As a teenager, I read mostly popular fiction, but as an adult, I read mostly literary fiction. I like them both. Here follow, divided into the categories of literary and popular fiction, some of my favourite writers, and the books of theirs I like the most.

Literary Fiction

William Shakespeare

My favourite writer. My favourite Shakespeare plays are Hamlet, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet (in that order). My favourite Shakespeare poems are The Sonnets (the collection as a whole), The Rape of Lucrece, and Venus and Adonis (in that order).

W.B. Yeats

One of the finest playwrights and poets of the twentieth century. I don’t have any particular favourites of his works; I just like his work in general.

James Joyce

I like A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, although, like most people, I think Ulysses is better. But Ulysses is also much more difficult to read (it’s very literary). So I suppose I like each of these famous books of his equally.

J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings (considering the three books as one, which they really are, as Tolkien only divided the book into three books to satisfy his publisher, due to the great length of the book). Not literature in the traditional sense, lacking a major educational element, but the book is nonetheless deserving of being classified as literature due to its quality and uniqueness. The story is one of the finest ever told, with a strong sense of history (albeit imaginary history), and an original mythology. The book also features several invented languages, such as the Elvish tongue Sindarin.

Popular Fiction

Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone

The creators of the Fighting Fantasy gamebooks. They wrote many of the books in the series themselves. Although the books were written for children (I myself read the books as a child, from age twelve), they’re well-written enough, and their tone and content is mature enough, for adults to enjoy them as well. My favourite of the series are two of Jackson’s four-part Sorcery! series, Kharé: Cityport of Traps (book 2), and The Crown of Kings (book 4). My favourite Livingstone gamebook is Legend of Zagor, the second sequel to the very first Fighting Fantasy gamebook, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain.

Stephen King

My favourite King book is It, a very long but very good, atmospheric horror novel about childhood and an ultimate monster. I like The Shining, The Stand, and On Writing (a non-fiction book) also.

Dean Koontz

One of the world’s finest thriller writers. My favourite Koontz novel is Intensity, a dark, well-paced serial killer thriller.

Steig Larsson

He only wrote three novels before he tragically died from a heart attack at age fifty, but what a set of novels. I just loved The Millennium Trilogy. I like each of the books in the unconventional thriller trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest) equally.