Although I usually read true to life crime and spy stories, my tastes are so varied as to encompass authors such as Patricia Cornwell, Robert Ludlum, Michael Crichton, Scott Trurow, Wendy Holden, Candace Bushnell and Jane Greene as well as books like Memoir of a Geisha, I Dont Know How She Does It and Silence of the Lambs. In other words, I love to read. A few of my favorites. If youve never heard of the Mitford series by Jan Karon, you should really look it up. Its a series of 6 novels about a pastor of bucolic Mitford, a city in South Carolina (I think). Its just a nice heartwarming tale of simple, pleasant existence. After a day of watching the news and all the horror glorified therein, its nice to read about people who are good neighbors, worship something other than their own existence and help each other. No, this book isnt going to bring you wealth or teach you how to conquer the world, but it should give you a smile and relax you into a restful nights sleep. Of course, my all time favorite book series is James Herriotts All Creatures Great and Small etc. I began reading these books in the seventies when I was in 6th grade. The basis of the series is Jims adventures being a country veterinarian in Yorkshire, Englan beginning in the early 20th century before cars, farm equipment and modern medicines were really common-place. He is honest, kind and very dedicated to his craft. But even more so, hes a good story-teller and seems to genuinely like people, for its the colorful people in his stories which really star. I read the entire series once a year until I had my son 3 years ago; they could never get old. They are like macaroni & cheese- comforting.