libgirl - I read Jackie Collins when I was in high school - maybe 15 or 16 - and enjoyed them, but then I got bored. Same with Sidney Sheldon. Now if I want something fun and "easy," I'll go with Jane Green or a mystery/thriller. There are so many great books out there and my house is over-run with them. I'm not going to waste my time on crap.
I had to put down A Tale for the Time Being for a while to read my next book club selection, Master of Shadows by Mark Lamster. It's about the secret diplomatic career of Peter Paul Rubens. Lots about political intrigue and, of course, painting. Really good stuff. :up
Katesmom - EL James wrote those stories in a (Twilight) fan fic forum, so they're not loosely based on the characters. Pretty much all she did was change the names when she got the book deal. Just another example of why I hate fan fiction.
Right now I am reading Jodi Picoult's, The Storyteller. Really good so far, but I am not very far in it yet.
I just plowed through Harlan Coben's new book, Six Years. Good, fast read! I've read most of his books, including the Myron Bolitar series.
And before that I just finished The Dark Monk, the second book in The Hangman's Daughter series by Oliver Potzsch. I love historical fiction!
I am reading everything I can get by Linwood Barclay--my new favorite author. Right now its The Accident--good stuff.
The Accident: A Thriller by Linwood Barclay - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists
Well, I'm almost done Live by Night. It follows Joe Coughlin, the youngest brother of Danny Coughlin, of The Given Day. Where Danny was a good guy, Joe lives as a thug/gangster, working for the Irish & Italian gangs of the '20's. So I kind of thought this book would be a little of The Given Day (a book I loved), and a little of The Departed and Gangs of New York (two movies I loved). What it actually does is remind me very much of an old Jackie Collins (yes, that Jackie Collins) series called Chances - anyone remember that? Gino & Lucky Santangelo? They even made a couple TV movies out of them? (And OMG, I just googled the books for the hell of it and she's STILL writing them! There are seven frickin' novels!) Anyway, Joe really, really reminds me of Gino Santangelo. And I used to like taking those novels to the beach and...call me a book snob, but I expected a little more from Dennis Lehane. :(
Just finished Anne Tyler's Breathing Lessons. I had never read any of her novels before although I did see the film of her book, The Accidental Tourist, way back when with Geena Davis and William Hurt. I am still digesting the book and although I can't say it was a terrible read, I am surprised it won the Pulitzer Prize, quite honestly.
Linwood Barclay's great! Love the mix of edge-of-your seat suspense and suburbia. His latest, Trust Your Eyes, was a keeper, with a sneaky little - no, actually - massive! twist buried in the very last few sentences. Apparently, he's currently writing a sequel to No Time For Goodbye, his first standalone thriller and arguably his best to date. Due out next year, I think. Lisa Unger is another author who excels in suburban thrillers. Her Hollows books, Fragile, and Darkness My Old Friend? Highly recommended. If you like Barclay and Coben, you'll devour these.
As for what I'm reading myself right now, it's Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye, a historical crime novel set in 1840's New York. Am only about 50 pages in, but so far very impressed by the historic detail.