I go through streaks. My favorites are Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Spy/Military Thriller and Historical fiction. I have been known to enjoy a good YA story on occasion and any good contemporary piece of fiction if it sounds interesting. If it sounds like a good story, I'll give it a go. Just started reading "The Blade Itself" by Joe Abercrombie this morning. So far so good!
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our grandmother ALWAYS read to us. She also got sis & I reading books on our own at a very young age.
I remember that she gave us Jacqueline Susann books to read when we were WAY too young to read that kind of stuff!
Sis & I both kept saying 'Nanny read THIS?!?'
I read Stephen King books when I was in middle school. Salem's Lot scared me so bad! My bed was against the window and I would read late at night when I couldn't sleep. Light from the lamp by my bed would attract moths and the sound of them hitting the window screen when you are reading a book about vampires tapping on windows...
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@FAITHP44 I never thought of the Chronicles of Zion being a good TV series but I agree that the series would probably make a good series, especially in today's age of Netflix, HULU, and Amazon Prime shows. I have read several of their series and think most of them would probably be good done as TV.
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I've read some of Brock and Bodie Thoene's books years ago (I think it was Chronicles of Zion - definitely set in 2nd world war about a girl who played violin in an orchestra.) I thought they'd make a brilliant TV series. I recently found some more which I downloaded to my kindle.
I recently surprised myself by reading a Jane Austen book (Northanger Abbey) and enjoying it! We had to read Jane Austen at school and I hated it - I don't think I ever read a complete book, and I always failed the English Literature exams. That's the trouble when they make you read books when you're far too young to enjoy them I it puts you off for life.
I do also like some murder mysteries - probably different from the ones you read across the pond. A series I've enjoyed recently have been set in Northumberland, in the North of England and feature Detective Inspector Ryan.
One American Classic that I love is Uncle Tom's Cabin.
I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6
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I've read three of Phillipa's novels. I really enjoyed the "Other Boleyn Girl" even though the history was a little exaggerated. I thought it was a good story, but not a good historical fiction. A little too much poetic license was taken, but that's just my personal opinion. I read Constant Princess, which started out okay. then got really repetitive to the point of annoying.
I did enjoy a Respectable Trade. Thought that was well done. I skimmed her Queen Elizabeth and various War of the Roses related novels. I didn't think they were very good. Which is why they got skimmed.
however, all things being equal, I find Alison Weir's books hit or miss too. Her histories are excellent. Loved the Six Wives of Henry VIII. Enjoyed the War of the Roses and the Princeses in the Tower. Did not like her fiction of the early life of Elizabeth. Found that to be... meh. I have her biography of Elizabeth of York. That's another... meh. Her Eleanor of Aquitaine bio wasn't bad.
I have read some excellent biographies of Mary Queen of Scots, Antonia Frasier's is still one of the best. John Guy's is very good too.
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@MLAN613 My mom gave me the Brock and Bodie Thoene books about WW1 and WW2
I have also read the ones about Ireland. I haven't read the ones set in Bible times. I am sure that my mom has them. I will have to read those.
I also love Francine Rivers. I started reading her books, because a while ago. They put a parental warning label on Redeeming Love. Because of the subject matter. So I had to read it to see what all the fuss was about.
Considering that people let their four year olds watch Law and Order SVU. It was much ado about nothing. (I would never let a four year old watch that show)
So, yes, I do enjoy historical fiction. I have read several by Brock and/or Bodie Thoene; they have written several with a Biblical focus and several focusing on WWII and the Israeli nation building.
The last few years, I have been reading a series called the Bregdan Chronicles by Ginny Dye. The first book starts just before the Civil War and I am currently on book 10, which is set around 1865/1866. I enjoy the series.