Recommended Authors

Book recommendations from the BGL retreat

One of the things we did at retreat was, inevitably, recommend books to each other. I did not record who recommended what, but here follows the eclectic selection of titles that came up during one of our discussions.

Links are to the authors’ own sites when possible, both because I just think that’s preferable and because I’m in the midst of planning to redesign mine and so hey, here are a bunch of examples of how folks are designing author sites.

Grave Mercy, Robin LaFevers

Anna and the French Kiss, Stephanie Perkins

I Hunt Killers, Barry Lyga

The Night Circus, Erin Morganstern

A Monster Calls and The Knife of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness

Deathless, Catherynne M. Valente

Mechanique, Genevieve Valentine

Ashfall, Mike Mullin

The Troupe, Robert Jackson Bennett

The Girls of No Return, Erin Saldin

Wonder, R.J. Palacio

Out Of My Mind, Sharon Draper

A Greyhound Of A Girl, Roddy Doyle

Are You My Mother?, Alison Bechdel

Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein

The Wicked and the Just, J. Anderson Coats

Writing The Other, Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward

Fatale, Ed Brubaker & Sean Philips

Anya’s Ghost, Vera Brosgol

Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things, Ted Naifeh

Girl of Fire and Thorns, Rae Carson

Slaughter-House Five, Kurt Vonnegut

Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes, Dan Everett

Wherever I Wind Up, R. A. Dickey

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Jenny Lawson

Wild, Cheryl Strayed

Lone Survivor, Marcus Luttrell

War, Sebastian Junger

The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien

On Killing, Dave Grossman

The Wednesdays, Julie Bourbeau

Altered, Jennifer Rush

Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading, Tommy Greenwald

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, Tom Angleberger

The People vs. George Lucas  (a documentary, not a book, but came up as a sidebar to Origami Yoda)

Radiant Days, Elizabeth Hand

Signal to Noise, Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean

Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor

Only Begotten Daughter, James Morrow

…and finally at the end of that long list I also jotted down an unrelated, unattributed quote: “Cleavage is kind of the beard for ladies.” I don’t remember who said it, but I believe the context was Things On A Body Wherein Food Can Accumulate.


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