Writers Recommend

Have you ever wondered which books captivate your favorite author? This list compiles quotes from well-known authors on books they enjoyed. Curated by Tabor Millien.

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Action and Adventure

Sea Hawke by Ted Bell
“Alex Hawke is the new James Bond.”
James Patterson, author of the Alex Cross series

In the Company of Killers by Bryan Christy
“A special kind of thriller: crisp, fast, wise, intelligent, world-weary, violent, and propulsive.” –C.J. Box, author of the Joe Pickett series


The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward
“A true nerve-shredder that keeps its mind-blowing secrets to the very end.” –Stephen King, best-selling horror novelist.

Exit by Belinda Bauer
“Bauer’s unique trademark strengths make Exit quirky, charming, intensely human, important… and very suspenseful. I loved it.” –Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher series


Murder Under Her Skin by Stephen Spotswood
“Razor-sharp style, tons of flair, a snappy sense of humor, and all the most satisfying elements of a really good noir novel.” –Tana French, author of In the Woods

The Christie Affair by Nina De Gramont
“Such a delight: intriguing, fast-paced, and elegantly written… with as many twists and turns as, well, an Agatha Christie novel. The unlikely alliances, complex motivations, and jaw-dropping surprises will keep you riveted until the very last page.” –Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train

Science Fiction

Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki
“I wanted to give every one of her characters hugs… Fantastic, beautiful, and deeply, profoundly moving.” –Jenn Lyons, author of The Ruin of Kings

Upgrade by Blake Crouch
Amazingly gripping and totally immersive, with brilliant (near-future) worldbuilding and impeccable plot. You don’t so much sympathize with the main character as live inside his skin.”-Diana Gabaldon, author of Outlander


The Book of Magic by Alice Hoffman
“Bewitching and lucid prose… ultimately about the very human magic of family and love and actions that echo through generations. Filled with secrets and splendor and light and dark.” –Matt Haig, author of The Midnight Library

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett
“Prepare for ancient mysteries, innovative magic, and heart-pounding heists.”
Brandon Sanderson, author of the Reckoners series


The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams
“Warm, fuzzy, and ridiculously cute… The perfect feel-good read.” –Emily Henry, author of Beach Read

Must Love Books by Shauna Robinson
“A heartfelt and exciting debut… a wise and honest story of how it feels to be a young woman in search of yourself.” –Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Literary Fiction

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
“I think I needed to read a book like this to remember what is possible. I think I needed to remember what happens when you pair a gifted literary mind to an epic task. Homegoing is an inspiration.” –Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of The Water Dancer

The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb
“A surprising, beautifully rendered underdog hero I cared about deeply and a fascinating, cutthroat world I knew nothing about… I devoured this fine novel: every page and every word. And that ending? Never saw it coming.” –Chris Bohjalian, author of The Flight Attendant

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