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Sabriel cover in which a pale young woman with long black hair in black and blue fantasy clothes wields a bandolier of bells and a sword.

Of Gods and Magic

High Fantasy in YA

Good and evil. Dragons and magic. Whether the fantasy world involves wizards or werewolves, high fantasy always involves high stakes. The following are all YA high fantasy novels set in a variety of worlds and about all kinds of characters, some taken more seriously than others. 

A People’s History of the United States

"Those Who Do Not Remember the Past...."

Nonfiction on forgotten or obscure American history

You’ve probably heard the George Santayana quote, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Or maybe you’ve heard it as, “Those who do not read history are doomed to repeat it.” The following recommendations are focused on the history of the United States and include forgotten history, obscure stories, and potentially niche but fascinating historical facts. From the whitewashing of the American wild west to the creation of the United States Postal Service, every book here is about history you may not have learned in school.  

Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time book cover

Love, Lesbians, and the Luminous Dead

Fantasy and Science Fiction with LGBTQA protagonists

In fantasy and science fiction novels where dragons and robots exist, sometimes side by side, it can often feel like protagonists who are part of the LGBTQA community seem rarer than unicorns. But that has been changing recently with more and more amazing books being published in recent years.

Louise's war

Murder in Black and White

Historical mystery recommendations

With all of history to be inspired by, historical mysteries have been set in dozens of different eras and different countries, from Ancient Rome in the Flavia Albia novels to 1830s New Orleans in the Benjamin January series, just to name two.

Bright boulevards, bold dreams: the story of Black Hollywood cover

Mr. DeMille, I’m Ready for My Close-Up

Classic Hollywood nonfiction and biographies

Classic Hollywood: an era in American cinema that stretched from the 1910s to the 1960s and influenced film world-wide. Countless books have been written about the era. Some focus on actors, often describing their lives and experiences in their own words; or on specific films; and others on scandals that rocked the industry. Some examine how society and government, such as the Hays Code and the Red Scare, influenced Hollywood. Still others look at women’s roles within the industry.

Lock In cover - depicts many white and a few red figures around the title

Sir, That’s My Emotional Support Wookie

Science Fiction and Fantasy With Protagonists With Disabilities

Science fiction and fantasy worlds show countless possibilities. People can travel to other planets, shape-shift, even alter the universe with magic. All too often, however, these books focus on protagonists who are neurotypical and able-bodied.

poisoner's handbook

How (Not) to Get Away With Murder

Nonfiction About Forensic Science

It’s the age of the true crime fan! Everywhere you look, there’s a new documentary, podcast, or book about true crime. Internet communities have sprung up to try solving famous unsolved crimes themselves, or just to discuss infamous cases like the Black Dahlia murder or the Zodiac Killer. And there’s plenty to talk about. As forensic science continues to evolve and advance, more and more cold cases are being solved. Genealogy and DNA tests and other methods have brought about the arrests of multiple killers, including the infamous Golden State Killer just last year.