Books Zarina Zayas-Ortiz Loves

Growing up, Zarina enjoyed contemporary and historical fiction, as well as books and series about an England where magic is real, from the legend of King Arthur to the Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter. Zarina says, " When it came to consuming as many books as I could, I loved the whole idea of creating worlds."

Hope for the Flowers  by Trina Paulus

Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus

The Agony and the Ecstasy  by Irving Stone

The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone

The God of Small Things  by Arundhati Roy

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe  (and the rest of  The Chronicles of Narnia ) by C.S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (and the rest of The Chronicles of Narnia) by C.S. Lewis

The Mists of Avalon  by Marion Zimmer Bradley

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone  (actually, the whole series) by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (actually, the whole series) by J.K. Rowling

As an adult, Zarina still enjoys novels with an element of the fantastic...and nonfiction that encourages thoughtfulness and new perspectives.

American Gods  by Neil Gaiman

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Life of Pi  by Yann Martel

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

The Art of Asking  by Terry J. Fadem

The Art of Asking by Terry J. Fadem

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance  by Robert M. Pirsig

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

 An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States  by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

 An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

 The Shock Doctrine  by Naomi Klein

 The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein

Check out our interview with Zarina and find out more about her work.