What's On My Nightstand

At Readers.com, 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 feature comes to you from Jen Forbus, a former high school English teacher and avid reader who blogs about crime fiction on her website, Jen’s Book Thoughts. Read Jen’s current favorite page-turners and why she thinks they’re awesome reads below. You’ll be so intent on solving these mysteries, you won’t want to put them down!

L.A. Requiem

by Robert Crais

L.A. Requiem has actually stood the test of time on my favorites list. A classic cat-and-mouse murder mystery, it’s really the book that got me hooked on crime novels. At the time Crais wrote it, he was breaking ground in the genre with his alternating perspectives and points of view. When I read it the first time, I fell in love with his characters — and today, that hasn’t changed at all!

The Cold Dish

by Craig Johnson

This novel is the stunning first book in the Walt Longmire series, which follows the sheriff of Wyoming’s Absaroka County as he solves local crime. Author Craig Johnson shows strength in every element of his story: characters, setting, plot, dialogue, humor, social issues — he captures it all in The Cold Dish. No matter what your favorite genre is — mystery, western, humor or literary — you’ll find a lot to enjoy here.


The Lock Artist

by Steve Hamilton

This novel by Steve Hamilton is nothing short of spectacular. The main character in this book, Michael, hasn’t spoken a word for ten years. However, Hamilton manages to give such a strong voice to Michael through his story that it is truly astounding. It’s a smart story that exudes passion. I finished this book breathless and in awe.

The Goldfish

by Donna Tartt

This is the most recently published book on my favorites list. Some may argue it doesn’t belong on a crime-fiction list, but I beg to differ. It’s as much a crime story as any other book on this list as it untangles mysteries around the life of the protagonist, Theo Decker, as he grows up in New York City. Despite its long length, the story is continuously engaging and suspenseful, and not to mention, it’s beautifully written. This one is certainly deserving of all the recognition it received, including the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2014.


Thank you to Jen for sharing a great list of reads with us! We can’t wait to check these off our list. Don’t forget to visit Jen’s Book Thoughts for more great literary discussions.