I used to read a lot when I was younger. The library was right around the corner from my grandmother’s house, and I always used to walk out of that place with books stacked up to my chin. I used to lose days reading, and never wanted to play outside with my cousins because the world inside the pages of those books just seemed a lot more interesting. I read a lot of speculative/horror fiction (R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike) among lots of other genres (sometimes, I wouldn’t even look at the title of the book. I would just read the first line and if it grabbed me I would take the book home).
But lately, I’ve been having trouble finding books that I truly connect with, and I can’t seem to figure out why. I’ve wasted so much money on books that I couldn’t finish or finished books and didn’t feel completely satisfied, so now I am on the hunt for books that I can’t put down.
Here are some of my faves:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Devil in a Blue Dress
I also read some of the stories in What we Talk About When we Talk About Love recently and loved them. I love books with strong willed female protagonists and also one that doesn’t start off too gimmicky; I like a more controlled start, one where the author is in control of the story and isn’t trying to use bells and whistles (or car chases or a dead body or profanity) to get me to turn the page.
Any suggestions? What are you reading? What are some of your faves?