I love this thread!! It's hard to answer, though, because I...love...to...read!
Not only do I love to read, but my taste varies, I suppose,
dependent on what mood I am in. I will definitely be 'outing my age' below:
As a child, I loved "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle. I found a beat-up copy of it a few years back at a yard sale, and of course, had to
have it. In my younger day, I also read and enjoyed "The Outsiders" (before it became a movie).
"Gone With the Wind" (Margaret Mitchell) is definitely my all-time favorite book. I enjoyed Pearl S. Buck's "The Good Earth" trilogy. The
sequels to "Gone With the Wind" (by different authors) STINK imo...
The scariest book I ever read was Thomas Tryon's "The Other" (C 1971). Michael Crichton's "The Andromeda Strain" was scary, too, but not as
scary, imo, as "The Other".
Philip Roth's "Portnoy's Complaint" made me laugh, and Selby's "Last Exit to Brooklyn" shocked me with its bluntness (You must understand that
in my era there was no cursing in movies and married couples always had either two separate beds or two separate bedrooms).
I have most of Stephen King's older books and love "The Dark Tower" series. "Pet Semetary" is especially noteworthy-his description of the
father being so close to saving Gage's life...that he actually brushed his jacket with his fingertips--as a parent, that was a heart-wrenching read.
I also realized that if anything like that ever happened in my life, it would drive me insane--to be so close (I think King knew that fact when he
wrote that passage).
I own and enjoy reading many books by and about Edgar Cayce, The Sleeping Prophet. As far as newer authors go, "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane
Setterfield was a fantastic read.
I guess I'll stop now because I really could fill up your thread, OP. I appreciate the smiles you have given me tonight...