Excellent Books

Having finished up with school for a few years, I look forward to being able to return to being a voracious reader. Here is a list of some of my favorite books, many of which have made far too significant an impression on my psyche. I've loosely divided these into YA and non-YA categories but it's nothing scientific.

Adult Fiction

- Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

- A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge

- The Merlin Trilogy (The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Last Enchantment) by Mary Stewart

- The Farseer Trilogy (Assassin's Apprentice, Royal Assassin, Assassin's Quest) and The Tawny Man Trilogy (Fool's Errand, Golden Fool, Fool's Fate) by Robin Hobb

- The Wheel of Time series (books 1-7 only) by Robert Jordan

- Red Mars, Green Mars, and Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson

- The Taltos Series (Jhereg, Yendi, Taltos, etc.) by Stephen Brust

- The Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

- Dracula by Bram Stoker


- The Blue Sword and The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

- The Dark Is Rising Sequence (Over Sea, Under Stone; The Dark is Rising; Greenwitch; The Grey King; Silver on the Tree) by Susan Cooper

- The Redwall Series (Redwall, Mattimeo, Mossflower, Mariel of Redwall, Salamandastron, etc.) by Brian Jacques

- The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

- The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

- The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

- From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

- Half Magic, Time Garden, Magic by the Lake by Edward Eager

- Most anything by John Bellairs (i.e. The Lamp from the Warlock's Tomb; The House with a Clock in Its Walls; The Mummy, The Will, and the Crypt; etc.)

- The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (Dealing with Dragons, Searching For Dragons, Calling On Dragons, Talking To Dragons) by Patricia C. Wrede

- Lotus Caves by John Christopher