Dear Book Readers,
I love books! Books are the best! They're full of knowledge and ideas and people and interesting stories and lots of other goodness to read.
I've always loved fiction. Now that I'm older, I'm more interested in non-fiction than I used to be, but I love to get my hands on good fiction.
The problem is, I'm a more demanding reader than ever, and it's hard for me to find something I like. Most of the books I pick up are poorly written even if they're not full of racist, sexist, homophobic trash.
Maybe you can make some recommendations?
The authors I find most reliable are Agatha Christie, Sara Paretsky, and Anne Tyler. Obviously, there's a lot to discuss in that short list (do we need to get into And Then There Were None?), but at this point, those three are all that I have, so I'm clinging to them.
I used to love Madeleine L'Engle. I've read a few books by Toni Morrison and Margaret Atwood, but I should probably delve into their works more deeply. Which authors do you turn to? Which writers have a solid body of work which makes you happy to find anything with their name on it?