In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Why: Because it’s a terrifying but extremely well-written story of a crime we should never get. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this classic but I don’t hear much about it anymore and that is truly a shame.
Balefire by Cate Tiernan
Why: Because I always see people wanting to read fiction novels with a witchcraft storyline. Well, this is a great one that I really enjoyed but I do not feel it had gotten nearly enough hype or readers.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Why: Because sometimes I even forget about this book. And it is fabulous. I need to do a reread soon. Gothic, epic, weird, and compelling, this is a book that should stand the test of time. I hope it does.
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
Why: How many of you guessed that this book would be on this list? Yup. Since this book is my favorite book EVER, it goes on every list it fits on. If you haven’t read it yet, you should, and you definitely shouldn’t forget about it.
Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle
Why: It’s one of my favorite contemporary YA books and I don’t read all that much contemporary YA. But I just really loved this book. It was a lot of fun but I also felt it had a lot of depth. I don’t hear about this book much, and besides Shine, it is my favorite Lauren Myracle book.
Strangers by Dean Koontz
Why: It’s my favorite Dean Koontz book. It’s one of his oldest, and in my opinion, his best. I really enjoyed reading it and I wish and hope it will find a new audience. It’s really a fascinating and thrilling read, but it also makes you think.
And There Were None by Agatha Christie
Why: It’s her most famous book and also her best. While some of her other works come close, this one really sticks out in my mind as the one whodunit mystery novel everyone should read. I fear that it will get lost in the shuffle amongst all the other great mystery novels out there. But sometimes classics really are the best.
Under the Dome by Stephen King
Why: I know I need to read more Stephen King books. I haven’t nearly read enough. But this one…this book remains my favorite. I know I am in the minority with that opinion, but it’s definitely one that really sticks with me. There are SO MANY characters. And each one of them has an individual voice that stands out. That is something that only a truly brilliant and skilled writer can accomplish.
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Why: How many of you remember this book? I read it in the 5th grade, I read it again in my twenties, and it remains a favorite. You don’t hear about it often, but I would like it not to be forgotten because it is truly a story that stands the test of time. It’s sad but inspiring and just a really, REALLY, good book.
Death Watch by Ari Berk
Why: This is another one of those books that was not read by enough people. It has unbelievable world-building. Strong characters. A brilliant story. And writing that is just unparalleled. It was one of my favorite books of last year and it still remains a favorite. The sequel, Mistle Child is due out next year and I am dying for a copy. You want me to rec you books, and I am recommending this one. It is a MUST read.