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  1. Beddytare

    Beddytare Plays the percentage
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    I read quite a lot of books and have done for some time. As said on a post Im just starting to read Lee Child and Reacher. I just wondered what were your favourite authors and who you would recommend.?
     
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    I love historical novels, particularly those by Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden, Ken Follett, C.J.Sansom, and many more. I also enjoy fantasy, Tolkien obviously, and anything by Robin Hobb. I can proudly say I read all the “Song of Ice and Fire” series by George R.R. Martin before the TV series was even hinted at!
    Every so often I feel compelled to reboot with a dip into the classics: Austen, the Brontes, Dickens and so on.

    Edit: I’ve read all the Reacher books too!
     
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    One of the books I have recently read was the Tattooist of Auschwitz apparently a true story. A very compelling book and a good read........
     
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    Margaret Atwood is up there for me. If it’s a good detective series, I enjoy Tana French’s stuff. Always get a dark giggle from the likes of Irvine Welsh and John Niven too.
     
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    Also love most of what Markus Zusak has done as well.
     
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    Tough choice, but I'll plum(p) for P G Wodehouse.
     
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    Arnaldur Indridason, Steig Larsson, Henning Mankell, William L. Shirer, Jane Harper, Adrian McKinty ..... all well worth reading.
     
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    Phillip K Dick
     
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    R L Stine
     
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    Just finished a batch of LJ Ross a northern England writer
     
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    The Book Thief is up there in my favourite books
     
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    DCI Ryan.......really fun to read.

    You should read the Adrian Mckinty books......funny as hell.
     
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    I love a good book. Not sure we should have a stickied thread on it though, or even it’s own thread. .

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    Michael Connolly
    Lee Childs is good beach reading but not too challenging.
    gabriel garcia marquez
    Ken Follett
    Robert Harris
    David Baldacci
    Kathy Reichs
     
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    Always loved Stephen King from the moment I read Carrie (before the film) so have all of his. Cornwell’s historical novels are great, especially the Uhtred series, Gerald Seymour, some of Follett, Tolkien (of course), Peter James and anything by Bill Bryson.
    I used to love Dean Koontz as his early books were really good and had twists, but now he’s too predictable. Similarly, early Wilbur Smith books on Southern Africa were eye-opening, but his latest not so good.
    I love biographies and books on modern music and anything to do with flying (especially old planes!) such as James Holland, Robert Radcliffe and David Fiddimore.
    Discovered books by Alex Scarrow (Last Light and Afterlight) which I enjoyed but unsure if he’s done any more. Of course the Stieg Larsson trilogy were amazing, but unsure about the later ones done by Lagercrantz. Just reading one now and remain unconvinced ......
     
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    Spiders Web?
     
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    Rev Wilbert Awdry. Loved his Thomas books growing up as a kid. All the Britt Alcroft stuff that was written after his was not the same too many new characters and too commercialised
     
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    that’s the one, yes.
     
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    David Baldacci (36 on my kindle)
    Russell Blake (48)
    Lee Child (32 - some are short stories)
    LJ Ross (15)
    A passing mention for Angela Marsons (11) and L J Sellers (19) both detective stories and Duncan Falconer (9) SBS and secret missions.

    I love my kindle and the ability to carry hundreds of books with me whenever I go on holiday.

    I used to read all the Stephen King, Dean Koontz and James Herbert (had all of his in hard back) but went away from the horror genre to thrillers as I aged.
     
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    I think King gets a bad rap as a “horror” author. Yes, his early ones were of that genre, but his later ones (11.22.63, Mr Mercedes, Sleeping Beauties ....) are much more than that and more interesting perspectives on life. I still think “The Stand” is one of THE great novels of the 20th century. I’ve read it countless times and still return to it)
     
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