The list author says: "I read tons of books. I love all different genres, including fantasy, romance, and non-fiction. As a 20 yr old I am constantly finding myself stuck between teen books and books geared more toward older readers. The books in this list are some of my favorites, most of which I've read two or three times. I was able to enjoy all of them without ever feeling like I was forcing myself to relate to an age bracket where I didn't belong."
"This is the first book in the Mortal Instruments Series. The main character is a girl who finds herself caught up in a world of otherworlders and Shadowhunters, those who hunt otherworlders. There are so many plot lines and twists in the book, along with a romance that is unlike any I've read."
"Also one of my favorite series. Gemma Doyle is sent to a boarding school after the death of her mother and slowly comes into magical powers she never knew existed. She uses her newfound powers to unravel the mystery of her mother's death and gain access to a fantasy world."
"This is the first in a series, but the second book doesn't come out for another year or so. It's about a witch who is sent to a boarding school for kids who are different (witches, vampires, shapeshifters, warlocks, etc.) and is thrust into a world she previously knew little about."
"This book is great for those who are interested in a more sci-fi twist. It centers around two main characters - a prisoner named Finn who is held in Incarceron, and the warden's daughter who is on the Outside."
"First in The Luxe Series. This book focuses on 19th century society in New York City. The characters deal with lies, romance, secrets, and deception which are all part of every day life among the elite upper class."
"One of my FAVORITES. This is one of those books that leaves such an impression you're still thinking about it weeks after you've finished reading. It's about two sisters, Alice and Riley, and their childhood friend Paul, and how the three deal with growing up."
"This is a huge book that I flew through. The story centers around the building of a cathedral in 12th century England. The author delves into the lives of people that are affected by this project and how they affect each other."
"This book deals with Aislinn, a girl who has always been able to see fairies. Up until the beginning of the book, she has been able to avoid any major run-ins with the fairies but soon finds herself smack in the middle of a conflict among the royal family of the fairy world."
"Dark, somewhat disturbing book about the Black Plague. The story involves a small town that falls victim to the plague and decides to cut itself off from the rest of the world in order to prevent spreading. This book was fascinating and left a lasting impression."
"Book about the meat industry in the United States. There are a ton of books about the subject but the author of this one wrote in such a way that you felt like you weren't hearing a case for vegetarianism, but rather just reading a person's personal experiences doing research across the country."
"I read Scribbler of Dreams for the first time almost 8 years ago and it's still one of my favorite books. It's about a girl and a boy who fall in love, but are each members of two families that have been feuding for as long as they can remember. Somewhat resembles a modern Romeo and Juliet."