As writers we tend to become fussy with what we read. Maybe it’s because our eye is trained on the craft, we know how a book works, or maybe it’s because we’ve read so much that we are jaded. Either way we rely on our favorite authors to save us.
There are some authors I continue to read because I’m invested in the characters they have created, Ayla (Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel) and Rhodry Maelwaedd (Daggerspell by Katherine Kerr) spring to mind. I’ve been reading about them for over a decade sometimes with years between books.
There are other authors who go on my book buying list, they are the ones who I’ve accidentally discovered, but who have a backlist or a series I want to read all of. These are my guaranteed good reads. They are a treat for when I’ve finished the first draft, or the edits, or just because I’ve read a number of ordinary books in between. At the moment these authors include Jim Butcher (Dresden Files) and Rachel Caine (Weather Wardens).
Then there are the books that are handed to me by a friend saying “read this”. They are often something I wouldn't usually pick up, but are fabulous discoveries. Because it’s that time of year when we all start thinking about what to buy others for Christmas, while we wonder what to put on our wish list, I thought I’d open the blog for people to share their love of books and give us some recommendations.
Here is my “read this” recommendation, The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson. It is spine tingling good, a romance that defies logic and time.
Now it’s your turn.
What is the best book you’ve read this year, your “read this book” that we must have for Christmas?