Recent Discoveries

These are additions to the earlier list I did in 1999. First four new author that had a big impact. The first 3 happen to all be connected to one another and the last one Joan just introduced me to a couple months ago:

Bujold, Lois McMaster
Miles Vorkosigan series (Memory!), The Curse of Chalion
Bull, Emma
Wrede, Patricia
Mairelon the Magician
Funke, Cornelia
Inkheart, Inkspell

and more Good Books

Some of these are rediscoveries:

Peters, Elizabeth
Amelia Peabody series
Krantz, Jayne Ann
Deception, Lost and Found, After Glow
Rawling, K.M.
Harry Potter series
Jones, Diane Wynne
Fire and Hemlock, Chrestomanci series
Martin, George R.R.
A Song of Fire and Ice series
Shinn, Sharon
Wrapt in Crystal
Neggers, Carla
Night's Landing
Fforde, Jasper
The Eyre Affair


I've read a lot of books and enjoyed uncountable ones. These are a few that have been significant to me, for one reason and another. All of them hit a chord that resounded within me. That appeal is more personal in some and pretty universal in others. I'm listing them in alphabetical order out of sheer inability to choose between them.

Babbitt, Natalie
Tuck Everlasting
Dunnett, Dorothy
Game of Kings, Queen's Play, Disorderly Knights, Pawn in Frankincense, Ringed Castle, Checkmate
Fairbairn, Anne
Five Smooth Stones
Gallico, Paul
The Man who was Magic, Thomasina
Garner, Alan
The Owl Service
Gilman, Dorthy
The Tightrope Walker
Guest, Judith
Ordinary People
Hinton, S.E.
The Outsiders
Kay, Guy Gavriel
Tigana, A Song for Arbonne, The Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire, The Darkest Road
Harper, Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird
McGraw, Eloise Jarvis
McKillup, Patricia
The Riddlemaster of Hed, The Heir of Sea of Fire, The Harpist in the Wind
Peters, Ellis
Death Mask
Rand, Ayn
Atlas Shrugged (OK, so I was once young and impressionable. Scary to think people take her philosophy seriously.)
Salinger, J.D.
A Catcher in the Rye
Sayers, Dorothy L.
Nine Tailors, Strong Poison, Gaudy Night, Busman's Honeymoon
Stewart, Mary
My Brother Michael, The Gabriel Hounds, The Moon-spinners
Smith, Dottie
I Capture the Castle
Sutcliff, Rosemary
The Mark of the Horse Lord
Tey, Josephine
Brat Farrar, The Daughter of Time
Tolkien, J.R.R.
The Lord of the Rings
Tuchman, Barbara
A Distant Mirror
Uttley, Allison
A Traveller in Time
Willis, Connie
Bellwether, Lincoln Dreams
Woolf, Virginia
A Room of Her Own

More Good Books

And here are some other authors that I've enjoyed very much, in no particular order.

Winston, Richard
Thomas Becket
Kurtz, Katherine
Deryni Rising
McKinley, Robin
The Blue Sword, The Hero and the Crown
LeGuin, Ursula
A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore
Lewis, C.S.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Hambly, Barbara
Heyer, Georgette
The Foundling, The Masqueraders, Death in the Stocks, A Blunt Instrument, Behold Here's Poison
Norton, Andre
Star Gate, Star Rangers, Year of the Unicorn
Porter, Gene Stratton
Francis, Dick
Nerve, Rat Race
Austen, Jane
Pride and Prejudice
Wentworth, Patricia
In the Balance (Danger Point)
Grubb, Davis
The Night of the Hunter
Moore, Brian
The Catholics
Riter, Dorris
The Edge of Violence
Coles, Manning
Drink to Yesterday, Toast to Tomorrow
Beagle, Peter S.
The Last Unicorn
Tarr, Judith
The Hall of the Mountain King
Zelazny, Roger
Nine Princes in Amber
Yolen, Jane
Sister Light, Sister Dark
Peyton, K.M.
Prove Yourself a Hero
Lay and Bartlett
Twelve O'Clock High
Lindop, Audrey Erskine
I Start Counting