Recommended Reads


Here’s a list of my most highly recommended reads. If I’ve written about the book explaining its influence on my fiction, the entry contains a hyperlink to the post. If you’re looking for a fantasy novel to entertain, a classic to make you think, or just something to make you laugh, you’ll find it here, for sure! Some selections are no brainers, but I hope some surprise as well. Each section is listen in alphabetical order, according to author.  I’ll also grace you with my blacklist: these authors I just can’t stand, for personal reasons. It’s just an opinion thing. Please, feel free to add your own recommendations in the comments!


  1. Robin Hobb: The Farseer Trilogy (*some adult themes)
  2. Thomas Malory: Le Morte d’Arthur
  3. Karen Miller: The Innocent Mage, The Awakened Mage
  4. J.K. Rowling: the Harry Potter series
  5. Michael J. Sullivan, The Riyria Revelations (*some adult themes)
  6. Alfred, Lord Tennyson: Idylls of the King
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien: The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings
  8. T.H.White: The Once and Future King


  1. Jane Austen: Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice
  2. Miguel de Cervantes: Don Quixote
  3. Charles Dickens: Hard Times, Great Expectations
  4. Fyodor Dostoevsky: Crime and Punishment
  5. George Eliot: Silas Marner
  6. Ernest Hemingway: For Whom the Bell Tolls
  7. Victor Hugo: Les Miserables
  8. Margaret Mitchell: Gone with the Wind
  9. Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray


  1. Douglas Adams: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  2. John Steinbeck: Tortilla Flat
  3. John Kennedy Toole: A Confederacy of Dunces (*some adult themes)
  4. Oscar Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest


  1. anything by William Faulkner
  2. anything by James Joyce
  3. anything by D.H. Lawrence

12 responses to “Recommended Reads

  1. Cool! Have you ever read Atlas Shrugged? That would be a recommendation I would add. 🙂

  2. If there’s Hemingway, there’s gotta be Fitzgerald. I would recommend “Great Gatsby”. There also has to be a separate genre from crime, law and other alternative categories.

  3. I gotta say, I love your TO AVOID: THE BLACKLIST. Made me chuckle.

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  5. I’d add John Cheever’s book of short stories to the list. Glad to see A Confederacy of Dunces on the list.

  6. Joyce’s “The Dead” is one of my all-time favorite short stories.

  7. I think Cloud Atlas is wonderful.

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