1. The Five Hundred Kingdoms series
Mercedes Lackey is really great at creating romantic fantasy novels that are syrupy sweet. If you want a series of books that are based on fairytales, then look no further than the six titles in the Five Hundred Kingdoms series. There’s usually a white horse, a happy ending, and some magic.
3. Tales Of The City series
A handful of post-hippie romantics rent from a cool drag queen in San Fran. It’s a lovable soap opera in serial novel form — fortuitous coincidences, sassy dialogue, convenient deaths, and romantic cringe humor. It’s the group of lovable post-college friends you’ve always wanted in San Francisco.
6. Sookie Stackhouse series
Vampires, fairies, and the south, oh my! Charlaine Harris’ novel series inspired the HBO show True Blood, but the books are fun, because the show has deviated from them so much. There are way more fairies, and a much more complex Eric Northman.
7. The Other Boleyn Girl
I use the term “historical fiction” loosely, as it does focus on two very real sisters — Anne Boleyn and her somewhat forgotten sister, Mary — but plays pretty freely with the fiction element. Regardless, it’s dark, sexy, and totally worthwhile.
8. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series
Warning: these books have plenty of graphic violence, so this is definitely a series to read once you’re in college or older. And the first book will take about 100 pages to really get good, but once they pick up, it’s nonstop.
14. The Anita Blake series
The Anita Blake series started out by focusing on her day job as a supernatural cop, (Think The X-Files, but on crack) and has come to revolve more around her sexual prowess. It’s part supernatural vampire hunter, and part tawdry romance. In other words: it’s awesome.
16. The Greatest Knight
Elizabeth Chadwick is the master of blending historical fiction, romance, and intrigue. This particular tale follows William Marshall, who rose in stature after saving the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine, and subsequently being promoted to tutor the heir to the throne.
18. Good in Bed
This is a really great book to read when you’re going through a lot of life changes. Because Cannie does just that when she discovers her ex-beau wrote about their relationship in an article titled, “Loving a Larger Woman.” The shock from her life being so publicized forces Cannie to face her past and finally decide who she wants to become.
If I’ve learned anything from Harry Potter, it’s that 12 year olds are pretty awesome. Meggie is no exception, especially when she discovers her father’s talent to bring fictional characters from books to life just by reading a book. It’s surprising and often terrifying when it happens, and all super cool to read.