Jo Walton has written a beautiful love letter to sci-fi and fantasy books. It's made up of diary entries, in which a girl named Mori talks about her family, the death of her twin sister, her disability and alienation at the boarding school, and the books that keep her sane. Oh, and there are also fairies and magic, but the truly magical aspect of Among Others lies in the fact that all books referenced by Mori are real. Walton's story will tug at your heartstrings if you grew up reading sci-fi and add many to-be-read (or re-read) books to your nightstand.
Meet Harry, a wizard. No, not that one. Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, tries to make ends meet by consulting the Chicago Police Department on matters weird and supernatural. If you've shunned urban fantasy until now, here is where you should begin. The series has some of the best characters in the genre, and it only gets better with each subsequent volume. So pick up the first book, Storm Front, and meet Harry, a wizard.