Must Reads

Craft/Criticism Books

Character and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card

Anatomy of Criticism by Northrop Frye

On Writing by Stephen King

The Magic Words by Cheryl Klein

The Severed Head by Julia Kristeva

Steering the Craft by Ursula K. Leguin

The Hidden Adult by Perry Nodelman

The Fiction Writer’s Workshop by Josip Novakovich

Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer

Writing with Pictures Uri Shulevitz


Middle Grade Fiction

Goblin Secrets by William Alexander

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

The Search for Wondla by Toni Diterlizzi

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak


YA Fiction

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Traitor to the Nation by M.T. Anderson

Symphony for the City of the Dead by M.T. Anderson (nonfiction)

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (YA/adult crossover)

Still Life with Tornado by A. S. King

Calvin by Martine Leavitt

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Walls Around Us by Nova Red Suma

The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti (YA/adult crossover)

The Emperor of Any Place by Tim Wynne-Jones


Adult Literary Fiction

The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Good Poems edited by Garrison Keillor

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin


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