Lesser Known but Worth the Read

Syracuse residents give book recommendations they consider worth reading.

Marsha Lilley Kiehl: Where the Crawdads Sing; it is very interesting.

Amber Thompson: “I love pretty much anything by Alice Hoffman. The Dove keeper is one of her most famous, but I’ve read several, and they’re all good…The Dove Keeper is about a group of people who take care of doves in a city in Old Testament times, and it has some magic element but only a little. I wouldn’t call it fantasy or SciFi, and it has a little romance but not a ton….All her books are a good mix of a lot of things….If that makes sense.”

Tiffany Hansen Harmon: When Crickets Cry, American Dirt, The Thirteenth Tale, The Nightingale

Heather Parry: I will always and forever recommend Defending Jacob. Pretty Girls is good if you don’t mind dark and disturbing. Also, The Killing Kind is very good!

Erin Chilson Behm: The Silent Patient is a psychological thriller. It’s about a therapist with a patient who won’t speak.

Ronald Clay: Ireland by Frank Delaney. “It is a somewhat historical look at Ireland through the eyes of a boy and a storyteller. Very good book if you are looking for something historical.”

Mayloni Minchew: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty

Megan Higgins: Bean Blossom Dreams. Haven’t met anyone yet that read it and didn’t fall in love with it.”

Boone Weston: Love and Try. “More people need to know about the life of the Rodeo Cowboy!!! Just sayin’.”

Cindy Stewart: We Were the Lucky Ones. “An amazing historical story of the author’s family during WWII. The Bone Garden is a fictional story of a woman who finds a skeleton in her yard. It’s written by Tess Garrison, but don’t worry, it’s not creepy! The Big Stone Gap series by Adriana Tragiani (and really anything by her). Also, anything written by Liane Moriarty.”

Chris Leavitt: “I hear great things about Trail of Swords, if you’re into fantasy. Written by a local author! Personally, I’m into Tom Clancy and John Grisham. I haven’t ever been disappointed by any of their books.”

Vicky Walters Veazie: “I stumbled onto a book by Chatona Havig a few years ago …. Now I have read almost everything she has written … simple, fun books.”

Hedder Swanson: “Anything by Kristin Hanna. And… The Kitchen House, Queen Bee (the one by Dorthea Frank), American Dirt, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You, She’s Sorry, and anything by Liane Moriarty. I like the Mitch Rapp series by Vince Flynn, and I also like W.E.B Griffin-he has multiple series that deal with military/spy/special ops, and they all have some history weaved in. Nora Roberts has two series that are outside her typical romance novels that I really liked: Chronicles of The One Trilogy and The Dragon Heart Legacy.”

Toni Hosford: Brad Taylor, Brad Thor, and Jack Carr. They’re spy novels and always interesting, like the Vince Flynn books. I have read all of his as well and liked all of them.

Heidi Wilson: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. “It’s a dog’s ‘autobiography’”

Annaliese Allen Romine: We just finished listening to The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd, and it was great!

Dystini Weaklend: Anything by Maria V Snyder. She’s spectacular!

Melody G. Barnes: The Keep, a novel by F. Paul Wilson

Adam Cosentino: “I loved the whole clan of The Cave Bear series.”

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