Here is a (continually updated) list of things I have read and taken something positive away from. Not all of these are things I loved, but they are things I found illuminating, things I would hand to a friend and say, “Try this and tell me what you think.”

So here. Try some of these, and tell me what you think.

  • Ode to Minoa by Theresa C. Dintino
  • The Beejum Book by Alice O. Howell
  • Pretty much anything ever written by Tamora Pierce, but my favorite of her two universes is the Circle of Magic ‘verse, so I would start with Sandry’s Book
  • The Firebrand by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
  • Dark Lord of Derkholm and Year of the Griffin by Diana Wynn Jones
  • Rampant and Ascendant by Diana Peterfreund
  • Home by Clementine von Radics
  • A Crazed Girl by William Butler Yeats
  • Troy and Ithaca by Adele Geras
  • My Name is Mina by David Almond
  • The Onion Girl by Charles deLint
  • In the Forest of Forgetting by Theodora Goss
  • The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  • Orpheus on the Red Line by Theodore Deppe
  • Treasure at the Heart of the Tanglewood by Merideth Ann Pierce
  • Biting the Sun by Tanith Lee
  • L’Amber by Tanith Lee
  • Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley
  • Sunshine by Robin McKinley
  • Into the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville
  • Chocolat by Joanne Harris
  • The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • Sassafrass, Cypress, and Indigo by Ntozake Shange
  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Paper Towns by John Green
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Education of Oversoul 7 by Jane Roberts
  • The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter
  • Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  • Baba Yaga’s Apprentice by Marika McCoola and Emily Carroll