin by Diana Wynne Jones. Both comfort books and provocation – even if Claudia seems to have given me her travel jinx.
Diana Wynne Jones: The Fantastic Tradition and Children’s Literature by Farah Mendlesohn. This was the book that (implicitly) gave me permission to take children’s literature and my interest in it seriously. A thousand thanks to Farah Mendlesohn, and to the librarian who purchased it for my university!
The Second Mango (and the rest of the Mangoverse series) by Shira Glassman, which proved the possibility of fantasy stories that are queer and diverse and address serious problems while remaining essentially hopeful and light-hearted.
The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu
This book made me cry and I probably will never reading it again because it put me through the wringer but I am so glad it exists. The stories in it are important and should be read by everyone.
The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King
Reading this book made me a better person.
“Repent Harlequin,” said the Ticktockman by Harlan Ellison
This book introduced me to succinct storytelling.
The History of Love – Nicole Krauss
I wept on the bus thanks to this book.
Einstein’s Dreams – Alan Lightman
Dreams are the most important thing sometimes.
Howl’s Moving Castle – Diana Wynne Jones
Alif the Unseen – G. Willow Wilson
Just…thank you for this book.
The Arrival – Shaun Tan
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie
See that? It’s my heart.