Many readers ask me about my favorite books. Sadly, now that I’m so busy writing I have less time for reading. But here are some recommended titles–old and new–that may be of interest to fans of the All Souls Trilogy.

If you like historical fiction, try:

Dorothy Dunnett’s six-volume Crawford of Lymond series, starting with The Game of Kings

Dorothy Dunnett’s eight-volume House of Niccolò series, starting with Niccolò Rising (note: the action takes place BEFORE the Crawford of Lymond Series, but it is a prequel and should be read after)

Iain Pears’s The Instance of the Fingerpost

If you like book mysteries, try:

A. S. Byatt’s Possession (the trailer for the movie based on the novel is below to give you a sense of the story)

Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose

If you like mysteries with great female protagonists, try:

Deborah Crombie’s Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James series, starting with A Share in Death

Laurie King’s Mary Russell series, starting with The Beekeeper’s Apprentice

If you like time travel, try:

Connie Willis’s Doomsday

Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander

If you like books about witches and other magical beings, try:

Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Mists of Avalon

Anne Rice, The Witching Hour (the first in the Mayfair Witches series)

Danielle Trussoni, Angelology

If you like the idea of a marvelous world existing alongside our own, try:

Jasper Fford’s Thursday Next series, starting with The Eyre Affair

Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere

Daniel O’Malley’s The Rook

If you are longing for the magic of childhood, why not reread:

Edward Eager’s Half Magic

J. K. Rowling, the Harry Potter series, starting with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Elizabeth George Speare, The Witch of Blackbird Pond