The list author says: "This is my list of favorite books, most of which are part of my personal prized collection. They span age levels and genres but all of them hold a special place in my heart because once or twice (or five) they took me to other worlds and introduced me to new friends and there is nothing I love more!"
"Emily Byrd Starr is my kindred spirit. In the first book Emily is ripped from her idyllic and enchanting childhood when her loving father dies and moves into the strict and cold world of her aunts at New Moon. To stay sane, she writes letters to her father and in the process a passionate life long writer is born."
"My favorite in the Emily Series because Emily goes to high school and naturally it's one tribulation after another for the aspiring writer and despite nearly a century's difference, I could relate to her feelings and experiences on so many levels."
"Emily begins to grow up and she tries to figure out what path her life is going to follow and ofcourse, what man she wants to take on that journey. Does she even need a man? Can she really become a professional writer? For all writers, this is timeless stuff."
"There is no age level here. If you don't know this series, you will in December when it finally becomes a movie. The worlds, the plots, the characters, the ideas are all amazing but the best part is the relationship that grows between Lyra and Will."
"Sweeping epic alert for all women! This is the diary of Sarah Agnes Prine who grows from girl to woman in the wild southwest frontier. Love, family, danger, war, ranches, military posts, death, tragedy, and happiness - it's all there and it's incredibly absorbing and well written. Not for young readers, maybe 15 & up."
"Sometimes shorter stories are the best because every word counts. McKillip's prose is usually rather flowery but this tale of a girl, the sea, and a changeling is simply told with just the right lyrical touch to make it truly enchanting and memorable."