Mackenzi Lee Instagram Q&A

My goodness, it has been awhile! Welcome to 2019, dear readers! To start us off in the new year, I thought I would introduce you to one of our new part-time reference assistants, Chelsea! Chelsea has, of course, been recently stalking one of her favorite young adult authors, as we all do (shoutout to Leigh Bardugo’s fabulous Instagram page). And she wanted to share this Q&A she found with YA author Mackenzi Lee. Lee allowed her Instagram followers to ask her for YA book suggestions, and boy did she deliver! I will let Chelsea take it from here!

While Insta-stalking one of my favorite authors, Amie Kaufman (The Illuminae Files), she
introduced me (well, all of her followers, really, but when watching an Instastory, don’t you want to feel like you’re the only one she’s talking to?) to her friend, and author, Mackenzi Lee. Lee is known for This Monstrous Thing, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, and it’s sequel The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, all appearing on the New York Times Bestseller list.


From her website:


On her Instagram, Mackenzi posed the question “What do you want to read?” She received many responses, and out of the sheer goodness of her heart, recommended a different book for each request. These requests ranged from “Joyful women historical” to “something good or funny with a trans main character” to “creepy/ghosty” and everything in between! A lot of these requests are very specific and some are pretty generic. You’ll be sure to find something that tickles your fancy! She even recommends her own book; but I would, wouldn’t you?

Author’s Note: Some abbreviations have been written out to better explain what they stand for. Additionally, spelling and capitalization has been corrected where needed. All book titles are in italics. Please feel free to comment if you have any questions about any specific books. Enjoy the list!

good ya mystery:  A Study in Charlotte
really good ending: Damsel
something underrated/not a best seller: The Disappearances
fantasy with LGBTQ prot. pan(sexual):  Black Wings Beating
bi girl main character: Girl Made of Stars
good YA historical fiction: Grave Mercy
retelling of Robin Hood: The Forest Queen
something with Shakespeare & lgbt: Speak Easy Love Easy
patriarchy smashing main character: Merci Suarez Changes Gears
cute lesbian romance: Dear Rachel Maddow
something really soft and cute: Love and Gelato
queer girls YA: Wild Beauty
something like Welcome to Night Vale: The Good Demon
murder mystery: No Saints in Kansas
girls supporting girls: Sawkill Girls
book with an aro/ace main (character): The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats
gay witches: Bruja Born
supernatural/spooky like Raven Cycle: Spellbook of Lost and Found
For fans of Adam Silvera: Jack of Hearts
historical fiction: Blood Water Paint
contemporary: We Are Okay
YA mystery featuring a f/f (female/female romance): The Pearl Thief
someting LGBT with a happy ending that’s heart wrenching too: Summer of Salt
something set in Japan: The Girl from the Well
YA world war two: Rose Under Fire
lgbtq characters for middle school: Better Nate than Ever
circus themed: Circus Mirandus
next read after My Lady Jane: Murder, Magic, and What We Wore
someone who enjoyed The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats: Etiquette Espionage
lgbt action: Runebinder
Victorian time period: The Lie Tree
LGBT p.o.c. magical: When the Moon Was Ours
book for John Green lovers: This Song Will Save Your Life
something for a theatre kid: Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason
quick read to get out of slump: Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies
queer YA urban fantasy: Willful Machines
satirical comedy: Dodger
YA that’ll make you cry: The Game of Love and Death
obsessed with fairytales: Damsel
similar to And I Darken (female villan/anti hero): The Young Elites
YA with horses: The Scorpio Races
lgbt and mystery: A Line in the Dark
renaissance period: Blood Water Paint
good series similar to Cassandra Clare: Reign the Earth
joyful women historical: The Strange Case of the Alchemists Daughter
f/f (female/female romance) contemporary: Summer of Salt
wlw (women loving women) fantasy/adventure: Sound
dragons and/or cool mythology: The Last Dragonslayer
something funny w/ bisexual sassy character: Trust Me, I’m Lying
historical fiction with a dash of mystery: Palace of Spies
for fans of Broadway musicals: Echo After Echo
anything with eccentric larger than life characters: My Not So Perfect Life
heist books: Illusive
latinx protagonist: The Poet X
adventure: Karen Memory
angsty: The Year We Fell Apart
dystopian or sci-fi: Proxy
something funny or good with trans main character: Looking for Group
something about World War II: Code Name: Verity
m/m (male/male romance) fantasy: Black Wings Beating
romance: The Weight of Feathers
a literal representation of spooky autumn chill in book form: Sawkill Girls
Jewish: You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone
strong WW2/holocaust female lead: Rose Under Fire
anything fantasy with the chosen family trope: Furyborn
girls breaking gender norms: Dress Code for Small Towns
a fun graphic novel: The Prince and the Dressmaker
for someone trying to get into classics: Frankenstein (illustrated by Grimly)
siblings + fantasy: The Shifter
a character with PTSD: Belzhar
supernatural mystery: Jackaby
feminist steampunk/victorian: Rebel Mechanics
quirky historical fiction: Speak Easy Love Easy
something with a lot of twists and turns: The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly
dark and full of ghosts: Into the Grey
fiction involving Shakespeare: An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason
creepy/ghosty: Imaginary Girls
YA dystopian: Unwind
graphic novel with lgbt main character: Spinning
LGBTQ halloween f/f (female/female romance): As I Descended

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