Read Now: 6 Must-Read Books by Genre


At, we love a good, can’t-put-down book — or maybe even a whole library full of them. From fan favorites and must-read lists to up-and-coming authors, we’ve interviewed the greatest literary enthusiasts around. So what exactly is on their nightstand? Read on to find out, and be sure to check back regularly for the latest page-turning talk.

Today’s What’s On My Nightstand? highlight is Erin of Shelf Talkers Anonymous. Erin’s a bookseller and blogger from Portland, Oregon, who has a soft spot for YA and old-fashioned literature. She’s selected her favorite books of the moment by genre — so go ahead and curl up this winter with something that strikes your fancy!

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation

Romance Pick

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig

This is the most fun I’ve had reading romance in forever. Lauren’s heroines and heroes are real, fun, and sexy. The mysteries will keep you guessing, and you won’t want to put this book down until you reach the last page.


American Gods

Literary Pick

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

This book is Gaiman’s literary classic, and it’s an amazing look into the American landscape, both physical and psychological. Not a fast-paced action adventure, but a slow exploration of the heart of America, this book is excellent from page one to end. Watch as the Gods come to life.



Young Adult Pick

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Everyone’s read The Hunger Games, and now you need to read Divergent. Smart and fast-paced, this book is full of danger, action, mystery, and a little bit of romance. Prepare for a dystopia thrill-ride into a world that’s a dark mirror of our own.



Fantasy Pick

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson is one of the best new writers in the fantasy scene. His stories are complex, his magic systems are amazing, and his characters will stick with you long after you close the book. Mistborn is in essence a heist novel set in a fantasy world, but it begins a series that will take you to new depths and heights.


The Crocodile on the Sandbank

Mystery Pick

The Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters

If you want something fun, something historical, and a good dose of old-fashioned mystery, look no further than the Amelia Peabody series. Set in Victorian Egypt during the excavation of the Pyramids and the Valley of the Kings, this series follows “spinster” Amelia Peabody in her quest to unearth a real-life mummy. And along the way, she just might get killed by one, too.


The Eyre Affair

Favorite Book

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

If you love books, this is the series for you. Set in an alternate version of 1985 England, follow Thursday Next, literary detective, as she literally dives into fiction to save Jane Eyre (both the book and the character) from destruction by the evil Acheron Hades. Full of mystery, fun, adventure, and lots of laughs, this is my favorite book I’ve ever read.

Thank you for sharing, Erin! For more interesting reads, be sure to peek at our latest suggestions in the What’s On My Nightstand? series.

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