Right now I am pretty much always recommending The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson to people who like to read, as kind of a good safe bet.
Historically my favorite novels include Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul, Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, and The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer.
My favorite genre authors historically are probably Philip K. Dick, Samuel R. Delany, Ursula K. LeGuin, Mickey Spillane, Chester B. Himes; and contemporary probably Michael Connelly, Chuck Palahniuk, Jonathan Lethem, Jennifer Egan and Michael Chabon.
So that’s where I’m coming from, otherwise. Below I have listed 25 books that I have read over the last few years that pretty much make up my current contemporary recommendations. Enjoy!
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold
The Boy Detective Fails by Joe Meno
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
The Painter of Battles by Arturo Perez-Reverte
Lunar Park by Brett Easton Ellis
The Keep by Jennifer Egan
The City and The City by China Mieville
The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo
Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey
Rule of the Bone by Russell Banks
Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby
Missing by Karen Alvtegen
Real World by Natsuo Kirino
The Wandering Ghost by Martin Limon
Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon
The Princess of Burundi by Kjell Ericksson
Sun Storm by Asa Larsson
Jar City by Arnaldur Indridason
Four Kinds of Rain by Robert Ward
London Boulevard by Ken Bruen