I love contemporary literature. I have also been known to read the occasional mystery/suspense story or non-fiction title. But my favorite is always the well-written chunkster. I love a well-crafted sentence and an author that has a vocabulary that gets me running to the dictionary. I have recently realized, however, that sometimes I like books not because they are literary marvels but because of the way they make me feel. Most of my "must-read" authors fall into this category:
I love Fannie Flagg because her stories connect me to my childhood home in the South and focus on the value of human relationships.
I love Lilian Jackson Braun not as a mystery writer but because I love the town that she has created and the life that her character, Jim Qwilleran, gets to live.
I love MC Beaton's Agatha Raisin series because Agatha makes me laugh in all of her middle-aged glory.
I love Sarah Addison Allen because she seems to have found the perfect blend of charming small-town story and magical realism.
These writers are unlikely to earn any lofty prizes in literature anytime soon but I dearly love these books. They provide the perfect cozy escape for me. Sometimes, that is all you need in a book.
What are your favorite cozy reads or authors?