Sometimes as a writer I get so caught up in the editing, the marketing, the querying, I forget the most important aspect: Enjoying a Story. When I’m reading now, I have to turn off my editing brain to make sure I enjoy the story. As an author, I’ve become a little spoiled.
But! Reading is still the best outlet I have beside raw writing. Getting into a good book is one of the most addictive and enjoyable experiences I can have.
So, today I’m going to give some recommendations for you. Books I know are great from a variety of genres and that give you a spellbinding experience. Of course, I recommend all the AO&R crew’s books 🙂 but I’ll give you my personal favorites.
Yup, I went there. In my personal opinion, these are some of the best books ever written. C.S. Lewis was a GENIUS. These books are magical, enchanting, with lovable characters and lessons hidden within the pages that make you better for reading.
Yes, Emma is my favorite Jane Austin novel. I love how sweet and naive she is, and how much she grows. The whole book has a simple charm to it.
You can’t pass up this Aussie Classic. Heartfelt, poignant, Everything about this book is wonderful. Plus, it’s Australian, so insta-awesome.
Honestly, anything Cassie Mae is a joy to read, but this is the first in a series I love. Although touching on sensitive and real issues, you come out of this book, and the ones that follow, feeling happy. The characters are funny, awkward, and charming.
I learned so much about the failing Roman Empire and the thriving Huns in this novel. The main character, General Flavius Aetius, is the heart and soul of the book, giving it a deep conflict and momentum.
This follows the fated pioneer companies as they make their way from England across to Utah during the worst time imaginable and under terrible circumstances. But what gets me in this is the characters, and how well they endure even when faced with death. By the end, these people leave you inspired.
One of our Pitcharama contestants. I’m so glad this one got published! I seriously could not put this down. Emma is wonderful, and each of the dead guys brings a whole new spin to her life. Look out for Book 2!
This one surprised me with how much I loved it, but it grabbed my attention from chapter one. Follow Dan, a guy who killed himself and is now paying a kind of penance, as he hops into bodies of bad guys and fixes they problems they make, until something changes. This one threw me off guard. Even now, months later, I think about it.
Anything from Terry Pratchett’s Disc World series. My favorite is Mort.
My favorite book in my early teen years, even now it holds a soft spot in my heart. Don’t watch the movie though. So wrong…
And of course, everyone should read all the Harry Potter books.
Possibly one of the cutest stories I’ve ever read. This novella I read in one afternoon and wished there was more. A romance that leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy, just like a romance should.
This is one of a series. This was enjoyable because it had strong, realistic characters who really worked. A little steamy, and sexy, and plenty of love. It’s Harlequin, so what else can you expect?
There are so many more wonderful books out there, and many more genres I missed. I guess all I can truly say is don’t be afraid to try something new. Check out a variety of books and maybe you’ll fin something that surprises you. Let’s remember why we write in the first place.
Katie Teller is a writer of NA fiction. Her debut, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, has sold more than 10,000 copies. You can find out more about Katie, the Kiya trilogy, and her other books on twitter, facebook or at her own blog.