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Grimspace by Ann Aguirre
The Chronicles of Prydain, The Westmark Trilogy by Lloyd Alexander
The Sugar Queen and The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
The Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
Pride & PrejudicePersuasion by Jane Austen
TitheValiantIronside by Holly Black
The Demon’s Lexicon Trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan
The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti
The Ender Series by Orson Scott Card
GracelingFire by Kristin Cashore
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
The Dark is Rising Sequence, Seaward by Susan Cooper
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
The Warhorse of Esdragon Trilogy by Susan Dexter
A Tale of Two CitiesGreat Expectations by Charles Dickens
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
My Heartbeat by Garret Freymann-Weyr
Emotional Geology by Linda Gillard
An Abundance of KatherinesLooking for Alaska by John Green
Summer of My German SoldierMorning is a Long Time Coming by Bette Greene
Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines
Enna Burning by Shannon Hale
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
Grave Surprise, the Lily Bard Shakespeare series by Charlaine Harris
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
A Company of SwansA Song for Summer by Eva Ibbotson
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay
The Beekeeper's ApprenticeA Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R. King
Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
The Mage’s Daughter by Lynn Kurland
The Heralds of Valdemar Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey
The Time Trilogy, the Austin Family Series, The Small RainAnd Both Were Young by Madeleine L'Engle
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Jane by April Lindner
How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn
Unsticky by Sarra Manning
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
The Sevenwaters series, The Bridei Chronicles by Juliet Marillier
Wicked Lovely, Ink Exchange, "Stopping Time" by Melissa Marr
The Riddlemaster Trilogy, The Changeling Sea by Patricia McKillip
The Hero & the CrownThe Blue SwordBeautyDeerskinThe Outlaws of SherwoodSpindle's End, Rose Daughter, Sunshine by Robin McKinley
TwilightThe Host by Stephenie Meyer
The Heroes Series by Moira J. Moore
Sabriel by Garth Nix
The Gryphon Trilogy by Andre Norton
Big Mouth & Ugly Girl by Joyce Carol Oates
Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassotti
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
The Secret Society Girl series by Diana Peterfreund
The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce
The Sally Lockhart Trilogy by Philip Pullman
The Lady Julia Grey series by Deanna Raybourn
Lady of the ForestLady of Sherwood, The Sword-Dancer Saga by Jennifer Roberson
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell
ArchangelAngel-SeekerMystic & Rider by Sharon Shinn
Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
Madam, Will You Talk?The MoonspinnersThis Rough MagicNine Coaches WaitingThe Ivy TreeMy Brother Michael by Mary Stewart
The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone
The Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner
The Tillerman Cycle by Cynthia Voigt
Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess
A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
Life Without FriendsThe Road HomeStand DownLong May She ReignRomance is a Wonderful Thing by Ellen Emerson White
A Room of One's OwnTo the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
I am the MessengerThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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Photo by @aamith (in the order in which I read them)

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