My Magical Bookshelf


Books are truly magical things. They make us laugh, cry, jump for joy, and quake in fear. They take us places we’ve never been or even dreamed of. They teach us, scold us, tease us. They might make us want to jump into their pages and live within them forever. They are our greatest friends and allies in an ever-changing world. While our era buzzes and beeps around us, we can simply curl up with an old friend (or a new one) and let our worries melt away.

The following books are ones that I own and enjoy, borrow from the library as often as I can, are on my reading wish list, or are not published yet but are highly anticipated. If you have any recommendations or would like to know what I think, drop a comment! They are listed according to genre, then by the author’s last name. To see what I’m currently reading, check out the text block over on the side of your screen. –>


(YA) Fantasy

  • A Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth Bunce
  • Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carrol
  •  Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
  • The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
  • The Inkheart Trilogy by Cornelia Funke
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  • The Wicked Lovely Series by Melissa Marr
  • Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey
  • A Riddle of Roses by Caryl Cude Mullin
  • The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
  • The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  • The Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Classics/Historical/Realistic Fiction

  • Little Women and Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgsun Burnett
  • To Die For: a Novel of Anne Boleyn by Sandra Byrd
  • The Gravesavers and Pluto’s Ghost by Sheree Fitch
  • Write Naked by Peter Goldstein
  • I Never Promised You A Rose Garden by Joanne Greenberg
  • The Water Seeker by Kimberly Willis Holt (formerly published as The Dowser’s Son)
  • The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle
  • Dark Fire, Sovereign, and Revelation by C.J. Sansom (Read my 3-in-1 review here.)
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (You can read my review here.)
  • The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss

Historical Biographies

  • The Inklings by Humphrey Carpenter
  • The Tudor Chronicles by Susan Doran
  • The Coming of the Fairies by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • England Under the Tudors by G.R. Elton
  • Mary Queen of Scots and The Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser
  • C.S. Lewis: a Biography by Roger Lancelyn Green and Walter Hooper
  • A Daughter’s Love by John Guy (double-biography of Sir Thomas More and his daughter Margaret)
  • Henry VIII by Francis Hackett
  • The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn by Eric Ives
  • Julie: A Royal Mistress by McKenzie Porter
  • Good King Richard? An Account of Richard III and his Reputation by Jeremy Potter
  • The Anne Boleyn Collection by Claire Ridgway
  • Six Queens: the Wives of Henry VIII by David Starkey
  • The Lady in the Tower: the Fall of Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir

To Be Read

  • Pray for Reign and The Secret Language of Crows by Thea Atkinson
  • Emma, and Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (have them, haven’t gotten around to reading them yet…)
  • VIII by H.M. Castor
  • At the Mercy of the Queen by Anne Clinard Barnhill
  • Bitter, Sweet by Laura Best
  • Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel
  • A Song of Fire and Ice series by George R.R. Martin
  • Dragonsinger and Dragondrums by Anne McCaffrey (I’d also like to undertake the entire Dragonriders of Pern series one day)
  • Shadows in the Stone by Diane Lynn McGyver
  • The Birth House by Ami McKay
  • Le Temps Viendra: a Novel of Anne Boleyn by Sarah Morris
  • Virgin and the Crab and The Arrow Chest by Robert Parry
  • The Fall of Anne Boleyn: a Countdown , On This Day in History by Claire Ridgway and Interviews with Indie Authors complied by Tim and Claire Ridgway
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
  • Dissolution and Heartstone by C.J. Sansom
  • The Entangling by Ainslie Stewart

Anticipated Books


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