Favorite Books

Just for fun, I’d like to list here some of my favorite books.  These are books that I read in my more formative years or otherwise had a profound affect on me.  Or maybe just some really great books.  It’s a mix of science fiction, fantasy, non-fiction, children’s; the whole gamut.  It’s in no way any kind of definitive list of great books or anything like that.  Just stuff I love.  That said, if you’re looking for a good book to read, I don’t think you could go wrong with anything on this list.

In no particular order:

There’s a Nightmare in My Closet, by Mercer Mayer

The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss

A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R.R. Martin

Innumeracy, by John Allen Paulos

The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (series), by Douglas Adams

Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson

Green Futures of Tycho, by William Sleator

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal, by Christopher Moore

My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George

Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis

The Belgariad, by David (and Leigh) Eddings

The Dark Tower series, by Stephen King

Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson

Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card

The BFG, by Roald Dahl

The Daughter of Time, by Josephine Tey

Night, by Elie Wiesel

Matilda, by Roald Dahl

The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet, by Eleanor Cameron

Nightfall, by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg

Feed, by Mira Grant

Master and Commander (and the whole Aubrey/Maturin series) by Patrick O’Brian

Mistborn: The Final Empire, by Brandon Sanderson

Dawn (and the whole Lilith’s Brood/Xenogenesis series), by Octavia Butler

Alas, Babylon, by Pat Frank

His Majesty’s Dragon, by Naomi Novik

The Stand, by Stephen King

Castle Perilous, John DeChancie

It, by Stephen King

The Pushcart War, by Jean Merrill

To Say Nothing of the Dog, by Connie Willis

The Killer Angels, by Michael Shaara

The WWW Trilogy, by Robert J. Sawyer

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King

The Princess Bride, by William Goldman

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Plum Island, by Nelson DeMille

The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions, by David Quammen

Cry, the Beloved Country, by Alan Paton

Foundation, by Isaac Asimov

Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe

Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey

Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors, by Piers Paul Read

As Thousands Cheer, Laurence Bergreen

The Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux



Matthew Shean is the author of the story “Sylvia and Larry” in the Lazarus Risen anthology, due in Oct. 2016 from Bundoran Press, and several forthcoming novels and short stories. He has a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology and spent 20 years as a research scientist throughout the northeastern United States.  He now lives in Long Island (against his will), with his loving family and disdainful cats.


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