One of the things I missed when I was working was quality time to read. Usually I just skimmed a “hysterical romance” every 6 months or so. Since I have retired I have been getting some reading done. I love to stay up until 2 or so in the morning and that is a good time to read, when it is quiet.
First I read some trilogies by Fern Michaels, but I soon found myself bored with them and needing a break from fake tragedy, so to speak.
I was at Borders one day and The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini were bundled together and on sale. I read the inside covers and was intrigued, and rightly so. If you have not read either of them and love a good story line I highly recommend them. They are so well written, probably among the best I have ever read. The story never falters in either of them. The subject matter is delicate in both books and they are set in Afghanistan when the Russians were “running” the country. A lot of food for thought and I found myself with a greater appreciation for what the Afghanis have gone through for many years. A great read!
After that, I found the JD Robb books that Nora Roberts writes. There are 27 of them and I decided to read them from the first one. These are set in 2059 and involve a woman lieutenant and the characters surrounding her in her life. They are basically murder mysteries with a twist. There are humorous moments, gory ones, and sad ones. A little over the top in spots, but very entertaining. A new one comes out next month and I have it reserved at the local library. Another great read.
And, if all else fails, there is always the Janet Evanovitch series with Stephanie Plum, bail bondswoman. If you want a good laugh, these are so funny you won’t be able to put them down. The characters surrounding her are “typical New Jersey citizens“, and the stories take place in the “burb”. There are currently 13 available, but you want to start out with one called “One for the Money”. And another great read.
Now I am on the trail of another great series to read. Anyone have any suggestions?