Recommended Books

Here are a few of the books I’ve reviewed in my blog or on Goodreads that I highly recommend (with links to its Amazon product page). Organized by author’s last name with content added in the last 30 days in bold.

It’s something of an eclectic mix from the literary to the silly, but I suppose the list does reflect my sensibilities, odd as they may be.

Books about Writing

Five Stars
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White

Four Stars
Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing by Elmore Leonard


Five Stars
The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly
Echo Park by Michael Connelly
The Black Box by Michael Connelly
The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen
Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen
Strip Tease by Carl Hiaasen

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

The World According to Garp by John Irving
The Cider House Rules by John Irving
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Pet Sematary by Stephen King
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
Joyland by Stephen King
Finders Keepers by Stephen King
Carrie by Stephen King

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
Forever Odd by Dean Koontz
Brother Odd by Dean Koontz
Odd Hours by Dean Koontz
Odd Interlude by Dean Koontz
Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Mystic River by Dennis Lehane

Out of Sight by Elmore Leonard
Freaky Deaky by Elmore Leonard
Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard
Tishomingo Blues by Elmore Leonard

The Call of the Wild by Jack London
White Fang by Jack London

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
The Godfather by Mario Puzo

Empire Falls by Richard Russo
Straight Man by Richard Russo
Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
Citizen Vince by Jess Walter
Old School by Tobias Wolff

Four Stars

A Perfect Crime by Peter Abrahams
The Tutor by Peter Abrahams
Crying Wolf by Peter Abrahams
Last of the Dixie Heroes by Peter Abrahams
End of Story by Peter Abrahams
Lights Out by Peter Abrahams

Big Trouble by Dave Barry

The Black Echo by Michael Connelly
The Poet by Michael Connelly
City of Bones by Michael Connelly
The Closers by Michael Connelly
The Overlook by Michael Connelly
Void Moon by Michael Connelly

Tell No One by Harlan Coben
The Woods by Harlan Coben
Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben
Gone for Good by Harlan Coben
Hold Tight by Harlan Coben
Promise Me by Harlan Coben

White Jazz by James Ellroy

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Firm by John Grisham
Playing for Pizza by John Grisham
The Client by John Grisham
The Runaway Jury by John Grisham
The Rainmaker by John Grisham
The Chamber by John Grisham
The Street Lawyer by John Grisham
The King of Torts by John Grisham
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
Bleachers by John Grisham

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
How to be Good by Nick Hornby
The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving

From a Buick Eight by Stephen King
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King

Deeply Odd by Dean Koontz

Riding the Rap by Elmore Leonard
Mr. Paradise by Elmore Leonard
Up In Honey’s Room by Elmore Leonard
Mr. Majestyk by Elmore Leonard

Shopgirl by Steve Martin
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney
Brightness Falls by Jay McInerney

A Little Yellow Dog by Walter Mosley
Bad Boy Brawley Brown by Walter Mosley

The Bat by Joe Nesbo

Silent Joe by T. Jefferson Parker
The Blue Hour by T. Jefferson Parker
Laguna Heat by T. Jefferson Parker
Pacific Beat by T. Jefferson Parker
Summer of Fear by T. Jefferson Parker

12th of Never by James Patterson
Mistress by James Patterson

Parallel Lies by Ridley Pearson
The Pied Piper by Ridley Pearson
The First Victim by Ridley Pearson

Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins
Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins
Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins

The Toughest Indian in the World by Alexie Sherman
War Dances by Alexie Sherman

Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Burden of Proof by Scott Turow

Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo
Nobody’s Fool by Richard Russo

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut
Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut
Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut
Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut
Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut
Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut

The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter
The Zero by Jess Walter

The Barracks Thief by Tobias Wolff


Five Stars

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story by John Berendt
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold in the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
One Summer: America 1927 by Bill Bryson
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
My Losing Season: A Memoir by Pat Conroy

The Junction Boys: How 10 Days in Hell with Bear Bryant Forged a Championship Team by Jim Dent
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
Fiske Guide to Colleges by Edward Fiske
Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan
October 1964 by David Halberstam
The Downhill Lie: A Hacker’s Return to a Ruinous Sport by Carl Hiaasen

Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea
by Sebastian Junger
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by John Krakauer

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis
The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis

Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero by David Maranis
Fundamentals of College Admission by NACAC
Who’s Your Caddy by Rick Reilly
The Rising Tide by Jeff Shaara
This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff

Four Stars

Boogers Are My Beat: More Lies, But Some Actual Journalism by Dave Barry
Ball Four by Jim Bouton
Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
The Par Plan: A Revolutionary System to Shoot Your Best Score in 30 Days by Golf Magazine
The Teammates: A Portrait of Friendship by David Halberstam
The Bullpen Gospels: A Non-Prospect’s Pursuit of the Major Leagues and the Meaning of Life by Dirk Hayhurst

A Death in Belmont by Sebastian Junger
Fire by Sebastian Junger

Stolen Season: A Journey Through America and Baseball’s Minor Leagues by David Lamb
Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life by Steve Martin

Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book: Lessons and Teachings from a Lifetime of Golf by Harvey Penick
Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges by Loren Pope

Creating a Class: College Admissions and the Education of Elites by Mitchell Stevens
The Yankee Years by Tom Verducci and Joe Torre

Palm Sunday by Kurt Vonnegut
Fates Worse Than Death: An Autobiographical Collage by Kurt Vonnegut