Here they are in order of influence: 

1. Victorian London by Liza Picard

-This book is proof that non fiction works can produce novels. I’ve always loved the Victorian Era and Liza brings it to gritty life better than I ever could. 19th century London was truly the first Dystopian society.

2. The Ethics of Elfand by G.K. Chesterton

-Another non fiction work that is actually an essay within a book called Orthodoxy. It isn’t very long but Chesterton’s thesis on the power and truth of fairy tales was life changing.

3. The Door In The Wall by Marguerite De Angeli

-The only novel in the group and it is a Newberry winner. I really cherish this story and Marguerite’s writing style. Unfortunately, in this day and age it is gravely under appreciated. 

So there it is. The top three. I highly recommend you get these books and start reading!