Okay, time to pull out the light fiction book recommendations :-)
- Dee Henderson's O'Malley series (first book is "The Negotiator") - Christian romantic suspense books. Unlike many Christian romance books, which make me feel not-quite-good-enough because I don't have the exact same beliefs the characters do, these have a really good story and don't beat you over the head with the theology. They start deciding they like each other, survive a few explosions, get to be good friends, catch the bad guy, and fall in love :-D
- For some classic mysteries, you can't beat Agatha Christie. I liked the Hercule Poirot ones the best, but if you're just going to pick up one book, go for "And Then There Were None."
- John Grisham: my first (and favorite) was "The Last Juror." I didn't expect to like his books, but he can go from a very intense situation, to a really insightful scene at a relaxed dinner, then jump back into the action again. His books have a lot more meat to them than I thought they would, and I recommend them even if you don't normally like that genre.
- My new favorite young adult story is "The Princess Academy" by Shannon Hale (315 pages). The main character is smart, outgoing, and assertive, and you can completely empathize with her. I'd recommend this as a Christmas present to any 10-15 year old girls on people's gift lists, by the way :-)
/end librarian enthusiastic gesticulations