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Worthwhile Books To Read In Your Free Time

Updated on September 3, 2014

Since I have yet to master the art of talking about a book without giving a play by play description of it, this hub will mainly consist of VERY general descriptions of some of the books I want to share, all of which can be bought on Amazon.

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Murder Mystery

If you are interested in murder, mystery, intrigue, suspense, or anything else that might fall along those lines, James Patterson is the go to guy for the job. Some of his best selling works include the Alex Cross series and the Women's Murder Club. The latter is certainly geared more towards the female audience, but just reading the first few books had me hooked just as easily as Alex Cross did.

Readers be warned, Patterson pulls no punches and the descriptions of the murder scenes range from CSI "gross" to things straight out of your worst nightmares. There are no boundaries Patterson is unwilling to cross, which oddly enough is one of the main attractions to his novels.

The same can also be applied to the sex scenes. Some might make you go "oh", others might make you go "oh!", while most might just make you put down the book in order to cool off a bit.

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Action, Adventure, and Fantasy

It all really depends on what catches your fancy. If it is simply action and adventure you are looking for, there is a series called The Ranger's Apprentice by John Flannagan that is certainly worth checking out. It takes place during medievalish times and mainly revolves around cloak and dagger stuff rather than full out action, although it does not lack much of that at times.

If you want some fantasy thrown into the mix (magic, mythical creatures, etc) then I simply cannot recommend the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini fast enough. It was one of the first series I started reading (along with Artemis Fowl and Bartimaeus) in 4th grade and is pretty much one of the primary reasons I began to love reading things on my own rather than have school pick specific books for me. The main focus of the Inheritance Cycle is the reappearance of Dragons and Dragon Riders, whom of which have the power to save the world or continue its path towards chaos and destruction.

Another series I would absolutely recommend is The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. It has just about every mythical creatures you can think of (vampires, werewolves, ghosts, arch angels, killer fairy gods, etc.), along with an incredibly witty and sarcastic wizard to boot. It is quite honestly one of the funnier series of books I have read in that regard. Also by the same author is a series called Codex Alera. Basically, if you like Avatar: The Last Airbender and/or The Legend of Korra, you should definitely like Codex Alera.

Historical Fiction

I had no idea this genre of books existed in my early stages of expanded reading, but now in retrospect it makes perfect sense since I have played plenty of games that fall along those same lines.

If you are a history buff but like small or completely outrageous twists thrown into the mix, Bernard Cornwell is your go to guy. I have only read two series by him, The Grail Quest and The Arthur Books, and although I could care less about history in most cases these two series definitely made me want to go Google a few things.

The Grail Quest, as you might have already guessed, has to do with the Holy Grail. In most cases regarding the Holy Grail, it is a magical object that grants immortality or great fortune until the end of days etc etc, but in the Grail Quest it is a little more symbolic. It is believed to have mystical powers, but in reality the search and ownership of it is just to garner followers in an attempt to wage war and such against this person and that. In all honesty, that was a very poor description of what the series is about, but I still recommend giving it a try if it sounds even remotely interesting.

The Arthur Books has to do with, obviously, King Arthur. I vaguely remember the series, but I don't think it follows the traditional stories of Arthur, although Merlin and Excalibur still play a large enough role. The series as a whole revolves around a Saxon child who eventually grew into an outstanding warrior and close friend to Arthur himself. Certainly worth giving the first book a chance, this series has quite a bit to do with pagan gods and magic, although their influences are less subtle than something such as Harry Potter.

This does not have to do with historical fiction, but there is a series that has a lot to do with The Holy Grail, Merlin, King Arthur, and his knights in modern day times. The first book, out of three, in the series is called The Forever King by Molly Cochran. Very interesting to read and this in fact does have to do with a lot of magic.

That's About It!

I covered the three main genre's I usually tend to read. If I went into detail about each and every book I have read in these genres, this hub would be at least a dozen pages long minimum.

I have a personal list of books that I can remember reading in the past which spans three pages (with no spaces), and probably encompasses well over 100 individual books . I constantly add to it whenever I finish a new book as well. My goal is to someday own all of those books, whether it be on Amazon's Kindle App or physical copies, although it seems owning them digitally will be the better route to go.

If you have any questions regarding a good book to read, comments are always welcomed.

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      Austinstar 2 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Love James Patterson. I read a ton of murder mystery books as I always wanted to be a homicide detective. Some of my favorite authors are Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Lee Child, JoAnn Basset, James Rollins, Clive Cussler, Douglas E. Richards and many, many more. I will read most anything in any genre except 'romance' which is a formula repeated over and over.

      I have every Lee Child book in the Jack Reacher series in hardback. One is even signed by the author. He just released the latest one on 9/2/14, which I will buy on my next shopping trip. I've read all of those books at least twice each!

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      LoisRyan13903 2 years ago from Upstate NY originally from Long Island

      Nice Hub. For historical fiction I would suggest Fall of Giants by Ken Follet. It is the first book of a trilogy (I think it is called The Century's Trilogy) The second book is Winter of the World which is also great.

      For fantasy divergent

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      Link10103 2 years ago

      Austin

      The only thing Jack Reacher related I have indulged in is the movie with Tom Cruise. I bookmarked one of books in the series in order to remind myself to try them out. If it is anything like Alex Cross or Splinter Cell by Tom Clancy, I can't imagine not liking it.

      Lois

      I had heard that the books following Divergent aren't as great if not outright terrible compared to the first. Trying to hold off on reading it right now.

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      Austinstar 2 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Jack Reacher is ex military police. He solves crimes by using his head or by brute force. Tom Cruise in that movie was maybe a sip of the fine wine that is Reacher. Child writes in a compelling way.

      I just picked up the latest one to come out, "Personal". Reacher is the target of a master sniper because he once busted the sniper for murder. So far, so good.

      But by far, the best book of the series is "The Killing Floor" which was Child's first book and probably the best of all. I think there are 22 books now. I also recommend "Trip Wire". It doesn't matter which order you read the books in though.

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      LoisRyan13903 2 years ago from Upstate NY originally from Long Island

      I just started Insurgent and it seems fine. But like in The Hunger Games the first book was the best of the three and barely got through Mocking Jay. And there is The Left Behind series by Tim LeHaye. I love all the books I have read. However, if you are not a Christian you may not like them.

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      Motown2Chitown 2 years ago

      Link, thanks for giving me some ideas of where to go next! I've only read a couple from James Patterson, but I very much enjoyed them. Historical fiction is my go-to usually, but I'm also beginning a love affair with fantasy. If you or Austin haven't already, you might want to check out Jeffrey Deaver. He wrote The Bone Collector, which was made into a feature film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. It was excellent, but still didn't do the book justice. Give him a try!

      Again, thanks for the ideas. Hope to see more from you.

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