When friends ask me what books they should read, these are the ones I recommend first. They aren't always the most critically acclaimed books, but they tend to be a great introduction to a prolific author -- if you like one of these books, you will have a treasure trove of other novels waiting for you.
Terry Pratchett collaborated with Neil Gaiman to write Good Omens, one of the funnier books about the Apocalypse ever written. This is a great book to read if you are potentially interested in either author -- if you don't like it, you probably won't like anything by either Neil Gaiman or Terry Pratchett. If you do, there are now a hundred other books on your reading list.
A brilliant character driven science fiction novel -- if you are into time travel, this is a great novel, and if you like this, you will like a lot of Connie Willis's novels. This is much darker than her average fair.
I mostly write about my main obsession, tennis. When I'm not experimenting with new tennis racquets, I love to watch a good movie or read a great book. I'm a fan of both non-fiction (especially books … more