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I am a fan of crime and thriller books and sometimes a good courtroom drama, I love Ruth Rendell, Scott Turow, Grisham, Lee Child...the usual suspects I guess.
Currently just starting to read Out by Natsuo Kirino which I am really intrigued with. Confessions of a Fallen Angel by Ronan O Brien was beautiful (rough!) and tragic. I admit to having a peek through Richard and Judy's reading list to see if there is anything outside my usual genre and have found some fantastic books (like How To Talk To A Widower by Jonathan Tropper which was hilarious and also The Lovely Bones which I probably wouldn't have considered and also The Secret History by Donna Tartt which was magnificent!)
All time favourite Vanity Fair by William Thackery.
DM - the Count of Monte Cristo is a great read - gets a bit stale in the middle but picks up again.
Bryan - I agree that the first part of Don Quixote is much better. The second half gets bogged down in trying to have digs at the 'unofficial' second book. I personally wouldn't read it again, at least not for a good few years.
My schooling was inadequate - I've never read Cathcher in the Rye or To Kill a Mockingbird. But I do have a recipe for a Tequila Mockingbird.
I didn't read the Catcher in the Rye at school.
But there was so much hype around it, that I took it out of the library and read it.
Also - Yann Martel and the "Life of Pi"
My 'guilty pleasures' would probably be Grisham and Patterson. Quick reads, entertaining, but not to be consumed in quick succession or you'll realise how similar each new book is to its predecessor.
I'm not sure that studying e.g. English helps enjoyment of literature because you're always aware that you will have to answer questions on the book. I know that doing a History degree put me off Historical Fiction for years because of that (and because some of it is terrible).
my fave author of ALL time is Robert Goddard. He mixes thriller into real history and usually the stories span decades. he is also from the south west so some of the towns are familiar to me.
Right, I'm off. Laters.
You deserve it after a busy morning.
I too am all forummed out for a while and am going for an early lunch to recharge my batteries.
Ballini - I also like Robert Goddard a lot.
oooh - someone else has actually heard of him!!!
love em all!!
I'm a fan of Patterson too, but yes it doesn't do to read them too closely together - I find the same with Natalie Cole - you just know what is going to happen next after a couple of books.
I did Eng Lang and Lit at school and got A's for both - much to the angst of my teacher who hated me mostly cos I was probably better read than her! My Mum was a big one for reading to us when were little but didn't bother with kiddy books - oh no, we were straight into the Classics. Pride and Prejudice at 3 yro anyone? It worked though - we're all voracious readers with wide vocabs.
Min - that means you need to read some Mallory Towers and Famous Five or you're missing out.
Jolly hockey sticks, spiffing good reads.