Having bounced around the Great Lakes region most of my life, I'm very aware of the kind of deep devotion required to pack and move an extensive book collection (ok, hoard; send help).
I'm an avid reader of all genres but I particulary love memoir, historical/literary fiction, cheeky dystopian novels and bodice-rippers. I also enjoy eating, old movies and avoiding direct sunlight.
Megg is a depressed, drug-addicted witch. Mogg is her black cat. Their friend, Owl, is an anthropomorphized owl. They hang out a lot with Werewolf Jones.
This is just the best book. It is a retelling of the Brother Grimm Tale "The Six Swans" set in the Dark Ages of Ireland. Sorcha's six brothers are turned into swans by their jealous and wicked stepmother. Sorcha can save them by staying completely silent as she completes an arduous task set to her by the Fair Folk. The ordeal takes her to foreign lands and, eventually, to the love of her life.
Notwithstanding the interesting idea of having a mute main character, Marillier is able to paint a vivid and evocative world with lyrical and lush writing. A definite "up all night" kind of book, it is fantasy for people who don't like fantasy.