Category Archives: Book Reviews

Favorite Religious Books

Here are some of my favorite religious books, not counting the scriptures, which would come at the top of the otherwise random list:

Bad Guys of the Book of Mormon, by Dennis Gaunt

Your Happily Ever After, by Dieter F. Uchtdorf

12 Keys to Developing Spiritual Maturity, by Richard G Moore

Finding God in the Land of Narnia, by Kurt Bruner

Brent L. Top

Standing for Something, by Gordon B. Hinckley

Repentance, by Ezra Taft Benson

Divine Signatures: The Confirming Hand of God, by Gerald N Lund

My Soul Delighteth in the Scriptures, by H. Wallace Goddard

Created for Greater Things, by Jeffery R. Holland

House of Learning, by Richard M Walker

Talking with God: Divine Conversations That Transform Daily Life, by Robert L. Millet

To Lead as Jesus Led, by Eric G. Stephen

A Quiet Heart, Patricia C. Holland

Jesus the Christ, by James E. Talmage

Believing Christ: The Parable of the Bicycle and Other Good News, by Stephen E Robinson

C.S. Lewis (some are religious books, some are not)

The Legal Cases in the Book of Mormon, by John W. Welch (density warning)

Men of Valor: The Powerful Impact of a Righteous Man, by Robert L. Millet

The Cost of Winning: Coming in First Across the Wrong Finish Line, by Dean Hughes

The Infinite Atonement, by Tad R. Callister

Robert I. Eaton

Amazed by Grace, by Sheri Dew

Brad Wilcox

Raising an Army of Helaman’s Warriors: A Guide for Parents to Prepare the Greatest Generation of Missionaries, by Mark D. Ogletree

John Bytheway

Mary Ellen Edmunds

Covenant Hearts, by Bruce C. Hafen

What Would a Holy Woman Do?, by Wendy Watson Nelson

Consider the Blessings, by Thomas S. Monson

Michael S. Wilcox

Hard Times and Holy Places, by Kristen Warner Belcher

Echoes and Evidences of the Book of Mormon, by John W. Welch

How?: Essential Skills for Living the Gospel, by John Hilton

Favorite NonFiction Books

Here are my favorite non-fiction books and authors (including biographies), in random order. For favorite writing, family/parenting, religious, or personality/behavior/cognition books, please see separate posts. I didn’t include homeschooling books, but if anyone is interested in that list, let me know & I’ll make a post.

Miscellaneous Books

Biblioholism: The Literary Addiction, by Tom Raabe

Bandersnatch: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings, by Diana Pavlac Glyer

The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief, by Clair Davies

Foam Rolling Guru, by Jason van den Berg

The Naturally Clean Home: 101 Safe and Easy Herbal Formulas for Nontoxic Cleansers, by Karyn Siegel-Maier

Business, Careers, and Finance Books

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2009: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers, by Richard Nelson Bolles

Built to Last; Good to Great; and Good to Great & the Social Sectors, by James C. Collins

The Mormon Way of Doing Business: Leadership and Success Through Faith and Family, by Jeff Benedict

The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness, by Dave Ramsey

The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action, by LuAnn Nigara

The Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting and Running a Business, by Steve Mariati

Start and Run a Profitable Home-Based Business: Your Step-by-Step, First-Year Guide, by Edna Sheedy

Start Your Own Business: The Only Start-Up Book You’ll Ever Need, by Rieva Lesonsky

AMA Complete Guide to Marketing Research for Small Business, by Holly Edmunds

Do-It-Yourself Direct Marketing: Secrets for Small Business, by Mark S. Bacon

Complete Idiot’s Guide to Starting an Online Business, by Frank Fiore

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Starting a Home-Based Business, by Barbara Weltman

Camping Books

Beyond Backpacking: Ray Jardine’s Guide to Lightweight Hiking

Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers’ Companion, by Leslie Mass

Backpacking: Essential Skills to Advanced Techniques, by Victoria Steele Logue

The Appalachian Trail Backpacker’s Planning Guide, by Victoria Steele Logue

Trail Safe: Averting Threatening Human Behavior in the Outdoors, by Michael Bane

Cookbooks

Pressure Perfect: Two Hour Taste in Twenty Minutes Using Your Pressure Cooker, by Lorna J. Sass

How to Repair Food, by Marina Bear (the only one of these cookbooks I actually own…)

What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained, by Robert L. Wolke

The Thru-Hiker’s Handbook: Georgia to Maine, by Dan Bruce

Backpack Gourmet: Good Hot Grub You Can Make at Home, Dehydrate, and Pack for Quick, Easy, and Healthy Eating on the Trail, by Linda Frederick Yaffe

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking, by Jeff Hertzberg

Not Your Mother’s Food Storage: Store the Food You Use Every Day, by Kathy Bray

Science & History Books

And Then You’re Dead: What Really Happens If You Get Swallowed by a Whale, Are Shot from a Cannon, or Go Barreling Over Niagara, by Cody Cassidy

Packing for Mars, by Mary Roach

Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle, by Douglas J. Emlen

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, by Randall Munroe

The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic – and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World, by Steven Johnson

Seven Miracles That Saved America: Why They Matter and Why We Should Have Hope, by Chris Stewart

The Miracle of Freedom: Seven Tipping Points That Saved the World, by Chris Stewart

Biographies

The Boys in the Boat: The True Story of an American Team’s Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics, by Daniel James Brown

Seven Women: And the Secret of Their Greatness, by Eric Metaxas

Richard Feynman

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, by Chris Hadfield (which actually had a strong influence on my decision to be a “real” author)

The Hiding Place, by Corrie ten Boom

Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, by Eric Metaxas

Unlikely Heroes, by Ron Carter

To the Rescue: The Biography of Thomas S. Monson

A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park

Let It Go: A True Story of Tragedy and Forgiveness, by Chris Williams

Faith: Behind the Fences: A True Story of Survival in a Japanese Prison Camp, by Kelly Dispirito Taylor

 

What non-fiction books have made a difference to your life? Tell me in the comments.

M. C. Lee

Favorite Parenting & Family Books

Here are some of my favorite books about marriage, parenting, and family. Each category is in random order.

Normal Marriage

Romancing Your Better Half: Keeping Intimacy Alive in Your Marriage, by Rick Johnson

Happily Ever After: Six Secrets to a Successful Marriage, by Gary Chapman

Twelve Traps in Today’s Marriage and How to Avoid Them, by Brent A Barlow

Love that Lasts: Fourteen Secrets to a More Joyful, Passionate, and Fulfilling Marriage, by Gary B. Lundberg

Spousonomics: Using Economics to Master Love, Marriage, and Dirty Dishes, by Paula Szuchman

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert, by John M Gottman

Love is a Choice: Making Your Marriage and Family Stronger, by Lynn G. Robbins

Normal Parenting

Parents and Adolescents Living Together, by Marion S. Forgatch

Cleaning House: A Mom’s Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement, by Kay Wills Wyma

Your Child’s Strengths: Discover Them, Develop Them, Use Them, by Jennifer Fox

10 Secrets Wise Parents Know: Tried and True Things You Can Do to Raise Faithful, Confident, Responsible Children, by Bruce A Chadwick

Between Parent and Child, by Haim G. Ginott

What a Difference a Daddy Makes: The Lasting Imprint a Dad Leaves on His Daughter’s Life, by Kevin Leman

What a Difference a Mom Makes: The Indelible Imprint a Mom Leaves on Her Son’s Life, by Kevin Leman

25 Mistakes LDS Parents Make and How to Avoid Them, by Randal A. Wright

Real Moms: Making It Up As We Go, by Lisa Valentine Clark

Growing Up

Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps, by Kelly Williams Brown (if I remember correctly, it does have some bad language)

Choose Your Own Adulthood: A Small Book about the Small Choices that Make the Biggest Difference, by Hal Edward Runkel

Life Skills for Kids: Equipping Your Child for the Real World, by Christine M Field

Parenting Teens with Love and Logic: Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Adulthood, by Foster W. Kline

Teaching Your Children Responsibility, by Linda Eyre

Dealing With Serious Issues

Parenting Your Powerful Child: Bringing an End to the Everyday Battles, by Kevin Leman

When Bad Things Happen to Good Marriages: How to Stay Together When Life Pulls You Apart, by Les Parrott III

The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child: With No Pills, No Therapy, No Contest of Wills, by Alan E Kazdin

Yes, Your Teen is Crazy, by Michael J. Bradley

The Time-Starved Family, by DeAnne Flynn

Your Defiant Teen: 10 Steps to Resolve Conflict and Rebuild Your Relationship, by Russell A Barkley

ADHD

Teenagers with ADD and ADHD, by Chris A Ziegler Dendy

Superparenting for ADD: An Innovative Approach to Raising Your Distracted Child, by Edward M. Hallowell

ADHD: What Every Parent Needs to Know, by the American Academy of Pediatrics

Favorite Personality, Behavior, and Cognition Books

I think it probably says something about me that I have an entire category of these books and can make a post from just my favorites… Let’s ignore that, though, and you can browse my randomly ordered list of personality, behavior, and cognition books.

Personality (and yes, I know my type for almost every one of them (Reading People has some I don’t know))

Personality Types: Using the Enneagram for Self-Discovery, by Don Richard Riso

The Color Code: A New Way to See Yourself, Your Relationships, and Life, by Taylor Hartman

Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything, by Anne Bogel

The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better, by Gretch Ruben

The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate, by Gary Chapman

Behavior/Cognition

Feminist Fantasies, by Phyllis Schlafly

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions, by Dan Ariely

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, by Roy F. Baumeister

You Can Never Get Enough of What You Don’t Need: The Quest for Contentment, by Mary Ellen Edmunds

Crucial Confrontations: Tools for Resolving Broken Promises, Violated Expectations, and Bad Behavior, by Kerry Patterson

The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes – and Why, by Amanda Ripley

Vital Friends: The People You Can’t Afford to Live Without, by Tom Rath

How Will You Measure Your Life?, by Clayton M. Christensen

The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence, by Gavin de Becker

Aristotle Would Have Liked Oprah: And Other Philosophic Musings, by Ethel Diamond

The Definitive Book of Body Language, by Allan Pease

The Female Brain, by Louann Brizendine

On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis, by Louis Markos

Awkward: The Science of Why We’re Socially Awkward and Why That’s Awesome, by Ty Tashiro

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, by Malcolm Gladwell

Extremes: How to Keep Your Virtues from Becoming Vices, by Robert I. Eaton

The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You, Elaine N. Aron

How We Decide, by Jonah Lehrer

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are, by Brene Brown

Every Body’s Talking: What We Say Without Words, by Donna M Jackson

Achieving Your Life Mission, by Randal A Wright

 

Enjoy learning more about how your brain works,

M. C. Lee

Ways to Help an Author

There are many ways you can help an author you like, whether it’s one you know personally or just one who writes wonderful books. I’ve tried to sort my suggestions into categories, so you can find one that fits your situation. You don’t have to do all of them, of course. Just pick one or more that sound like fun.

You like the genre and have a little money to spend.

Buy the e-book! (It’s pretty common for an author to get as much or more royalties on a cheaper e-book than a more expensive print book.) Pre-order the next book. Buy a copy shortly after it’s published (early sales do more for ranking). Buy a copy from the author’s website directly or from their web link (direct sales give more royalties). If you like the book, choose something from the “enjoyment” category to do.

You like the genre and have more money to spend.

Buy the book! (If you love the feel of paper books, go for it. If you don’t care, the e-book is likely to pay the author just as well or better.) Buy copies to give to friends or family. Abandon a paperback in a public place with a note saying it needs a new home. Buy a signed copy. Buy a copy from the author’s website directly or from their web link, or in person (direct sales give more royalties). Ask a local bookseller (in person, even if you know the answer) if they carry the book and where it is, then buy it if they have it. If the author has bookmarks or swag for sale, buy something you like and use it in public. If you like the book, choose something from the “enjoyment” category to do.

You don’t have any money in your book budget, but you want to read the book.

Ask a librarian if they carry the book. Request it at the library, and then check it out when it arrives. See if the book is available as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy), request it, AND review it. Watch for a free (or maybe 99c) sale on the e-book. If you like the book, choose something from the “enjoyment” category to do.

You want to share your enjoyment of the book.

Review the book! Positive (honest) reviews are one of the best ways to help an author, on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, your own blog/website, or your preferred book review site. Take a selfie with the book and post it on social media. Share an excerpt in person or on social media. Turn the book face out at the bookstore. Discuss the book in public or on social media. Blog about it. Create a Wikipedia page for the author/book. Post a video review. Recommend the book to friends or a book club. Share bookmarks or other swag. Link to the author’s website/blog/sales page or bookmark it on a bookmark site. Like the book page where you bought the book. Like the author’s social media or website.

You want to help/encourage the author personally.

Tell the author you like the book! Comment on the author’s blog or social media. Send the author a review quote. Nominate the book for an award. Interview the author on your blog. Host the author for an event. Contact the author with speaking opportunities. Send the author some fan art.

You don’t read the genre, but know the author and still want to help.

Choose something from the “enjoyment” category that doesn’t require having read the book. Give the author a hug. Pray for the author. Recommend the book to a friend who DOES like the genre. (This is not a situation where buying the book helps, at least not in the first several months. Thanks to “Also Bought” recommendations, early book-buyers should be from the marketing categories that normally buy similar books.)

I hope you found something here that will suit you. 🙂 Remember, writing can be a discouraging job. If you like an author, a bit of extra encouragement might keep the books coming. 😉

Happy reading,

M.C. Lee

Favorite Writing Books

Writing (Craft) Books:

The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Write with Emotional Power, Develop Achingly Real Characters, Move Your Readers, and Create Riveting Moral Stakes, by Donald Maass

Story Pitch: The How To Guide For Using A Pitch To Create Your Story, by Scott King

You Must Write: Success Through Heinlein’s Rules, by Kevin McLaughlin (some craft, some business)

Shadows Beneath: The Writing Excuses Anthology, by Brandon Sanderson et al

GMC: Goal, Motivation and Conflict: The Building Blocks of Good Fiction, by Debra Dixon

all the Emotional Thesaurus books, by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

Writing Fiction for Dummies, by Randy Ingermanson

Behind the Book: Making The Death of Dulgath, by Michael J. Sullivan

Story Engineering: Character Development, Story Concept, Scene Construction, by Larry Brooks

Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew, by Ursula K. LeGuin

No More Rejections: 50 Secrets to Writing a Manuscript That Sells, by Alice Orr

The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction: 6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!, by Phillip Athans

How to Write Killer Fiction, by Carolyn Wheat

Aliens and Alien Societies, by Stanley Schmidt

Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success, by K.M. Weiland

The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life, by Noah Lukeman

Building Better Plots, by Robert Kernen

The Complete Handbook Of Novel Writing: Everything You Need To Know About Creating & Selling Your Work, by Writers Digest Books

How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy, by Orson Scott Card

Wrede on Writing, by Patricia C. Wrede

The Fantasy Fiction Formula, by Deborah Chester

Characters and Viewpoint, by Orson Scott Card

Breathe Life into Your Life Story: How to Write a Story People Will Want to Read, by Dawn Parrett Thurston

Plotting Your Novel Workbook: A Companion Book to Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure, by Janice Hardy

Writing (Business) Books:

Successful Self-Publishing: How to self-publish and market your book in ebook and print, by Joanna Penn

Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should (Let’s Get Digital, #1), by David Gaughran

APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur. How to Publish a Book, by Guy Kawasaki

Become a Successful Indie Author: Work Toward Your Writing Dream, by Craig Martelle

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting Published, by Sheree Bykofsky

Public Speaking for Authors, Creatives and Other Introverts, by Joanna Penn

Author 2.0 Blueprint, by Joanna Penn

Pulp Speed for Professional Writers: Business for Breakfast, Volume 9, by Blaze Ward

The Secrets of Success, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (it’s a single chapter/booklet, but a lot to ponder)

Smashwords Book Marketing Guide, by Mark Coker

HOW I SOLD 80,000 BOOKS: Book Marketing for Authors, by Alinka Rutkowsky

Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook, by Helen Sedwick

Favorite Children’s Books

Here are my favorite children’s books. This includes picture books, early readers, and other books that I think of as perfect for kids (and adults).

Tikki Tikki Tembo, by Arlene Mosel (a children’s book that is loads of fun to read aloud)

Skippyjon Jones series, by Schachner (also tons of fun to read aloud)

Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak

Dr. Seuss

Make Way for Ducklings, by Robert McCloskey

Jolly Roger Bradfield

Stephen Cosgrove

Mercer Mayer

Mo Willems

Sandra Boynton

This list is shorter than many of my others. Anyone want to make suggestions for me to read? 🙂

Other Favorite YA Books

For genres other than fantasy, here are some of my favorite juvenile and young adult books, in random order:

Mysteries or Spies

The Baker Street series, by Robert Newman

The Case of the Marble Monster, by I.G. Edmonds

Trenton Lee Stewart

Donald J. Sobol

Trixie Belden series

Ally Carter

Samurai series, by Dorothy Hoobler

Historical

Seven Daughters and Seven Sons, by Barbara Cohen

Kathleen Baldwin’s Stranje series

Alphabet of Dreams, by Susan Fletcher

Ann Turnbull

The Raging Quiet, by Sherryl Jordan

Marissa Doyle

Contemporary (and recent history)

A Little Princess, by Francis Hodgson Burnett

The Great Brain series, by John D. Fitzgerald

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson

One Hundred and One Dalmatians, by Dodie Smith (like NIMH, I like the cartoon, but the book is so much better)

I Am David, by Anne Holm

The Silent Bells, by William MacKellar

Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites, by Chris Heimerdinger

Caroline B. Cooney

North of Beautiful, by Justina Chen

The House of Sixty Fathers, by Meindert DeJong

Sex Education, by Jenny Davis (not what you’re thinking…)

The Only Alien on the Planet, by Kristen D. Randle

Jennifer L. Holm

Andrew Clements

Y.S. Lee

Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr

Richard Peck

A Death-Struck Year, by Makiia Lucier (1918 Spanish flu)

Her Own Song, by Ellen Howard

Halfway to the Sky, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (Appalachian Trail)

 

I hope you find something to enjoy. Let me know what you liked, and if you have a suggestion for me, tell me in a comment!

Favorite YA Fantasy Books

Here are juvenile and young adult fantasy books that I really like. Some of them are better classified as beast-tales or science fiction, but I’ll leave them here, anyway, since fantasy is also classified as “speculative fiction.”

Still in random order (some books cross categories):

Fantasy with Princesses, Dragons, or Magic

Patricia C. Wrede

Clare B. Dunkle

The Dragon of Trelian, by Michelle Knudsen

Bartimaeus series, by Jonathan Stroud

Laurence Yep’s fantasies

Abhorsen series, by Garth Nix (quite possibly the only “zombie” books I have ever liked)

Brandon Mull

Elizabeth Haydon

Jane Yolen (also found in adult fantasy)

Dawn Cook

Julie Kagawa’s Fey series

Sheila A. Nielson

Lou Anders

James M. Ward

Elizabeth Kerner

Halfblood Chronicles series, by Andre Norton

Tui T. Sutherland

Jessica Day George

Narnia, by C.S. Lewis

Pamela F. Service

Tamora Pierce

Knee-Deep in Thunder, by Sheila Moon

“Historical” Fantasy (some have a trace of magic)

Hilari Bell

Shannon Hale

Jennifer A. Nielsen

V. Briceland

Mary Hoffman

Megan Whalen Turner

Emily Rodda

Elizabeth Winthrop

Holly Bennett

Gerald Morris

Lloyd Alexander

The Great and Terrible Quest, by Margaret Lovett (one of my “ought to be a movie” books)

John Flanagan

Minnipin series, by Carol Kendall

The Princess and the Goblin (and Curdie sequel), by George MacDonald

Silver Woven in My Hair, by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

The Ordinary Princess, by M.M. Kaye (also my favorite romance, even though it’s a children’s book)

Crown Duel & Court Duel, and the Wren series, by Sherwood Smith

Cameron Dokey

most of Robin McKinley

Gail Carson Levine

Shattered Stone, by Robert Newman

“Contemporary” Fantasy

Brandon Sanderson (also found in adult fantasy and YA sci fi)

Rick Riordan

Sarah Rees Brennan (content warning for younger readers)

George Selden

Susan Cooper

Gregor series, by Suzanne Collins

Diana Wynne Jones

Bethany Wiggins

Shannon Messenger

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (I like the movie, but the book is much better)

“Contemporary” Science Fiction (not all set in current day, but less intense science)

The True Meaning of Smekday, by Adam Rex (SO much better than the movie!)

The Girl with the Silver Eyes, by Willo Davis Roberts

Pamela F. Service

The Giver, by Lois Lowry (but unfortunately not the sequels)

Alexander Key

Charlie & the Chocolate Factory series, by Roald Dahl

Diane Duane (also in adult Sci Fi)

“Heavier” Science Fiction

Have Space Suit–Will Travel, by Robert Heinlein (no, I don’t like all his stuff)

Stephanie Harrington series, by David Weber

Devil on My Back series, by Monica Hughes

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

Alan Gratz

Douglas Arthur Hill

Janet Edwards

Kat Falls

Adrian McKinty

Sylvia Engdahl (sci fi with a fantasy feel)

A Wrinkle in Time series, by Madeline L’Engle

Timothy Zahn’s Dragon series

 

Enjoy, and feel free to comment if you found something you liked or if you think I’ve misclassified something. 🙂

Favorite Adult Fiction Books

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

Mercedes Lackey (not everything of hers, but a lot of it)

David Eddings

J.R.R. Tolkien

Brandon Sanderson (also found in Sci Fi and YA fantasy, and excluding a few of his more violent books)

Sharon Shinn

Terry Pratchett

Shanna Swendson

Jane Yolen (also found in YA fantasy)

Michael J. Sullivan

Patricia Briggs

Martha Wells

Joanne Bertin

Mel Odom

Magic Kingdom for Sale–Sold, by Terry Brooks (the rest of the series is readable, but not as good)

Mary Robinette Kowal

Sweep series, by Ilona Andrews

Science Fiction

Diane Duane (also found in YA fantasy)

Final Frontier, by Diane Carey

Brandon Sanderson (also in fantasy, adult & YA)

Nor Crystal Tears, and the Flinx series, Alan Dean Foster

Romance is now moved to its own list

Mystery

Donna Andrews

Laurie R. King (imo, the best new Sherlock Holmes series that’s actually about Sherlock)

Ellis Peters

Dorothy Gilman

Frank Shaw series, by John D. Brown

Contemporary or Historical

The Diddakoi, by Rumer Godden

The Lance of Kanana, by Harry W. French

A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman

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

You can now find the nonfiction, YA fantasy, YA miscellaneous, and children’s books in separate posts. I hope you can find SOMETHING to read here.

Enjoy, and feel free to comment if you found something you liked.

M. C. Lee