Last spring I discovered Janet Evanovich's One for the Money series. They are HILARIOUS! I breezed through all 12 of them in a little over a month. I also got a few girlfriends hooked and we've shared the books.
For a gritty thriller/mystery try Alone by Lisa Gardner. I also really enjoyed Devil in the White City. Caleb Carr writes great historical mysteries, too. The one I recall most is called The Alienist. The Secret Life of Bees is one of my favorites I've read in recent years.
As a middle school librarian, I read alot of the books that students read. They are amazed that I am able to discuss the books with them, and for the most part, read my suggestions.
Some of the books that I have enjoyed and I think most of you would enjoy include
The Artemis Fowl series by Colin
Charlie Bone series by Nimmo (similar yet different than Harry Potter)
Fire-Us Trilogy by Armstron
The Lost Years of Merlin series by Barron
Shadow Children series by Haddis
Alex Rider series by Horowitz
Even though these are not adult books, I have thoroughly enjoyed all of them. If you teach in middle school or upper elementary, your students would be encouraged to read more by just knowing that you are reading their books.
I just finished a whole series of books by Diana Gabaldon. The first one in the series is call "Outlander." There are about six books in the series so far. The way it all starts is that a former WWI army nurse named Claire walks into a stone circle in England and is transported back to the 1700's in Scotland. She is already married in her own time but when she travels back she meets a man named Jamie Fraser and marries him. Throughout the series she comes back to her own time once, then travels back to the 1700's again to find Jamie. Later in the series the story moves to America and the Revolutionary War...it is really good historical fiction.
Thanks for all of the suggestions. I needed a new book! I actually finished all of the Stephanie Plum books, which by the way are quite funny and I think its being made into a movie. I also read The Devil Wears Prada and Everyone Worth Knowing. Thanks again for the recommendations!
To toss in some different ideas, I really enjoy Patricia Cornwell (main character is a medical examiner) and Kathy Reichs (main character is a forensic anthropologist) as well as Kay Hooper (different main characters part of a FBI unit).
I HAVE BEEN A DIANA GABALDON FAN FOR YEARS! I always recommend this series if you like historical romances. It is not like the books you find in the romance section of the book store but will not disappoint if that is your favorite genre! I bought A Breath of Snow and Ashes from Amazon for Christmas and haven't started it yet, but am really looking forward to catching up on Clair and Jamie's world.
I like 32 third Graders and One Class Bunny too. I think I got it really cheaply from Scholastic warehouse sale.
I also read a lot of kid lit to stay abreast of what's out there and enjoyed Julie of the Wolves and the sequel Julie by Jean Craighead George. I LOVE those books and hope to read the 3rd book in the series one of these days.
Do you have a Dollar Tree in your city? It's a store where everything is $1. I purchased a few books from them over the past few years that did not disappoint: Cause Celeb by the same author as Bridget Jones's Diary was a great dollar read. Liz Smith the New York gossip columnist's memoir Natural Blonde was there not too long ago, and it was good too, especially for $1. Right now, Paige Davis's memoir Paige by Paige is available at my Dollar Tree and it's a good book to pick and put down at random.
Books I've enjoyed:
- 'Tis and Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
- She's Come Undone - Wally Lamb
- The da Vinci Code (controversial yet interesting)
- The Nanny Diaries (can't remember the author) - a very entertaining book about nutty parents
Right now I'm reading Beloved by Toni Morrison. I haven't gotten very far into it, but it's pretty good so far.