I don't remember how old I was when I first read this book, but I still have a copy and tend to buy one for most of the kids I know. It's the original girl power book, I credit it for the start of my "independent woman" streak. Princess Elizabeth saves the day and learns that looking like a princess isn't all that matters.
Princess Meryl wants to slay dragons and find adventure, but when she falls ill, it's up to her shy, fearful sister Addie to go on a quest to find the cure. Finding courage in her love for her sister, Addie sets out to solve an ancient riddle and end the disease. I love this book because it shows that hope is a choice and bravery doesn't always look the way you expect it to.
I'm not exaggerating when I say this book saved my life. Still reeling from the loss of her father, Macy does everything she can to be "perfect" as a way of controlling what can't be controlled. When she accidentally falls in with Wish Catering, she finds that chaos can be freeing and perfection is overrated. Featuring the girl you wish was your best friend and a truly sa-woon-worthy boy, this book is full of joy and hope and, of course, Truth.
For a long time, I thought I didn't like romance novels, but it turns out I just hadn't been reading the right ones. Steeped in queer history, this book is the perfect amount of escapism from the current political climate, plus a reminder that being true to yourself can change the world. That makes it sound serious, but really it's just a lot of fun with characters you're going to love.
A collection on the importance and power of art during tumultuous times, it is both inspiring and comforting. Compiling pieces from the past five years and reflections on those before us, it asks the immortal questions of why we create and why those creations matter.