Who are your guilty pleasures writers?

(76 Posts)
mixedmamameansbusiness Tue 28-Aug-12 19:25:01

Not that I am particularly high brow in my readig, it spans huge swathes of themes, writers and periods, however some is hard going and sometimes when I just want a break I read,

Catherine Cookson
Agatha Christie

but, mostly Catherine Cookson and I am building up a collection. I can't walk past a 20p Cookson and not buy it.

Who are the authors you read when you want to just have a quick read?

jeee Tue 28-Aug-12 19:27:46

The Chalet School - I read them when I'm ill, stressed, tired.... and when I'm well and happy.

It's always reassuring to find out that Jo is still a real Chalet School girl.

dearprudence Tue 28-Aug-12 19:30:25

Jilly Cooper.

mixedmamameansbusiness Tue 28-Aug-12 19:33:33

Not heard of The Chalet School. Will have to look that up.

elspethmcgillicuddy Tue 28-Aug-12 20:17:03

Enid Blyton
Anything set in a boarding school. I even read the new updated mallory towers and st clare's books. although I had to buy them on amazon because I was too embarrassed to buy them in a shop

iklboo Tue 28-Aug-12 20:24:15

Captain Underpants blush

Maryz Tue 28-Aug-12 20:24:40

just pretend you have a teenager elspeth


I like Georgette Heyer, lots of teenagery books, and go back to re-read some chicklit like Marian Keyes.

My mum gave away all my chalet school books sad. I would love to re-read them.

PrincessOfChina Tue 28-Aug-12 20:49:59

I'm mad for Chalet School again at the moment. I also zoom through a Sweet Valley.

For something slightly more grown up, I re-read a Maeve Binchy.

GetOrfMoiCuntCake Tue 28-Aug-12 20:52:35

Penny Vincenzi.
Joanna Trolloppe

mixedmamameansbusiness Tue 28-Aug-12 20:55:10

Haha at Sweet Valley. I remember taking them out of the library.

5Foot5 Tue 28-Aug-12 20:56:04

"I even read the new updated mallory towers and st clare's books. "

Tell me more.

Oh and Katie Fforde and Trisha Ashley

BurlingtonBertieFromBow Tue 28-Aug-12 20:57:16

Jilly Cooper
Caroline Graham (Midsomer Murders, esp The Killings At Badgers Drift)
Elizabeth George (Inspector Lynley mysteries)
P G Wodehouse

scottishmummy Tue 28-Aug-12 21:08:25

I love Cecelia aherne, and shopaholic author

BurlingtonBertieFromBow Tue 28-Aug-12 21:10:31

Oh yes Sophie Kinsella. Although I'm going off Becky Bloomwood now, as she is starting to seem like a pathological liar, and now just relies on her husband's massive bank balance to bail her out of any problems she has...

scottishmummy Tue 28-Aug-12 21:13:09

that's the name
love shopaholic books

KikkiK Tue 28-Aug-12 21:14:03

Mine's Lyn Andrews. I love a good Liverpool wartime romance!

hugoagogo Tue 28-Aug-12 21:18:09

Julia Quinn-Her regency romances are so addictive, but are so unconvincing in their period detail (not to mention pre-marital sex!) and even the British detail is all wrong as Quinn is American and keeps mentioning city blocks and other things that make a huge CLUNK noise when I read, I still can't keep reading them. blush

DuchessofMalfi Tue 28-Aug-12 21:55:16

Katie Fforde and Janet Evanovich smile

Quite enjoy Lauren Willig books - a bit silly, but entertaining.

Also find P.G Wodehouse, Patricia Cornwell and Sophie Kinsella nice light reading.

YouBrokeMySmoulder Tue 28-Aug-12 22:08:06

Anita Shreve or James Lee Burke, very different but they do the job for me.

SrirachaGirl Tue 28-Aug-12 22:10:21

VC Andrews blush.

HabitsofaLifetime Tue 28-Aug-12 22:16:46

I loved sweet valley books as a teenager!
My guilty pleasure book as an adult is Martina cole, most of her stories are similar, same kind of background story etc but once I start reading I can't put them down

Trixidoll Tue 28-Aug-12 22:37:50

Tasmima Perry - fantastic easy reading

Trixidoll Tue 28-Aug-12 22:38:32


Sue Grafton's alphabet series. LOVE them.

LadyPeterWimsey Tue 28-Aug-12 22:43:56

Lee Child. blush

My other name should be MrsJackReacher.

smugmumofboys Tue 28-Aug-12 22:49:53

Another secret Katie Fforde fan here.

Tosh, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Maryz Tue 28-Aug-12 22:54:05

I'm trying to keep dd away from Sophie Kinsella. I don't think much of the shopaholic books as reading matter for 16 year olds with shopaholic tendencies and broke parents.

I am making a list of all these.

I suspect I may visit the teenager section of the library next week - I will bring dd's card to save any embarrassment.

scottishmummy Tue 28-Aug-12 23:00:59

I even liked the shopaholic movie

MrsRobertDuvallHasRosacea Tue 28-Aug-12 23:05:52

The Botswana books .....although I'm getting a bit tired of them.

RoxyRobin Tue 28-Aug-12 23:13:00

Georgette Heyer - so far so acceptable.

But also the truly dreadful 'Agatha Raisin' books by M C Beaton (hidden in a box under my bed because I'm so ashamed).

MerrilyWatkins Tue 28-Aug-12 23:45:05

Jeffrey Archer - shhhh.

I win!

mixedmamameansbusiness Wed 29-Aug-12 08:11:25

Merrilly - you do win I think. I think I might start reading some more murder mysteries. I do enjoy a good detective drama.

I do have a friend who never reads anything past 1900 - and Martina Cole!

5Foot5 Wed 29-Aug-12 12:54:34

"But also the truly dreadful 'Agatha Raisin' books by M C Beaton (hidden in a box under my bed because I'm so ashamed). "

OK I will own up to a fair bit of Agatha Raisin but I usually borrow them from the library if I am at a loose end.

elspethmcgillicuddy Wed 29-Aug-12 20:03:51

Ooohh! I love Agatha Raisin too... My favourite is the Penelope Keith radio adaptation though.

I can't believe you haven't discovered the new mallory towers and st clare's!! You're in for a treat! They were commissioned a few years ago. An author called Pamela Cox wrote several St Clare's books so that the series was completed as originally intended by Enid Blyton with one book per term. She also wrote a series that mirrors Mallory Towers but is based around Felicity's time there.

I'm afraid I can't link to them as I don't know how am on my phone but they are available on amazon... Never occurred to me to pretend I have a teenager in a real life shop! Next time!!

They are utter rubbish and not as well written. Totally formulaic but for me that is part of the escapist charm!

RoxyRobin Wed 29-Aug-12 20:21:51

I'd feel even more guilty if I did that - the library staff would witness my shame!

I remember out of interest watching Catherine Cookson's 'The Cinder Path' on the telly because the house Catherine Zeta Jones' character lived in was just up the road from us. DH (usual reading fodder Lee Child), his interest piqued - possibly by CZ-J - asked me to get the book out of the library for him but I refused point-blank. I've got a reputation to maintain at that library.

busyboysmum Wed 29-Aug-12 20:24:44

I love Lee Child - Jack Reacher books and JD Robb the In Death Series.

Also just read all the Sookie Stackhouse books, rubbish but great.

I also read all my kids books so just polished off the Skullduggery Pleasant books this last few days on my kindle!

Hmmm must get back to reading something decent soon!

QueenofPlaids Wed 29-Aug-12 20:32:00

Pretty much anything involving vampires or werewolves. Used to be Laurell K Hamilton until she went from being 'entertaining rubbish' to just rubbish.

Keri Arthur
Charlaine Harris
Kim Harrison
Patricia Briggs
Jim Butcher (but The Dresden Files area actually good, so less guilty)
Kelly Armstrong

Also Janet Evanovich even though all her plot & characters never move on

dylsmimi Wed 29-Aug-12 20:32:27

At the minute charlaine Harris - all the.sookie stackhouse (true blood) books. They are so easy to read you barely need to think! I'm on no. 6 already!
I also got annoyed with Becky bloomwood in the shopaholic books especially the sister one.it was just ridiculous but her other books are ok and easy read like remember me and can you keep a secret?

LucyEyelesbarrow Wed 29-Aug-12 21:14:57

I am so relieved that other people have read Agatha Raisin. I have read them all and really quite enjoy them but am embarrassed by it: they are dreadfully written with so many continuity errors. But I find Agatha's world strangely comforting.

Agatha Christie
Jilly Cooper
The Trebizon books

I'll have to look for the new Mallory Towers and St Clares books.

I'm looking forward to reading the Angela Brazil school stories I've just downloaded onto my kindle; I've always meant to try her and some of her books are free on kindle store.

elspethmcgillicuddy Wed 29-Aug-12 22:33:04

Wow! I've never heard of Angela Brazil! A whole new school series! And free! That's my weekend sorted!

I told you that Lucy Eyelesbarrow was superhumanly efficient grin

Maryz Wed 29-Aug-12 22:55:42

For those of you who like teenage books, can I recommend the City of Bones series by Cassandra Clare and the Vampire Academy books.

They are seriously crap erm, teenagery.

CrystalQueen Wed 29-Aug-12 23:03:08

Another Charlaine Harris fan here (getting me through tedious waiting for jury duty time)
Sue Grafton Alphabet series
JD Robb In Death series

Kindles rock for reading shite on

I've just been reading Enid Blyton's The Naughtiest Girl in the School to the DCs and tonight I realised that I had carried on reading for 2 more chapters after they'd strolled off and gone to bed, so the Mallory Towers box set that I have stashed away as a Christmas present is coming out next.

KikkiK Thu 30-Aug-12 00:03:37

Thanks to this thread I have just discovered that all the Trebizon books are on Kindle, and only a couple of quid each. smile Shame I've got an essay to start finish before I can read them. It's like being a teenager again!

Galaxymum Thu 30-Aug-12 05:18:47

Reading Holly Webb's books to my 6 year old at bedtime has become a true guilty pleasure! I am positively encouraging her to choose each new one more for my sake than hers I think!

I also have loved Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series. Also guilty pleasure in the 90s Aga sagas! I have found those village affairs very comforting by Joanna Trolloppe. Maeve Binchy is a fantastic comfort storyteller too.

Other guilty pleasure are the teen paranormal books. Witches, vampires, demons (but I don't do werewolves)

LadyBeagleEyes Thu 30-Aug-12 11:22:22

Nora Roberts, particulary the stand alone ones.
The series ones (and there's mullions of them) are not quite so good.

I am a huge Nora Roberts fan, LadyBeagleEyes. I have pretty much everything she has written, apart from the mills and boon stuff

I'm also a chalet school fan, and have the whole set, plus some of the fanfic - though I prefer the later books, when Jo is grown up, to the earlier ones.

My other guilty pleasures include some of the authors mentioned here - Katie Fforde, Trisha Ashley and Maeve Binchy - plus many others (I think, as far as reading goes, at the moment, I am a bit of a junk food addict) - so we have Rebecca Shaw (particularly the Turnham Malpas series), Debbie McComber, Gil Knight, Jill Mansell, Elizabeth Elgin, Patricia Scanlan, Zoe Barnes and Annie Sanders - and I'm sure that's not all.

SusanneLinder Thu 30-Aug-12 13:11:45

I love Jeffery Archer too blush. Also Sidney Sheldon , Val McDermid and Agatha Christie.

And of course Enid Blyton. The new Malory Towers books are just fab, carries on with Felicity, and finishes of the previous stories of Malory Towers wink.Shant tell you anymore in case you read them.

The St Clare's ones are good too.Highly recommend Kitty at St Clare's which is set just before Claudine at St Clare's and I absolutely pmsled.Kitty is a very naughty girl.

For those too embarrassed to buy, you can get Kindle versions of the Mallory Towers ones.

5Foot5 Thu 30-Aug-12 16:57:26

Found the new Pamela Cox Malory Towers books on Amazon and ordered all six!


5Foot5 Thu 30-Aug-12 16:58:30

Agatha raisin - I was in the library today and taken out an Agatha Raisin Companion. I think it is meant to be her back story, extra info and so on. Don't know if it will be any good.

5Foot5 Thu 30-Aug-12 17:00:16

SDTGisanEvilWolefGenius Finally someone else who admits to Trisha Ashley!

Which have you read? My fave is one of her earliest "Good Husband Material" nut I think I have read almost all of hers by now

RoxyRobin Thu 30-Aug-12 17:00:47

You will be able to choose her as your specialist subject when you're on Mastermind.

Another Katie FForde fan. Every story is the same but they are so undemanding I love them!

Also like Jeffrey Archer - sorry blush

Selky Thu 30-Aug-12 20:14:19

Georgette Heyer
MC Beaton - Agatha Raisin/Hamish MacBeth
Charlaine Harris - Aurora Teagarden/ Sookie Stackhouse/ Shakespears champion etc
LM Montgomery - Anne of Green Gables etc
Jane Duncan - "My Friend ---" books

mrsmillsfanclub Thu 30-Aug-12 21:45:46

Miss Read. Whenever I have a lot of worry or am feeling low I read her books in bed and always sleep well afterwards. They describe a gentle, innocent way of life that is hard to find in other books.

MegBusset Thu 30-Aug-12 21:49:27

Dragonlance blush

Oh yes, just remembered, James Herriott. Another gentle reminder of how life used to be not that I've ever put my hand up a cow's arse.

The Katy books, all five of them, and Malory Towers, and the Barney books. I never liked St Clare's as much, or Trebizon somehow. The first two Chalet Books, the rest I can take or leave, but I do like the first two.
Adult books, it has to be Shelly Laurenston (sp?) - she writes paranormal romance or shapeshifter porn and they are very explicit, but also have a great story line and are funny, and the characters are "real" - you care what happens to them and want to know what happens next. I discovered her by chance on the Kindle and now I actually pay full price for her new stuff as it comes out, I like her that much grin (except the new one that I have been waiting ages for, that is there today and is only half by her sad that pissed me off because I've never heard of whoever wrote the other story)
I can read some of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series over and over again too - I can never remember which one is which cos the titles are all very similar, as are the covers, so I call them by the main characters. "Bride and Vane" "Zarek and thingy" and "Tabitha and Valerius" are my favourites, I practically know them by heart blush

OO meg do you cry at "Look Raist, bunnies" ? I do, every single time. I can't help it blush I don't even have to read all the rest of the series to get there, just that last bit gets to me.
It's like On the Beach, I well up about half way through, and by the end am bawling and howling like a baby (in a good way when I'm in the mood for a good weep) it is just so sad...

epeesarepointythings Thu 30-Aug-12 22:35:09

I like Fiona Walker, kind of Jilly Cooper but with not so many horses.

Also Kresley Cole, which is basically supernatural porn, and the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

I've read all of Sherrilyn Kenyon and have actually read Acheron twice because it is really rather bloody good (but the rest is very forgettable). I've given up on Christine Feehan though, too much metaphysical shit and not enough vampire sex.

I also get the Mills and Boon Modern out of the library for bathtime reading (haven't dropped one in yet but will happily pay for a replacement when it happens)

So glad I'm not the only one happily indulging in crap books.

mumtomoley Thu 30-Aug-12 22:44:38

Loved Sweet Valley books, Trebizon and Mallory towers <sigh>

Notice someone else mentioned Kelley Armstrong. They are secretly my favourite books...I am sad enough to pre-order them.

ILoveOnionRings Thu 30-Aug-12 22:55:01

Another MC Beaton secret fan here (I have over 30 on my kindle in their own folder) too embarrased to show the kindle to anyone as there they are on the opening menu page. I just find them comforting blush

mixedmamameansbusiness Fri 31-Aug-12 12:11:26

Mills and Boon - brilliant. I used to read those as a teenager. I might have to borrow a few.

I have created an extensive Agatha Christie/Cookson/Conan Doyle list of all of their books to collect and read.

Am I sad - yes probably.

Am I overjoyed at the prospect of collecting the book - absolutely!!

SweetFannyCraddock Fri 31-Aug-12 12:40:33

Lace, louise bagshawe, jane green... I take a lot of meds so its good to read lite

epeesarepointythings Fri 31-Aug-12 15:52:31

mixedmama the Modern ones are proper raunchy too...

yy to Louise Bagshawe, Lace, also Tasmina Perry and Rebecca Chance.

elspethmcgillicuddy Fri 31-Aug-12 20:04:13

Just thought of another one for all the Malory towers fans... The maggie Adair series by Jane Beaton is awesome! It is set in a school very much ripped off from like Malory towers but is about the teachers' daily struggles and romances etc. They are fab! I've been waiting -- not so-- patiently for the third one for two years now and I'm beginning to consider emailing the publisher to tell them to hurry the hell up. grin

Oldyellow Fri 31-Aug-12 22:24:34

Selky, I didn't think anyone else remembered the 'My Friend....' books. I would love to see them reprinted - some of them are pretty expensive used.

Selky Sat 01-Sep-12 08:37:28

Oldyellow, my granny was a Jane Duncan stalwart so she had most of them. Haven't seen them in a library for years!

epeesarepointythings Sat 01-Sep-12 19:27:01

Ooooh I remember the Jane Duncan ones - I believe my parents still have them, must do a bit of begging next time we're over there... I don't think they're guilty pleasures books though, not trashy at all.

YohoAhoy Wed 05-Sep-12 11:01:41

For those who like Agatha Christie, have you tried John Dickson Carr/Carter Dickson? I've wittered on here before about them - similar era and type of mystery and lovely easy reading smile

ButTheButtons Sun 11-Nov-12 22:27:10

Just come across this thread. MrsMills and WhoKnows - I am totally with you on the Miss Read and James Herriot. They are both like being wrapped up in a cosy duvet. Bliss. Also Gerald Durrell's Rosie Is My Relative and HE Bates Pop Larkin Chronicles.

KenDoddsDadsDog Sun 11-Nov-12 22:28:07

Jilly Cooper
Penny Vincenzi
Louise / Tilly Bagshawe

bimblebee Mon 12-Nov-12 09:48:12

Ruth Rendall does it for me. (I used to love the Secret Seven books and still have a few of them on my shelf!!)

R2PeePoo Mon 12-Nov-12 10:00:28

Elizabeth Vaughan, especially the Warprize series and the Compass rose series by Gail Dayton. When I am ill I need to have them by my bed.

When I am really tired I reread 'The farthest Away Mountain" by Lynne Reid Banks. It was my favourite book as a child and DD and DS have a copy each now. I also have a blush collection of girls annuals from the early 1980's (Jinty and Tammy etc) which are ostensibly for DD, but I read quite a lot too.

Hoophopes Wed 14-Nov-12 22:31:36

James Herriot, Agatha Christie,Miss Read and Rebecca Shaw here. Loved Enid Blyton, Georgette Heyer, Angela Brazil, the Chalet Books also - only kept the Enid Blyton ones (what a shame I have a son, lacking the excuse I need to buy again!!)

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