I would love to edit books like these ones!
by Cornelia Funke
Inkheart is full of magic, fantastic characters, and gripping adventures. Bonus: it's a book about books!
THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA
by TJ Klune
If you need a cozy, quirky story full of lovable characters and a sweet queer romance, this is it!
GIDEON THE NINTH
by Tamsyn Muir
This series is one of a kind. It's morbid and visceral but also tender and hilarious. Muir's writing is brilliant.
by Edith Pattou
East is an enchanting fairy tale retelling. Rose has a beautiful spirit, and the imagery of the frozen North is incredibly immersive.
SIX OF CROWS
by Leigh Bardugo
The plot of Six of Crows is fast-paced and engaging, and the characters are at the heart of the story.
THE FIFTH SEASON
by N.K. Jemisin
N.K. Jemisin is the queen of world building, and the magic system in this series is breathtaking.
THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE
by Samantha Shannon
Feudal European-style fantasy can be good but is overdone. Shannon takes some tropes in this genre and flips them on their heads.
THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE
by Katherine Arden
Fantasy grounded in mythology can be magical. Arden's writing is beautiful and her stories sweep readers away.
by Olivia Dade
A swoony romance between a cosplayer and a celebrity full of fan fiction blurbs and script snippets. Plus fat positivity and steaminess!
by Xiran Jay Zhao
Xiran Jay Zhao knocks it out of the park with this intense mix of sci-fi and Chinese history. Bonus: a beautiful polyamorous relationship!
LEGENDS AND LATTES
by Travis Baldree
Such a sweet, gentle story set in a world perfect for D&D lovers. Follow Viv as she retires from campaigning to build a cafe!
RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE
by Casey McQuiston
A steamy open-door romance between Henry—an English prince—and Alex—the first son of the United States. Political drama in the best way!
WHAT I LIKE TO SEE:
Strong sense of place
WHAT I DON'T LIKE TO SEE:
Gratuitous violence, sexism, racism, or ableism