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Stories I’ve Loved

A list I’ll try to keep from expanding ad infinitum (probably by capping each category at 20). When I review a book, I’ll add its link here: otherwise, review links go to Goodreads. When there’s a series, I link to the first book in the series. Each list is presented in alphabetical order.

Fantasy Stories (for adults)

  1. Addison, Katherine. The Goblin Emperor (IndieBound) (review)
  2. Carey, Jacqueline. Kushiel’s Legacy (IndieBound) (review) (2 trilogies)
  3. Clarke, Susanna. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (IndieBound(review)
  4. Gabaldon, Diana. Outlander (8 books so far)
  5. Gaiman, Neil. American Gods (IndieBound) (review)
  6. Hobb, Robin. Assassin’s Apprentice (IndieBound) (review) (first in a series: I haven’t read the rest of the series yet ;))
  7. Jemisin, NK. The Inheritance Trilogy (IndieBound) (review) (3-book series)
  8. Kay, Guy Gavriel. Tigana (IndieBound) (review)
  9. Kay, Guy Gavriel. Under Heaven (IndieBound) (review)
  10. King, Stephen. The Dark Tower (IndieBound) (review) (8 books)
  11. Leguin, Ursula K. A Wizard of Earthsea (IndieBound) (review) (first in a series, but I’ve only read the first one so far…)
  12. Martin, George RR. A Song of Ice and Fire (IndieBound) (review) (5 books at the moment, but more to come)
  13. Rothfuss, Patrick. The Kingkiller Chronicle (IndieBound) (review) (3-book series; 3rd book not yet published)
  14. Sanderson, Brandon. The Mistborn Trilogy (IndieBound) (review) (3-book series)

Science Fiction Stories (for adults)

  1. Heinlein, Robert A. Starship Troopers
  2. Niffenegger, Audrey. The Time Traveler’s Wife
  3. Russell, Maria Doria. The Sparrow (technically 2 books, but the first stands alone)
  4. Sagan, Carl. Contact
  5. Willis, Connie. Doomsday Book

Dystopic/Post-apocalyptic Fiction

  1. Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451
  2. Brooks, Max. World War Z
  3. Butler, Octavia. Earthseed series (2 books)
  4. Butler, Octavia. Lilith’s Brood
  5. Cronin, Justin. The Passage (2 books, but the first stands alone)
  6. Frank, Pat. Alas, Babylon
  7. Grant, Mira. Newsflesh (3 books + several associated novellas)
  8. King, Stephen. The Stand
  9. Lowry, Lois. The Giver (4 related titles; the first stands alone)
  10. Starhawk. The Fifth Sacred Thing


  1. King, Stephen. It
  2. King, Stephen & Peter Straub. The Talisman (2 books)

Mainstream Fiction

  1. Diamant, Anita. The Red Tent
  2. Irving, John. A Prayer for Owen Meany
  3. Irving, John. The World According to Garp

Children’s & YA Stories From All Genres

  1. Adams, Richard. Watership Down
  2. Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women (3 books)
  3. Angell, Judie. Dear Lola
  4. Applegate, K.A. Animorphs (about 60 books)
  5. Burnett, Frances Hodgson. A Little Princess
  6. Dahl, Roald. Matilda
  7. Dahl, Roald. The Witches
  8. Funke, Cornelia. Inkheart (3 books)
  9. George, Jean Craighead. My Side of the Mountain
  10. Henry, Marguerite. King of the Wind
  11. Lewis, C.S. Narnia (7 books)
  12. L’Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time (4 books)
  13. Martin, Ann M. The Baby-sitters Club (way too many; the only books on this list I don’t still have at least a few representatives of on my shelves)
  14. Montgomery, L.M. Anne of Green Gables (8 books)
  15. O’Brien, Robert C. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
  16. Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter (7 books)
  17. Sewell, Anna. Black Beauty
  18. White, E.B. The Trumpet of the Swan
  19. Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Little House on the Prairie (8 books)
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