Here are some of my favorite adult fiction books and authors. (And yes, I have enjoyed many, many more books that are listed here. These are my very favorites, for one reason or another.)
In random order:
Fantasy is now moved to its own list
Romance is now moved to its own list
Diane Duane (also found in YA fantasy) Character-based sci-fi, but with enough science to be fun.
Final Frontier, by Diane Carey This is a Star Trek book, but not related to the movie of the same name. It’s about Captain Kirk’s father in the first (highly classified) encounter with the Romulans that resulted in them inventing the cloaking device. Spoiler: It was Kirk’s fault.
Nor Crystal Tears, and the Flinx series, Alan Dean Foster Character-based sci-fi, because that’s what I like. 🙂 Foster does aliens very well.
Mary Robinette Kowal (yes, she gets around the genres). The Lady Astronaut series, for instance.
Donna Andrews Contemporary mystery with humor.
Laurie R. King (imo, the best new Sherlock Holmes series that’s actually about Sherlock) Recent-historical rather than contemporary.
Ellis Peters, medieval mystery
Dorothy Gilman. Ah, Mrs. Pollifax. What would we do without our favorite geriatric spy?
Frank Shaw series, by John D. Brown. This series isn’t finished yet (I hope). Contemporary amateur-sleuth.
Contemporary or Historical
The Diddakoi, by Rumer Godden. Recent-historical. The main character is a child, but this is not YA. When her grandmother dies, the young gypsy must find a home in the regular village.
The Lance of Kanana, by Harry W. French. Historical, Middle East. When people want a story about integrity, this is what I recommend.
A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman. Contemporary. I cried ugly tears. The movie doesn’t do it justice.
Mary Robinette Kowal (yes, she gets around the genres).
Comics (not to be confused with Graphic Novels, which I find difficult to read)
Calvin and Hobbes, by Bill Watterson
Family Circle, by Bil Keane
Enjoy, and feel free to comment if you found something you liked.
M. C. Lee