Who doesn’t love curling up with a good book? It’s great when you finish a book you loved, but sometimes it’s difficult to find the next. Or maybe you already have a list of books you want to read – in which case we may be able to help add a few more to your list. Maybe it’s a classic, or maybe something a little more contemporary. In any case, we’ve put together a diverse mix of books that might just pique your interest!

 

  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. A psychological thriller set in Russia during the 1860s, Crime and Punishment explores the psyche of a man who, after murdering two people, finds himself hounded by an astute detective said to have served as the role model for the 1970s TV detective Columbo.

 

  • For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway. A story about a Spanish professor and dynamite expert who joins a partisan band during the Spanish Civil War as he sets out to blow up a bridge vital to the Fascist war effort.

 

  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. A dystopian thriller set in the near future about a woman who struggles against a totalitarian theocracy that keeps women for reproductive purposes called “handmaids.”

 

  • The Shining by Stephen King. A horror story about a writer who goes with his family for a vacation in Colorado’s Rockies and then is driven mad by ghosts that have taken over their hotel.

 

  • Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf. A quiet, heartwarming story set a small Colorado town about a man and woman in their golden years who ignite a friendship that could explode into something much more.

 

  • The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly. A crime novel that focuses on a defense attorney who operates out of his car. He defends a Los Angeles playboy arrested for attacking a woman, but then learns some insidious facts both about his client and about the legal system.

 

  • Watchers by Dean Koontz. A horror story about a man who befriends a hyperintelligent dog, which he soon names Einstein. In the meantime, another genetically altered animal, a mixture of several species, has emerged. Its name is Outsider, a vicious killer that has resolved to kill Einstein.

 

  • Lie Down in Darkness by William Styron. Set in the south during the mid-twentieth century, the novel centers around a family haunted by the suicide of one of its members, a beautiful, spoiled woman whose turbulent life led to friction between her parents.

 

  • The Chamber by John Grisham. A crime novel about a lawyer who defends an unrepentant white supremacist and races against time to save him from the gas chamber.

 

  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker. A book turned into a movie about a poor African-American girl growing up in rural 1930s Georgia. The story tackles several issues concerning African-American women, including their low social status.

 

Read a good book lately? Let us know and we’ll add it to the list!