What J.T. Ellison reads

When we asked New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison what her top favorite books were, she answered the way any book lover would: “Only five? Oh, that is so hard. I have to go with books I can reread and never grow tired of them. And by reread, I mean read in print multiple times, then digitally, then listen to the audio… ” Keep reading to find out what J.T. Ellison reads and don’t forget to pick up your copy of her latest thriller, Tear Me Apart.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I discovered Diana on the recommendation of a Waldenbooks employee on my way to the airport, and have been hooked ever since. The undefinable nature of these books are the attraction – romance, sci fi, history, thriller – they are everything.

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

A new entry to my favorites list, but these are some of the smartest books out there. I love a book I can learn from, and this fits the bill – plus it’s also a romance, a sci fi, a thriller…

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

It’s so important to me to see good triumph over evil and this series – and this book in particular – is the very manifestation of that desire. Plus, I have always wanted to wake up and find I have magical talents.

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Nabokov taught me how to create a good villain – one that the reader can’t help but feel some level of compassion for, even if he’s the most hideous creature on earth.

Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman

I loved this book growing up. Read it over and over.

J.T. Ellison

guest editor

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes standalone domestic noir and psychological thriller series, the latter starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the international thriller series "A Brit in the FBI" with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Cohost of the Emmy Award-winning show, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband.

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