A Day In the Life of an Author

Recently, I put together a post for an ezine called Modern Creative Life. I spent a few weeks working on this post and it’s all about what my “typical Tuesday” is like. If you’ve ever been curious about what my day to day life is (and you want to see a picture of my desk), swing over there and find out!


Typical Tuesday with K.C. Tansley



New Reviews for TGWSG

I also had two amazing book reviews this week for The Girl Who Saved Ghosts!

You can check out what Tome Tender and Confessions of a YA Reader had to say in their blog posts!



Winner of Signed Copy of TGWSG

Congrats to Andrea Stephenson, who won the signed copy of TGWSG from the giveaway in the last blog post.  I’ll email you for your mailing address this week!



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The Girl Who Saved Ghosts Releases in One Month!


I can’t believe there are only 4 weeks left until The Girl Who Saved Ghosts is released! This entire year has been about revising the book, proofreading the book, marketing the book. And there’s still so much to be done!

The preorder links are up for the paperback of The Girl Who Saved Ghosts on


Barnes and Noble



Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter. There’s videos and images of author notes and stuff you can’t find anywhere else on this series. The preorder giveaways are only available to newsletter subscribers until October 18, 2017.

Make sure to sign up for author updates so you’ll be in the know!

Contact Kourtney



Early reviews of the book have been terrific!

If you got an advance reader copy, please remember when you post your review to mention “I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.”

Amazon doesn’t allow review posting until the actual release date on October 17, 2017. But you can write the review whenever you finish the book and have the review ready to post or post it to Goodreads now. Early reviews are absolutely critical to a book’s success. Thank you so much for your support!



I’m hard at work on all the guest posts and interviews for my blog tour in October. I’m hoping you’ll swing by some of the posts then.



And lastly, I haven’t done a giveaway of an advance reader copy to my blog followers, and so here it is!

Comment below and you will be entered to win an advance reader copy of my book.

I will close the giveaway on September 29, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. and announce the winner in my next blog post on October 2. Make sure to get your entry in!








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Eleven-year-old Fairday Morrow had no clue that moving from Manhattan to the small town of Ashpot, Connecticut, would lead to an unsolved mystery. Her parents’ dream of renovating a crumbling Victorian, called the Begonia House, into a bed and breakfast had seemed like treachery at the time. But Fairday found out that her new house kept secrets, and once inside its twisted front gates, anything was possible.


When mysterious notes start showing up warning that a librarian is in trouble and a bookworm is eating words, Fairday thinks the Begonia House has more skeletons in its closets. She notices a passage in her favorite book has been changed, and she’s certain something is dreadfully wrong. What happens to stories when their words get eaten?


The Detective Mystery Squad is ready to investigate! Fairday, Lizzy, and Marcus take off on a sticky trail and tumble into Nowhere. Like Alice in Wonderland, Fairday finds herself in a world where nothing makes sense and the lines of reality are blurred.


The three sleuths discover amazing things about themselves as they unravel more secrets within the walls of the Begonia House. Follow along with Fairday and friends as they open the next case in the DMS files to unlock the mystery of the Talking Library.

~ONE ~

Strange Notes


Fairday Morrow woke to a loud crack of thunder. As she bolted upright in bed, her gray eyes flew open. Rain pelted against the window. Electricity charged the air. Lightning flashed, and she saw the old willow tree in her backyard lurching wildly. A whip-like branch smashed the glass and the storm raged into her room. BOOM! The sky lit up. The wind blew in like a tornado, tossing wet leaves and sticks around. Fairday shrieked and ducked under the covers.

“Fairday! Are you okay?” her dad shouted from the hallway.

Auntie Em, the family pug, was barking her head off.

“Yeah, I’m alright,” Fairday answered in a shaky voice. She peeked out from the blankets as a burst of light split the dark. For an instant, glass shards twinkled like stars across the tattered lion-and-unicorn carpet; the heavy drapes flapped, twisting in the wind. On the next lightning strike, Fairday saw a paper blow in through the broken window. But the second she glimpsed it, thunder boomed, the house shook, and everything blacked out.



Jessica Haight & Stephanie Robinson, Co-authors

Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson have been friends since they met freshman year of high school. After discovering they both loved the same books, their friendship grew, and they went on to co-author The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow. The first mystery in the Fairday Morrow series, released with Delacorte Press in December 2015. Stephanie and Jess are excited to present the next case in the DMS files. Having the brilliant illustrations created by their close high school friend, David SanAngelo, has made bringing the story to life magical. To contact Stephanie and Jess or learn more about their journey, please visit: fairdaysfiles.com

David SanAngelo, Illustrator

David SanAngelo is an award winning illustrator, and a two-time Emmy nominated director of animated shows for children and he won a kite flying contest in the fourth grade. Dave attended high school with Jessica and Stephanie, and they’ve all been friends for a billion years. Some of Dave’s favorite things are: old monster movies, superheros and shred-a-licious rock music. Although he grew up in New England, Dave currently lives with his wife and sons in Decatur, GA. To learn more about Dave’s art, please visit: davidsanangelo.com

Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library

Book 2: Fairday Morrow series

Release date: October 2017

Age Range: 8 years old and up

Grade Level: 3-9

Publisher: Willow Press



Pre-Order Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library on Amazon


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My Beach Week

The view from my bedroom in Old Saybrook.

Last week, I snuck away for a week. I took a week off from teaching, but I didn’t post anything online because I detest making it easier for burglars. I only has email on my phone and didn’t check Facebook or Twitter.

It was amazing! I relaxed so much.

I gobbled up 4 books from Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires series and I am thinking about reading all 15 in a row. That’s how fun they are!

And I snapped about 1200 photos. It’s my favorite hobby. Capturing moments. Dad’s eyes glazed over as I showed him a few hundred. He begged me to stop. So I’ll just share a few highlights here. Alright more like 20ish. But that is exercising tons of self-control for me.


The view from our patio.


The house we rented had our own private beach. It was so amazing.


Mom strikes a pose at low tide. We walked the sandbars for miles.

First official vacay breakfast at Christy’s. Kielbasa and Cheese omelette with blueberry pancake. My friend, Marina, had eggs benedict florentine and some of the pancake. We had enough leftovers for lunch too.

Day 2. Beautiful Beach Day. I was in the water 5-6 hours with my friend.

Dinner at Liv’s. The best fish tacos on the east coast.

Sunset Day 2 in our backyard.

Marina and I walking at low tide. We encountered a sea robin which is super freaky looking as it rises from the depths.

Day 3: I got in this fabulous routine of throwing on yesterday’s clothes at 7 a.m. and grabbing breakfast out. Then coming home to the sandbars.  Sometimes I walked them dressed, other times in my bathing suit. I wouldn’t shower and change until 5 p.m.

Me walking the sandbars on a sunny day.  You can’t see the long pants, but man what resistance training when they got wet. My legs look so toned now.

Maple glazed bacon donut from The Beach Donut Shop. Worth every single calorie. Plus when you’re in the water 5 hours a day, you burn it off!

Fried Scallops at Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tale. They melted in my mouth. Best scallops ever.

Sunset on Day 3: Taken from the balcony off my bedroom and Mom’s master suite.

Day 4: I think I swam with a bluefish. It was long and pale green and we startled each other when I was waist deep in water.

Day 5 was a beautiful, sunny day.

My favorite sunset

The Beach Donut Shop–we went back. It was so good. I got the Porky Pig sandwich on a croissant–no regrets.

Another gorgeous day spent in the water.

I was a bit obsessed with the sunsets.

Day 7: feeding the seagulls. This is what happens when you snap 10 pictures in fast succession.

Day 7: Dessert at Rosemary and Sage. Coconut Torte. It’s like a coconut bar and a cookie made a baby. So yummie!

What’s your favorite vacay memory?



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What Kind of Blueberry Picker Are You?

While Ma and I were blueberry picking, we realized there are 3 types of pickers.

The Random Chatters

They think of the field as a coffeehouse and approach everyone wanting to chat. Sometimes they impart berry knowledge; sometimes they are just looking for small talk. They meander to a few locations.

The Family Bonders

They bring small children and really are there to make a memory, not to get berries. They stop at the first bush they see.

The Pickers

They come to fill baskets. They don’t want to talk. They want to get as many berries as they can as quickly as they can. They go away from everyone and seek the unpicked bushes in the farthest areas of the field.

Guess where Ma and I fall?

Category 3: The Pickers.

In one hour, we picked 10 baskets/13 pounds of blueberries.

A Family Bonder saw our haul and remarked, “Wow, look at all those berries. That’s amazing.”

Now Ma and I don’t stay together in the same row because that’s not efficient, and we want to maximize berry finds. Here’s a pic of Ma and me picking berries. Her approach is to work on 6 baskets at a time so that it’s not so hard to fill them.

My approach is to fill 1 basket at a time and pass it over to her since she has the tray for the baskets. We don’t talk much because we are busy crouching down and peering into the heart of the bushes in search of big berries.

At one point, however, we somehow ended up in a live action episode of Angry Birds, where a very determined bird flew into Ma’s ribs and attempted to knock her down for the berries. Then he sat on her back, waiting for her to freak and run. When she didn’t, he took off and divebombed my head. He clearly wanted to intimidate us into abandoning our berries. He failed.

We work fast and hard, so that our clothes are drenched in sweat and our glasses are sliding off our noses. My eyebrow sweat literally blinded me until I came up with a workaround.

We are in and out in 1 hour. We don’t dilly dally. We don’t make friends. We are the berry pickers. The funny thing is this is how we like to do it. We enjoy being pickers. Being focuses and intense relaxes us.

What kind of berry picker are you?


Book Stuff

Lots going on over two weeks, so I’ve got to share some more book stuff in this post!

Preorder Links

The preorder links for the ebooks of The Girl Who Saved Ghosts are all live!

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vqqMa7

Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-girl-who-saved-ghosts-kc-tansley/1126604900?ean=2940154417829

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-girl-who-saved-ghosts/id1249714435

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-girl-who-saved-ghosts

Book Giveaway

Quick side note: the YA Books Central Giveaway for The Girl Who Saved Ghosts is ending in 2 days on July 26!

Get your entries in now!


Author Update Email

The info on how to get the preorder bonuses went out to all newsletter subscribers last Friday. If you are a subscriber and didn’t get it, check your spam box for an email from kourtney(dot)heintz(at)kourtneyheintz(dot)com. If you aren’t able to find it anywhere, let me know and I will resend it to you.


I am so excited to share these amazing blurbs for The Girl Who Saved Ghosts from authors I respect and adore! And whose books I love!






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What’s Going on with The Girl Who Saved Ghosts

Ebook ARCs

I’m really excited to announce that the ebook advance reader copies are up on NetGalley for The Girl Who Saved Ghosts (TGWSG)!

If you are a book blogger, reviewer, librarian, or media person, you can go and request it from my publisher here:


Beckett Publishing Group should be listing the first book too for new reviewers.


YABC Giveaway

Want to get your hands on The Girl Who Saved Ghosts this summer?

Young Adult Books Central is sponsoring an international giveaway of 4 paperback copies of the advance reader copy of TGWSG. There are only 17 days left to get your entries in!

Enter their giveaway here:



Pre-order Bonuses

I’m going to be announcing some really cool pre-order bonuses in my next author newsletter that goes out in ten days!

Like super cool stuff that I’ve spent months putting together for my biggest fans. Photos and videos of stuff you can’t find anywhere else. I am only making these bonuses available to subscribers to my author updates. So if you want a special behind the scenes peek at what went into creating The Unbelievables series, make sure to sign up for my author updates by going to the page below:




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The Cover Reveal Countdown!

We are 1 day away from the cover reveal for The Girl Who Saved Ghosts on June 27th! I can’t believe this day is almost here. I’ve been working on this book non-stop since January. And to be able to share the cover is so exciting and thrilling!

I have to thank Xpresso Book Tours for all their help with the cover reveal tour. Seriously, Giselle is a dream to work with and so responsive to emails. She’s made this cover reveal super easy on me. Hugs to Giselle!

I want to think my cover designer, Creative Paramita, for yet again bringing Kat to life in a way that makes my heart smile.

I have to thank Beckett Publishing Group for making sure I loved my cover and making this book a reality.

I also want to thank Young Adult Book Central for running a separate giveaway and hosting the cover reveal on their site too.

And most of all all, to you my reader, thank you for getting excited about the new book and coming to see the cover reveal. I hope you like it and I can’t wait to hear what you think!


How to see the cover on June 27th:

  1. Stop by this blog and click on any of the blogs below. All these amazing and generous bloggers are sharing my cover on June 27th as part of the Xpresso Book Tours cover reveal!
  2. If you leave a comment on any of these blogs, we can chat about the cover art.
  3. Enter the international giveaway to get 1 of 4 advance copies of The Girl Who Saved Ghosts months before it’s available for purchase. The giveaway is hosted by YA Books Central who are also revealing the cover today:


Blog Name Blog URL
Adventures in Writing http://thhernandez.com/cover-reveal-the-girl-who-saved-ghosts-the-unbelievables-by-k-c-tansley
aggiesbookreview http://aggiesbookreview.blogspot.com/2017/06/k-c-tansley-girl-who-saved-ghosts-cover.html
Angels With Attitude Book Reviews https://angelswithattitudebookreviews-joelle.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-girl-who-saved-ghosts-by-kc-tansley.html
Ariane Joy http://twitter.com/arrrsevillano
Betwixt the Pages https://betwixtthesepages.wordpress.com/2017/06/27/cover-reveal-the-girl-who-saved-ghosts/
Book Bite Reviews http://www.bookbitereviews.com/2017/06/cover-reveal-girl-who-saved-ghosts-by.html
Booker T’s Farm: Books & Nails & Puppy Dog Tales http://bookertsfarm.blogspot.com/2017/06/cover-reveal-girl-who-saved-ghosts.html
Books, Dreams,Life http://booksdreamslife0829.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-girl-who-saved-ghosts-cover-reveal.html
Carries Book Reviews https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress.com/2017/06/27/cover-reveal-the-girl-who-saved-ghosts-by-k-c-tansley/
Cat’s Guilty Pleasure http://www.facebook.com/catherinewrightbooks
CBY Book Club http://cbybookclub.blogspot.com/2017/06/cover-reveal-girl-who-saved-ghosts-by.html
CGB Blog Tours https://cgbblogtours.blogspot.com/2017/06/xpresso-book-tours-girl-who-saved.html
Essentially Bookish https://essentiallybookish.blogspot.com/2017/06/reveal-girl-who-saved-ghosts.html
Field of Bookish Dreams http://fieldofbookishdreams.blogspot.com/2017/06/cover-reveal-girl-who-saved-ghosts.html
For Love of Books4 https://forloveofbooks4.wordpress.com/2017/06/27/cover-reveal-for-the-girl-who-saved-ghosts-by-k-c-tansley/
Freeing Fantasy http://freeingfantasy.com/girl-saved-ghosts-cover-reveal/
Full Moon Bites http://www.full-moon-bites.com/2017/06/cover-reveal-girl-who-saved-ghosts-by.html
Hauntedbybooks13 https://hauntedbybooks13.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-girl-who-saved-ghosts-by-kc-tansley.html
I Heart YA Books http://iheartyabooks.blogspot.com/2017/06/coverreveal-for-ya-fantasy-mystery-girl.html
Indy Book Fairy https://paranormalbookfairy.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-girl-who-saved-ghosts-kc-tansley.html
Jazzy Book Reviews https://bookreviewsbyjasmine.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-girl-who-saved-ghosts-by-kc-tansley.html
Lovely Loveday https://lovelyloveday.com/2017/06/27/the-girl-who-saved-ghosts-the-unbelievables-2-by-k-c-tansley
Lynchburg Mama http://www.lynchburgtnmama.com/girl-saved-ghosts-book-cover-reveal
Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang! https://mellojune.com/cover-reveal-the-girl-who-saved-ghosts-bookboost-bookbuzz-ian1-fantasy-mystery-ya/
Mes Livres https://livresrecommende.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/the-girl-who-saved-ghosts-2.html
MillsyLovesBooks http://millsylovesbooks.blogspot.com/2017/06/cover-reveal-girl-who-saved-ghosts-by.html
Movies, Shows, & Books http://moviesshowsnbooks.blogspot.com/2017/06/cover-reveal-girl-who-saved-ghosts-by.html
Musings From An Addicted Reader https://musingsfromanaddictedreader.wordpress.com/2017/06/27/cover-reveal-the-girl-who-saved-ghosts-by-k-c-tansley/
My Timeout Book Blog http://mytimeoutbookblog1.blogspot.ca/2017/06/cover-reveal-girl-who-saved-ghosts-by.html
Ogitchida Kwe’s Book Blog http://ogitchidabookblog.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-girl-who-saved-ghosts-reveal.html
Rabid Readers Book Blog https://www.facebook.com/RabidReadersBookBlog/
Ramblings of a Book Nerd http://www.booknerdramblings.com/2017/06/the-girl-who-saved-ghosts-kc-tansley.html
Read, Write, & Travel https://paperdollsletter.wordpress.com/2017/06/28/cover-reveal-the-girl-who-saved-ghosts/
Reading for the Stars and Moon http://readingforthestarsmoon.blogspot.com/2017/06/cover-reveal-girl-who-saved-ghosts-by.html
Red’s Midnight Readers http://redsmidnightreaders.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/cover-reveal-girl-who-saved-ghosts-by.html
 River Moose Reads  https://rivermoosebooks.wordpress.com/2017/06/27/cover-reveal-the-girl-who-saved-ghosts/
Sascha Darlington’s Microcosm Explored https://saschadarlington.me/2017/06/27/the-girl-who-saved-ghosts-cover-reveal/
Smada’s Book Smack https://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/2017/06/cover-reveal-girl-who-saved-ghosts-by.html
Smokin’ Hot Reads Book Blog http://smokinhotreadsbookblog.blogspot.com/2017/06/cover-reveal-girl-who-saved-ghosts-by.html
So Few Books https://sofewbooks.blogspot.com/2017/06/cover-reveal-for-girl-who-saved-ghosts.html
So Many Books, So Little Time https://somanybookssolittletimebookgroup.wordpress.com/2017/06/27/cover-reveal-the-girl-who-saved-ghosts-by-k-c-tansley/
T’s Stuff http://teresanoel.blogspot.com/2017/06/cover-reveal-for-girl-who-saved-ghosts.html
The Adventures of SacaKat https://sarahfairbairn.com/2017/06/27/the-girl-who-saved-ghosts-cover-reveal/
The Avid Reader https://the-avidreader.blogspot.com/2017/06/27-cover-reveal-the-girl-who-saved-ghosts-by-kc-tansley-XBT.html
The Bookworm Chronicles https://muretbookworm.wordpress.com/2017/06/27/cover-reveal-the-girl-who-saved-ghosts-by-k-c-tansley/
The Cover Contessa http://www.thecovercontessa.com/2017/06/cover-reveal-girl-who-saved-ghosts-by.html
The Genre Minx Book Reviews http://www.thegenreminx.com/2017/06/27/cover-reveal-girl-saved-ghosts-k-c-tansley
The Literary Apothecary http://theliteraryapothecary.blogspot.com/2017/06/coverreveal-for-new-ya-mystery-who-save.html
The Reading Diaries http://www.thereadingdiaries.com/2017/06/cover-reveal-girl-who-saved-ghosts.html
The Reading Life http://anneclarence.wixsite.com/thereadinglife/single-post/2017/06/27/Cover-Reveal-The-Girl-Who-Saved-Ghosts-by-KC-Xpresso-Book-Tours
The Silver Dagger Scriptorium http://silver-dagger-scriptorium.weebly.com/book-tours/the-girl-who-saved-ghosts-cover-reveal
Those Crazy Book Chicks https://www.facebook.com/Thosecrazybookchicks
Us Girls & A Book http://usgirlsandabook.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-girl-who-saved-ghosts-by-kc-tansley.html
 Author Tracker http://jessicahaight.blogspot.com/2017/06/cover-reveal-girl-who-saved-ghosts.html


















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What Makes A Wonderful Author Event?

Having great weather is essential for an outdoor event. It was sunny and 80s on Saturday for the Cheshire Strawberry Festival.

Planning ahead is the next best thing. All the books were in waterproof suitcases and bags. We positioned the table half a foot from the edge of the tent, just in cast rain tried to surprise us.

Having a booth buddy to work the event with me makes all the difference in the world. Rejection is tough. When you work a booth, you have to hand sell the books to every single person with the same enthusiasm as you did the first person that day. We literally pitch the books hundreds of times. Mom and I keep each other’s spirit up, take turns watching the cash box during bathroom breaks, and made sales all day.

Working with amazing organizers. Seriously, this was the best run event I’ve ever participated in. The First Congregational Church of Cheshire made this a dream day.

The second you pulled into the event area, people directed you to the proper check-in area. Then you were told where to go for your booth.

Each car was able to pull up right next to their booth to unload. And guess what? Boy Scouts helped you unload and set up your tent for you! What normally took Mom and me an hour to do, they did in 10 minutes. It was amazing.

Throughout the day, volunteers checked in to see how things were going and to get feedback. They even give their vendors $10 of coupons for food and drinks.

The event was held beside this beautiful national historic place and we were allowed to use the church’s restrooms instead of port-o-lets. That’s a big serving of kindness when you’re working an event for 7 hours.

The people were so friendly. Even when someone wasn’t interested in a book, the person was polite. That’s rare. I’ve worked events where you ask if someone likes to read and they look at you like you offered them a cold virus.

We sold lots of books and met lots of amazing people.

I left there in high spirits, feeling like the day was a huge success for me!

What makes a great author event for you? Or what do you wish authors would do when you go to their book signings?



Love Paranormal and Urban Fantasy?

Enter this international giveaway of young adult and new adult books–ebooks and signed paperbacks and you might also win a $100 Amazon giftcard for…MORE BOOKS! (Giveaway ends June 18, so get your entries in now!)




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When’s the Next Author Signing?


Come on down for some great live entertainment, tasty food, and cool vendors!

Mark your calendar for  Saturday, June 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.! I’ll be at the Cheshire Strawberry Festival on the Green (111 Church Dr., Cheshire, CT) selling and signing books in Booth C9.

So if you’d like to meet me and have me autograph your book or take a photo together, please stop by this free event!

You can find directions and all the info you need on the Strawberry Festival’s website: http://www.funcheshireevents.com/info/cheshire-strawberry-festival-and-craft-fair


I sent out an author update to all my email newsletter subscribers on May 31 about the event (from kourtney(dot)heintz (at)kourtneyheintz.com). If you didn’t receive it, please check your spam because the email included a free unpublished ghost story for all my newsletter subscribers.


If you aren’t subscribed to my newsletter and you’d like to get a copy of the short story, just hop on over to my website and sign up for my author updates: http://kourtneyheintz.com/contact/


Today is the last day to enter this Fantasy/Urban Fantasy giveway. You can win up to 28 ebooks including The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts!

Make sure you get your entry in today, June 5!

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The Best 100 Novels Challenge

When I first read about the 100 Best Novels Challenge on Nathan Bransford’s blog, I thought this would be a fun challenge.  It was definitely fun at first, but then I reached 50 books and it got hard. Really hard. I’ve read tons of novels, but I got stuck on what makes a book a best novel.

For me, it was something that stuck with me years later, something that left an indelible mark on me, something I’ve reached for and reread, something I can still tell you something about now. Some of these inspired my own work. Some of these made me a better writer. Some had characters that resonated with me. Others had unique plots of world building. Some of these are just reads that I truly loved.

Then came the ranking. I did the best I could. But it’s hard to compare a YA vampire to a classic mystery and decide which is better. Especially since I adore the paranormal. Decisions, decisions.

Here is my list of the 100 best novels:

  1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  2. Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (I read the French version)
  3. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll
  4. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  5. Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente
  6. The Witch of Black Bird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
  7. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  8. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  9. Ocean Sea by Alessandro Baricco
  10. The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
  11. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  12. The Ocean at the End of The Lane by Neil Gaiman
  13. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  14. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  15. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
  16. House of Spirits by Isabelle Allende
  17. 1984 by George Orwell
  18. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  19. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  20. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
  21. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  22. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  23. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  24. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  25. No-No Boy by John Okada
  26. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  27. Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
  28. Animal Farm George Orwell
  29. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
  30. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  31. The Shadow Behind the Stars by Rebecca Hahn
  32. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
  33. Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
  34. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
  35. Ms. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  36. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  37. Ensnared by A.G. Howard
  38. The Velveteen Rabbit Margery Williams
  39. Winnie-the-Pooh by A.L. Milne
  40. The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig
  41. The Probable Future by Alice Hoffman
  42. Bones of Fairie by Janni Lee Simner
  43. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  44. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
  45. The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry
  46. Wait For Me An Na
  47. The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd
  48. The Murderer’s Daughters by Randy Sue Meyers
  49. An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris
  50. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
  51. Invincible by Dawn Metcalf
  52. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  53. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
  54. The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King
  55. L’etranger by Albert Camus
  56. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  57. The Hound of the Baskerville by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  58. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  59. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  60. To Kill A Mockingbird Harper Lee
  61. Franny and Zoey by J.D. Salinger
  62. Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
  63. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
  64. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  65. South of the Border West of the Sun by Haruki Marukami
  66. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  67. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  68. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  69. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  70. If Onions Could Spring Leeks Paige Shelton
  71. Double Up by Gretchen Archer
  72. Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
  73. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  74. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  75. Death’s Dream Kingdom by Jessica Penot
  76. Deadline by Chris Crutcher
  77. The Future of Us by Jay Asher
  78. Dead Harvest by Chris F. Holm
  79. Nightshade Andrea Cremer
  80. Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
  81. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  82. The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  83. The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer by Jennifer Lynch
  84. Unhinged by A.G. Howard
  85. The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
  86. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  87. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  88. Mischief Amanda Quick
  89. Witch Hill by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  90. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
  91. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  92. Caught by Harlen Coben
  93. Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
  94. Storm Winds by Iris Johansen
  95. Fatal Fixer Upper by Jennie Bentley
  96. Heist Society Ally Carter
  97. Millicent Min Girl Genius by Lisa Yee
  98. Sun Blind by Gwen Hansen
  99. The Darkwater Liar’s Account by K. Lyn Wurth
  100. Slumber Party by Christopher Pike

After spending hours on this, I’m hesitant to tag anyone with this mighty task. So if anyone wants to participate, comment below with a link to your list and I’ll link to your post here in my post. And if you just want to share your top ten or chat about the books on my list, comment below.








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