NOTE: This is a long post. Good news, it’s mostly a bullet list.

The lists come from handouts I picked up at the Folsom,CA Library, as recommendations for reading in different genres / categories. No additional information on how these lists were compiled. For all I know it was the Friends of the Library group that put this together, or the Library has a bazillion copies of certain books, or these are the books with long wait lists because everyone wants to read them.

Lists are from different months/years, as listed.
It is not a mistake that some titles show up on multiple lists.
Some genres have sub-categories and others do not.

A lot of unusual names, so hopefully I didn’t mistype any.
Sorry, I just don’t have the time to direct link all the titles to Amazon or some other site nor create jump links from the ‘table of contents’ below to the genre/categories below that. Also, don’t forget to click the ‘continue reading‘ link below.

There are some obvious choices in a few categories and many that may be new discoveries for others to enjoy.

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Categories /Genres:
  • Thrillers
  • Mysteries
  • Cozy Mysteries
  • Spy Games: International Politics & Terrorism
  • Science Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Christian Fiction
  • Historical Fiction: From Prehistoric to The Age of Discovery
  • Historical Fiction: Modern Era 1750 to Present


 

Thrillers (July 2014)
  • Never Look Away by Linwood Barclay
  • The Amber Room by Steve Berry
  • The Last Six Million Seconds by John Burdett
  • Storm Front: A Derrick Storm Thriller by Richard Castle
  • Felicity’s Gate: A Thriller by Julian Cole
  • The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly
  • The Burning Soul: A Charlie Parker Thriller by John Connolly
  • Backfire: An FBI Thriller by Catherine Coulter
  • Arctic Drift by Clive Cussler
  • The October List by Jeffery Deaver
  • Murder on Music Row: A Music Industry Thriller by Stuart Dill
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • The Last Man by Vince Flynn
  • Operation Napoleon by Arnaldur Indridason
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • House Justice: A Joe DeMarco Thriller by Mike Lawson
  • The Snowman by Jo Nesbo
  • Killer Summer by Ridley Pearson
  • Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs
  • Due Diligence: A Thriller by Jonathan Rush
  • Tatiana: An Arkady Renko Novel by Martin Cruz Smith
  • The Ambition by Lee Strobel
  • All Necessary Force: A Pike Logan Thriller by Brad Taylor
  • Hidden Order by Brad Thor
  • Thriller 2: Stories You Just Can’t Put Down, edited by Clive Cussler
  • Bone Deep by Randy Wayne White
  • Hostage by Elie Wiesel
  • The Intercept by Dick Wolf
  • Cut and Thrust by Stuart Woods
Mystery (October 2014)
  • Classics
    • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
    • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
    • Sherlock Holmes: the Complete Novels and Stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
    • The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allen Poe
    • Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Edgar Awards
    • Blue Heaven by C.J. Box
    • Cimarron Rose by James Burke
    • The Chatham School Affair by Thomas H. Cook
    • Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
    • The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
    • Whip Hand by Dick Francis
    • The Last Child by John Hart
    • Gone by Mo Hayder
    • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carre
    • Bootlegger’s Daughter by Margaret Maron
    • California Girl by T. Jefferson Parker
    • Silent Joe by T. Jefferson Parker
    • In the Shadow of Gotham by Stephanie Pintoff
    • Body Blows by Marc Strange
  • Librarian Recommendations
    • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
    • Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
    • When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Enigma of China by Qiu Xiaolong
    • Joyland by Stephen King
    • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
    • Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
    • The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
    • Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
    • Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
    • Blanche on the Lam by Barbara Neely
    • The Snowman by Jo Nesbo
    • How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
Cozy Mysteries (July 2015)
  • Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree by Nancy Atherton
  • Death of a Liar by M.C. Beaton
  • The Edge of Dreams by Rhys Bowen
  • As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust: a Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan C. Bradley
  • The Cat Who Blew the Whistle by Lillian Jackson Braun
  • A Woman Unknown by Frances Brody
  • Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
  • The Alpine Yeoman: An Emma Lord Mystery by Mary Daheim
  • The Whole Enchilada: A Novel of Suspense by Diane Mott Davidson
  • Threadbare by Monica Ferris
  • Cinnamon Roll Murder by Joanne Fluke
  • Spider Web by Earlene Fowler
  • Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris
  • Death Comes Silently by Carolyn Hart
  • The Handsome Man’s  DeLuxe Cafe by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Batter of Dead: A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery With Recipes by Tamar Myers
  • How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny
  • Paw and Order: A Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spencer Quinn
  • Miss Julia to the Rescue: a Novel by Ann B. Ross
  • Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers
  • Monument to Murder: a Capital Crimes Novel by Margaret Truman
  • Murder at Brightwell: a Mystery by Ashley Weaver
  • A Dangerous Place: a Novel by Jacqueline Winspear
Spy Games: International Politics & Terrorism (February 2015)
  • The Escape by David Baldacci
  • The Target by David Baldacci
  • The counterfeit Agent by Alex Berensen
  • Pirate Alley by Stephen Coonts
  • The Kill List by Frederick Forsyth
  • Midnight in Europe: a Novel by Alan Fust
  • Robert Ludlum’s The Janson Option by Paul Garrison
  • Support and Defend: a Campus Novel by Mark Greaney
  • Top Secret: a Clandestine Operations Novel by W.E.B. Griffith and William E. Butterworth IV
  • The Director: a Novel by David Ignatius
  • Night in Shanghai by Nicole Mones
  • The Accident by Chris Pavone
  • The Red Room by Ridley Pearson
  • Damascus count Down by Joel Rosenberg
  • A Time for War: a Thriller by Michael Savage
  • The Heist by Daniel Silva
  • The Cairo Affair by Olen Steinhauer
  • Act of War: a Thriller by Brad Thor
Science Fiction (December 2014)
  • Nebula Award Winners
    • Foundation’s Edge by Issac Asimov
    • Startide Rising by David Brin
    • Falling Free by Lois McMaster Mujold
    • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
    • Neuromancer by William Gibson
    • Camouflage by Joe Haldeman
    • Dune by Frank Herbert
    • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Blackout by Connie Willis
  • Librarian Recommendations
    • Able One by Ben Bova
    • Red Rising by Pierce Brown
    • Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler
    • Hacker: The Outlaw Chronicles by Ted Dekker
    • Dragon’s Time by Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey
    • The Goliath Stone by Larry Niven and Matthew Joseph Harrington
    • The Long War by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
    • Reamde by Neal Stephenson
    • The Martian by Andy Weir
    • Angelmass by Timothy Zahn
  • Classics
    • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
    • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
    • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
    • Llana of Gathol and John Carter of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
    • Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
    • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
    • War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
    • The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
Fantasy (July 2014)
  • Humorous Fantasy
    • Heaven Cent (the Xanth Series) by Piers Anthony
    • Myth-ion Impossible (the Myth Adventure Series) by Robert Asprin
    • The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde
    • Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
    • Valhalla by Tom Holt
    • Going Postal (the Discworld Series) by Terry Pratchett
  • Myth & Fairy Tale Inspired Fantasy
    • Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
    • Beauty and the Werewolf (Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms) by Mercedes Lackey
    • Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
    • The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart
    • Beauty by Sheri S. Tepper
  • Urban Fantasy
    • Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files (the Dresden Files Series) by Jim Butcher
    • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
    • The Magicians by lev Grossman
    • For a Few Demons More by Kim Harrison
    • The City by Dean Koontz
    • Naked city: Tales of Urban Fantasy, edited by Ellen Datlow
  • Epic Fantasy
    • The High Druid’s Blade (Defenders of Shannara Series) by Terry Brooks
    • The Magician’s Apprentice (prequel to the Black Magician Trilogy) by Trudi Canavan
    • Wizard’s First Rule (the Sword of Truth Series) by Terry Goodkind
    • Joust by Mercedes Lackey
    • Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire Series) by George R. R. Martin
    • The Highwayman by R.A. Salvatore
    • Mistborn: The Final Empire (the Mistborn Series) by Brandon Sanderson
    • The Fellowship of the Ring (the Lord of the Rings Series) by J.R.R. Tolkien
    • Bones of the Dragon (the Dragonships of Vindras Series) by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
    • Shadowmarch (the Shadowmarch Series) by Tad Williams
Christian Fiction (February 2015)
  • Shadows of the Past: a Novel by Patricia Bradley
  • A Cast of Stones: the Staff and the Sword by Patrick W. Carr
  • Chateau of Secrets: a Novel by Melanie Dobson
  • A Woman of Fortune: a Texas Gold Novel by Kellie Coates Gilbert
  • Fair Play: a Novel by Deeanne Gist
  • Where Treetops Glisten: Three Stories of Heart-warming Courage and Christmas Romance During World War II by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman and Sarah Sundin
  • Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good: the New Mitford Novel by Jan Karon
  • Angels Walking: a Novel by Karen Kingsbury
  • The Guardian (Home to Hickory Hollow Series) by Beverly Lewis
  • The Quarryman’s Bride by Tracie Peterson
  • Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers
  • Lila by Marilynne Robinson
  • Innocent Blood by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell
  • Through the Deep Waters: a Novel by Kim Vogel Sawyer
  • Here to Stay by Melissa Tagg
  • Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer
Historical Fiction: From Prehistoric to The Age of Discovery (September 2014)
  • Prehistoric (before 3600 BCE) to Ancient (3600 BCE – 500 CE)
    • The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
    • Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
    • Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Ancient Evenings by Norman Mailer
    • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
    • Murder in the Place of Anubis by Lynda S. Robinson
  • Middle Ages (500 – 1500)
    • Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho
    • The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell
    • Nightshade by P.C. Doherty
    • Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet
    • Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
    • The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
    • Jerusalem by Cecelia Holland
    • Conqueror: A Novel of Kublai Khan by Conn Iggulden
    • Queen Defiant: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Anne O’Brien
    • Prince of Darkeness: A Medieval Mystery by Sharon Kay Penman
    • The Sheen of the Silk by Anne Perry
    • Empress: a Novel by Shan Sa
  • Age of Discovery (1500 –  1750)
    • Equal of the Sun: A Novel by Anita Amirrezvani
    • The Orenda by Joseph Boyden
    • Shogun by James Clavell
    • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
    • The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
    • Before Versailles: a Novel of Louis XIV by Karleen Koen
    • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
    • Prophecy by S.J. Parris
    • The Snow Empress by Laura Joh Rowland
    • Beneath a Marble Sky: a Novel of the Taj Mahal by John Shors
    • A Dangerous Inheritance: a Novel of Tudor Rivals and the Secret of the Tower by Alison Weir
Historical Fiction: Modern Era 1750 – Present (September 2014)
  • 18th Century
    • The Hornet’s Nest by Jimmy Carter
    • The Fort: a Novel of the Revolutionary War by Bernard Cornwell
    • Versailles by Kathryn Davis
    • Someone Knows My Name: a Novel by Lawrence Hill
    • The Traitor’s Wife by Allison Pataki
    • The Call of Zulina by Kay Marshall Strom
  • 19th Century
    • Zorro by Isabel Allende
    • True Sisters by Sandra Dallas
    • Frog Music: a Novel by Emma Donoghue
    • The Black Moth by Georgette Heyer
    • The Ballad of Tome Dooley: a Ballad Novel by Sharyn McCrumb
    • The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet by Colleen McCullough
    • Empress Orchid by Anchee Min
    • Sacre Bleu: a Comedy D’art by Christopher Moore
    • Beloved by Toni Morrison
    • Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian
    • A Christmas Garland: a Novel by Anne Perry
    • Touching the Sky by Tracie Peterson
    • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
    • A Blaze of Glory by Jeff Shaara
  • 20th Century
    • Rasputin’s Daughter by Robert Alexander
    • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
    • The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
    • The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
    • Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke
    • San Miguel by T. Boyle Coraghessan
    • Mission to Paris by Alan Furst
    • By Starlight by Dorothy Garlock
    • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
    • Love, Dishonor, Mary, Die, Cherish, Perish by David Rakoff
    • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
    • The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
    • The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani
    • Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese
There are some additional category handouts, but I didn’t get them all at the time. If I get a chance to pick them back up, I’ll add back to this post.
Read more and keep on writing!

 

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