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Grimspace by Ann Aguirre

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Chronicles of Prydain, The Westmark Trilogy by Lloyd Alexander

The Sugar Queen
 and The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You by Lily Anderson
The Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews 
The Prince by Katharine Ashe
Pride & PrejudicePersuasion by Jane Austen
Slightly Dangerous by Mary Balogh
Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
TitheValiantIronside by Holly Black
Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen
The Demon’s Lexicon Trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan
The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
The Q by Beth Brower
A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti
The Ender Series by Orson Scott Card
GracelingFire, Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
The Cafe by the Sea, The Endless Beach by Jenny Colgan
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
The Dark is Rising Sequence, Seaward by Susan Cooper
Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
The Colbana Files by J.C. Daniels
Any Duchess Will Do, The Governess Game by Tessa Dare
The Warhorse of Esdragon Trilogy by Susan Dexter
A Tale of Two CitiesGreat Expectations, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore
Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick
The Chocolate Kiss, The Chocolate Touch, Chase Me by Laura Florand
My Heartbeat by Garret Freymann-Weyr
The Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith
Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George
Emotional Geology by Linda Gillard
An Abundance of KatherinesLooking for Alaska, The Fault in our Stars 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
Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
Grave Surprise, the Lily Bard Shakespeare series by Charlaine Harris
Alice Christina Henry
Catch of the Day, All I Ever Wanted, Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
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 Winter Sea, A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley
More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer
The Beekeeper's ApprenticeA Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R. King
I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
Blue-Eyed Devil, Devil in Winter, Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Big Boy by Ruthie Knox
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
A Lily Among Thorns, True Pretenses by Rose Lerner
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Jane by April Lindner
How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn
It Happened One Midnight, Lady Derring Takes a Lover by Julie Anne Long
A Court of Mist and Fury, A Court of Wings and Ruin, Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, One Good Earl Deserves a Lover, The Rogue Not Taken, Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean
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
Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane
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
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
TwilightThe Host by Stephenie Meyer
Any Groom Will Do, You May Kiss the Duke by Charis Michaels
The Governess Affair, Unraveled, The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan
The Song of Achilles, Circe by Madeline Miller
The Heroes Series by Moira J. Moore
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Sabriel by Garth Nix
The Gryphon Trilogy by Andre Norton
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
Big Mouth & Ugly Girl by Joyce Carol Oates
Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassotti
Nowhere But Home, Girl Before a Mirror by Liza Palmer
Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park
Act Like It, Pretty Face, The Austen Playbook by Lucy Parker
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
The Earl I Ruined by Scarlett Peckham
The Secret Society Girl series by Diana Peterfreund
The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce
The Sally Lockhart Trilogy by Philip Pullman
To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn
The Lady Julia Grey series by Deanna Raybourn
Snowfall by Mary Ann Rivers
Lady of the ForestLady of Sherwood, The Sword-Dancer Saga by Jennifer Roberson
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
Fangirl, Eleanor & Park, Landline, Carry On, Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell
A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows, A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
ArchangelAngel-SeekerMystic & Rider by Sharon Shinn
Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair
Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
Hunted by Meagan Spooner
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Madam, Will You Talk?The MoonspinnersThis Rough MagicNine Coaches WaitingThe Ivy TreeMy Brother Michael by Mary Stewart
The Scorpio Races, The Raven Cycle, All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone
A Conspiracy in Belgravia, The Hollow of Fear by Sherry Thomas
The Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner
A Wicked Kind of Husband by Mia Vincy
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
Wait for It, From Lukov With Love, The Wall of Winnipeg and Me, Under Locke, Luna and the Lie by Mariana Zapata
I am the MessengerThe Book Thief, Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

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