So you want to play Dungeons and Dragons?
D&D draws on many literary sources, and I’ve found that reading them has increased my enjoyment of the game as well as giving me hours of reading pleasure, this is a partial list of these sources.
The Conan the barbarian tales of Robert E. Howard
The Mythos stories of H.P. Lovecraft
The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Fafard and the Gray Mouser series by Fritz Leiber
Poul Anderson’s Three Hearts and three Lions.
Dying Earth series By Jack Vance
Michael Moorcock’s Elric novels
The adventure novels of Edger Rice Burroughs
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas