I try hard to find modern fiction (actually written for ADULTS) that doesn't veer off to a detailed bedroom scene every other chapter, or describes depraved criminal activity in gory detail. I'm also not a big fan of excessive swearing/profanity. If there's anyone else who cares about these things and wants to read books that aren't all about Amish love stories or from the YA section, join my club!
I read a lot of classics over and over because I know they're 'safe' and I won't be walking away in disgust or getting rid of it so my kids don't pick it up someday and read things that are so against the values I want to raise them with. But I would really like to investigate truly talented authors of our own day and age who can manage to create a vivid world withOUT making me sick to my stomach.
I love Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, and I'm a huge fan of Brandon Sanderson now as well
I'm not so much a fan of Terry Goodkind, because the detailed descriptions of killing are really just too much.
I can handle the 'sex' in Twilight because it's not seriously detailed and focuses much more on emotion--but I'd really love to read something that goes beyond brain candy.
Classic literature I love and would love to see more like:
Anything and everything by Jane Austen
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Some of Dickens (has to have a happy ending, haven't really read it in years)
So, any ideas? Anyone? :)
Have you read anything by Francine Rivers? It's fairly light but good storys. The one I just read is a fictionalised adaptation of the book of Hosea set in the american gold rush.
For secular reading Gil McNeil is an author I really enjoy although, as I think about it, there is a bit of swearing so might nit be what you're after.
Marian Keyes and Jane Green are also authors I enjoy. They both have a little bit of sex (JG more so than MK) but usually only one or two scenes per book.
Jodi Picoult? Again, a little bit of sex and or violence but usually only one or two scenes and not too graphic.
All of these are fairly light "chick lit" type authors though. Not sure who would be a modern equivalent of Jane Austin or Dickens. Have you read any Thea Astly? She is a bit of an aquired taste but no explicit sex or violence that I recall. It's been a while though, I couldn't really get into her. What about the Brontes? If you like Jane Austin you might like them although they are a bit grimmer IMO.
That's all I can think of at the moment. Most of my books are still in storage. I'll be interested to see what others recommend.
Mother of two spectacular girls, born mid-2010 and late 2012
I'm interested, as well. I mostly stick with YA. Books written for adults tend to just be "too much" for me. I like using my imagination and I don't like "language" or explicit intimate details.
The only series I've read and enjoyed that is the obvious exception to that is the Stephanie Plum series. I just read the latest and I felt like she used more "language" than in the past, but maybe I'm just more sensitive these days.
Anyway...what book shall we read first?
Yes, yes. I'm fabulous. Moving on...
How about Fannie Flagg? My memory is that Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! and Standing in the Rainbow were heartwarming, and I don't remember any sex or violence.
I loved the Steig Larsson books, but there was definitely violence, especially in the first book, and unsavory characters.
I've also heard GREAT things about the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society..high up on my list of 'must reads'.
So is this turning into a book club? If so, I'll join and read along! Which book first?
T-lynn (25) married DH on 28/07/07 DD Isla born 28/03/12 TTC #2
This is a great book--if you haven't picked one yet, try this one out!
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