Monday, July 7, 2008

So much to read....

Blame my parents--both of them. My father is a retired English teacher who always took me to the library when I was a kid. My mother is a prolific reader who is always reading a book--always.

I learned to read before anyone else in my first grade class--thanks to Mom. I remember feeling like I was the king of the world when I was exempted out of the Dick and Jane books and got to go independently read dinosaur books! Dad gave me the best gift ever: a light on the headboard of my bed. Ever since, I've read in bed every night.

Anyway, it was with my mom in mind that I decided to read the first of the Kay Scarpetta novels by Patricia Cornwell: Postmortem. Yep, it's pretty darn good. Reminds me of the time I read Red Dragon by Thomas Harris and thought it was the greatest thing ever.

So good that it got me to thinking of all these great suspense/thriller series that I haven't read. Damn, there's just so much to read!

So I've been doing some research and have come up with 11 series that I think I'll read. Of course this will take a long time, as most of these series have more than 15 novels in them. Some of these I've already had a taste of, as I've read a few of these novels here and there without realizing they were part of a larger series of books. Anyway, the choices are overwhelming, but I think I'm going to work on these:

1. The Spenser novels by Robert B. Parker
2. The Alex Delaware novels by Jonathan Kellerman
3. The Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell
4. The Jack Stapleton books by Robin Cook
5. The Prey series by John Sandford
6. The Myron Bolitar series by Harlan Coben
7. The Quincy/Rainie books by Lisa Gardner
8. The Women's Murder Club series from James Patterson
9. The Sunny Randall Novels by Robert B. Parker
10. The Jesse Stone books by Robert B. Parker
11. The Eve Duncan Series by Iris Johansen

Yes, that will keep me busy for a while. Especially since I have two other books currently waiting on my "read next" shelf:

Mucho Mojo by Joe R. Lansdale
Lifelines by CJ Lyons



Jackie said...

Looks like we have the same taste in fiction. I've read (and liked) 2, 3, 4, 5, and 11.

Now I have new (non-education) books to read this summer. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the nice write up about dad and I. You have made us proud so many times in your accomplishments. We are busy reading the books you gave us while you were here on vacation. Love you. Mom

Bud Hunt said...

Parker's a fun writer. Don't forget Jeffey Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme work. Excellent stuff.

RichSkyline said...


Great minds think and read alike, I guess.


Thanks! (blush)


Yes, I've read and liked Deaver also. I'm sure I missed some other greats, also....and some great newcomers, too. I'll keep reading. :-)