I've been in a real reading jag lately (not that unusual for me; I find a new author then I usually get intense about inhaling all of their books as soon as possible). I also joined Goodreads.com about a year or so ago, and for the first time in my life I've been tracking the books I've read
on that site. So looking at that list at GoodReads.com
I discover I've already read 60 books in 2013! LOL
Here I thought I read about 2 per week, but in fact it is more than that. Of course most of these are light weight books, most of them are a fast read.
You'll notice (if you look at that link of the books I've read) that I give very high ratings; I give 5 stars to books that are clearly never going to be classics, that no one would confuse with great literature, and that will never add anything to or change my life. That is because I don't demand all that from my reading (I get that from my meditation and Vedic recitation). I am (obviously) not searching for great/brilliant/literary books to read. I'm looking for entertainment.
It is true that I could be a harsher judge on writing quality, clearly Colin Cotterill's and John Burdill's mysteries are far more beautifully written (with more spiritual depth, and real information about other cultures) than anything Nora Roberts will ever write.... But I'm judging on over all enjoyment (sue me):( my rating system (more or less)Collapse )
You will also notice (if you look at that link) that I've been reading mostly mysteries, some sci-fi/fantasy, and little else. I do stick to genres I enjoy. Favorites by authors in my genre:( some favorite books in no particular orderCollapse )
Of course I could name a lot more: Ellis Peters (Cadfael Mysteries), Tony Hillerman (Jim Chee & Leaphorn mysteries), Dick Francis, Rex Stout (Nero Wolfe Mysteries), and many more.
Of course I've also recently read all of George R.R. Martin's 'Song of Ice and Fire
', and I will always love J.R.R. Tolkein's Hobbit
and Lord of the Rings
, as well as C.S. Lewis' Narnia Chronicles
. I've read other fantasy and Sci-Fi, but mostly I'm into mysteries.