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July 5, 2016 by Zoë
|1. Melusine by Lynne Reid Banks
No one has ever read it but I love this book. It’s so good. Basically, this book is based on the story of Melusine, who is a woman who can turn into a snake. Except that it’s set in the modern day. And maybe it has nothing to do with Melusine. This was magical realism before I even knew what magical realism was.
|2. Visser by K. A. Applegate
I decided to only put one book from a series on this list, so here’s the one from Animorphs. Visser is a good stand-alone book that tells a very good story about how even terrible people can fall in love. The things going on beneath the surface in this book are so intense. It doesn’t receive nearly the amount of attention that it deserves.
|3. Katya’s World by Jonathan L. Howard
I think this book is so high up on my list because I am still waiting for a continuation of the story. But setting that aside, the setting is also really good: mankind has begun spreading out into space and this particular story takes place on a water planet populated entirely by people descended from Russians. Basically, it’s Russian submarines in space. Also, the main character is a girl and there’s no romance subplot. Which makes for a really nice change.
|4. Shiva’s Fire by Suzanne Fisher Staples
This book is beautiful. The language is lovely and the I really like the dance aspect as well. When I first read it, I hated the ending, but that was a long time ago and I’ve grown to really like and appreciate it.
|5. The Night My Sister Went Missing by Carol Plum-Ucci
This is a short book that takes place over the course of one night. It delves into all sorts of issues surrounding small town life and jumping to conclusions. It’s also really tightly constructed and lovely, quick little read that I come back to frequently.
|6. To Hold the Bridge by Garth Nix
I love Garth Nix almost as much as I love Diane Duane. People don’t tend to like his short stories, but I frankly really enjoy them. I like seeing the ways he plays about with new settings just as much as I like returning to the Old Kingdom again and again.
|7. Lifeboats by Diane Duane
As I’ve gone over before, Diane Duane is my favorite author. I love what she does. This is one of the books she’s released herself and I really enjoyed it. It’s a quieter look at wizardry, where even though the stakes are high there’s a lot of cooperation and everything isn’t lying on one person’s shoulders. Plus there was stuff having to do with Ponch.
|8. Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve
I’m a sucker for retellings of the King Arthur story, so of course I read this. It’s the King Arthur story stripped of all the magic and romance with the message that everything is just a story. I loved it. I also liked the interesting things going on with gender throughout the book.
|9. Half-Human edited by Bruce Coville
I haven’t read this in a long time, but I remember loving several of the stories. I didn’t like all of them, but there were some good ones, especially the one having to do with Melusine (see book number one on this list).
|10. Battle Dress by Amy Efaw
This is about a woman’s experience at West Point, which is not something I necessarily would have pictured myself reading about. I’ve reread it a few times now, though, and enjoyed it every time.
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