The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
After a party, Tana wakes up to find all of the other partygoers victims of a vampire attack. She discovers two other survivors: her ex-boyfriend and a mysterious vampire. The three then travel to the nearest Coldtown: a city where the vampire population is quarantined inside. This is a thrilling book mixed with a bit of romance and is my pick for favorite book of the year!
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
This is a hilarious, feel good romance with a twist. Don Tillman, a genetics professor, approaches life methodically and scientifically. He sets up a “The Wife Project” to find the “perfect” wife. But then he meets Rosie who needs his help to find her biological father. Rosie is everything he is not looking for in a wife: she is passionate, spontaneous, and fiery. Meeting Rosie shows him that love isn’t always logical.
Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen
Frances Osgood is a writer and poet struggling to sell her work in 1845, New York City. She makes an unexpected connection with Edgar Allan Poe whose poem “The Raven” is hugely successful. As her relationship with Poe becomes more complicated she fears she has become the object his young wife’s dangerous schemes.
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
This is the second book in the Lunar Trilogy. I recommend reading the first book in the series before this one, Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Scarlet is a fantastic sequel which focuses on a different character in the same world. This series is a futuristic retelling of classic fairytales. Cinder, based on Cinderella, is a gifted mechanic and cyborg. Scarlet, based on Little Red Riding Hood, is searching for her grandmother with the help of a street fighter named Wolf.
Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman
This is the full text of Neil Gaiman’s inspiring commencement address at Philadelphia’s University for the Arts in May 2012. In this speech he encourages everyone to think outside the box and make good art.