i read
i read!some books I've read
Rilla Jaggia  

The collective imagination is a place I can wander endlessly while living many lives at once.

I love to discuss the books I've read. If you would like to talk about good or bad reads or have any MG or YA books you think I just HAVE to read...drop me a note!
rilla at rillajaggia dot com

These lists are by no means exhaustive and are here as much to jog my own miserable memory as to perform any other potential service.

Note: All content on this website © Rilla Jaggia and may not be reproduced. All Rights Reserved.

    in my reading chair now

Heart of a Samurai
by Margie Preus
The Writer's Journey by Chris Vogler



Fade by Robert Cormier

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Candor by Pam Bachorz


One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

The Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

The Game of Sunken Places by M. T. Anderson

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

The Evolution of Calupurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

The Giver by Lois Lowry





The Gardener by Sarah Stewart, illustrated by David Small
Hot, Hot Roti for Dadaji by F. Zia, illustrated by Ken Min



The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows




Bartimaeus Trilogy-The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
by Jennifer Donnelly
The Maze Runner
by James Dashner
by Justine Larbalestier
by Suzanne Collins
Ironside by Holly Black
Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman
Ella Enchanted
by Gail Carson Levine
The Thief
by Megan Whelan Turner
by Gail Carson Levine
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
by E. Lockhart
Silver Phoenix
by Cindy Pon
The Assassin's Apprentice
by Robin Hobb
by Scott Westerfeld
The Monstrumologist
by Rick Yancey
Prophecy of the Sisters
by Michelle Zink
Going Bovine
by Libba Bray
Saving Francesca
by Melina Marchetta
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld


Crispin and the Cross of Lead by Avi

Notes from a Liar and her Dog by Gennifer Choldenko

Defiance by Valerie Hobbes
Haunted: The Ghost on the Stairs
by Chris Eboch
The Phantom Tollbooth
by Norman Juster
Drizzle by Kathleen Van Cleve
Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Archer's Quest
by Linda Sue Park
Into the Land of the Unicorns
by Bruce Coville
The Book of Everything
by Guus Kuijer
Sea of the Dead
by Julia Durango
Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade
by Stephanie Greene
The Shadow Theives
by Anne Ursu
When You Reach Me
by Rebecca Stead
Lily's Ghosts
by Laura Ruby

Simon Bloom The Gravity Keeper by Michael Riesman
The Maze of Bones (Book One The Thirty Nine Clues)
by Rick Riordan
The Garden of Eve
by K. L. Going

Kira Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
City of Ember
by Jeanne Du Prau




The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka


Self Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne & Dave King



The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Sacred Scars by Kathleen Duey

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

The Dream of the Stone by Christina Askounis

The Resurrection of Magic: Skin Hunger by Kathleen Duey

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party by M. T. Anderson

Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

King Dork by Frank Portman

Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Pena

Handcuffs by Bethany Griffin

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Inkspell by Cornelia Funke
Poison Ink
by Christopher Golden
What I Saw and How I Lied
by Judy Blundell
Evermore by Alyson Noel
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
I Know It's Over by CK Kelly Martin
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Feed by M T Anderson
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta



Time Pirate by Ted Bell

The Last Synapsid by Timothy Mason

The Spiderwick Chronicles Book One by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R. L. LaFevers

Bobby vs. Girls Accidentally by Lisa Yee

Magyk -- Septimus Heap Book One by Angie Sage

Savvy by Ingrid Law

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

Moribito Guardian of the Spirit by Nahoko Uehashi

Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
The Underneath
by Kathi Appelt
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Chrestomanci Chronicles by Diana Wynne Jones
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale



Story by Robert McKee
This is the most amazing book ever!

Save the Cat by Blake Snyder



Stone Garden by Molly Moynahan
The Earth My Butt and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
The Year They Burned the Books by Nancy Farmer
The House You Pass on the Way by Jacqueline Woodson
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
You Know Where to Find Me by Rachel Cohn
Artichoke's Heart by Suzanne Supplee
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
King Dork by Frank Portman
Nothing but the Truth and a Few White Lies by Justina Chen Headley
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer


Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
Millicent Min Girl Genius by Lisa Yee

    a few favorites from the past


The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
Protector of the Small Series by Tamora Pierce


Circle of Magic Series by Tamora Pierce
The Circle Opens Series by Tamora Pierce
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
Holes by Louis Sachar
The Outcast
by Rosemary Sutcliff
The Penderwicks by Louise Birdsall
Song of the Lioness Series by Tamora Pierce
The Shining Company by Rosemary Sutcliff
Tristan and Iseult by Rosemary Sutcliff
Turi's Papa by Elizabeth Borton Trevino
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Tintin series by Herge
Anything by Enid Blyton


Magister Ludi and the Glass Bead Game by Herman Hesse
Narcissus and Goldmund by Herman Hesse
Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse
Atonement by Ian McEwan
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
The Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov
The Caves of Steel and sequels by Isaac Asimov
The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh
An Equal Music by Vikram Seth
The Peppered Moth by Margaret Drabble
Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier
The Incredible Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Shipping News by Annie Proulx
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency Series by Alexander McCall Smith
The Avalon Series by Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Don Juan series by Carlos Castaneda
The Mahabharata
The Ramayana

Ursula LeGuin
Somerset Maugham
John Steinbeck
Myths, Fables, Fairy Tales from around the world


All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
Bully for Brontosaurus
by Stephen Gould
City of Djinns by William Dalrymple
Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
From the Holy Mountain by William Dalrymple
Hyperspace by Michio Kaku
In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin




Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom by Leonard S. Marcus and Maurice Sendak
Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose
On Writing by Stephen King
Story by Robert McKee
Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
Fiction Is Folks: How to Create Unforgettable Characters by Robert Newton Peck
Elements of Writing Fiction - Characters & Viewpoint (Elements of Fiction Writing) by Orson Scott Card
Creating Characters Kids Will Love by Elaine Marie Alphin
How to Write a Children's Picture Book, Vols. I, II, & III by Eve Hiedi Bine-Stock
Self Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne & Dave King


The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E. B. White
The Chicago Manual of Style from the University of Chicago Press
The Children's Writer's Word Book by Alijandra Mogilner
The Complete Rhyming Dictionary by Clement Wood


2011 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market (Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market) edited by Alice Pope
2011 Guide To Literary Agents by Chuck Sambuchino
Magazine Markets for Children's Writers 2011


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