WELCOME TO BOOKCROSSING!
It's my 14th year with BookCrossing.
I enjoy trading and wild releasing.
A lot of people put their favorite books and authors on their profile page, but it has taken me awhile because I didn't know how to describe exactly what I like. Here is an attempt:
Mysteries are usually a safe bet. I love the Donna Andrews Meg Lanslow series. I love the Coffeehouse Mysteries by Cleo Coyle even though I don't drink coffee. I loved Carolyn G. Hart's Death on Demand series but I haven't read one for awhile. And I am a sucker for some of those foodie mysteries with recipes included.
Thrillers are usually a safe bet too. I loved Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar series. I also loved the first 9 Kay Scarpetta books by Patricia Cornwell but the next few were blah. I don't know if the newest ones are good? The Monkeewrench series by P.J. Tracy is good. I loved Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian.
I don't really like romance novels, although I did like many of Jennifer Cruisie's books in the past. I think I might have outgrown chick lit, although I still read Sophie Kinsella's and Marian Keyes' books and give others a try once in a while.
I mostly read fiction. Kate Morton, Maeve Binchy, Joanne Harris, and Elizabeth Berg are some of my favorite authors.
When I do read non fiction, it is usually a cookbook with easy recipes, gardening tips, travel books, or brain teasers. I love coffee table books.
Here are some of my favorite books in no particular order: A Man Called Ove, Cutting for Stone, Big Stone Gap, Evening Class, The Glass Lake, Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Thirteenth Tale, Bel Canto, My Sister's Keeper, I Capture the Castle, White Oleander, A Painted House, Five Quarters of the Orange, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Pillars of the Earth, The Art of Racing in the Rain, Angela's Ashes, Time and Again, The Joy Luck Club.
Some books I loved as a child were Wrinkle in Time, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Harriet the Spy, the Phantom Tollbooth among many, many others. The young adult books I loved reading recently are the Flavia de Luce books by Alan Bradley.
So hopefully that gives you somewhat of an idea. Let me know if you have a recommendation of anything you think I'd enjoy!
For Secret Santa/Holiday Gift Giving, here are some of the things I like:
Treats from another country
Jelly Belly Tutti-Fruitti or Bubble Gum flavor
Member created bookplates are always nice
Al centro della propria ragnatela BookCrossing Bookplate #23
A chain for my reading glasses
I can always use gardening gloves
Scarves are fun
Decorative envelopes/pouches/boxes for storing things
Anything to help me keep organized
Some of my books I've enjoyed watching travel:
Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs: www.bookcrossing.com/---/1494475/
A Dog's Life: www.bookcrossing.com/---/1041592/
Do Fish Drink Water?: www.bookcrossing.com/---/4105514/
Beat This! Cookbook by Ann Hodgman
Happy Reading and Releasing!