Someone asked me what kind of books I read. When I gave them a description of my favorite books, the person interrupted and said, "No. No. What genre do you read the most?" Well, the truth is I do not have one specific genre I read the most. I have characteristics that I look for in a book. When I find them in a book, no matter the genre, I end up reading the book and more times than not I enjoy it.
To me the book's characteristics are more important than the book's genre or even whether the book is shelved in adult fiction or young adult fiction. I like a story with great characters that are believable. They don't have to be set in modern, futuristic or historical times, but if the character is a tough woman or man--then they need to stay tough throughout the book. Unless the author builds in a fear and it shows up (the same fear) throughout the series. Think Indiana Jones and snakes. You know that if you pick up a book about Indiana Jones and there's a snake in it, he is going to be a little freaked out. It is part of his character.
I also like a great plot and I love mystery and suspense novels. If there's a love interest in the book I'll take that too. I guess what I truly look for is a fast paced book with interesting characters and a touch of suspense or a bit of a thriller.
Here are a few of my recent reads and a few of my favorites! These are fantastic novels! Here is my reader beware note....some of these titles are adult fiction and some are young adult. Remember I enjoy both! If you like suspense, mystery or thrillers which may have a hint of romance these are books you are going to enjoy. Give them a try. I dare you.
The Alphabet House by Jussie Adler-Olsen
This is the harrowing odyssey of two British airmen who are shot down behind enemy lines during WWII and subsequently held captive and tortured under assumed German identities.
First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
When a strange, elderly man comes to town and threatens to disrupt the peaceful Waverley existence, the family pulls together to make things right.Pawn by Aimee Carter
Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that's not her own, Kitty must decide which path to choose and learn how to be more than a pawn in a twisted game.
Altar of Bones by Phillip Carter
This novel is packed with plenty of action and suspense. It includes the Russian mob, KGB spies, a Presidential assassination, a doomed Hollywood legend, deathbed confessions, corrosive power and shattered families. It will leave you stunned and breathless.
Detective Harry Bosch and his rookie partner investigate a cold case that gets very hot, very fast.
Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly
When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens she is haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil. Her dark premonitions are confirmed when an assassin's arrow poisons Sera's mother. Now, Serafina must embark on a quest to find the assassin's master and prevent a war between the Mer nations.The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost
In a world of shadows, anything is possible, except escaping your fate. Fast paced, exhilarating with lots of action and a hint of romance. Don't let the romance hold you back, there is a lot of action, mystery and suspense.
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
Kathleen Grissom brings to life a thriving plantation in Virginia in the decades before the Civil War, where a dark secret threatens to expose the best and worst in everyone tied to the estate.Haunted by Kay Hooper
There have been several unusual murders. The news of the murders has left the town-on edge, especially when there is nothing remotely ordinary about how the men died.
The Fire Wish by Amber Lough
A jinni, a princess and a wish that changes everything.
The Son by Jo Nesbo
This excellent standalone novel takes the reader on a chilling ride with many unexpected twists.Doing Harm by Kelly Parsons
A killer is set on playing a deadly game with a Dr. Steve Mitchell. The killer holds information that could ruin his career and marriage. Now, alone and under a cloud of suspicion, Steve must discover a way to outsmart his opponent and save the killer's next victim before the cycle repeats itself again and again...
The First Wife by Erica Spindler
Has to be one of my favorites. It is a suspenseful thrilling novel, filled with twists you won't see coming.
Maze Runner by James Dashner
A dark and gripping tale where teens must fight to survive.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Fast paced, suspenseful novel full of twists and turns.
You Don't Want To Know by Lisa Jackson
A chilling suspenseful thriller
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Gripping debut thriller filled with suspense and intrigue.
Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer
A gripping, fast paced novel filled with hidden secrets and historic detail. Excellent
Imager Portfolio series by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
1st in the new series filled with action, adventure and growth.
1st to Die Women's Murder Club Series by James Patterson
This is a fast paced crime thriller.
In Death Series by J.D. Robb
In a world of danger and murder she fights for justice.
Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson
A saga of surprises and martial arts action.
Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson
A chilling and suspenseful thriller.
I Am The Messenger by Mark Zusak
Ed is on a mission, but who's behind it?