Before I give you B-listers, I want to ask for a favor. Joni had a very good idea. She made the suggestion that everybody send me a list of their 3 favorite books of all time. This is a variation on what Josh did last year. He asked a number of people for their favorite all-time book. Then he read only those books for the entire year. This time, I'll compile the list from everybody's choices and get that list to all of you. What the heck. This seems like a great way to promote top-notch books. I'll post the list in a couple of weeks.
Now, on to the B-listers (an A-list will be the subject of a future blog). These are authors that I read and like but don't love. I still pick up and read all of their books, and I enjoy them. They're good reads. It's just that I don't wait for them like I do the A-listers. If you want to know about a specific author, please let me know which one it is. I will be happy to synopsize their work for you. I have no doubt that some of you will want to weigh in on my selections. There could well be a bunch of disagreement on this one. So be it. What fun would it be if everybody agreed with my list. That's right - no fun at all (I'm not looking for sycophants).
As they say on Dancing with the Stars, these are in no particular order:
Tami Hoag (except for Night Sins and Guilty As Sin - both excellent)
Larry McMurtry (except for Lonesome Dove - one of my all-time favorites)
David Robbins (not the rabbi from San Jose)
Brad Meltzer (his latest one is very close to A-list)
David Baldacci (other than The Camel Club series)
Dean Koontz (his earliest books - Lightning, Strangers, Watchers, Midnight - were horror classics - now, not so much)
That's all folks.