Although Tom and I are continuing to work during our time of self-isolation, I have had a lot more time to read. I am sick of watching television – nothing worth seeing here – and have streamed most of the stuff I feel is decent. Unfortunately, my favorite authors are not writing new books at the speed I can read them.
So I am looking for some new authors to read and thought you, my loyal readers, might have some suggestions. It might be helpful to know what I like to read. I like books that have a happy ending. In fiction I read mostly mysteries (that get solved), thrillers, and some romance. Again, I don’t like books, especially fiction, that have tragic endings. I once read a book that was 400 pages long where the heroine died at the end and vowed I would never read another book by that author.
I also read a lot of non-fiction. Biographies and historical works. I especially like books that highlight the contributions of women. I have read more than my share of books on the history of knitting, weaving, or spinning. Humorous writers, memoirs, and travelogues are also kinds of books I like to read. Books about faith – living it or finding it – are good.
I enjoy series. If I find an author I enjoy, I read as much as I can by him or her. Some examples of series authors that I enjoy: Nevada Barr, Donna Andrews, Kelley Armstrong, Lawrence Block, Steve Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, and J.A. Jance. I loved Sue Grafton and was so disappointed that she never finished her series to “Z is for . . .”
The Goodreads Choice Awards are an excellent way to find new authors. With almost 5 million people voting in 20 categories, the winners tend to be books that I would enjoy. If you aren’t a member of Goodreads, I really recommend it. Add me as a friend! I like being able to rate the books I read, write reviews, and read the reviews of others.
What new (to me) author do you recommend? Who is your favorite mystery writer? Romance writer? Biographer? I’d love to have a conversation with you about books you thought were worthy of a read.