Some of Jennifer’s favorite books and series

Hey, everyone! I am continuing our April posts about some of our favorite books and series. Here are my picks in no particular order:

Sugar DaddySugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas: I know that many folks love Kleypas’s historical romances, but to me, her contemporaries  really shine, especially Sugar Daddy, the first book in her Travis contemporary romance series.

This book focuses on Liberty Jones, who is growing up in a trailer park in Texas. Really, it’s more of a coming-of-age story than a romance, since Liberty deals with everything from losing her first love, to her mother dying, to raising her little sister by herself, to growing up and becoming a successful businesswoman. The thing that I love about Liberty is that no matter what happens, she never gives up, and she always finds a way to take care of herself and her family.

The Dortmunder series by Donald E. Westlake and the Parker series by Richard Stark (aka Donald Westlake): These series are both about thieves, and they are like the two sides of the same coin, since they are both written by Westlake.

The Dortmunder series are comic crime capers, about a group of quirky, lovable (if sometimes inept) thieves who continually have the worst luck imaginable, but always manage to scrape by. Contrast that to the Parker series, which is about a loner, tough-as-nails thief named Parker, who usually shoots first and ask questions later. If you like crime fiction, check out Westlake’s books.

Captain America Winter SoldierCaptain America: Winter Solider by Ed Brubaker, et. al.: Back in 2014, the Marvel movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier came out. I loved the movie so much that I got the comics collection that the movie was inspired by and read it.

And it was fantastic.

The basic story arc is that a deadly assassin called the Winter Soldier is on the loose, and it’s up to Captain America aka Steve Rogers to stop him. But surprise, surprise, the Winter Soldier turns out to be Steve’s old friend Bucky Barnes, who has been brainwashed into becoming the ultimate assassin. So it’s up to Steve to try to figure out if he can save his best friend — or if he’ll have to stop the Winter Soldier once and for all. This story has all the things that I love — action, adventure, superheroes, and a truly epic friendship between Steve and Bucky.

The James Bond series by Ian Fleming: Just about everyone knows James Bond from the movies — a suave, supercool superspy who saves the world on a regular basis. But I discovered the James Bond books back when I was in high school. The books differ quite a bit from the movies, but I love the mixture of action, adventure, and spy shenanigans, in both the books and the movies.

Where the Red Fern GrowsWhere the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls: If you’ve read my Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series, you know that Gin Blanco, my heroine, has a blood-spattered copy of this book hanging up on the wall of the Pork Pit, her barbecue restaurant. Why? Because it belonged to her murdered mentor, and because the book is about love and loss.

In fact, this is the first book that I remember just absolutely breaking my heart. It’s about a young boy named Billy who gets two dogs, Old Dan and Little Ann, and all the adventures that they have together. If you don’t know what happens at the end of the book, I won’t spoil it for you, but just be sure that you have some tissues handy. Because you will cry. A lot.

So those are some of my favorite books and series. What about you guys? What are some of your favorite books?

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5 Responses to Some of Jennifer’s favorite books and series

  1. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi, Jennifer,

    Thanks for sharing these books! You make them all sound great for different reasons. I’m always looking for new things to read and can’t wait to try some of these!

  2. Edie Ramer says:

    Jennifer, I haven’t read Where the Red Fern Grows, but I saw the movie when I was young, and I remember the movie broke my heart. I don’t know why I didn’t read the book, but I’m definitely going to read it now.

    I read Sugar Daddy and loved it. She’s such a good writer. My only problem with her books is that her characters are always perfect and beautiful, and the heroes are always wealthy. I can’t binge read her books.

    I read the Dortmunder series, too, plus quite a few of Westlake’s other books. I always liked his humorous mysteries.

    My favorites: Going way back, Zenna Henderson is first. She wrote The People books about aliens who handed on earth. They look human but have powers they need to hide. If you haven’t read her books, you’ll love them.

    Dick Francis. The books he and his wife wrote under his name. I don’t care for the books that were co-written with other authors after his wife’s death.

    Miss Seeton books by Heron Carvic. Just fun mystery books.

    For romance, any Loretta Chase book. She’s the most recent of my list (I’ve been reading her for years but the other books I mentioned are older), and she’s such a wonderful writer.

    Great post! It was fun remembering some of my favorites.

  3. Thanks for sharing your book picks too. 🙂

    You know, I hadn’t noticed that about Kleypas’s heroes, but you’re right. They are all handsome and rich. LOL.

    One of the things that I really liked about Sugar Daddy was that Liberty (and one of the love interests) grows up dirt poor. But she makes a plan to support herself and her sister. She was a strong, sensible heroine, which I appreciated.
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    • Edie Ramer says:

      Jennifer, I just looked up Kleypas’s contemporary books. I haven’t read Crystal Cove, and I like the blurb. It has a magical element. I’m going to check it out. 🙂

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