This is a rather random and incomplete list of some of the books and authors I have enjoyed. I expect to flesh this out as I work on my blog, as there are many other books I can recommend. Some of these are easy reading; a few are not. Tastes vary, and what I like won’t appeal to everyone, but if I can introduce a few old friends to new ones, or vice versa, that’s a good thing.

Mysteries and Suspense

  • Dorothy L. Sayers‘ mysteries featuring Lord Peter and Harriet Vane: Strong Poison, Have His Carcase, Gaudy Night, and Busman’s Honeymoon.
  • The Brother Cadfael mysteries, by Ellis Peters.
  • Tony Hillerman’s Lieutenant Leaphorn and Jim Chee mysteries.
  • Faye Kellerman’s series featuring Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus.
  • The Knights Templar series by Michael Jecks.
  • Just about anything by Mary Stewart or Dick Francis.

Fantasy and Science Fiction

Historical Fiction

Literary Fiction

  • Moo by Jane Smiley.
  • The Golden Gate by Vikram Seth.
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.

Children’s Fiction

  • The Magic Tree House books by Mary Pope Osborne (beginning readers),
  • Edward Eager’s children’s book: Half MagicMagic by the LakeThe Well-Wishers, Seven-Day Magic… (elementary school readers),
  • The Oz stories by Frank L. Baum (elementary school readers),
  • The Dr Doolittle books by Hugh Lofting (elementary school readers),
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norten Juster (elementary school readers),
  • The Silver Crown and The Rats of NIMH by Robert C O’Brien (elementary school readers),
  • The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien (preteens),
  • The Mad Scientists’ Club stories by Bertrand Brinley (preteens),
  • The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan (preteens),
  • The first few Artemis Fowl books by Eoin Colfer (preteens),
  • Howl’s Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones (preteens),
  • Drama, by Raina Telgemeier (preteens),
  • Heinlein’s juvenile novels, particularly Red Planet and Have Spacesuit, Will Travel (early teens),
  • A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K Le Guin (early teens),
  • The Traitor and the Thief, by Gareth Ward
  • Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C Clarke (mid teens),
  • Watership Down by Richard Adams (mid teens),
  • Graceling by Kristen Cashore (mid teens),
  • Mistborn, by Brandon Sanderson (mid teens),
  • A Spell for Chameleon, by Piers Anthony (mid teens),