11 Thriller & Mystery Authors Recommend The Best Books In The Genre That They Read InOne key to being a good writer is to always keep reading—and that doesn't stop after you've been published. Here are 25 authors' favorite reads. Who knows, one of these books might become your new favorite. Papa Hemingway once said "there is no friend as loyal as a book," and in a piece published in Esquire , he laid out a list of a few friends he said he would "rather read again for the first time It wasn't the first reading list he'd made; just a year earlier, Hemingway had dashed off a list of 14 books for an aspiring writer who had hitchhiked to Florida to meet him.
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Everyone knows Stephen King for his scary stories, but did you know that the Master of Horror has also penned an alternate history of the United States, mysteries and hard crime novels, and even an epic fantasy? Like several of the other greats, King is one of many bestselling authors who has mastered more than one genre. Writing isn't an easy career path to follow, and finding success in one genre is hard enough as it is. Breaking into the literary fiction world is a feat similar to reaching the peak of Everest, and even getting noticed in a smaller popular fiction genre can feel impossible. Yet, there are some authors whose names appear in several sections of the library and who have amassed huge followings across the book world. If you do a quick Google search on advice on writing in more than one genre , you will find the internet will spit back the same warning: don't do it. Literary agents, critics, and everyday readers seem to share the opinion that crossing genres makes an author less appealing, harder to market, and more difficult to build a brand around.