I read a lot. I also get asked for book recommendations a lot. This is an incomplete list of some of my favorite books to push upon people. Not necessarily “if you like my writing, you might try…” suggestions, but all books I love. (My tastes tend to run toward the fantastical with a literary/mystery/horror bent, but not always.) I will update this list occasionally.


The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

The Rathbones by Janice Clark

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

The Magicians Trilogy by Lev Grossman

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

The Vanishing Act by Mette Jakobsen

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

Locke & Key by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez

Vermillion Sands by J.G. Ballard

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman

Speak by Louisa Hall

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson