What I enjoy reading (and you might, too!)
OK so my tastes in books might be described as… eclectic. I love a good spy novel. And I also love Janet Evanovich who is more of a “chickier” writer. Did I just invent a new word? OMG that would be so cool if I did. But I doubt it. I’m sure a great many people have used the word over the years to describe something that females generally prefer more than men.
But wait, there’s more! I also enjoy a good assassin book. At the top of my list of favorites are the John Rain novels by Barry Eisler. His specialty is making his murder victims look like they died of natural causes. And if anybody thinks that’s not actually a thing, then I’ve got a bridge in Alaska to sell you.
I also love me some David Baldacci. I don’t think there’s a book of his I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed. And I’ve read every single one.
Michael Connelly is another favorite of mine. His detective Harry Bosch books are the stuff dreams are made of. Seriously, if you’ve never read a Bosch or Mickey Haller book (the lawyer, and also Bosch’s brother), then you’re missing out on some truly fantastic adventures.
If you’re looking for some lesser known authors, or just a new series to pick up, I also love love loved Ghostman by Roger Hobbs. Dude actually wrote that book during his senior year of college! I’ll bet he didn’t have any trouble paying off his student loans! There’s also a sequel to the book out, which I also read, and also loved. It’s called Vanishing Games.
I also enjoyed reading The Rook by Daniel O’Malley. The plot in that one was crazy, but it was incredibly well written. Plus there’s a sequel! It’s called Stiletto.
OMG I almost forgot about Dexter! Perhaps my favorite book series of all time. Yes, I do realize I read a lot of books about killing.. but I balance it out with Janet Evanovich. Sure, people often die in her books too, but not to the same extent as they do in Dexter, who was dreamed up and put on paper by Jeff Lindsay (who is an incredible writer, by the way). If you can stomach the killing aspects of his books, I highly recommend starting with Darkly Dreaming Dexter, and go from there. You can thank me later.
I’m also a huge Robert Ludlum fan. He wrote the Jason Bourne books, that were eventually turned into a bajillion dollar grossing movie franchise.
And last but certainly not least, we come to Dan Brown. Brown is probably most famous for his The Davinci Code, but he’s written a couple of other books as well, all of which I’ve read (Deception Point and Digital Fortress are the only two that spring to mind). He found his cash cow in Robert Langdon and hasn’t looked back. I’m sure after selling the movie rights for each book, he probably doesn’t feel the need to write that often anymore. I sure as hell wouldn’t.
And that concludes Ian’s list of book recommendations. If you’ve read any of these books, I’d appreciate some comments on my Facebook page!