by Cornelia Funke
Inkheart is my favourite book of all time. I love the magic, the characters, and the adventures. Bonus: it's a book about books!
Gideon the Ninth
by Tamsyn Muir
This series is unlike anything I've ever read before. It's morbid and visceral but also tender and hilarious. Muir's writing is brilliant.
Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo
I could not put this book down once I started reading. The plot is fast-paced and engaging, and the characters are at the heart of the story.
The Priory of the Orange Tree
by Samantha Shannon
Feudal European-style fantasy can be good but is overdone. I like how Shannon takes some tropes in this genre and flips them on their heads.
by Emily Henry
Beach Read is a romance with substance; it's gritty, vulnerable, and real. January Andrews is such a relatable character that I named my cat after her! Bonus: some steaminess!
What I like to see in stories:
Strong sense of place
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! I cried at the end of this book.
by Edith Pattou
Fairy tale retellings are my weakness, and it all started with East. Rose captured my heart with her spirit, and the imagery of the frozen North influenced my love for Arctic stories.
The Fifth Season
by N.K. Jemisin
N.K. Jemisin is the queen of world building. This series blew my mind because the world and the magic system is fleshed out so well. I also loved the climate commentary.
The Bear and the Nightingale
by Katherine Arden
Fantasy grounded in mythology makes me happy. Arden's writing is beautiful and her stories sweep me away.
How Long 'Til Black Future Month?
by N.K. Jemisin
N.K. Jemisin knocks it out of the park with this short story collection. Short stories are one of my favourite formats to both read and edit.
What I don't like to see in stories:
Gratuitous violence, sexism, racism, or ableism