January and February books from my "authors I have avoided" list

In my last blog post I made a list of authors that I have avoided or just never got around to reading.  I decided that I was going to read a book by one of these authors each month and then report my thoughts on the books.

For January, I chose James Patterson.  I might have read ONE James Patterson several years ago but for the most part I have avoided him like the plague.  How does one man produce so many books?  Are they good?  That’s what I was about to find out.  I chose to read the first book of one of his newer series, Private.  The main character, a former CIA agent turned Private Investigator, named Jack Morgan. His brother and father are shady characters, his friends are a mess.  A decent detective type story but character development was lacking. I would rather read Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz.

For February, I had to read a Danielle Steele book.  I admit I might have read one of her books 30+ years ago but it’s sappy, unbelievable romance did not impress me.  I don’t do romance novels – you know the bodice ripper type with the bare chested, long haired, muscle bound hero and the damsel in distress on the cover. I believe these books contribute greatly to the divorce rate due to the incredibly, impossible “romance” in them.  I took a lot of time to determine which of Ms. Steele’s books I would read.  I wanted something that told a good story that wasn’t full rich people in their mansions or on their yachts.  I wanted a “realistic” tale. I chose Granny Dan, which tells the story of Danina, a woman who, at the age of 7, was sent to ballet school in Russia in 1902 and became a very famous prima ballerina.  Her dancing wins the admiration and patronage of the Czar and Czarina.  It was a great story and I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

So…I’ve made it through my first two “avoided” authors.  Next month…Robert Galbraith.

Thanks for reading.

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kharriott

My husband, Mike, and I moved from NJ to Southwest Florida in September 2006. I currently work at the Punta Gorda Library and fill my free time with crafts, reading and my experiments in the kitchen. Our fur kids, Buddy the dog and Nibbles (aka Brutus) the cat, keep us entertained all day.

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