Falconer's Favorites

Sometimes it helps to know what type of books a reviewer likes.  I'm providing titles here, and as I write up each category, I'll add a link to those posts. (That doesn't seem to be happening after all.)

Mystery Series (author/detective)

Reginald Hill/Dalziel and Pascoe
Tana French/Dublin Murder Squad
Elizabeth George/Inspector Lynley 
Sophie Hannah/Spilling CID
Julia Spencer-Fleming/Rev. Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne
Jane Casey/Maeve Kerrigan
Louise Penny/Chief Inspector Armand Gamache
Nicci French/Frieda Klein
Kate Atkinson/Jackson Brodie

Mystery Stand-alones
 Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith (This actually starts a series, but the first book is by far the best, and stands alone without any problem.)
Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (Apparently this is also a series now, but again, the first book stands alone just fine.)
Every Secret Thing, I'd Know You Anywhere, and The Most Dangerous Thing by Laura Lippman (My favorites of her stand-alone novels.  Her Tess Monahagn series is also good.)

Fantasy (mostly children's and YA)

Chronicles of Prydian series, Westmark series by Lloyd Alexander
The Hobbit  by J. R. R. Tolkein
Five Children and It and The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit
 Wolves of Willoughby Chase and sequels by Joan Aiken
The Wizard of Earthsea series and others by Ursula le Guin
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
The Queen's Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
Nightwatch by Terry Pratchett
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Sci Fi 

Tripod by John Christopher
Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
He, She, and It by Marge Piercy
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula LeGuin
Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins


Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Hard Times by Charles Dickens
Silas Marner by George Eliot
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Heidi by Johanna Spri
Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Room with a View by E.M. Forster

Adult Fiction

The River Why by David James Duncan
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
Cathedral by Raymond Carver
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
The Woman Who Walked Into Doors by Roddy Doyle
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
The AmazingAdventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

YA Realistic Fiction (Historic, Mystery, and Contemporary)

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
Reality Boy by A. S. King
Witness by Karen Hesse
Holes by Louis Sachar
Tangerine by Edward Bloor
Made you Up by Francesca Zappia
Nightjohn by Gary Paulsen
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Boy 21 by Matthew Quick
Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland


Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditerod by Gary Paulsen
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision Of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman
Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott
Small Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver
Dancing on the Edge of the Earth by Ursula LeGuin
Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam
A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction by Christopher W. Alexander
The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A.J. Jacobs
The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How it Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steven Johnson
The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Childhood by Francisco Jimenez
Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M. T. Anderson
Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steven Sheinkin

Graphic Novels

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown (nonfiction YA)
Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast (adult memoir)
Saga (series) by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (adult sci fi)
Y: The Last Man (series) by Brian K. Vaughan (adult sci fi)
Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova (MG realistic fiction)
Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang (YA historical fiction)
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (YA/adult memoir)
Nimona by Noelle Stephens (YA fantasy)
Brody's Ghost (series) by Mark Crilley (YA fantasy)
Cardboard by Doug TenNapel (MG/YA fantasy)
Hyperbole and a Half by Ally Brosh (adult memoir)

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