The Best Books/Authors of All Time

Best Overall Series: Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling)

All 7 Harry Potter books!

Best Individual Book: The Art of Racing in the Rain (Garth Stein)

The Art of Racing in the Rain book cover!

Best Teen Literature: The Hunger Games Series (Suzanne Collins)

All 4 Hunger Games books!

Best Prequel: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (Suzanne Collins)

Best Fantasy: Eragon Series (Christopher Paolini)

All 4 Eragon Books!

Best Self-Help: How to Win Friends and Influence People (Dale Carnegie)

How to Win Friends and Influence People!

Best Horror: Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)

The Monster from Marry Shelley’s iconic Frankenstein book!

Best Thriller: Intensity (Dean Koontz)

The sillouhette of Chyna Shepard in Dean Koontz’s “Intensity”

Best Mystery: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson)

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo book cover!

Best Sequel: The Girl Who Played with Fire (Stieg Larsson)

Best Comedic: SeinLanguage (Jerry Seinfeld)

Jerry Seinfeld, comedian and author!

Best Holocaust Book: Sarah’s Key (Tatiana De Rosnay)

The book cover for Sarah’s Key!

Best Memoir: A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball (Dwyane Wade)

The book cover for A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball!

Best Historical Fiction Book: Exodus (Leon Uris)

The cover of Leon Uris’s “Exodus”, showing the titular ship taking the Jewish migrants to Israel.

Best Medical Fiction Book: Fever (Robin Cook)

The book cover for Fever!

Best Philosophical Book: When Bad Things Happen to Good People (Rabbi Harold Kushner)

Ross, a character from the hit show Friends, lamenting about Bad Things Happening to Good People!

Best Legal Drama: A Time to Kill (John Grisham)

The book cover to A Time to Kill!

Best Gateway Drug book (to get kids into reading): Diary of a Wimpy Kid

The book cover to Diary of a Wimpy Kid!

Best Overall Graphic Novel: Batman Knightfall

Bane breaking Batman’s back in the cover of Batman: Knightfall

Best Batman Graphic Novel: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

Batman leaping into the thundering night in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns!

Best Superman Graphic Novel: Superman: Red Son

The book cover to Superman: Red Son!

Best Justice League Graphic Novel: Justice

The Justice League all lined up for the book cover of Justice!

Best Thanos Graphic Novel: Thanos Rising

Thanos sitting on his throne on the book cover for Thanos Rising!

Best Punisher Graphic Novel: The Punisher The Complete Collection Volume 1

The book cover to The Punisher!

Best Star Wars Graphic Novel: Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir

The book cover to Star Wars Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir

Best non-superhero Dramatic Graphic Novel: Maus

The book cover to Maus!

Best non-superhero Action Graphic Novel: Preacher

The book cover to Preacher!

Best Overall Theatre Book: Acting Professionally

The book cover to Acting Professionally!

Best Acting Technique Book: Uta Hagen Respect for Acting/A Challenge for the Actor

The book cover to Uta Hagen’s Respect for Acting!

Best Directing Book: Notes on Directing

The book cover to Notes on Directing!

Best Theatre Memoir: Rewrites/And the Play Goes On

The book cover to Neil Simon’s Rewrites!

The Rest of the Pack

Traditional Books:

  1. Vladimir Tod Series
  1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  2. Matilda
  3. The Witches
  4. The BFG
  1. Jewish Literacy
  1. The Bone Collector
  1. Live and Learn and Pass it On
  1. 1,911 Best Things Anybody Ever Said
  1. Halloween
  1. Focus
  1. The Death of Ivan Ilyich
  1. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
  1. The Outsiders
  1. Good Benito
  1. Needful Things
  1. Siddhartha
  1. House of the Scorpion
  1. #AskGaryVee
  1. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?
  1. Captain Underpants Series
  1. Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie

Graphic Novels:

  1. The Court of Owls
  2. The City of Owls
  3. The Man Who Laughs/Made of Wood
  4. Vampire (wild, very unique take)
  5. Earth One Vol 1
  6. Hush
  7. The Killing Joke
  8. Year One
  9. Batman and the Monster Men: Dark Moon Rising
  10. Detective
  11. The Cult
  12. Black and White Vol 1, 2
  13. White Knight #2
  14. The Black Mirror
  15. Dark Victory (sequel to Long Halloween which I didn’t necessarily recommend but should probably read that before this great one)
  16. Batman Dark Night: A True Batman Story (extremely self-indulgent but interesting and unique)
  17. The War of Jokes and Riddles
  18. Going Sane
  19. Fool’s Errand
  20. Slayride
  1. Earth One Vol 1
  1. Infinity Gauntlet
  1. Darth Maul (Cullen Bunn/Luke Ross)
  2. Legacy Vol 1-Broken
  1. Dead Presidents
  2. Suicide Kings
  3. Headcanon (Wade Wilson’s War, Night of the Living Deadpool, Return of the Living Deadpool)
  4. Corps Vol. 1 (a little silly but pretty good overall)
  5. Despicable Deadpool: Deadpool Kills Cable
  1. The Walking Dead
  2. 300
  3. Kill or Be Killed (Dexter meets Donnie Darko)
  4. Sin City Vol 1 (simple but awesome).
  5. Scott Pilgrim
  6. Red Team Vol 1

Theatre Books:

  1. A Life in Parts
  1. True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor
  2. A Practical Handbook for the Actor
  1. The Dialect Handbook
  1. Tips Ideas for Directors
  2. Tips Ideas for Actors
  1. Playwriting for Dummies
  1. Shakespeare for Dummies
  1. Creativity Inc: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration (maybe more geared towards business, but a ton of great quotes and a lot of good stuff about general creativity that can be applied to theatre as well. In fact, I wrote a whole separate Medium article about it that you can read here: https://datz-eddie.medium.com/on-ed-catmulls-creativity-inc-2bbd7aa92d26)

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