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Chii Rempel, born in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan, is currently living in Düsseldorf, where she works on her books and illustrations while drinking a ton of tea. Her obsession with tea began early in life and caught on so much, that it began to spill over into her manuscripts.
Becoming a published writer has been an early dream of hers that she continues to work and fight for every day.

Her favourite writers and greatest inspirations are Oscar Wilde, V. E. Schwab, Neil Gaiman, Maggie Stiefvater and Brandon Sanderson.

Book recommendations

These are all books I enjoyed very much or which got me into the genre. All of them are pretty obvious choices, but I don’t think only because a book is highly acclaimed or widely known in its genre, it doesn’t need to be named.


  • Patrick Rothfuss: The Name of the Wind
  • Brandon Sanderson: Mistborn Trilogy
  • Jay Kristoff: Nevernight
  • Maggie Stiefvater: The Raven Boys
  • Anne Rice: The Vampire Lestat
  • Rainbow Rowell: Carry On

Science Fiction

  • Douglas Adams: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Martha Wells: All Systems Red
  • Becky Chambers: The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet
  • V.E. Schwab: Vicious
  • Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufmann: Illuminae
  • Andy Weir: The Martian
  • Ted Chiang: Stories of your Life and Others (stort stories)


  • Becky Albertalli: Simon vs the Homosapiens Agends
  • Madeline Miller: The Song of Achilles
  • Benjamin Alire Saenz: Aristotle and Dante discover the Secrets of the Universe
  • Alice Oseman: Heartstopper
  • Jacky Kay: Trumpet
  • T. J. Klune: The House in the Cerulean Sea


  • Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Beowulf (recommended translations: Seamus Heaney or J.R.R. Tolkien)
  • Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice
  • Mary Shelley: Frankenstein
  • Shakespeare: The Tempest
  • H.P. Lovecraft: The Call of Cthulhu
  • J.W. von Goethe: Faust