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The Books I Picked & Why

Charting Stars: Book One of the Nine Realms Tales

By Micheline Ryckman

Book cover of Charting Stars: Book One of the Nine Realms Tales

Why this book?

This charming YA Fantasy takes you on a whimsical adventure! When Talia Benson,  a sweetheart of a teen with a knack for art is swept into a fantastical world far out of her comfort zone, she’s pulled into an adventure like no other! I love this tale because it reminds me of the stories I read growing up! Lighthearted adventures with hopeful outlooks, loveable characters, and an awesome animal sidekick. 


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Treasure Island

By Robert Louis Stevenson

Book cover of Treasure Island

Why this book?

Anything with excitingly written pirates grabs my attention. This classic is a favorite for many, featuring the charismatic John Silver and his young companion, Jim Hawkins. Treasure Island sails you into an adventure you’ll never forget! Any lover of the sea and the treacherous pirates that sail upon it should pick it up right away! 


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The Secret Garden

By Claire Freedman, Shaw Davidson

Book cover of The Secret Garden

Why this book?

This book is special to me as it was the first book that really fired up my desire to write! I was a little girl and the edition my parents brought me came with a cute skeleton key necklace which I still have. I like to think that my obsession with mysterious gardens, vintage things, and skeleton keys all come from having read this beautiful book. 


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Through the Looking-Glass

By Lewis Caroll

Book cover of Through the Looking-Glass

Why this book?

While I love the first book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland I have to admit I love the sequel just a tad bit more. It’s far more wild, whimsical, and bizarre than the first! These two books, I kind of relate to, I’ve always had my head in the clouds like Alice. If you’re looking for a fun and exciting story, look no further than this classic. 


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The Story of the Treasure Seekers

By Edith Nesbit

Book cover of The Story of the Treasure Seekers

Why this book?

Another story from my childhood, this tells the tale of the Bastable children, sweet siblings who are searching for treasure to help the father who recently lost everything. Stories about siblings have always piqued my interest as I myself have 3 siblings :) and stories about siblings who treat each other good are often my absolute favorites!


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