Favorite fiction books
Not in order.. and not all of them, but some of these are underrated or possibly overrated!
1. Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling
2. The Wallander series - Henning Mankell
My second favorite detective novel series... Or at least a close tie with James Patterson's Alex Cross series. This one takes place in Sweden and shows that not all heroes have it all together themselves. Wallander has been a drunk, on drugs, lost his marriage, and basically fallen apart in every way... Except he never stopped serving the folks of his country and helping to protect them.
3. The Spenser series - Robert B Parker
The best detective novel series. By far! I love how it starts in the late 70's and the city of Boston and the character, Spenser, evolve over thirty years of time. Spenser is always cooking something in his kitchen and Robert B Parker makes you drool at the description of the food he's cooking. Spenser's sidekick Hawk reminds me of David Goggins... Except he's got some loose morals, but a strict code of conduct.
4. What Makes Sammy Run - Budd Schulberg
When you read this you'll probably think of someone you've worked with in the past. Or maybe it will remind you of yourself? This is a classic and the story and character will never die. We'll always have Sammy Glicks running around. When the author first published this he got a lot of letters from people claiming they know who Sammy Glick is based upon. The funny thing is it wasn't based on any one particular person. That shows you how well Budd got this one!
5. A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles
One of my favorite books. Such a neat concept to lock your wealthy and culture character inside a building for the entire book. It reminds me of a movie I watched before where the entire movie was filmed in the trunk of a car. You have to get creative when you create a small amount of space for your character to move.
6. The Rosie Project (series) - Graeme Simsion
This is a great three book series. Love how it was done. Can't wait for it to be turned into a movie.
7. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
It is shocking how many other books have borrowed ideas from this classic. Once you read this as an adult you'll see how much of our culture was shaped by this book.
8. The Great Gatsby
I didn't read this one until I was an adult...
9. The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
Also didn't read this one until I was an adult, but it didn't stop the wonder and joy of reading it. I haven't read the rest of the series, or seen the movie yet.
10. The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
Just read this as an adult... Including The Hobbit. I loved it! I read all four books in less than two weeks... I couldn't put them down and all other books went on the shelf for this period. Many late nights reading. Loved the story. Will probably read again.
11. Cockpit - Jerzy Kosinski
Freaky book... But I couldn't put it down. Which is saying something. Twisted what you can get people to do for money! Read this one on my honeymoon... Not the ideal time to read it. But it was sure an experience!