The Miriam Black books are known in part for their titles, which always contain birds—because, of course, Miriam develops the ability over the course of the books to inhabit the minds of birds. (That, in addition to her normal psychic powers, which are to see how people are going to die and how to mystically figure out the meanest and most profane thing to say at any given time.) Usually I joke that if I write enough of these books, I’ll end up with Book 17: Booby Nuthatch or Book 23: Rough-Faced Shag. (Actually, wait, that last one is a pretty good title. I call dibs. Dibs!)
So, it seemed appropriate to recommend a list of books whose titles contain some manner of birdliness. (Which I know is not a word, shut up.) Initially, I wasn’t certain I’d be able to pull enough of these out of my hat, but about three minutes into it I had a list that was over ten books long, so I’m going to cheat here and add a handful of unofficial entries to the list: Leigh Bargudo’s Six of Crows, Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle books, Seanan McGuire’s Sparrow Hill Road, Daniel O’Malley’s The Rook, plus some classics: Still Life With Woodpecker, A Feast for Crows, To Kill A Mockingbird, Harry Potter and the Goslings of Revenge. Pretty sure that last one is the best in the Harry Potter series, if we’re being honest with each other.
Anyway! Onto the list.