Over on Facebook a while back, someone asked me to list my “favorite” books. Problem being that I don’t necessarily have “favorite” books as I do books that I re-read and series that I follow. So, below, a haphazard list of those titles, in case they might be of use to anyone. I notice that not very many of them are science fiction , which probably says something about me, but what?
So! In no order whatsoever, except the order I wrote them down in as I wandered by the bookshelves.
The Privilege of the Sword, Ellen Kushner, a follow to Swordspoint, which I’ve also been known to re-read
Tryst, Elswyth Thane — this is an old book; it has a squick factor for some modern readers so I’m told. Back when I was trying to read the Carney Public Library dry, I read EVERYthing I could find by Elswyth Thane — and there was a lot. I suspect that none of them have “aged well.”
Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik
Bride of the Rat God, Barbara Hambly
The Bear and the Nightingale, The Girl in the Tower, The Winter Witch, Katharine Alden
The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison
Swordheart; Paladin’s Grace, Paladin’s Strength, T. Kingfisher — all by the same author, the Paladin books being sequels, though Swordheart takes place in the same world
The Corinna Chapman series by Kerry Greenwood — yes, yes, we all know Phryne. I actually prefer Corinna. First book is: Earthly Delights
The War for the Oaks, Emma Bull
The View from Saturday, E. L. Konigsberg
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, Patricia McKillip
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Winifred Watson
Miss Buncle’s Book, D.E. Stevenson (do not, for the love of Goddess, read the sequel)
Saratoga Trunk, Edna Ferber
The Hot Rock, Donald E. Westlake — the first Dortmunder book. The Dortmunder books are hit and miss for me, but I really like this one.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Grace Lin
Edison’s Eve (non-fiction), Gaby Wood — if you’re interested in automatons, you want to read this book
The Sebastian St. Cyr series by C. S. Harris. First book is What Angels Fear.
Almost anything by Jennifer Crusie. Favorites include Agnes and the Hitman, Wild Ride, Getting Rid of Bradley, Anyone but You, Charlie All Night, Faking It, and Fast Women.
Fifth Life of the Cat Woman, Kathleen Dexter
The Unstrung Harp OR Mr. Earbass Writes a Novel, Edward Gorey
The Queen’s Thief series, Megan Whalen Turner. The first book is The Thief. Six books, all worthwhile. I tend to reread The Queen of Attolia and the King of Attolia more often than any of the others, and I read them as if they were one volume.
The Ghost Bride, Yangsze Choo
Almost anything by Josephine Tey, particularly Bratt Farrar, and The Daughter of Time.
Lately, I’ve been very pleased with KJ Charles. The Charm of Magpies series might be a good place to start — The Magpie Lord is the first.
CJ Cherryh — favorites include Cuckoo’s Egg, The Paladin, the Chanur series (first book: The Pride of Chanur), and the Foreigner series (first book: Foreigner)
Bridge of Birds, Barry Hughart — there are two more in the Master Li and Number Ten Ox series, but I only re-read the first.
The Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries by Dorothy Sayers. Again, these are old, and I’m told they are distasteful to some modern readers.
Georgette Heyer’s regencies
The Murderbot Diaries, Martha Wells — first book is Systems Red
Terry Pratchett — I am particularly fond of the Death arc. First book: Mort
The Weather Warden Series, Rachel Caine. First book is: Ill Wind
The Mercy Thompson Series, Patricia Briggs. First book is Moon Called
The Psy-Changeling Series, Nalini Singh. First book is Slave to Sensation
. . .and there we are.