Ever read a book so magical you can’t put a finger on it? You feel like the story is so beautiful that you could somehow mess it up? It makes you see a few more shining, bright things in the world. It makes you let go of just a little more pain–a little more sadness and darkness–to appreciate something more… palatable. Something that flows, maybe better than things usually do. Here’s my list of books like that.

  1. The Butterfly Clues–Kate Ellison
  2. Famous Last Words–Katie Alender
  3. Looking for Alaska–John Green
  4. Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
  5. Let it Snow with John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
  6. Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

And these are just a few, of course. But in all these books… there is a piece of each character that stays with you. You learn from fiction if you pick the right book. You learn to love with more magic, to trust with more bravery, and sometimes, you even pick up new phrases such as, “if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was hurricane.” (Thanks, J. G.)

Use the books. Absorb the magic. Make friends in alternate universes.

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