My 'guilty pleasures' would probably be Grisham and Patterson. Quick reads, entertaining, but not to be consumed in quick succession or you'll realise how similar each new book is to its predecessor.
I'm not sure that studying e.g. English helps enjoyment of literature because you're always aware that you will have to answer questions on the book. I know that doing a History degree put me off Historical Fiction for years because of that (and because some of it is terrible).
my fave author of ALL time is Robert Goddard. He mixes thriller into real history and usually the stories span decades. he is also from the south west so some of the towns are familiar to me.
Right, I'm off. Laters.
You deserve it after a busy morning.
I too am all forummed out for a while and am going for an early lunch to recharge my batteries.
Ballini - I also like Robert Goddard a lot.
oooh - someone else has actually heard of him!!!
love em all!!
I'm a fan of Patterson too, but yes it doesn't do to read them too closely together - I find the same with Natalie Cole - you just know what is going to happen next after a couple of books.
I did Eng Lang and Lit at school and got A's for both - much to the angst of my teacher who hated me mostly cos I was probably better read than her! My Mum was a big one for reading to us when were little but didn't bother with kiddy books - oh no, we were straight into the Classics. Pride and Prejudice at 3 yro anyone? It worked though - we're all voracious readers with wide vocabs.
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