Recommended Books and Authors
Books and authors that I love.
From one of the best spy novels ever written, Eye of the Needle, to the sweeping classic, Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett has a couple of series, as well as standalone books, on a wide variety of subjects. He is my favorite author.
This is my favorite book of all time. It has been a while since I've read this classic. I can't wait to read it again.
War and Remembrance, The Winds of War, The Hope, and The Glory are some of the best novels ever written.
As an Army brat, I identify with a lot of Conroy's earlier work. He was a master of setting; in all of his books that take place in South Carolina, you feel transported to the low-country and its way of life.
As a writer, Patterson is an inspiration to me. He has never hesitated to write about controversial issues--abortion, gun control, interracial relationships, PTSD--in a subtle, but entertaining way. I love his earlier work and his protagonists: Christopher Paget, Caroline Masters, and Kerry Kilcannon.
Another one of my favorite books of all time. I loved Grisham's earlier work. A Time to Kill is up there as well.
The first in a series, The Power of the Dog makes you feel like you're in Mexico and gives a better understanding of the US's involvement (and complicity) in the drug trade. Don Winslow's writing is raw and real.
Towles's novels, A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility, both will take you back in time. I love his writing in style.
Imperium is the first book in a trilogy about Ancient Rome.
Other favorite authors: Jeffrey Archer, F. Scott Fitzgerald, E. M. Forster, John Lescroart, Robert Ludlum, Phillip Margolin, Steve Martini, David Morrell, Edith Wharton, Stephen White, and Laura Van Wormer
READING and OTHER PRODUCTS
I love reading physical books, but I also have a Kindle Paperwhite. It's great for traveling and reading in bed without turning the light on.
My first Kindle. This one is good, too.
A waterproof Kindle. I have not tried it out yet, but it has to be cool. Beach, here we come!
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