#ThirstyThursday is a new installment where I sit down with a cup of coffee and talk all things books! Feel free to leave comments on what you would like to see here as well.
It’s fitting to do these on Thursday since that’s when I work at the library and therefore most likely to find new books and get new books. But today I’m going to make this about me and my relationship with books.
I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember. The first book I remember reading, not including Junie B. Jones, was an Edgar Allan Poe collections book. I was probably 9 or 10 and reading Annabel Lee. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that I grew up to read mystery and thriller books then.
I spent a few years with strictly young adult. Books like Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, any Ellen Hopkins, and Chronicles of Narnia were devoured by me. I read YA and middle school books until my senior year of high school when the school’s librarian put a Linda Castillo book in my hands. I haven’t looked back.
I now thank the Kate Burkholder series for bringing me into this genre and first teaching me that it’s totally possible to have a badass female protagonist. After Linda Castillo, I delved into Erica Spindler, Dean Koontz, and finally Stephanie Evanovich was introduced through a friend of mine.
Stephanie Plum is one of my favorite characters I’ve met and love the series to death. After Evanovich, came Gillian Flynn. What can I say about Flynn? Other than WRITE MORE BOOKS, RIGHT NOW. After Flynn came Michael Connelly, introduced to me by my boyfriend’s mom. Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller are awesome characters. Connelly stands out to me because many of his books interlace two characters from different series’ together.
After Connelly came Sue Grafton. Sue Grafton was introduced to me through the same friend that introduced me to Evanovich. She actually said “I didn’t really like that series because it’s set in the 80s” and the next time I saw one the books, I picked it up. I ended up loving it and am now working through the rest of the series in order.
After Grafton came James Patterson. Patterson actually made an appearance in my life earlier when I read the Maximum Ride books, but I didn’t pick up another one until years later. I’ve now read 16 Patterson books and don’t see me stopping any time soon. I’m secretly hoping that he’ll pull a Connelly and bring two of his main characters from separate series’ together for at least a book. (IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK FOR??)
I’ve read some other authors like Donna Andrews, Jackie Collins, and Patricia Cornwell. I have books sitting on my shelves from authors I have yet to read, like David Baldacci and Karin Slaughter. Mystery/crime is my go to genre, but I do love a good YA every now and again still. Last year I read all of John Green’s books and loved most of them.
Which authors do you like? Which genre do you like or don’t like? Leave me comments on what you’d like to see next week!