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Jamie Canaves

Contributing Editor

Jamie Canavés is the Tailored Book Recommendations coordinator and Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter writer–in case you’re wondering what you do with a Liberal Arts degree. She’s never met a beach she didn’t like, always says yes to dessert, loves ‘80s nostalgia, all forms of entertainment, and can hold a conversation using only gifs. You can definitely talk books with her on Litsy and Goodreads. Depending on social media’s stability maybe also Twitter and Bluesky.

It is said that to be a writer you must do two things: write and read. The first one seems pretty obvious and the second one is as important as the first. If you’ve read Stephen King’s On Writing you know he subscribes to the writers must read philosophy–although I suspect most writers would still be big readers even if they didn’t write.

 

  If you’ve already made your way through the list of books at the end of On Writing and aren’t already following Stephen King on Twitter, you should. Not only do you get book jokes, he also recommends books. I’ve wrangled them together here going all the way back to April– in case you meant to read one but then forgot what the title was and haven’t had the time to scroll through countless tweets. I scrolled. I scrolled.        

  A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

 

Last Words by Michael Koryta

  Intro to Alien Invasion by Owen King, Mark Jude Poirier, and Nancy Ahn

 

Bad Country by CB McKenzie

  The Power of the Dog and The Cartel by Don Winslow

 

Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge

  World Gone By Dennis Lehane

 

Heart-Shaped Box, NOS4A2, Horns by Joe Hill

  Finders Keepers by Stephen King

 

Hyacinth Girls by Lauren Frankel

  Day Four by Sarah Lotz

 

The Border by Robert McCammon

 

Are you more inclined to read a book recommended by an author you love?