Dame Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I initiated my reading habit with their novels, harboring a fondness for suspense and murder mysteries. Admittedly, I’m quite challenged at pinpointing suspects, rendering even the simplest plots utterly captivating and keeping me on edge, eager to read on. The characters in these novels not only held my rapt attention but also inspired me to dream of becoming a detective agent in the future. However, I’ve since come to realize that such a profession demands a certain acumen :). When it comes to suspicions, I find myself exceedingly trusting, almost to a fault, believing nearly everything around me. Despite this, delving into these stories was an absolute delight.
Sidney sheldon & Robin Cook & James Hadley Chase
During my formative years, specifically in 6th and 7th grade, television programming was quite limited. We had only Doordarshan at our disposal, and it was during this time that I was introduced to the celebrated English plays of Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes. These series were broadcast every Sunday, ensuring I never missed an episode.
Sidney Sheldon, Robin Cook, and James Hadley Chase were the subsequent authors introduced to me by my friends and colleagues. At this juncture, my reading was primarily motivated by a desire to learn the language. Yet, the manner in which Sidney Sheldon crafts his narratives is nothing short of remarkable, whether it concerns a plot twist or an intimate scene. His writing immerses you right into the heart of the action, making it nearly impossible to set the book aside for any reason.
Robin Cook, while not delving deeply into intimate scenes, possesses a unique flair for blending just the right mix of science facts and fiction, creating an irresistible pull for readers who enjoy mystery/thriller novels. Although I’ve always been intrigued by science, my proficiency in the subject was lacking, deterring me from pursuing it academically. Nevertheless, my interest in science facts never waned.
Then there’s James Hadley Chase, recommended by a friend who noticed my admiration for Sidney Sheldon and Robin Cook. He passionately argued that I should explore the works of this master of mystery, asserting that Chase captivates you from the first page in a way that other authors do not.
Clive Cussler & Dan Brown
Dan Brown and Clive Cussler are among the remarkable authors I’ve encountered, known for weaving history, myth, and mystery into their narratives. My passion for history has always been profound, and their works continue to impress me. To validate my keen interest in history, one might visit a website I manage: “http://www.greatarchaeology.com“.
Judith Mcnaught and Mary Higgins Clark
Currently, I’m exploring the works of authors like Judith McNaught and Mary Higgins Clark, whose narratives are infused with romance. Though Judith McNaught’s characters and scenarios can sometimes stretch believability, the unexpected twists and the romantic elements she incorporates are thoroughly enjoyable. Mary Higgins Clark, another favorite of mine, unfolds her mysteries more slowly, which adds a unique depth to her storytelling.
J. R. R. Tolkien and Bill Watterson
Lastly, the realms of fantasy novels and comics, particularly those by J.R.R. Tolkien and Bill Watterson, hold a special place in my heart. No matter how many times I’ve experienced ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ its allure remains undiminished. And Bill Watterson’s ‘Calvin and Hobbes’—just thinking about these characters brings a smile to my face. Especially memorable is Calvin’s dream of being unearthed by archaeologists who, puzzled by his bone structure, dub him ‘Evolution’s Disaster.’ This image has amused me countless times since I first came across it, leaving me with an internal chuckle every time.
Reflecting on these authors and their works, it’s clear how significant a role they’ve played in shaping my literary journey and interests. From the suspenseful plots that kept me guessing to the historical mysteries that fueled my imagination, each book has contributed to a lifelong love of reading.