55 Author-approved Book Recommendations From Prominent Genre Writers


Welcome to a new year and new reading! We thought we’d ask some prominent genre and pop culture writers what they have been reading to break up the long nights. Take a look at their reading lists and recommendations!

Adrian Tchaikovsky 

Award-winning author of Shards of Earth and Children of Time, Adrian Tchaikovsky is no stranger to genre reading. He “recently finished RJ Barker’s Bone Ship’s Wake and began Becky Chambers’ A Psalm for the Wild Built.â€

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Bonnie Burton

Pop culture writer and Star Wars expert Bonnie Burton recommends two books she’s been reading:

The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum. Burton says, “It's a fascinating look at the perilous days when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime. The Jazz Age was an interesting time, to say the least, to murder someone with poisons!â€

  • Another read: Becoming Crone (The Crone Wars #1) by Lydia M. Hawke

“I love that the book’s main heroine is a 60 yr old woman who suddenly gains magical powers and is asked to save the world!â€

Buy the books:

  • Live Or Die? SURVIVAL HACKS: Weird But True Uses For Ordinary Stuff  Amazon
  • The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York Amazon
  • Becoming Crone (The Crone Wars #1) Amazon

Gareth L. Powell 

Gareth L. Powell (Embers Of War, Light Chaser) is an award-winning British science fiction author. His novel Embers of War has been adapted for the screen. Mr. Powell tells us, “I am currently reading Ursula K. Le Guin: The Hainish Novels and Stories: A Library of America Boxed Set.â€

Buy the books:

  • Embers of War Amazon
  • Ursula K. Le Guin: Hainish Novels and Stories Vol. 1: Amazon
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Paul Cornell 

Paul Cornell is a British writer of comics, novels, and television, notably Doctor Who. Mr. Cornell says: “Just finished Douglas Wolk’s life-affirming All of the Marvels. Then I’m starting Becky Chambers.â€

Buy the books:

  • I Walk With Monsters: The Complete Series Amazon
  • All of the Marvels Amazon

Dani Colman 

Dani Colman is a British writer of comics living in San Francisco. The author of The Unfinished Corner, Ms. Colman, offers: “Just started, “The Writing of the Gods,†by Edward Dolnick, about the deciphering of the Rosetta Stone.†She also recently finished the Murderbot Diaries novella.

Buy the books:

  • The Unfinished Corner Amazon
  • The Writing of the Gods: The Race to Decode the Rosetta Stone Amazon
  • All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries (The Murderbot Diaries, 1) Amazon

Danie Ware 

Danie Ware (Ecko Rising) writes novels and is a Black Library (Warhammer 40K) writer. Ms. Ware has been reading Ready Player Two. She recently completed Eoin Colfer’s Highfire and Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology, “both wonderful.â€

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George Mann 

Author and scriptwriter for Lucasfilm, Tor, Dark Horse, Vault, Titan, BBC, and more, George Mann offers his recent reading choice: “The God is Not Willing by Steven Erikson. The start of his new series set in the same world as the Malazan Book of the Fallen, which I absolutely adore.†You can learn more at his website.

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Jonathan Maberry 

American writer of horror, thrillers, comic books, and soon epic fantasy, bestseller Jonathan Maberry (V-WARS, Joe Ledger series) says, “Reading Dark Crusade by the late and much-missed Karl Edward Wagner. And listening to The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie on audio. Next up is The Ghosts of Who You Were by Christopher Golden.â€

Buy the books:

  • V-Wars: The Graphic Novel Collection (V-Wars Comics) Amazon
  • Patient Zero: A Joe Ledger Novel Amazon
  • Dark Crusade Amazon
  • The Blade Itself Amazon
  • The Ghosts of Who You Were Amazon

Rob Williams

Rob Williams (Judge Dredd: End of Days) is a Welsh comic book writer known for work in DC comics. Mr. Williams has recently read My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones and More Than Likely by D. Clement & Ian La Frenais.

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Adam Christopher 

A prolific writer of many media tie-in books, Adam Christopher states: “I’m reading All of the Marvels right now! Quite enjoying it, and I actually didn’t realize Marvel’s comic continuity has never been rebooted. I’ve been enjoying looking up titles discussed in Marvel Unlimited…

“Just finished Lawrence Block’s memoir of his early writing days, A Writer Prepares. Completely fascinating, the way he fell into what was effectively work-for-hire writing one crime novel a month from the late '50s onwards. He’s written so many books, even he doesn’t have (or know) his complete bibliography, and there’s a whole field of study devoted to tracking down his works and cataloging them.

“And just started Kiersten White’s first adult novel, Hide, which is out from Del Rey next year. Horror in an abandoned amusement arcade!â€

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Martyn Waites

The U.K. writer of hard-boiled fiction, Martyn Waites (The Sinner), shares, “Currently Ray Russell’s complete gothic stories, as well as Reinhard Kleist’s Nick Cave graphic biography and I’ve just finished a proof of Anna Mazzola’s The Clockwork Girl.â€

Buy the books:

  • The Sinner Amazon
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Amazon
  • The Clockwork Girl (arrives 2022)

Laurie Penny 

Screenwriter, journalist, and author Laurie Penny (Everything Belongs to the Future) says, “I just finished Five Ways to Forgiveness. I’m also reading An Intellectual History of the British Working Classes by Jonathan Rose and Towards a Feminist Theory of the State, albeit slowly. Also, I just read The Long Walk. It was enthralling and unpleasant.â€

Buy the books:

  • Everything Belongs to the Future Amazon
  • Five Ways to Forgiveness Amazon
  • An Intellectual History of the British Working Classes Amazon
  • Towards a Feminist Theory of the State Amazon
  • The Long Walk Amazon
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James Moran

British Screenwriter James Moran (Doctor Who, Torchwood) writes for television and film. He tells us, “I'm halfway through Sinéad O'Connor's autobiography Rememberings, which is fascinating, funny, warm, and shocking. Before that, I read Ghoster by Jason Arnopp, slightly late to the party. Next up, I've got Straight by Chuck Tingle and The Outsider by Stephen King. Yes, I'm all over the place stylistically. I'm on Twitter as @jamesmoran, and my site is www.jamesmoran.com.â€

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Antony Johnston

British author Antony Johnston (Atomic Blonde) writes comics, video games, and novels. He shares that “I've just started Annalee Newitz' The Future of Another Timeline. I found Autonomous to be a little undercooked but kind of audacious in its ambition, and that was enough to get me to buy this second book.â€

Buy the books:

  • Atomic Blonde: The Coldest City (1) Amazon
  • Autonomous Amazon
  • The Future of Another Timeline Amazon

Jackson Lanzing 

Jackson Lanzing is a comic book writer (Star Trek: Year Five), actor, and director. Mr. Lanzing tells us, “I'm in the middle of The Dawn of Everything by David Graeber and David Wengrow, which is easily one of the most fascinating books I've ever read. Highly recommended for those looking to get outside of fiction for a bit.â€

Buy the books:

  • Star Trek: Year Five – Odyssey's End (Book 1) Amazon
  • The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity Amazon
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Jody Houser 

Comics writer Jody Houser has written many comic books for DC, Marvel Comics, and Doctor Who. Ms. Houser shares that she is “Belatedly reading Charles Soule's The Oracle Year and enjoying it.â€

Buy the books:

  • Doctor Who: Alternating Current Amazon
  • The Oracle Year Amazon

Lou Anders 

Lou Anders is the author of Thrones & Bones and is also a Hugo Award-winning editor and a teacher. Mr. Anders tells us: “Just finished a reread of The Summer Dragon by Todd Lockwood.â€

Buy the books:

  • Frostborn (Thrones and Bones) Amazon
  • The Summer Dragon (Evertide) Amazon

And there you have it! Your reading for 2022 is set, with suggestions from brilliant minds in novels, television, comics, and film! Here at Wealth of Geek's we have the lion's share of book recommendations—whether you love sappy romance or topical graphic novels.

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J. Dianne Dotson dreamed up other worlds and their characters as a child in the 1980s in East Tennessee. She formed her own neighborhood astronomy club before age 10, to educate her friends about the universe. In addition to writing stories, she drew and painted her characters, designed their outrageous space fashions, and created travel guides and glossaries for the worlds she invented.

As an adult, Dianne earned a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology, and spent several years working in research. She published Heliopause: The Questrison Saga®: Book One (2018) and its sequels Ephemeris: The Questrison Saga®: Book Two (2019), Accretion: The Questrison Saga®: Book Three (2020) and her last novel in the saga, Luminiferous: The Questrison Saga®: Book Four (2021).

Dianne is also a science writer, content writer and manager, short story writer, watercolorist, and illustrator. She lives with her family.