Good Minds Suggest

Find book recommendations from your favorite authors! Every month we pick a different writer's brain to plumb.

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Clive Barker
Clive Barker The Scarlet Gospels
His Favorite Books About Good vs. Evil: The master of supernatural gore offers a hell-raising top five in honor of his new work of horror, The Scarlet Gospels.
Paolo Bacigalupi
Paolo Bacigalupi The Water Knife
His Favorite Books About the Future: Water is scarce in his sci-fi thriller, The Water Knife, which peers into our possible future, along with these five recs.
Heather Cocks
Heather Cocks The Royal We
The Fug Girls Favorite Books About Royalty: Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan dish on Windsors, Tudors, and more in time for their new Kate-and-Wills-inspired romp, The Royal We.
Dan Simmons
Dan Simmons The Fifth Heart
His Favorite Fiction About Historical Characters: Fact and fiction blend in these recs from the author of the new mystery The Fifth Heart, starring Henry James and Sherlock Holmes.
Meghan Daum
Meghan Daum Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on Their Decision Not To Have Kids
Her Favorite Books About Living on Your Own Terms (or What Happens When You Don't): Try this top list from the editor of Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed, a set of essays exploring the decision not to have children.
Mary Doria Russell
Mary Doria Russell Epitaph
Her Favorite Westerns: Not just for gunslingers, the real Wild West comes to life in these five frontier tales recommended by the author of Epitaph.
Ian Caldwell
Ian Caldwell The Fifth Gospel
His Favorite Books About Vatican Crime: Murder, greed, and conspiracy in the Holy See—try these recs from the suspense writer whose latest thrill ride is The Fifth Gospel.
Lynne Truss
Lynne Truss Cat Out of Hell
Her Favorite Clever Literary Cats: From the grammarian who wrote Eats, Shoots & Leaves comes new comic horror, Cat Out of Hell. She offers a feline top five.
Elizabeth Bear
Elizabeth Bear Karen Memory
Her Favorite Steampunk: Visit the steam-powered Wild West in Karen Memory, the latest from the speculative fiction author who offers her top five.
John Robert Lewis
John Robert Lewis March: Book Two (March, #2)
Books that Influenced Me: An icon of the civil rights movement, longtime congressman, and the author of the graphic memoir March shares a personal book list.
Kelly Link
Kelly Link Get in Trouble
Her Favorite Magic Realism: The short fiction writer recommends "books of the uncanny and the strange," not unlike her new story collection, Get in Trouble.
Miranda July
Miranda July The First Bad Man
Her Favorite Recent Books by Women in Which Women Have Sex: The filmmaker and artist celebrates the sex lives of women in these recs and her new novel, The First Bad Man.
Jayne Ann Krentz
Jayne Ann Krentz Trust No One
Her Favorite Romantic Suspense Novels: She serves up love affairs with a side of pulse-pounding danger in her new thriller, Trust No One, and in these steamy picks.
E. Lockhart
E. Lockhart We Were Liars
Her Favorite Young Adult Books for Readers of All Ages: Not just for teens! Try these recs from the author of We Were Liars, the Goodreads Choice Winner for Young Adult Fiction.
David Lebovitz
David Lebovitz My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories
His Favorite Cookbooks: The author of My Paris Kitchen, a Choice Finalist for Best Food & Cookbooks, offers some mouth-watering picks.
Eula Biss
Eula Biss On Immunity: An Inoculation
Her Favorite Books About Vaccination: The author of On Immunity shares five books that informed her critique of the myths and fears surrounding vaccination.
Patrick Rothfuss
Patrick Rothfuss The Slow Regard of Silent Things
His Favorite Works of World-Building: Visit far-flung realms in these recs from the fantasy writer whose magic-steeped new novella is The Slow Regard of Silent Things.
Hans Ulrich Obrist
Hans Ulrich Obrist Ways of Curating
His Favorite Books About Artists: Computer code and Neanderthal DNA are among the topics covered in these picks from the art-world author of Ways of Curating.
Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult Leaving Time
Her Favorite Mother-Daughter Books: Try these five books to better understand the unique mother-daughter bond, selected by the bestselling author of Leaving Time.
Cary Elwes
Cary Elwes As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
His Favorite Books that Became Movies: The dread pirate, suave swordsman, and book lover offers recs in time for As You Wish, his memoir of Princess Bride lore.
Azar Nafisi
Azar Nafisi The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books
Her Favorite Books About Why We Read: Reading is like breathing for many of us, including the author of The Republic of Imagination, who shares a special list.
Tana French
Tana French The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad, #5)
Her Favorite Books About Secrets: No spoilers here! Reveal nothing after reading this Dubliner's new mystery, The Secret Place, and her enigmatic recs.
James Ellroy
James Ellroy Perfidia
His Favorite Historical Ripsnorters: Try some history that will blow your hair back in these picks from the noir stylist, whose new novel, Perfidia, is set in 1941 L.A.
John Scalzi
John Scalzi Lock In
His Favorite Books About Epidemics: Put on your hazmat suit before reading these infectious picks from the author of Lock In, a near-future thriller about a global pandemic.
Liane Moriarty
Liane Moriarty Big Little Lies
Her Favorite Books About Suburbia: Visit the not-so-mundane suburbs in Big Little Lies, the suspenseful new novel from the bestseller who shares her top-five list.
Roxane Gay
Roxane Gay Bad Feminist: Essays
Her Favorite Pop Culture Books for Thinkers: The cultural critic and relentlessly honest author of Bad Feminist offers five insightful recs for the media lover in all of us.
Deborah Harkness
Deborah Harkness The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy, #3)
Her Favorite Books with Brainy Heroines: Shout-out to all the bookish women! Try these picks from the fantasy author of The Book of Life, last in the All Souls Trilogy.
Gene Luen Yang
Gene Luen Yang The Shadow Hero
His Favorite Superheroes: Just in time for his revival of the Green Turtle in The Shadow Hero, the comic book creator names his top five iconic characters.
Chris Bohjalian
Chris Bohjalian Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands
His Favorite Narrators Who Will Break Your Heart: His new novel, Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, follows the chaos of a nuclear meltdown, and these stirring recs will make you melt down!
Jennifer Weiner
Jennifer Weiner All Fall Down
Her Favorite Underrated Books by Women: Discover unsung masterpieces by female writers, recommended by the author of the witty, forthright new book All Fall Down.
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