Our Favorite Books

Emilie’s Book List

Historical Fiction (And Classics Read for Their Historical Value)

Hattie Big SkyKirby Larson
Stepping on the Cracks – Mary Downing Hahn
Catherine, Called Birdy – Karen Cushman
A Northern Light – Jennifer Donnelly
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Zion Covenant series, The Zion Chronicles series, The Zion Legacy series, and the Shiloh Legacy series – Brock and Bodie Thoene
ANYTHING by L. M. Montgomery
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Contemporary Fiction

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya SisterhoodRebecca Wells
A Swiftly Tilting Planet – Madeleine L’Engle (and all her books about Meg and her family, really, but this one’s my favorite)
Harry Potter series – J. K. Rowling
Holes – Louis Sachar
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series – Ann Brashares
The Time-Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger


Bird by Bird, Traveling Mercies, Plan B, and Grace (Eventually) – Anne Lamott
Home: A Memoir of my Early Years – Julie Andrews (my all-time fave celeb)


Jennifer’s Book List


A Single Shard – Linda Sue Park
Climbing the Stairs – Padma Venkatraman
Number the Stars – Lois Lowry
The Witch of Blackbird Pond – Elizabeth George Speare
A Northern Light – Jennifer Donnelly
The Luxe – Anna Godbersen
Hattie Big Sky – Kirby Larson
The Magic of Ordinary Days – Ann Howard Creel

Everything Else

The Giver – Lois Lowry
Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine
The Queen of Attolia (Eugenides, Book 2) – Megan Whalen Turner
The King of Attolia (Eugenides, Book 3) – Megan Whalen Turner
Stardust – Neil Gaiman
The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Brian Selznick
Poison Study (Study, Book 1) – Maria V. Snyder
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret – Judy Blume
Rules – Cynthia Lord
A Crooked Kind of Perfect – Linda Urban
Message from Absalom – Anne Armstrong Thompson
Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins


Tricia’s Book List

Historical Fiction (and Classics)

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
The Jane Austen mysteries series – Stephanie Barron
The Gaslight Mystery series – Victoria Thompson
Silent in the Grave – Deanna Raybourn

Historical Fantasy

Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot – Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
A College of Magics – Caroline Stevermer
A Scholar of Magics – Caroline Stevermer
A Great and Terrible Beauty – Libba Bray
Mairelon the Magician – Patricia C. Wrede


The Blue Sword – Robin McKinley
Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling
The Heir Trilogy – Cinda Williams Chima
The Codex Alera series – Jim Butcher
The Farsala Trilogy – Hilari Bell
Crown Duel – Sherwood Smith
Wicked Lovely – Melissa Marr
Percy Jackson and the Olympians series – Rick Riordan
The Thief Lord – Cornelia Funke
Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer
The Stravaganza series – Mary Hoffman
Wintersmith – Terry Pratchett

Everything Else

Chasing Vermeer – Blue Balliett
Stargirl – Jerry Spinelli
Book of a Thousand Days – Shannon Hale
A Ring of Endless Light – Madeleine L’Engle


4 Responses to Our Favorite Books

  1. Jennifer says:

    Tricia – Really liked Blue Sword, but not so much it’s prequel – have you read it? What did you think. I read Book of a Thousand Days and it wasn’t at all what I was expecting.

  2. Tricia says:

    Yes, I read The Hero and the Crown and liked it–especially the heroine Aerin. What did you expect from Book of a Thousand Days?

  3. Jennifer says:

    I’m not sure – less diary I think. I enjoyed the end more than the beginning. I think partly that was because we finally had more interaction with more characters, but it just completely threw me for a loop when I started it, because despite the description, I just thought I’d be getting a different kind of story.

  4. mimi says:

    Have you ever read the book “Nothing but ghost”. It is not a fantasy but kind of a mistery…

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