On this page, I'm sharing books that I love and have spoken to me over the years. You'll find fantasy novels, science fiction, cozy mysteries, historical mysteries and books that have inspired my faith. In some cases, I will simply list the author because if they are prolific like Anne McCaffrey or Piers Anthony there would be too many books to list. In that case, I will share the series that I have enjoyed. Hopefully, you'll find an author new to you or a reminder of a long forgotten favorite.
Anne McCaffrey- Her Pern series, which some classify as fantasy and others as science fiction, is definitely one of my favorites. I love her characters and their stories have stayed with me for many years.
Piers Anthony- When I was a teenager, I would go to the book store every week to see if there was a new Xanth novel out and was always delighted when there was. I had no idea then just how much hard work went into creating a novel.
J.R.R. Tolkien- The Lord of the Rings series. Many people are familiar with his works because of the movies. I enjoyed both the books and the movies.
C.S. Lewis- The Narnia series. I read these as a youngster and occasionally go back to them still. Great stories with wonderful characters.
Ursula LeGuin - Her Earthsea Trilogy took me to wonderful places filled with magic. I have been rereading them recently and enjoy them just as much if in a different way than I did in my teens.
Mary Stewart- Her Merlin series took my breath away the first time I read them. The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills and the Last Enchantment.
Marion Zimmer Bradley- The Mists of Avalon
Evangeline Walton- The Mabinogian Tetralogy.
Patricia McKillip- The Riddle Master of Hed, Heir of Fire and Sea and Harpist in the Wind.
Neil Gaiman- Neverwhere is one of my favorite books and Stardust is another.
Charles DeLint- I love Moonheart best perhaps because it is set in my home town of Ottawa. However, I have read many of his stories and he never fails to entertain and challenge me.
Morgan Busse-Follower of the Word series. Tainted and Awakened are a two part steampunk series and she is now writing the Mark of the Raven series. The first has been published and we are all waiting for the continuation of the story. Impatiently I might add.
E. J. Kitchens- The Rose and the Wand and To Catch a Magic Thief.
I will add more as time allows.
Science Fiction: I'm sure you will note most of these are from times past.
Frank Herbert- His Dune series swept me to the stars and introduced me to some beloved characters.
Ray Bradbury- There are really too many to list but The Martian Chronicles is a favorite.
Isaac Asimov- The Foundation Trilogy.
Robert Heinlien- Stranger in a Strange Land and many more.