Welcome to a bit of my bookshelf. I love to read, and I love to know what other people read and enjoy. Below are a few of my favorites.

If you have a favorite book that you would like to recommend, please email me. If you wish, write me a paragraph and tell me why it's your favorite.


Even though I'm an English teacher, I'm not hung up on the classics. Too many English teachers think if it isn't a "classic," it isn't great literature. But after all, who determines what's a "classic"? A bunch of stuffy English teachers!

Having said all that, "classics" sometimes do get a bum rap, and sometimes English teachers do too. Click the link to see some classics that I've really liked.


To me, a well written novel is one of the greatest expressions of the human mind. I read a lot of novels that don't fit any particular category. Often they aren't well known because they don't have cozy, well defined spots on bookstore shelves. Click to see a few favorites.


For ten years or so, I've kept a reading journal, and I'd recommend that to anyone who likes to read. One thing I learned (that surprised me) is that I read about 80% novels--because I love them so much. But I also read a broad smattering of non-fiction. Click above for some recommendations.


Over the last twenty-five years, I've raised two boys, had four "little brothers" (through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program) and done a lot of middle school tutoring, particularly with reluctant readers, mostly boys. Consequently, "young adult" fiction has become something of a hobby. I am constantly amazed at how much good fiction is out there for "young adults." And make no mistake, a good "young adult" novel can be enjoyable for older adults too.


For the last ten years or so, I've taught a course in the American detective novel. (How lucky can a person get!) I could list a whole bunch of favorites, but I've settled for only a few.