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Who are your guilty pleasures writers?

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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?

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.

PomBearWithAnOFRS Thu 30-Aug-12 22:30:45

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

PomBearWithAnOFRS Thu 30-Aug-12 22:32:44

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.

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