This page will never be done, and I’m only adding as I review authors and works. 
Updated 6/9/07 with Religious Fiction, Romantic Fiction
Updated 6/15/07 with Romantic Fiction & Women’s Fiction
Updated 6/26/07 with Westerns
most Science Fiction and all Mysteries still to come
 

Religious Fiction:

Grace Livingston Hill:
The gold shoe (1930). 
April gold (1936).  New York: Grosset & Dunlap. 
Mystery flowers.  (1936).  New York: Grosset & Dunlap.

Romantic Fiction:
Favorite Authors, Favorite Works.

Mary Balogh:
Heartless (1995).  New York: Jove/Berkley Books.
Thief of dreams (1998).  New York: Jove/Berkley Books.
A summer to remember (2002).  New York: Delacorte Press/Random House.

1812Georgette Heyer
(August 16, 1902-July 4, 1974)
She is such a great writer–better than many we call mainstream.  Out of 56 works, here are about twelve.
The black sheep.  London: The Book Club.
Cotillion (1954).  London: The Book Club.
The foundling (1948).  New York: Book of the Month Club.
Frederica (1965).  London: The Book Club.
The grand Sophy (1950).  Melbourne: William Heinemann.
The masqueraders (1949).  Melbourne: William Heinemann.
The nonesuch (1962).  London: William Heinemann. 
The quiet gentleman (1953).  London: Companion Book Club.
The talisman ring (1936).  Melbourne: William Heinemann.
The unknown Ajax (1959).  Melbourne: William Heinemann.
Venetia ( ). 

Joan Wolf (1951-  ):
Full-length novels I recommend.
The deception (1996).  NY: Warner Books.
The arrangement (1997).  NY: Warner Books.
The pretenders (1999).  NY: Warner Books.
The golden girl  (1999).  NY: Warner Books.

Recommended Signet Regencies by Joan Wolf:  All of these were published by the Signet Regency line, which puts out approximately four books a month.  Ms. Wolf did a great job.  These are the best of her series romance that I have read.

A kind of honor. (July, 1980).  Member of Wellington’s staff with a genius for organization sets out to find a French spy.
 A London season.  (January, 1981).  A horse-mad uncle sends an artistic orphan to London for a husband against her inclinations. 
His Lordship’s mistress.  (1982).  Republished in 2000 in an omnibus edition with a perfectly dreadful novel by another author.  Still worth obtaining for Joan, however.  Strong-willed woman who loses family goes to London to find work.
Lord Richard’s Daughter.  (1983).  A grand-daughter of an Earl sees Africa and meets a man who matches her spirit but not her dreams.
Margarita.  Half-English, half-Venezuelan refugee from the atrocities of revolution is forced into a marriage of convenience with a brash cousin.

Twenty-first Century; DanielleWomen’s Fiction:

Jennifer Crusie:
all of hers are good, but these are my favorite.
Man-hunting.  (1993).  Mira Books.  Absolutely hysterical.
Tell me lies (1998).  New York: St. Martin’s Press.
Crazy for You (1999).  New York: St. Martin’s Press.
Welcome to Temptation (2000).  New York: St. Martin’s Press.  The Dempsey family, part 1.
Faking it. (2002).  New York: St. Martin’s Press.  The Dempsey family, part 2.
Bet Me.  (2004).  New York: St. Martin’s Press.

Susan Isaacs:
Any place I hang my hat (2004).  NY: Scribners/Simon & Schuster.

Science Fiction and Fantastic Fiction:

Heinlein, R. (1951).  The man who sold the moon: Short stories.  New York: Signet/New American Library.

Heinlein, R. (1966).  The moon is a harsh mistress.  New York: Tor Books/Thomas A. Doherty/St. Martin’s Press.  ISBN 0-312-86176-1.

William Matthews, WatercolorWesterns:

[Bedford] Forrest Carter/Asa Earl Carter (September 4, 1925- June 7, 1979).
Josey Wales: Two Westerns by Forrest Carter. (1989).  Gone to Texas/Outlaw Josey Wales (1973) and The vengeance trail of Josey Wales (1976).  Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press.

Elmer Kelton (April 29, 1926–).   These are my three favorite, really good. 
Buffalo Wagons (1957).  Totally entertaining and also explains Exactly how the buffalo were wiped out.
The time it never rained. (1974).  Just like my father-in-law.  Almost exactly, and he used to live around San Angelo too.
Honor at daybreak. (1981).  The oil business in Texas, really good.

Louis L’Amour (March 22, 1908-June 10, 1988):
All are available as Bantam editions, although some are also available in hardback.  The much-touted Sacket Series is not among my favorites of his work.  Out of approximately 100 novels and short story collections, here’s my Top 21:

The Burning Hills. (May 1956).  Though there’s plenty of sex and race stereotyping, in the end those conformist white town boys don’t look so good.   A good read and well-plotted.
The Cherokee Trail. ().  Not only does the woman call the shots, she does not get married in the end.
Comstock Lode. (March 1981).  Longer than usual for L’Amour, about mining and intrigue in Nevada during the big silver strikes.
Conagher.  ( ).  I also loved the movie, with Sam Elliott.  The book is better.
Down The Long Hills. (January 1968).  Winner of the Golden Spur Award.

The Empty Land. (January 1969).  How a town gets cleaned up, and who pays the price.  Second-Amendment advocates should have this book on their shelf.
Hanging Woman Creek. (April 1964).  At last, a black man shows up in L’Amour’s West, one of the most rounded personalities in L’Amour’s oeuvre.  He dies though.
Heller With A Gun. (1955).  Starts with a fantastic passage on surviving a blizzard.
Hondo
The Iron Marshal. (June 1979).  Escape from New York: Tammany Hall strike-breaker uses city smarts to solve a crime and make a new start.

The Key-Lock Man. (December 1965). Wild European woman runs off with Western horsebreaker.
Kiowa Trail ().  Another woman capable of forking her own broncs.
Kid Rodelo (March 1966).  Unjustly imprisoned man gains revenge, treasure, and endures harrowing desert passage.
Last of the Breed. (July 1986).  The Cold War Soviet v. the Native American, written in a way that makes you want to learn wilderness survival.
Last Stand at Papago Wells (1957).  Disparate personalities clash and must team together under the tight circumstances of an Apache attack and an Arizona sandstorm.  An ending, which though perfectly serious, I find very funny.

The Proving Trail. (January 1979).  Bildungsroman of the West.
Reilly’s Luck. (October, 1970). Bildungsroman of Europe and the West.  Frequently L’Amour was at pains to show the educatedness of men and women who settled the West.
The Shadow Riders. (October 1982).  They made a movie out of this one, mixing in a little Sackett stuff.
Shalako. (February, 1962).  Veteran Westerner shepherds a bunch of European tenderfoots out of danger from criminals and Native American depredations.  Also, just about the most pre-verbal courtship you ever read–only without sex.
Taggart. (April 1959).  Rich gold strikes, wanted men, bounty hunters, a failing marriage, shoot-outs, courtship, and Apache desert power, not necessarily in that order.
Utah Blaine. (1954).  Originally published under the pseudonym Jim Mayo.  Escapee from Mexican prison stumbles onto failed lynching and takes a prairie war in hand.

Elmore Leonard (October 11, 1925–)
The Tonto Woman and other stories. (1998).  New York: Delacorte Press.
Western Roundup No. 2 (1998).  Contains Escape from five shadows (1956); Last Stand at Saber River (1959); The Law at Randado (1954)
Western Roundup No. 3 (1999). Contains Hombre (1961); Valdez is coming (1970).  New York: Dell Publishing.

Helen MacInnes (October 7, 1907-September 30, 1985).
Rest and be thankful. (1949) Set in post-World War II Colorado on a ranch of that name, by a popular author of cold war intrigues.  European and New York natives meet the rural West; the subtext is how Americans should and would likely meet the onset of Communism as a major political philosophy and movement.

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