The list author says: "These books are suitable for anyone over fourteen I would guess. They all are well-written, well crafted novels from several different genres. I am generally reading something all the time, but I do not read indiscriminately. A book must have an interesting plot and engaging characters for me to finish it. I have no trouble putting a book down that does not fit that criteria. My view is that there are better books out there to read, so why waste your time reading dreck?"
"If you've never taken the time to read these classic tales, you should wait no longer. The Hobbit is good in and of itself, but TLOTR is quite simply one of the best fantasy stories every written. It is an epic tale of adventure, camaraderie, and heroism that should not be missed."
"I'm including two Stephen King novels that qualify as favorites. Each is sufficiently scary or creepy. Both are worth reading. This one is about a terror that stalks children in a small Maine town. The movie is okay, but read the book!"
"Written in the 70's I believe, this is one of the best vampire tales of all time. It has a big creep factor. Think Nosferatu, not the touchy-feely vamps from Twilight. I'm not officially adding The Stand or The Shining to my list, but either of those King novels are worth reading as well."
"Mirror Dreams and Mirror Wakes by Catherine Webb are the stories of the great mage Laenan Kite. These are more YA novels and the first is a little hard to get into, but they were interesting and imaginative. You might want to see what you think."
"The Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett are legendary. Going Postal is where I began my introduction to them. Some are better then others, but this is definitely a good place to start. Really enjoyed this tale of a con man who gets plucked out of nowhere to take over the failing postal system. Look for wry humor and interesting characters reminiscent of Monty Python and/or Douglas Adams."
"This is a Terry Pratchett story for kids that is really enjoyable for all ages I would think. It tells the tale of a young witch who saves her little brother from the Fairy Queen with the help of the incorrigible and delightful Wee Free men, six inch tall savages who speak with a wonderful Scottish brogue! Read it - you won't be disappointed."
"The Fionovar trilogy is one of the best fantasy series I've ever read. It's a 3 book series that tells the story of 5 college students transported to another world where each one goes on a journey of discovery about themselves and there place in the universe. This series resonates. It's powerful and wonderful. You won't go wrong reading this one."
"This story is the literary equivalent of a summer popcorn movie. It moves at a breakneck pace and you donít want to examine whatís happening or the science too closely, but if you sit back and relax, you might be entertained. A marine recon team in Antarctica attempts to secure a big discovery for the US while competing teams try to do the same for their own interests. I liked it."
"First book in a series about a mage and his magical sidekick living in present day San Francisco. These stories are nicely done, rich with mood and setting, and inhabited by interesting and believable secondary characters. You should give them a look."