Of all the books I’ve read, these are the ones that stuck with me. If you’re looking for something to read, I hope you check them out.

I specialized in literary criticism in college, and I’ve written essays about particularly compelling themes and stylistic choices in some of these books. You’ll find those essays linked beneath the titles.

(*) Complex writing style
(L) Long book – 800+ pages

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Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Wool by Hugh Howey

The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov

Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Note: You need to read the other books in this series to fully appreciate this one.

The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
(especially The Hero of Ages)

My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due

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Crime/Mystery

The Chamber by John Grisham
Read my essay about this book.

The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly

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Literary

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (*)

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (L)

The Dying Grass by William Vollmann (*)(L)
Read my essay about this book.

The Nix by Nathan Hill
Read my essay about this book.

Roots by Alex Haley (L)

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Unclassifiable

If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino (*)

Worlds Within Worlds by Tahlia Newland
Read my essay about this book.

Recipe for a Dinner Party by Shauna Bickley (short story) (*)
Read my essay about this story.

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Writing Books

How Not to Write a Novel by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman

On Writing by Stephen King

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2 thoughts on “Recommended Reading

  1. Amy, thank you so much for your very kind words. I am thrilled to find myself in such exalted company. Also thank you for sharing some of your favourite reads. I love checking out books on the recommendation of other readers and I’ve already downloaded a couple of books on your list that I hadn’t read.

    Shauna

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