When I need to escape, it's all about the books.


It's hard for a book lover to define a list of the best books. Let's do it anyhow.

Here you'll find a spattering of my all-time favorites. Many of these authors wrote sequels and series. You have been warned.

Yes, I listed my own book. You don't spend months writing something and not love it!

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High Fantasy

Lord of the Rings
JRR Tolkien

The Dark Elf Trilogy
RA Salvatore

The Hero and the Crown
Robin McKinley

The First Swords
Fred Saberhagen

The Mabinogion Tetralogy
Evangeline Walton

The Crystal Cave
Mary Stewart

The Redemption of Althalus
David and Leigh Eddings

Romance and History

The Wolf and the Dove
Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

The Last Kingdom
Bernhard Cornwell

The Velvet Promise
Jude Deveraux

Margaret Pemberton

The Lady of the Rivers
Phillippa Gregory

A bit dark

Emma Donoghue

The Lovely Bones
Alice Sebold

Daughter of the Blood
Anne Bishop


Sidetracked Home Executives
Pam Young

The Cuckoo's Egg
Cliff Stoll

Microbe Hunters
Paul De Kruif

Contemporary Fantasy

Enchanted, Inc.
Shanna Swendson

The Queen and I
Sue Townsend

Brandon Mull

Cornelia Funke

The Eyre Affair
Jasper Fforde

Jonathan Strange and
Mr. Norrell

Susanna Clarke

Wen Spencer

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