People often ask me whether I know any good books to read. Good writers tend to read a lot, so I suppose that it’s normal I get asked. But my answers often disappoint.
I do read, often and frequently. Because I write daily for a living, though, I find that my mind isn’t soothed and relaxed by complex works of literature. It’s not that I’m a dummy; I just break my head over words each day, so I really don’t want to amuse myself in the evenings by conceptualizing philosophies or learning effective business management.
My idea of a good read is something amusing and entertaining, a novel that lets my mind wander into the realms of imagination so clear that I can see the characters live and breath. When I set the book down and walk away, I feel refreshed and relaxed. Nothing more, nothing less.
So when I answer people with, “Sure, I know some good books. There’s this great fantasy fiction I’m reading right now…,” they aren’t impressed.
But if you are looking for a good read that provides the simple pleasure of a great story, here are some recommendations:
Anne Bishop’s Sebastian – my current literature, a fantastic page-turner about demons and other worlds that uses vivid prose and has characters you can’t help buy enjoy. I bought this one on a whim. By page 15, I was hooked.
Melanie Rawn’s Dragon Prince – the first in a great series, each one focusing on a pair of characters that are almost alive. It’s easy to read, has great plot, and it’s full of very human emotion every person can relate to. Harry pointed me to this author, and I’ve thanked him ever since.
Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders series – get them all. They’re easy reads with descriptive scenes you can almost touch. Fun, entertaining and light.
Nicholas Evans’ The Loop – my break from fantasy fiction, this one is a story of a wildlife student studying wolves and a rancher’s son whose father kills the predators off. I also just finished The Divide by the same author, which was a poignant novel of a family breaking apart.
Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander – this is the first in a series of historical romances. (So I have a soft side, sue me.) Characters are perfectly depicted, scene descriptions are vivid and well described, and the plot’s interesting, simple enough to understand and sneaky enough that you keep turning pages.
As you can see, great literature figures low on my list of preferred reading. But if you’re looking for good reads, these books are ones I suggest.