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Choosing a Good Book: A Useful Guide for the Avid Reader

Updated on June 7, 2016

Choosing a Genre

What Interests You?


If you’re in the mood for a good love story, I would recommend checking out the following authors:

  • Julia Quinn: Her books are mostly “romantic comedies” that take place in the English ton in the 1800’s.
  • Danielle Steele: A box of tissue is a must while reading her stories about women overcoming hardships and finding love in the process.
  • Johanna Lindsey: Looking for a lusty love story?
  • Janet Evanovich: Her early romance books are laugh-out-loud funny!

Mystery and Suspense

Looking for a good “who-done-it” that will keep you at the edge of your seat?

  • Mary Higgins Clark: Her stories will suck you right in, and you won’t be able to put her books down!
  • Catherine Coulter: Her stories usually involve the FBI and are full of unexpectly plot twists.
  • Robin Cook: The master of the medical thriller, he’ll keep you mesmerized as the pages keep turning!
  • Janet Evanovich: Her Stephanie Plum series will keep you guessing—while her outrageous sense of humor will keep you entertained from cover to cover.


Looking for a good scare? Then there’s really only one solution: Stephen King. Accept no substitute.

  • Night Shift: This collection os short stories includes “Children of the Corn,” “Trucks,” and “I am the Doorway”-- just to name a few!
  • The Dark Half: What if your evil pen name/alter-ego were to come to life?
  • Dolores Claiborne: A woman tells her life story to the police after she is accused of murdering her husband and employer.
  • Misery: What happens when fans become overly obsessive…


Looking to escape reality? Visit other fantastical worlds in the following:

  • J. R. R. Tolkein: The Trilogy of the Rings and the prelude to the series,The Hobbit, are absolute masterpieces. You’ll fall in love with the characters.
  • Sara Douglass: The Wayfarer Redemption series tackles prejudice behavior and attitudes when three very different people must unite to save their land from a common enemy.


Go Lose Yourself in a Book!

  • Now that you have selected your book, you can escape into the stories the writers have created for you.
  • Have fun!

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    • Reprieve26 profile imageAUTHOR

      HS Contino 

      8 years ago from Oregon Coast

      b. Malin-- I agree completely! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. :)

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      b. Malin 

      8 years ago

      I simply Love reading, it's relaxing while taking you away on a new Journey for the mind. Very Interesting and Informative Hub, Reprieve. Thanks for Sharing your thoughts.

    • Reprieve26 profile imageAUTHOR

      HS Contino 

      8 years ago from Oregon Coast

      I'm pretty much the same way-- I'll just browse the library until somethng catches my interest. Yeah, the list of authors made me chuckle too. I composed this list several years ago-- so my taste in books has changed a lot since then. It's sort-of a freeze frame of what I was interested in at the time. :)

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      Brenda Barnes 

      8 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I don't have a genre, I read anything. Fiction, nonfiction, history, anything. I really don't care for several of the authors mentioned above but we all have our own opinions. Thanks for a Hub that makes me want to read. lol

    • Reprieve26 profile imageAUTHOR

      HS Contino 

      8 years ago from Oregon Coast

      Okay, the story behind this hub:

      I came across this file while cleaning out some old school files recently. I originally wrote this for a class on Microsoft PowerPoint. The information was written for individual slides in a slideshow presentation. Of course, for the class, there were more photos, animations, slide transitions, etc to show my mastery of the program.

      I thought it would be fun to share this hub because it's been at least 10 years since I wrote the information for the slides. I find it interesting to see what authors I was reading back then and how my taste in literature has changed over the years. :)


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