Looking back, I actually read a lot more than I have in a while. Much of the volume came from adventure type books, the same genre as where the Da Vinci Code would fall. This type of mass market paperback is readily available for 99 cents at Goodwill or in the clearance section of Half Price Books. Normally, I’m an avid fan of fantasy fiction like that from Robert Jordan and George R.R. Martin, but found that the quick pace fit perfectly with what I needed. They still provided the escape that I needed but without taking a month to read an 800 page book.
James Rollins and Steve Berry were new authors I tried out and will continue to read. I also really enjoy the ‘Pendergast’ novels by Preston and Child and highly recommend giving them a shot if you’re at all interested in supernatural thriller/mysteries. The Pendergast character is a very interesting take on an FBI agent.
There are also a few books on the list that my wife put me up to reading. No need to point them out, I’m sure you can guess.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
The Charlemagne Pursuit by Steve Berry
The Romanov Prophesy by Steve Berry
Water for Elephants (believe it or not, this book is a hundred times better than the movie. The book has much more of a focus on the circus which is really well researched and interestingly portrayed.)
Reliquary by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Dance of Death by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Cemetery Dance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
And easily, the best book I read last year was The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (pictured above). It’s a fantasy fiction novel, his first, and was everything a fan of that genre could hope for. I’ll be submitting a book review to YCN and will add an update here with that link once it’s posted.
I know there were several more, but trying to remember 12 months worth is actually pretty difficult to do. Especially since, if I don’t enjoy a book I’ll quit reading it after 50 – 100 pages, which means lots of other novels keep coming to mind that I didn’t actually finish.
I came across this post about entitled Things I Find in Books, Part 1. Give it a read. Like the author, I also tend to buy used books – in fact I can’t bring myself to buy a full priced book anymore thanks to Half Priced Books being so near.
I’ve never found money in a book but I have been lucky enough to find a few random things in the well-worn pages of a few garage sale treasures, not including the faded brown boogers or questionable slightly curled hairs (I’m saying they’re arm hairs – that’s how I sleep at night).
To me, the best items I’ve found have been a couple of personal letters from the 50’s and 60’s that were hidden within the pages of a couple of Goodwill bought paperbacks. There’s just something so intriguing about them. In a way, they’re quick snippets of that era’s reality T.V. Neither of them say anything monumental, but they both convey a level of courtesy, warmth, and love that is missing in most of the rhetoric. Plus the penmanship of both, while the two are completely different, speaks to a time where style and readability were equally important.
Looks like I’ll be stopping by Goodwill tomorrow to browse the selection.