Gotta Read

I love to read.  I love to read so much that I have to be careful about starting a book, because if it’s good enough, I will do NOTHING until that book is complete.  And I mean nothing.  I will sit in my comfy rocking chair and read until my butt falls asleep, my stomach is empty and turning itself inside out, the mess overwhelms the house and my son forgets who I am.  Ok, it’s not that bad.  Sometimes I grab a snack.

And now I’m in a dilemma.  I’m out of books.

I know.  How can I be “out of books”?  With all the books out there, how can I possibly have run out of books to read?

Well, it’s easy… I’m also picky about books.  The story must grip me.  I don’t have patience for books that aren’t written well, where the characters don’t have a redeeming quality or something I can identify with.  I try to be patient with books, but if I have to fight my way through 20 pages or so, and it still hasn’t grabbed my attention, forget it.  It’s going in the Goodwill Pile.  Let someone else deal with it.

I also have particular tastes, as everyone does.  I’m not one for “literature”.  If Oprah has recommended it, chances are very, very good that I haven’t read it.  Why?  Because it feels too much like my American Lit and English Lit classes in high school and college.  Those books are trying to teach me something, they’re trying to improve me.  And if I want something to improve me, I’ll go searching for it.  Because, frankly, I don’t need improvement.  Ok, I do, but that’s a post for another day.

It also doesn’t help that I read wicked fast.  I can get through one of the longer Harry Potter books (we’re talking 600+ pages, here) in two days, if I’ve got nothing else to do.

So what DO I like?  Authors.  If I read a book by an author and like it, I’ll go plowing through that author’s website, and likely read everything ever written by that person.

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And genres – I like what I call “TRNs”… Trashy Romance Novels.  You know, some of those with the half-naked guy on the cover are actually pretty good.   Some Thrillers, but I’m very picky about them.  Maybe I should call them “intrigue” instead.  I’m also kind of getting into the new genre they’re calling “Chick Lit”, but I’m very picky about that, as well.  Those are kind of hard to find.  It used to be that you could look at the cover – generally they had the almost-a-stick-figure on the cover, and a lot of pink.  But lately, I’ve noticed other genres – mostly stuff that falls into the “general fiction” category – using that style, and they’re definitely NOT the lighthearted, funny and romantic Chick Lit Books that I like.

And I like funny books… ones that are written so well that I picture the events that are happening – and often, I can picture them happening to ME – and I end up laughing out loud. (the Stephanie Plum series)

So I stick with authors, and authors that my favorites recommend.  A partial list of my favorites:

TRN

Thriller

Other

Nora Roberts (of course) Vince Flynn J.K. Rowling (who can resist Harry Potter?)
Sandra Brown Brad Thor Bill Waterson (yes, Calvin & Hobbes)
Julie Garwood Dan Brown
Katie Fforde (she’s English)
Sophie Kinsella (“Shopaholic”)
Janet Evanovich (Steph. Plum)
Jenny Cruisie/Bob Mayer

So, my friends… have you read anything good lately?  Anything that grabbed you, that made you want to hang out with those people, or made you laugh out loud, or made you look over your shoulder because you were SURE that guy you just passed was a terrorist?

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10 Responses to Gotta Read

  1. Joy says:

    Laura, you have no idea how much I’ve anticipated this post. I can’t wait to hear what others have to say and what kind of books they like. Let’s hope all our readers show up today. Also, if anyone reading this wants any of the books mentioned, let me know and I’d be happy to share.

    I know all to well that feeling of being out of books. I can read 2 or 3 books in a week so after doing this, I run out a lot and have to branch out and there are a lot of “fails” along the way. Last month I think was one of the worst. I had 3 books in a row that I didn’t finish.

    My rule of thumb used to be Danielle Steele and Stephen King. Then I added Mary Higgins Clark and LaVyrle Spencer (who is from MN and a lot of her settings take place in places I’ve been and it’s very fun to read her books) but she retired in the late 90’s. Then I added V.C. Andrews and her books can take on a really dark side of human nature but her books will go on and on for sometimes as many as 5 books. They just continue.

    That brings me to what I wanted to say next. I love books that go on for generations. I came across Barbara Taylor Bradford and I love her books. There is one series that goes for generation after generation and I LOVED reading these. I just love when the characters continue in another book and life goes on. I just read Roses by Leila Meacham and I just loved it. It was 5 or 6 generations and was a very good read.

    I guess I like books that go on and on. I hate it when a really good book ends. I have been known to near the end of a book and I’ll put it away for a day or two, I just can’t bear the thought of it ending. I’ve also found that I like books that are older. It’s very rare for me to find a new author that grabs me by the throat. I like the old fashioned stories.

  2. SKL says:

    I like a combination of fiction and non-fiction. Fiction-wise, I like a variety, but there’s more I dislike than that I like. I like the classics, a well-written suspense novel, a romantic story with a historic, classical tone to it. But you know I’m not going to remember all the names of my favorite authors. I suck at names, but I know them when I see them. Let’s see, I enjoy Mary Higgins Clark, Elizabeth George, James Patterson, Robin Cook, Isabel Allende, John Grisham, Jeff Shaara, some Dean Koontz and Stephen King, probably a bunch of others. Right now, I’m in the middle of a WWII spy novel by Ken Follett.

    I also like a variety of nonfiction. I enjoy biographies of folks who haven’t had it easy, but have made a real difference in the world. And a lot of spiritual-oriented books. I have enjoyed authors from Billy Graham to Deepak Chopra to Madeleine L’Engle to Mohammad Ali and many others. I read some more practical books, such as wisdom on raising adopted kids. I also like to read books in foreign languages, including classics, poetry, etc. When all else fails, the Bible and other Holy Books are always good reads. They don’t talk down to anyone.

    I have hundreds of books that I have bought (or inherited) over the years but never got around to reading. Now I am working on reading the ones I have, instead of buying new ones.

  3. Ellen says:

    This is indeed a topic I also like. I love reading. One little story about me being addicted to reading my whole live: My mom caught me when I was 10 years old, vacuuming the living room and reading my book at the same time. I changed that a bit, but still I love books. It is often so much more fun than a movie. It is also so fun to have friends or family who love reading too. I love all kind of genres.
    The chick lit books genre I have had it for now. They were so funny and romantic but now I find them less appealing to me. Some of my favorite authors are:
    Author Title Genre
    John Sandford All books thriller
    Val McDermid The last temptation Thriller
    Jill Mansell All books Chick Lit
    Ira Levin All books Suspense/horror
    Greg Iles All books Thriller/suspense
    Dick Francis All books Thriller
    Jean Auel All 5 books The Earth Children Saga

  4. DM says:

    I too am a reader/ before blogs, e-mail and kids, I read a lot more. 🙂 Robert Fulghum- hands down, my favorite author. he is hilarious, and his stories come out of real life (most his) Any one else ever read any of his stuff?

  5. Nikki says:

    Well I picked back up my love for reading recently. When I was a kid, I read a lot mainly because I was in my room a lot so I read!
    I hadn’t picked up a book in years, and felt like I needed to read. I just got the overwhelming feeling to read! Like my brain was almost craving it.
    I can’t tell you who I like, I can tell you what I like. I don’t know enough authors to spout some out! Joy let me borrow a good stack of books and I’ve gotten through 3. I’ve been busy with the little ones, so I hope to start another one today since the little boy I care for is still sick.
    I like mysteries. I LOVE true crimes. I like a good story! If it doesn’t get me in the 1st chapter, chances are I won’t continue it.
    I want to think about a book. If I am thinking about a story or characters long after I put the book down, that’s a good book! I’m very ADD though, all over the place so my attention has to be kept.

  6. souldose says:

    You are really picky but good for you, I like a person who knows what they want and never settle… In a few years you might read my book, I’m thinking about publishing my true story and though you might not be a fan you’d read mine right? (sweet smiley face with tilted head) ha ha

  7. Karen Joy says:

    I used to be a HUGE reader.Loved books.After going through some diffacult times I find it hard to consentrate on what Im reading so I dont much any more.I really must try again.Its gotten me all excited just remembering all the books I have read.Way back when Oprah started her book club I would buy every book of the month.Most were really good.Joy,I read all Mary Higgins Clark too,have most of them.You might like Iris Johansen then.She also continues with the same charachters(I think)I also likes James Patterson.I think I just might make my way to the library soon and check out a book!:)

  8. mssc54 says:

    When I was in the navy I collected and read every single Louis Lamar book.

    I don’t do much reading now. There just always seems to be something to do or some place to go.

  9. Just a Mom says:

    I am not much of a reader but I have been trying this year to read more. I am reading a book called Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. So far I love it!

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