Adult Fiction:

  1. Get in Trouble by Kelly Link
  2. Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link
  3. Stranger Things Happen by Kelly Link
  4. Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang
  5. Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
  6. Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
  7. Florida by Lauren Groff
  8. How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin
  9. A People’s Future of the United States, edited by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams
  10. The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu
  11. Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
  12. The (Other) You by Joyce Carol Oates
  13. The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg
  14. What is Not Yours is Not Yours: Stories by Helen Oyeyemi
  15. Orange World and Other Stories by Karen Russell
  16. Tenth of December by George Saunders
  17. Excuse Me While I Disappear: Stories by Joanna Scott
  18. And I Do Not Forgive You: Stories and Other Revenges by Amber Sparks
  19. Baby, You’re Gonna Be Mine: Stories by Kevin Wilson
  20. The Decameron Project: 29 New Stories From the Pandemic, edited by The New York Times Magazine

Classic Fiction:

  1. The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
  2. Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings by Shirley Jackson
  3. The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
  4. The Moment of Tenderness by Madeleine L’Engle
  5. His Hideous Heart: 13 of Edgar Allan Poe’s Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined

Adult Nonfiction:

  1. The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales by Bruno Bettelheim
  2. The Witch Must Die: How Fairy Tales Shape Our Lives by Sheldon Cashdan
  3. The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader, and the Imagination by Ursula K. Le Guin
  4. The Lady and Her Monsters: A Tale of Dissections, Attempts to Reanimate Dead Tissue, and the Writing of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein by Roseanne Montillo


  1. The Selected Works of Audre Lorde, edited by Roxane Gay
  2. Transformations by Anne Sexton
  3. Auguries of Innocence by Patti Smith

Graphic Novels:

  1. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
  2. Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti
  3. The Low, Low Woods by Carmen Maria Machado, illustrated by Dani and Tamra Bonvillain
  4. Saga series by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples

Teen Fiction:

  1. Out to Get You: 13 Tales of Weirdness and Woe by Josh Allen, illustrated by Sarah J. Coleman
  2. A Universe of Wishes, edited by Dhonielle Clayton
  3. Black Boy Joy, edited by Kwame Mbalia
  4. 145th Street by Walter Dean Myers
  5. Flying Lessons & Other Stories, edited by Ellen Oh
  6. Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds
  7. 9 From the Nine Worlds by Rick Riordan
  8. How to Fracture a Fairy Tale by Jane Yolen
  9. The Midnight Circus by Jane Yolen

Juvenile Fiction:

  1. The Time of Green Magic by Hilary McKay
  2. Edgar and the Tattle-Tale Heart, written by Jennifer Adams, illustrated by Ron Stucki
  3. Beneath the Bed and Other Scary Stories by Max Brailler
  4. The Wolves in the Walls, written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave McKean
  5. Ghosts in the House by Kazuno Kohara
  6. What There is Before There is Anything There: A Scary Story by Liniers
  7. There’s a Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer
  8. Wayside School: Beneath the Cloud of Doom by Louis Sachar
  9. Alfred’s Book of Monsters by Sam Streed
  10. Heckedy Peg by Audrey Wood

Picture Books:

  1. Dangerous Alphabet, written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Gris Grimly
  2. The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess, written and illustrated by Tom Gauld
  3. How to Make Friends With a Ghost by Rebecca Green
  4. The Dark, written by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen
  5. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, written by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith
  6. Dragons Are the Worst! by Alex Willan