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, starting with Strong Poison.
  • 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

  • J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.
  • The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.
  • The Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling.
  • Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.
  • Mercedes Lackey’s 500 Kingdoms.
  • The Lord Darcy stories by Randall Garrett.
  • The Witches of Karres by James H Schmitz

Historical Fiction

  • The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett.
  • The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.
  • Cashelmara by Susan Howatch.
  • The Mathematics of Love by Emma Darwin.

Literary Fiction

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


  • The Endurance by Caroline Alexander
  • Longitude by Dava Sobel
  • Rocket Boys (a.k.a. October Sky) by Homer Hickam