I read a lot of books. A lot of books. Many of the books I read are good. Some are very good. Only a few are what I would call great. Here are a few great reads worth checking out, in no particular order:

Novels:

  • THE GIVEN DAY, SHUTTER ISLAND, PRAYERS FOR RAIN, MYSTIC RIVER, and DARKNESS, TAKE MY HAND by Dennis Lehane
  • ALREADY DEAD (and the rest of the Joe Pitt Casebooks) and THE MYSTIC ARTS OF ERASING ALL SIGNS OF DEATH by Charlie Huston
  • GET SHORTY and LABRAVA by Elmore Leonard
  • THE POET by Michael Connelly
  • A PRAYER FOR THE DYING, THE SPEED QUEEN and SONGS FOR THE MISSING and EMILY, ALONE by Stewart O’Nan
  • RIVEN ROCK, WORLD’S END, EAST IS EAST, and THE TORTILLA CURTAIN by T.C. Boyle
  • MIDDLESEX by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • ALL THE KING’S MEN by Robert Penn Warren
  • INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison
  • LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding
  • GHOST STORY and THE HELLFIRE CLUB by Peter Straub
  • THE DEAD ZONE, PET SEMATARY, THE DARK HALF, THE STAND, INSOMNIA, DESPERATION, THE GREEN MILE, BAG OF BONES, DUMA KEY and THE DARK TOWER series by Stephen King
  • THE TALISMAN and BLACK HOUSE by Stephen King and Peter Straub
  • VELOCITY by Dean Koontz
  • A LOWER DEEP, THE MIDNIGHT ROAD and EVERY SHALLOW CUT by Tom Piccirilli
  • THE STRAW MEN by Michael Marshall
  • THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE by James M. Cain
  • HEART-SHAPED BOX by Joe Hill
  • THE BEACH by Alex Garland
  • THE ROAD by Cormac McCarthy
  • FORTY WORDS FOR SORROW by Giles Blunt
  • THE KITE RUNNER by Khaled Hosseini
  • ELECTION by Tom Perrotta
  • THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA and THE HUMAN STAIN by Philip Roth
  • FREEDOMLAND and LUSH LIFE by Richard Price
  • KING SUCKERMAN and THE SWEET FOREVER by George Pelecanos
  • THE RESURRECTIONISTS by Michael Collins
  • ROAD KILL (or JOYRIDE) and RED by Jack Ketchum
  • A SIMPLE PLAN by Scott Smith
  • RUN by Douglas E. Winter
  • AMERICAN GODS and CORALINE by Neil Gaiman
  • PERDIDO STREET STATION and THE SCAR by China Miéville
  • THE GOLDEN COMPASS by Philip Pullman
  • PARIS TROUT and THE PAPERBOY by Pete Dexter
  • SPHERE, RISING SUN, and PREY by Michael Crichton
  • SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE by Kurt Vonnegut
  • FLESH AND BLOOD by Michael Cunningham
  • GOOD PEOPLE by Marcus Sakey
  • CHASING THE DEAD by Joe Schreiber
  • THE BELL JAR by Sylvia Plath
  • THE HARD WAY by Lee Child
  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee
  • EVERY DEAD THING by John Connolly
  • THE KEEP by Jennifer Egan
  • THE LATHE OF HEAVEN by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • LOWBOY by John Wray
  • THE STRAIN by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan
  • LIGHT BOXES by Shane Jones
  • BEL CANTO by Ann Patchett
  • BEAT THE REAPER by Josh Bazell
  • THE CARETAKER OF LORNE FIELD by Dave Zeltserman
  • SWAMPLANDIA! by Karen Russell
  • RUN by Blake Crouch
  • THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins
  • FUN AND GAMES by Duane Swierczynski
  • THE GROVE by John Rector
  • BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS by Kurt Vonnegut
  • READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline
  • DEATH WISHING by Laura Ellen Scott
  • THE IMPERFECTIONISTS by Tom Rachman (under novels, but it’s really a novel-in-stories)
  • BRIGHT SHINY MORNING by James Frey
  • THE SECRET HISTORY by Donna Tartt
  • SHARP TEETH by Tony Barlow
  • THE PASSAGE by Justin Cronin
  • PRINCE OF THIEVES by Chuck Hogan
  • NEVER LET ME GO by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • THEN WE CAME TO THE END by Joshua Ferris
  • ROOM by Emma Donoghue

Short Story Collections:

  • EVERYTHING THAT RISES MUST CONVERGE by Flannery O’Connor
  • THE STORIES OF JOHN CHEEVER
  • THE DEAD FISH MUSEUM by Charles D’Ambrosio
  • THE RESURRECTION MAN’S LEGACY by Dale Bailey
  • THE COMPLETE STORIES OF TRUMAN CAPOTE
  • A MODEL WORLD and WEREWOLVES IN THEIR YOUTH by Michael Chabon
  • LUCKY GIRLS by Nell Freudenberger
  • LOST IN THE CITY by Edward P. Jones
  • The BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES series
  • The BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES series
  • CIVILWARLAND IN BAD DECLINE by George Saunders
  • THE THINGS THEY CARRIED by Tim O’Brien
  • AFTER THE PLAGUE and TOOTH & CLAW by T.C. Boyle
  • THE SECRET GOLDFISH and THE SPOT by David Means
  • PEACEABLE KINGDOM by Jack Ketchum
  • 20th CENTURY GHOSTS by Joe Hill
  • IN THE ELECTRIC EDEN by Nick Arvin
  • WHEN THE NINES ROLL OVER by David Benioff
  • THE WHORE’S CHILD by Richard Russo
  • ANIMAL CRACKERS by Hannah Tinti
  • CORONADO by Dennis Lehane
  • THE GIRL ON THE FRIDGE by Etgar Keret
  • EVERYTHING RAVAGED, EVERYTHING BURNED: STORIES by Wells Tower
  • MAD TO LIVE by Randall Brown
  • STORIES FOR NIGHTTIME AND SOME FOR THE DAY by Ben Loory
  • OLIVE KITTERIDGE by Elizabeth Strout
  • HOW THEY WERE FOUND by Matt Bell

Graphic Novels:

  • WATCHMEN by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
  • LOCKE & KEY, Vol. 1: WELCOME TO LOVECRAFT by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
  • THE DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER BORN by Peter David, Robin Furth, Jae Lee, and Richard Isanove
  • PRIDE OF BAGHDAD by Brian K. Vaughan and Niko Henrichon
  • STITCHES: A MEMOIR by David Small

Audiobooks: 

  • THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN by Garth Stein, read by Christopher Evan Welch
  • 61 HOURS, WORTH DYING FOR and GONE TOMORROW by Lee Child, read by Dick Hill
  • FEAST DAY OF FOOLS, THE GLASS RAINBOW and RAIN GODS  by James Lee Burke, read by Will Patton
  • CITY OF THIEVES by David Benioff, read by Ron Perlman
  • THE LINCOLN LAWYER by Michael Connelly, read by Adam Grupper
  • LONG LOST by Harlan Coben, read by Steven Weber and THE INNOCENT by Harlan Coben, read by Scott Brick
  • THE CRIME WRITER by Gregg Hurwitz, read by Scott Brick

Non-Fiction:

  • SEX, DRUGS, AND COCOA PUFFS by Chuck Klosterman
  • MICROSTYLE: THE ART OF WRITING LITTLE by Christopher Johnson