Here are some stories that, as a reader, I love. (I don’t personally know any of these authors, though I’ve met some briefly online/IRL. I just love their writing.)
The Pillars of Reality series (and the sequel Legacy of Dragons series) by Jack Campbell
I’m not someone who’s prone to overstatement. This is the best novel series in human history.
The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher
The epitome of urban fantasy, as far as I’ve seen. I love the intricate plots, the humor, and Michael and Thomas.
The Reckoners series by Brandon Sanderson
Maybe the best superhero books I’ve ever read.
The Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld
I love character-in-disguise stories. This one’s got a girl dressed as a boy, a romance/friendship, cool worldbuilding, and exciting action.
The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer
Meyer’s got a very interesting imagination. I like seeing her take on familiar tropes. And I love Carlisle. The genderbend version was a lot of fun too.
The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer
Another great disguise story. The woman dressed as a man is fun. The fact that her brother makes a better female than she does is even better.
Sylvester by Georgette Heyer
Why you shouldn’t actually pattern your villains after real people.
The Grimnoir series by Larry Correia
More great superhero books, this time with alternate history!
The Monster Hunter International series by Larry Correia
More cool urban fantasy. I love Trip!
The Vampire Empire series by Clay & Susan Griffith
Humorous steampunk swashbuckling vampire romance adventure. The original trilogy is fantastic. I didn’t read the follow-up.