March's Celebrity Picks: Cassandra Clare's Favorite Reads

CassandraClare_photo Lady Midnight, Cassandra Clare's first book in her new Shadowhunters series, just released and is rapidly becoming a new fan favorite (we also picked it as one of our Best YA Books of March). But what are some of Clare's recent favorites? 

Below you'll find the three books she picked and why--we definitely have overlapping taste in books (and, as it happens, shoes) because I would highly recommend all of them, too.

 

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
There's nothing quite like a good heist story, and in Six of Crows Leigh Bardugo has crafted a heady combination of magic, action and intrigue. The ragtag team of troublemakers she throws together are a joy to read about. Six of Crows is set in the same world as Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy, but you don't need to have read any of the other books to enjoy this wild romp.
 

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 Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
Dumplin' is the nickname of Willowdeen Dickson, teenage daughter of a former beauty queen. Willowdeen is delightfully self-confident. She embraces her identity as a fat girl, and doesn't let oppressive beauty standards affect her self-worth. When she finds her confidence shaken by a new relationship, Willowdean meets the challenge head-on, deciding to buck convention and compete in a teen beauty pageant herself. Willowdean is a smart and engaging protagonist, and her story is thoroughly enjoyable.
 

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If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
I was born in Iran, and still feel a connection to that wonderful country. This book touched my heart. It is a beautiful novel about two young Iranian women who are caught in conflict between their conservative society and their love for each other. It's a moving story about a complicated and delicate issue, and Farizan doesn't fob off the reader with any easy answers. If You Could Be Mine offers a nuanced, rarely seen perspective on LGBT issues in contemporary Iran.
 
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