So there are about a hundred other things I should be doing right now but I think that writing a post on this blog is the most important. Well, important to me at least.
I have been thinking – which is shocking enough all by itself but what prompted this exertion was a Facebook post looking for book suggestions. Now, I am sure they were looking for the latest summer reads. I have gone through the lists in the magazines and nothing has really caught my eye. So I started thinking about making a list of the books that I have liked and occasionally posting them on this blog.
I am the person that eReaders were made for. When I am on vacation, one of the criteria for a great vacation is whether I completed an average of one book a day. As you may guess, I read fast. On vacation, I often read mysteries but there will be a little bit of everything mixed in.
One of the things I do, which I am not sure if it is due to laziness, is that I love an author with lots of books. If I like the author, I will read through their works. I have learned, thanks to the Stieg Larsson books, that taking a break in between the books in a series is a good idea. Ripping through those books was too much. By the third one I was a bit fried.
I thought I would start with authors who have either a series or multiple titles that I have liked. The list contains fiction, nonfiction, and mystery authors. Just as a note, if you want to check out these authors and you are not sure of the order (if there is one) of their books, look at their web site. They usually list the order of the books there.
Here is a list of authors – in no particular order.
C. S. Lewis – The Narnia Series and other writings*
Madeline L’Engle – all of her writing*
Agatha Christie – mystery – I always like the Tommy and Tuppence books then Miss Marple, then Hercule*
Donna Leon- Italian mystery – Commissario Guido Brunetti series
David Sedaris – humor -you have to like his humor
Laura Lippman – mystery – Tess Monaghan series and others
Jacqueline Winspear –British mystery – Masie Dobbs series
Mary Higgins Clark – mystery – many books-not a series
Anne George – mystery – The Southern Sisters mysteries*
Anne Lamott – I will confess to liking her nonfiction more than her fiction
Charlaine Harris – mystery – Yes, she writes Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood is based on her books) but she also has several other series that are good
Elizabeth Berg – fiction
Andrew Greeley – mystery and lots of them. There are several series*
James Patterson – mystery – the Woman’s Detective series
Debbie Macomber –fiction- really light reading….
Deborah Crombie – British mystery series
Maeve Binchy – fiction*
Susan Wittig Albert – mystery series
Douglas Kennedy – fiction
Earlene Fowler – mysteries – I started with the Benni Harper mysteries but she has others
M. C. Beaton – British mysteries – two series
Elizabeth George – British mystery – Inspector Lynley series
Well, that is a good start! If you have any suggestions, please let me know! I do read other books that I will share on this blog over time.
*These authors have written their last books. I will miss them.