Looking for a book to read?

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.

Happy Reading!

*These authors have written their last books. I will miss them.

About Carol Early Cooney

I love to read. I love to share my thoughts on books and hope to hear what you think also. Looking to see what books I read beyond those I write about? Check out my Goodreads!
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