Reading Lists

Over the years, Tammy has compiled lists of books, spanning genres, that can appeal to a range of audiences. These lists will be updated periodically. Check the News page for reading list updates and announcements!

Older reading lists (from 2005-2015) can be found in the News Archive.

Young Adult Reading List

The recommendations below are drawn from Tamora’s favorite book lists, starting with her Favorite Books of 2016. For her previous  YA recommendations, compiled from reading lists from 2005 through 2015, click here. The archives also include an LGBT-focused YA reading list, a young reader list, a gifted young reader list, and more! Mainstream/Contemporary | Sci-Fi […]

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Adult Reading List

The recommendations below are drawn from Tamora’s favorite book lists, starting with her Favorite Books of 2016. For her previous recommendations, compiled from reading lists from 2005 through 2015, click here. The archives also include fantasy recommendations that extend beyond White-Medieval-European settings, recommendations for aspiring writers, and more! Mainstream/Contemporary | Mystery & Thriller | Sci-Fi & Fantasy | Miscellaneous […]

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Young Reader (Ages 8-12) Reading List

Mainstream | Sci-Fi & Fantasy | Miscellaneous Mainstream Olivia Bennett – The Allegra Biscotti Collection (2010), Who What Wear!: The Allegra Biscotti Collection (2011). So what if they’re silly?! They’re fun and they’re about fashion! Carol Ryrie Brink – Caddie Woodlawn (1935). Nick Bruel – Bad Kitty Gets a Bath (2008). Chris Crutcher – Staying […]

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Gifted Young Reader List

Contemporary | Historical | Alternate History | Mythology | Sci-Fi & Fantasy Gifted Young Reader (Sensitive)   Contemporary Fiction Catherine Atkins – Alt Ed (2003). Cynthia DeFelice – The Ghost of Fossil Glen (1998) and others. Kate DiCamillo – Because of Winn-Dixie (2000). Jack Gantos – Joey Pigza Loses Control (2000) and sequels. Brent Hartinger […]

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LGBT Young Adult Reading List

Blogs and Reading Lists Don’t Mind Me and My Big Gay Book Spam!: A massive list of books on LBGT themes, YA and adult. Poor And Tango Makes Three (2005), most challenged, yet snubbed for being a picture book! Great Gay Teen Books: A list of teen novels, poetry anthologies, and nonfiction books with LGBT […]

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Recommended Reading for Homeschoolers

Contemporary | Fiction | Non-Fiction | Classics | Poetry | “Required” | Plays Here is my list of recommended reading for college preparation, covering roughly what would be covered in the average high school curriculum. I haven’t read all of these: I’m no longer in college prep, for one thing, so I can read what I like.  […]

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So Not White-Medieval-Europe Reading List

 Africa | Asia | Greco-Roman | Middle East | Native American | World | Other | I’m Not Exactly Sure… Africa Nancy Farmer – The Eye, the Ear, and the Arm (1994): Zimbabwe. Esther Friesner – Sphinx’s Princess (2009): Ancient Egypt. Jane Lindskold – The Buried Pyramid (2004): Egypt. Judith Tarr – Lord of the […]

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Books for People Who Want to Write

The Tough Guide to Fantasyland: The Essential Guide to Fantasy Travel by Diana Wynne Jones (1996; revised 2006). I’ve recommended it before; I’ll recommend it till the cows come home. Reading this book is the best possible education you’ll ever get on things that appear in fantasy novels all the time, including the ones which make […]

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