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This list is a far from complete list of some of my favorites - they are warriors, scholars, mothers, daughters; they can be wildly in love and impressively practical; they are a little too perfect and incredibly flawed. Most of them have happy endings, some of them don't. In an nutshell - these are girls who act like girls should and must.

I think I have found one of my new favorite authors. Sarah Addison Allen managed to combine magic and a seemingly simple plot into a wonderful tale that hinges on several characters. I'm going to try another one of her books...

“Histomap,” created by John B. Sparks, was first printed by Rand McNally in 1931. It shows the entire history of the world distilled into a single gorgeous chart via The Slate
from Slate Magazine

The Entire History of the World—Really, All of It—Distilled Into a Single Gorgeous Chart

“Histomap,” created by John B. Sparks, was first printed by Rand McNally in 1931. It shows the entire history of the world distilled into a single gorgeous chart via The Slate

Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen- one of the best books i have ever read and pretty much my favorite writer. she needs to come out with another book already!

The Bookstore A witty, sharply observed debut novel about a young woman who finds unexpected salvation while working in a quirky used bookstore in Manhattan

from Read It Forward

Standalone Science Fiction and Fantasy Reads

Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton/ 14 stand-alone science fiction and fantasy books.

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen - her books always have a little magic in them. This time it's an apple tree and flowers from the garden cooked in foods. Cute story.