6 Books (by Current Authors) That Knock My Socks Off


Motherless Brooklyn

by Jonathan Lethem

A fantastic twist on the detective/noir genre; Lethem's writing and characters really come to life.


Bel Canto

by Ann Patchett

Just a truly beautiful book by perhaps my favorite writer right now.


Kafka on the Shore

by Haruki Murakami

This Japanese writer is so inventive and imaginative, it stretches the idea of a novel in new ways.

This book also appears on What 52Books is Reading in 2009


Pattern Recognition

by William Gibson

His writing is just so cool, it redefines the word. Just one of a series of awesome books by the best sci-fi writer alive.


About a Boy

by Nick Hornby

I can't get enough of Hornby's writing. This was made into a good but formulaic movie — the book is much better. Also see Fever Pitch, How to be Good, a Long Way Down, and High Fidelity.

This book also appears on Every Book by Nick Hornby


Never Let Me Go

by Kazuo Ishiguro

This novelist is at the top of his form, and his experiments with the reliability and subjectivity of the narrator are unbeatable.