Top Fiction Books
1. Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
I would surely recommend this book to anyone who has read Pride and Prejudice, even if you aren’t into the Mystery genre. P.D. James is an awesome writer. This book is what I would call a “modern classic”. It is also a fun, surprising book. The kind you won’t manage to stop reading and you will feel sad when you finish because you can’t dwell longer in its world with its great characters.
2. The Martian by Andy Weir
This book is lots of fun, its main character is one of the funniest I ever met while reading. It deserved to be the 2014 Goodreads Choice Winner.
3. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
If you lived during the 80’s and liked games this is the golden book for you. Back then I wasn’t the geekiest around, but even though this book brought back a world of memories while having a page turning story.
4. Magic Rises (Kate Daniels #6) by Ilona Andrews
This great series gets better with each new book. Kate is a kick-ass heroine and the plot is surprising, with great characters and settings. In my case it made me to stay awake until midnight to read it. A totally fun read that hooks the reader until the end. I found this one of the best books of this great urban fantasy series.
5. The Spirit of a Witch (The Briley Witch Chronicles #1) by Sarah Jane Avory
I found this book lots of fun. The protagonist reminded me a bit of detective Monk. Briley is a different kind of hero, refreshing and fun due to being most of the time humanly uncertain, almost until the last minute, when her ingenuity saves the day. I also loved Smokey because he really sounded like a cat. I recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy stories with witches. And to anyone who understands how great is to befriend a cat.
Top writing Books
6. Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne, Dave King
This is an objective, goal oriented book for revising your manuscript. The checklists are quite useful and the explanations surely helpful. I recommend it as revision reference.
7. Mastering Showing and Telling in Your Fiction (Busy Writer’s Guides #4) by Marcy Kennedy
This book is very helpful, with direct and goal oriented tips for finding balance between showing and telling in your writing. I will use it while revising my first draft and I definitely recommend it.
8. How to Write Dialogue (Busy Writer’s Guides #3) by Marcy Kennedy
A great guide on writing and revising your manuscript’s dialogues. The “take to the page” sections are a great resource while revising.
9. Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting Dynamic Characters and Effective Viewpoints(Write Great Fiction) by Nancy Kress
This book is part of a great series on how to write a fiction book. It has detailed information on Point of View and Characters, two important aspects of fiction writing.
10. She Sat He Stood: What Do Your Characters Do While They Talk? by Ginger Hanson
This book is a good solution against the talking-heads problem on dialogue. I enjoyed it. Writers can benefit from thinking like settings-designers and prop masters while creating their settings.