As you might have guessed from the name I use for myself, I love to read. LOVE to read. I enjoy many different genres – general fictions, mystery/thrillers, history, biography, other non-fiction, all sorts of children’s books, etc. Most of the books that I read are one-offs – single books, not part of a series. That’s just fine with me – I have no trouble getting invested in characters and then saying goodbye after just one volume.
On the other hand, I love my “old faithful” authors. You know the type – the ones who put out a new book every year or two, featuring the same character every time, often with the same sort of predictable story. I visited the library earlier this week and checked out Sue Grafton’s latest, U is for Undertow. I’m about a quarter of the way through the book right now, and am savoring it. Sure, these types of books are by no means great literature, but many of them are well-written, and it’s fun to read something that I just know I’m going to enjoy.
I’m including a list of my “old faithfuls” below. Feel free to comment, or list your own “old faithfuls” in the comments section. (Have I mentioned that one of my biggest reading pleasures is discovering a new author that I like – and then finding out that he or she has already written several other books, just waiting for me to read them?!)
Sue Grafton – “Alphabet Mysteries” featuring Kinsey Milhone
Jonathan Kellerman – Alex Delaware mysteries (he has written a few with other characters as well, and they are also worth reading)
Faye Kellerman – Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus mysteries
Patricia Cornwell – Kay Scarpetta mysteries (she has written several featuring other characters, but I found myself disappointed with all of those books)
Janet Evanovich – She writes two of the fun Stephanie Plum books most years.
James Patterson – He actually writes several series, but I only follow the fast-paced books that follow his main character, Alex Cross. I have no opinion on his other mystery series, having never read them, but in my experience, his non-mystery books are iffy at best. (This is perhaps because he often provides only the outline for these stories rather than writing the actual books, as he confirmed when I heard him speak a while back.)