A few people have mentioned getting ideas for their reading my list of minireviews yesterday, and I realize that I may not have been sufficiently clear about what those books were – genre, subgenre, age, etc. I did try to go back and mention which ones were kids’ or teen books, because my brain doesn’t subdivide them that way, but I realize that not everyone switches uncritically between MG, YA and adult books the way I do. I’m also not sure I made it clear which books were new and which older, and what form they’re available in. I’d assume that anything here that’s available for Kindle is available in other ebook formats, but Kindle is what I use so I don’t know about others. I recommend Alibris as a way to find older out-of-print books if you prefer paper to electrons.

So here are some details:

Kat, Incorrigible: YA regency fantasy. First of a series of which the next is due out in April. Available in paper or ebook.

Angela Brazil: girls’ boarding school series from around WWI. Available for free on Kindle, probably hard to find in paper.

The Dr. Thorndyke mysteries, by R. Austin Freeman: Golden Age detective stories written over a time period ranging from pre-WWI to the 1930s. Available for free or cheap on Kindle, probably hard to find in paper.

Cecelia Tan’s Magic University series: fantasy erotica. The Siren and the Sword; The Tower and the Tears; The Incubus and the Angel; The Poet and the Prophecy.The first two are available for Kindle and in paperback, the last two and the short-story anthology Spellbinding are ebook-only.

I Am Half-Sick of Shadows, Alan Bradley: The fourth Flavia de Luce mystery. Aimed at adults but with an 11-year-old protag, set in England a few years after WWII. Available in electron and paper.

One Salt Sea, by Seanan McGuire: New, of course – she seems to be publishing two a year in this series in addition to her other series. Amazing. Fantasy mystery, ebook and paper.

The Princess Curse, Merrie Haskell: new YA fantasy based on fairytale. Available in hardcover and on Kindle, but for some reason Amazon has them listed as completely separate books.

A whole bunch by Georgette Heyer: Regency romance, duh. Many currently in print and on Kindle, also easy to find and used-book stores.

Blood Spirits, by Sherwood Smith: Ruritanian romance in the old sense of the latter word. The fantasy elements are much more pronounced than in Coronets and Steel, its predecessor. Currently in hardback and ebook; I assume a paperback version will be along eventually. Coronets and Steel is in hardcover, paperback and ebook – for some reason the HB is actually cheaper than the pb on Amazon at the moment.

Eleanor Dyer-Bennett’s The School by the River. Girls’ boarding school story with an element of Ruritania, first published in 1930. Available on Kindle, probably very hard to find on paper.

Among Others by Jo Walton: Difficult to categorize, but it’s about fantasy – and fairies, and growing into oneself, and boundaries, and having to deal with people when you’d really rather just climb into a book and pull the covers over you. Hardback, paperback, and ebook.

Debora Geary’s Modern Witch and Witches on Parole books: Light fluffy urban fantasy, with witches but no werewolves or vampires. Paperback and ebook. She seems to be self-published (her publisher is listed as Fireweed and hers seem to be their only books), so it’s worth noting that her books are well-edited – no spelling/grammar mistakes, good continuity, consistent character voices. There’s some weakness in the world-building logic, but not enough to hurt much.

No Idle Hands: the Social History of American Knitting: social history, as it says. Published in 1990 – its only flaw is missing out on the last 20 years! Available in paperback and on Kindle.

Casson Family stories by Hilary McKay: MG stories, not fantasy but they somehow feel like it to me. Available in paperback and ebook.

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard, by Chip and Dan Heath:Addresses change in both personal and professional spheres. Avilable in hardback and ebook.

Welcome to Bordertown: Fantasy, duh, last year, also duh, but despite being released twenty years or so after the first Bordertown books, it would probably be OK to start with if you can’t get the others. (Or just go get The Essential Bordertown too – it’s still in print.) In hardcover, paperback, and ebook.

The Rose quartet, by Holly Webb: MG Regency fantasy. Available on ebook. Otherwise out of print but recently so – Amazon doesn’t have the paperbacks itself but has other sellers who do.

Jeanne Birdsall’s The Penderwicks at Point Mouette: MG book reminiscent of Elizabeth Enright Hardcover, paperback, ebook.

R.L. LaFevers’ Theodosia and the Last Pharoah: MG Victorian fantasy based on Egyptian Mythology. Hardcover, paperback and ebook.

Rick Riordan’s The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus): YA fantasy based on Roman Mythology. Hardcover, paperback and ebook.

Rick Riordan’s Throne of Fire (the Kane Chronicles): YA fantasy based on Egyptian Mythology. Hardcover, paperback and ebook.