Readers told me 3 books they loved, 1 book they hated, and what they’re reading right now. In turn, I’m recommending 3 books for each reader. (Or more, if I can’t help myself.)
This week we’re choosing books for Erica, whose books are:
Love: Something Red by Douglas Nicholas; White Fire by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child; The Tale of Hilltop Farm by Susan Wittig Albert.
Hate: Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot
Recently: Babylon: Mesopotamia and the Birth of Civilization by Paul Kriwaczek
Erica’s favorites are diverse, but they share common threads: they have a strong sense of place, interesting settings, and well-developed characters. (I suspect this is why she didn’t like Size 12 is Not Fat, even though she likes mysteries.)
She appreciates touches of realism (even in a fantasy novel like Something Red) and poetic writing, even though the latter isn’t required. I suspect Erica notices and appreciates the details in what she’s reading.
On the bestseller list: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Charming British classic: All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
Mystery favorites: Watership Down by Richard Adams and A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Popular history: The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester
I’m recommending Station Eleven for its strong atmosphere, air of mystery, and poetic writing. Its band of itinerant performers also reminded me of the characters in Something Red. All Creatures Great and Small likewise reminds me of The Tale of Hilltop Farm‘s setting and strong characters.
Watership Down satisfies all of Erica’s criteria, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a must-read for any mystery buff, especially because he made an appearance in Erica’s pick White Fire.
And finally, I chose the exceptional popular history The Professor and the Madman for its interesting setting, intriguing (and odd) mystery, and fascinating characters.
Please share YOUR recommendations for Erica in comments. Thank you!