Any more I depend on word of mouth and my go to authors in selecting new reads. I’m asking for you to share books that have drawn you in, intrigued you. Made you laugh, broke your heart, or scared the bewhozzouseits out of you.
First, I’ll recommend any book by a Not Your Usual Suspects author. Check out our stories. I guarantee you will not be disappointed. They are amazing, brilliant, spell binding and many are available as audio books. A big plus for me.
Now for my other suggestions and a warning. I’ve been on a rip and tear reading ‘different’ books. For some reason I’m totally off contemporary romance so you won’t find any below. Nothing against it but, shrug, just reading other stuff. Curious, do you do that?
Right now I’m enjoying how other genre authors swirl the words on a page. Build suspense and even write a tiny bit of romance into a mainly horror book. Yeah, I'm looking at you Stephen King.
Here we go.
I don’t remember who here suggested The Insect Farm by Stuart Prebble last year. Thank you. I adore this book.
Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children. Ransom Riggs. A trilogy. Sooo much fun.
Stephen Kings Bill Hodges trilogy. The third book comes out June 7. Can’t wait.
King’s 11.22.63. Honestly I think this is one of the best books ever.
Try Jonathan Maberry’s books. He builds bizarre worlds (zombie terrorists and such) and pulls you right into them.
The Martian by Andy Weir. The movie is fantastic but barely more than a synopsis of the book.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. Different. Very different. In some places I wish he’d taken Elmore Leonard’s advice about leaving out the parts readers tend to skip. LOL! Lots of description. But a spellbinding story.
If you are of Irish descent you may love this book. I did. The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero by Timothy Eagan. The story of Thomas Meagher who led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony. He escaped and six months later was heralded in the streets of New York at the dawn of the great Irish immigration to America. He was a Civil War hero and friend of Lincoln.
I’ve been rereading Neil Gaiman’s books. Love his voice.
I can go on and on, but I’m going to end with Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. It has so very much. Timeless love. 18th century history from Scotland, to France, (men in kilts and tight silk breeches. O. My) to the colonies. There is time travel, court intrigue, dirty bat rasturds, witches, pirates and their ships, Indians, bears and a cast of characters you will not forget.
I’m looking for new reads. Can you surprise me with new, to me, authors? Hit me with your reading list.