The list author says: "I am an avid reader of fiction and have always loved a great story. I will admit that I have a soft spot for Young Adult fiction (even though I am getting a little too old for it, it's still my guilty pleasure) and I am a sucker for a happy ending. My favorite books tend to be the ones that have a strong sense of place and character. Plot is important too, but my all-time favorites are the books that have characters and places that come vividly alive. I like when an author's words can conjure up a movie in my head, so to speak. The best books transport me to another place and have characters who feel real. I hope you enjoy some of them too!"