Thanks to the wonder of Corrente Mail, I was having a conversation with Hipparchia earlier this evening.
As part of a long exchange, I said this: ~I have bought just about everything I need except shoes, socks and underwear at VV (local thrift store chain) over the past 20 years, and if not for that I would be in a load of debt for the necessities- I mean household items, books and clothing. ~
Hipp said: (I hope you don't mind being quoted w/o permission, Hipp) ~and yes, books ARE a necessity!~
That got me thinking about what kind of books I read. Or more specifically, what novels I read. I have a preference for detective/ mystery fiction. Then again, if I had to name a single favorite author, it would be Jane Austen.
Among my list of favorite writers in the detective genre, John D. MacDonald is in the top six. A little ping of delight went off in my head when Lambert quoted him here , referring to Eric Schneiderman.
~“I tried to like you, boy, and I just couldn't work it out.” --John D. MacDonald, Bright Orange for the Shroud~
Lambert comes up with some great quotes, mostly for his D and counting series. I'd like to know how he does it. And, Lambert, please tell me you are a reader of John D. MacDonald (lol).
But, that's not the point of this post, although the quote gave me a cosmic shove. That, plus I've been clearing out my novels, deciding which are keepers, and which go to the thrift store.
So, all, I am really interested to know- considering "low brow" ;) novels only, what is your favorite genre and within that, who are your favorite writers? And, among the "classics" (fiction), what is your "best book" or your "best author"? And, of course re: the above, "why?"