So, I'm great at picking out kids' books at the library, but I seem to strike out more often than not in the adult section. I'm fairly picky. I want it to be well written, but easy to read, and not depressing. I like most genres. Somehow fantasy works better for me as a kids book (liked HP once the kids got into it), but I'm open to it in an adult read.
I like Barbara Kingsolver a lot, but I've read all hers.
I liked Water for Elephants a lot, but found the next one (Ape House?) by Sara Gruen to be less than engrossing.
I read the Time Travelers wife and found it very compelling, but I ended up really not liking it. I found inconsistencies that really, really bothered me and the whole thing was too depressing for me.
I just read Outlander and the follow-up, but they didn't really do it for me, either. I did find them engrossing in parts, but they were a little too much in the bodice-ripper genre for me.
I do like some mysteries. I've enjoyed Kate Atkinson (hoping to snag her new one at the library when the 50 people in front of me get done with it). I liked some of Alexander McCall Smith's #1 Ladies Detective Agency books, but then they started getting a little samey and I got bored of them. I'm reading a Betsy Thornton Arizona mystery right now and they're okay, but not something that I really get sucked into.
I slogged through Love in the Time of Cholera and hated it. I found it pretty misogynistic.
I just finished Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and thought the first half of the book moved pretty slow. The second half started getting better, but I don't feel compelled to run out and get the next one. I might get around to reading it sometime, though. I was worried it might be too grim for me. I'm okay with some violence as long as there's ultimately some sort of positive resolution.
So there—all my pickiness is laid bare. I'd like something to get really sucked into. I don't want to work at it, though. I want it to be a page turner. I want a book that I can't put down. Got any recommendations for me?