Usually, once you have an interest in a particular subject, or type of story, you tend to stick with the same.
There will be some types of book that hold no interest at all; for me, I don't like horror, so stories by Stephen King (for example) are not in my house. (Although I have watched some film adaptations - The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, for example).
Then there's the author. Once again, when I find an author I enjoy, and the style I like, I tend to go back and read the entire back catalogue. It's exciting when I discover someone new, or realise I've been missing out by not reading them.
A recent favourite of mine are the Jack Reacher novels. I've read them all. Created by Lee Child, these are the stories of a former officer with the US Military Police. With no passport and no belongings (except his toothbush) and just a cash card, he traverses the US, somehow managing to cause a great deal of trouble as he solves local problems. They usually end up in carnage, but they're good fun, and true escapism.
All of Dan Browns' books have proved to be a good read; although "Deception Point" I found to be the weakest. His latest, "The Lost Symbol", was released on Tuesday, and so far is living up to the hype. It's become the fastest selling hardback in the UK, with more that 300,000 copies purchased in the first 36 hours. A lot of people are obviously hoping this will be good. So far so good.
Finally, for now, I return to Agatha Chrisite; where I began my adult reading life. No-one has managed to eclipse her as the Queen of Crime; in my opinion. Her simple stories have that 'je ne sais quoi' and very endearing characters; especially in Miss Marple and Hercules Poirot.
I said I'd list some favourites, which I now realise is difficult, because it's usually the author you follow, but I said I would , so, in no particular order:
- All Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child (OK, I cheated!!)
- The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
- The Woods - Harlen Coben (although they're all good)
- Harry Potter Series - J K Rowling (Another cheat!!)
- Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson (plus his other travelogs - very funny)
- Too Close To Home - Linwood Barclay (new book "Fear The Worst" is out in the new year
- The Sound of Laughter - Peter Kay auto-biography (very funny)
I'm not sure what it tells you, but I hope you enjoyed it.
Postscript: Since writing this, I thought I'd also touch on audio-books. Being stuck in the car, morning and evening, I have recently started listening to books. It's a great way to while away a journey, and if the voice is right, the story really comes to life.
Some of the audio-books I've listened to include Michael Connellys' "The Lincoln Lawyer" and "The Scarecrow". Most recently "The Book Thief" by Marcus Zusak - absolutely fantastic. I'm currently listening to Harlen Cobens' "Long Lost"