Someone asked me this week who my favorite authors were. Not a tough question, but I stumbled around a bit before coming up with a short list. I often smile when I see famous people list their favorite books or authors. Most are nothing more than a politically correct list of who the polls must say are the books and authors they should read. In modern days, it is tough for me to believe that books like, Of Mice and Men, Animal Farm, 1984, Ulysses, or Moby Dick, are anyone's favorites. (I am not saying these are bad books, only one’s that many people list as favorites because it seems like they should have read them – I have read all but Ulysses)
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Some Books are Hard to Read
I checked out Stephen Hawkins book, A Brief History of Time, at a librarian's suggestion, when it first was published and on many readers to read list, in the late 1980s. Well, I read it, or most of it, some parts, I actually understood. Yet a reported ten million copies have been sold. Who could read it? I am not a believer in statistics, but as Mark Twain once said, although he always attributed it to others, "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. Well, at this point in the post I will make up a statistic, less than ten percent of the ten million who bought it read more than a chapter or two. Of course, this statistic does not take into account all of us who checked it out at the local library and pretended to read it.
I just keep rotating books from here to the garage
Seems that reading genre fiction is not politically correct, even though millions and millions of fiction titles are sold each year.
Recently I have finished reading a couple of mysteries. The first was C.J Box’s, Endangered, and I must say, this is a fantastic read. I also finished re-reading two of Lawrence Block’s, Bernie Rohdenbaug, mysteries, both fast paced, fun and, excellent as always, from Mr. Block. I am now reading, Fort Laramie by Douglas C. McChristian, nonfiction, for research purposes, but am finding it to be a good read. I am also reading Terry C. Johnston’s Sioux Dawn.
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Here is a short list of authors I have been reading the past few years, almost all mysteries or westerns. By the way, I took this list from my Kindel, simply scrolled down and listed who I was reading.
· C.J. Box – Modern day westerns
· Craig Johnson - Longmire
· Lawrence Block – Many types of mysteries
· Richard S. Wheeler – Love his mountain man books
· Terry Johnston – Great research into his writing
· William W. Johnston ( early books) Mountain man characters are unforgettable
· Lee Child – Jack Reacher
· Elmer Kelton – Cowboys, real life stories
· Tony Hillerman – Navaho mysteries, terrific
· Louis L’Amour – how can 100 million buyers be wrong?
My list of old time authors I like to read, and still do
· James Fennimore Cooper – Leatherstocking Tales
· Author Conan Doyle – Sherlock Holmes
· Charles Dickens – My all time favorite
· Ernest Hemingway – My wife wonders how I can read his stuff
· Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn – From many years of teaching European history
There you have it! Who do you like?