Recommendations

If you’re looking for things to read or experience, here are some of my favorite recommendations! If you want to purchase these, please consider getting them from a local bookseller like Powell’s Books instead of the big box stores (*cough* Amazon *cough*) or if cost is an issue, there are some fantastic book re-sellers like AbeBooks. This list is a constant work in progress, so come back if you run out of things to read! Will continue to add links to author pages as I have time.

Books on Writing

These books are all ones I have read and learned from and highly recommend others pick up. Most of these I return to frequently as needed!

Fiction Authors and Playwrights I Love

Pretty much any books by this author you pick up will be awesome. Equal parts high literature and popcorn lit. At least 50% of the list is YA.  Suggestions for starting points are provided for some. Not in any particular order.

  • Tamora Pierce – Start with Terrier, then read everything except Melting Stones, listen to that one, don’t read it.
  • Terry Pratchett – My two favorites are The Truth and Monstrous Regiment
  • Jim Butcher – I prefer the Dresden Files series
  • Seanan McGuire – Wayward Children series is my fav, followed closely by Incryptids.
  • Nisi Shawl – Everfair is stunning
  • Nancy Kress – Beggars in Spain
  • Robert A. Heinlein – The unabridged version of Stranger in a Strange Land
  • Ted Chiang – Lifecycles of Software Objects
  • Isaac Asimov – Robots and Murder trilogy
  • Nnedi Okorafor
  • Erin Morgenstern
  • Marissa Meyer
  • Patricia C. Wrede
  • Theodora Goss
  • Jasper Fforde
  • Robert Asprin
  • Patricia Briggs
  • Nalo Hopkinson
  • Amber Dawn
  • G. Willow Wilson
  • Lish McBride
  • John Scalzi
  • Nisi Shawl
  • NK Jemison
  • Nicky Drayden
  • Robin Sloan
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Neal Stephenson
  • Laurie R. King
  • K.B. Spangler
  • Kat Richardson
  • Keri Arthur
  • Jennifer Blackstream
  • Janet Evonavich
  • Jana DeLeon
  • Aaron Sorkin
  • Cat Rambo
  • Molly Knox Ostertag
  • Gail Carriger
  • Matsuo Basho
  • Margaret Weis
  • Mark Z. Danielewski
  • Jeffrey Carver
  • John Scalzi
  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • Jacqueline Carey
  • Anne Bishop
  • Poe Ballentine
  • Christopher Buckley
  • More to follow…

Authors I know whose work isn’t necessarily my style, but it’s good writing and they are lovely people and I always buy and read their books…

  • Nadia Akbar
  • Michael Strelow
  • Scott Nadelson
  • Steve Yarbrough
  • Neil Aitken
  • Ben Clanton
  • Ladette Randolph
  • William Orem
  • Maria Flook
  • More to follow…

Graphic Novel/Webcomic Series I Follow

  • Strong Female Protagonist
  • A Girl and Her Fed
  • Rat Queens
  • Shuri
  • Sleepless
  • Chew
  • More to follow…

TV Shows I Love and I think are well done

  • Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
  • Murdoch Mysteries
  • The Republic of Doyle
  • Black Lightning on CW
  • Legion on FX
  • All of the Originals and prequels/spinoffs
  • Preacher
  • True Blood
  • Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
  • Brooklyn 99
  • Outer Limits
  • Twilight Zone
  • Black Mirror
  • 30 Rock
  • Community
  • Up Pompeii
  • MASH
  • Sirens
  • Firefly
  • Rizzoli and Isles
  • Elementary
  • Sherlock
  • Twin Peaks
  • Almost Human
  • All of Star Trek EXCEPT for Enterprise
  • Stargate SG1
  • Pushing Daisies
  • Steven Universe
  • The Witcher
  • Altered Carbon
  • Happy
  • Umbrella Academy
  • Ragnarok
  • iZombie
  • Lucifer
  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  • The Magicians
  • Locke and Key
  • The Mandelorian
  • More to follow…

TV Shows that are background noise and/or guilty pleasures

  • The rest of the CW DC Comic lineup
  • All the Netflix Marvel shows EXCEPT IRON FIST (stupid whiny white boy)
  • Agents of Shield
  • Cloak and Dagger
  • Buffy
  • Angel
  • Haven
  • Supernatural
  • Charmed
  • Veronica Mars
  • The Librarians
  • Roswell
  • SWAT
  • Runaways
  • Burn Notice
  • White Collar
  • Flashpoint
  • All Law and Order
  • All CSI
  • Criminal Minds
  • Numbers
  • Wayward Pines
  • Dr. Who
  • Scrubs
  • Body of Proof
  • Bones
  • The Glades
  • Lie to Me
  • Medium
  • Ghost Whisperer
  • Primeval
  • Dead Like Me
  • Misfits
  • Gotham
  • Persons of Interest
  • Disenchantment
  • Heart of Dixie
  • Royal Pains
  • Dexter
  • Once Upon a Time
  • More to follow…

And my least favorite book I was ever made to read for class, just for sh*ts and giggles:

  • Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq