What kind of books do you like to read?
Why? Provide specific examples.
I’m quite an eclectic reader, but I guess one of my big favourites would be historical fiction, especially those set during the Tudor dynasty or ancient Rome. I just adore fictional retellings of actual historic events, but these two periods fascinate me. In both cases its the way of life and political intrigue that grabs me every time.
Examples of novels I’ve loved are
- (TUDOR) Philippa Gregory – The Other Boleyn Girl /The Boleyn Inheritance / The Queen’s Fool / The Virgin’s Lover / The Constant Princess / The Other Queen
- (TUDOR) Alison Weir – The Lady Elizabeth / Innocent Traitor
- (TUDOR) Jean Plaidy – The Lady in the Tower
- (ROMAN) Simon Scarrow – the Romans series
- (ROMAN) Michelle Moran – Cleopatra’s Daughter
- (ROMAN) Robert Graves – I, Claudius
Another genre that has always grabbed me by the throat is vampires! There’s just something about vampires that gets my blood pumping and I can’t get enough of them. Some of them have been dreadful (Stephenie Meyers is number one on my hit list of authors who have ruined vampires – they SHOULD NOT SPARKLE!!!), but others have been marvellous and I keep returning to these books – they’re just so addictive!
Just a tiny handful of the vampire novels I’ve loved:
- Bram Stoker – Dracula
- J Sheridan LeFanu – Carmilla
- Charlaine Harris – the Southern Vampires series
- Darren Shan – The Saga of Darren Shan series
- Dacre Stoker – Dracula The Un-Dead
- Elizabeth Kostova – The Historian
Finally, I have to mention a newer genre that has me gagging for more – mash-ups! Whether it’s a dark re-imagining of a classic novel, or a re-written history of a public figure, they’re hilarious and wonderful reads. I’ve yet to be disappointed!
I’ve read and loved the following (and there will be more!):
- A E Moorat – Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter
- Lynn Shepherd – Murder at Mansfield Park
- Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
- Amanda Grange – Mr Darcy, Vampyre
- Adam Roberts – I Am Scrooge: A Zombie Story for Christmas
- Sherri Browning Erwin & Charlotte Bronte – Jane Slayre
- Seth Grahame-Smith – Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter