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Make Mine… a Gentle Read


Those who are drawn to gentle reads are often looking for a good story with wholesome characters.  Relationships and character development are the important factors and the pace is usually slower.  These stories are not devoid of problems to solve or difficult situations to face, but the response is upbeat and constructive. Characters can be colorful, but generally maintain positive values.

If you think you would enjoy these vintage-feeling but eminently readable tales, the following authors tend to write in this genre:

Mitch Albom
Lynn Austin
Maeve Binchy
Olive Ann Burns
Elizabeth Cadell
Jennifer Chiaverini
Sandra Dallas
Barbara Delinsky
Clyde Edgerton
Richard Paul Evans
Fannie Flagg
Benedict and Nancy Freedman
Ernest J. Gaines
Elizabeth Gaskell
Kaye Gibbons
Philip Gulley
Garrison Keillor
Sue Monk Kidd
Lorna Landvik
Alexander McCall Smith
Debbie Macomber
Charles Martin
Joan Medlicott
Rosamund Pilcher
James Michael Pratt
Jeanne Ray
Miss Read
Ann B. Ross
Nicholas Sparks
Mary Stewart
Adriana Trigiani
Nancy Turner
Rebecca Wells
Eudora Welty
P.G. Wodehouse
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Make Mine…Romance


The romance novel, in its familiar form, is a celebration of falling in love.  Generally the lovers will encounter obstacles along the way, but in the end, the problems have been solved, the struggles overcome, and there is a happy and satisfying ending.  There are many subgenres to romance, including contemporary, historical, and romantic suspense.  No matter what kind of love you like to read about, there is an author or novel out there for your tastes.

If you enjoy stories of people falling in love, the following authors tend to write in the romance genre:

Victoria Alexander
Mary Balogh
Jo Beverley
Robyn Carr
Loretta Chase
Marion Chesney
Jennifer Crusie
Janet Dailey
Suzanne Enoch
Anne Gracie
Irene Hannon
Robin Lee Hatcher
Dee Henderson
Georgette Heyer
Eloisa James
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Sophie Kinsella
Mindy Klasky
Lisa Kleypas
Jayne Ann Krentz
Stephanie Laurens
Johanna Lindsey
Debbie Macomber
Susan Mallery
Linda Lael Miller
Victoria Christopher Murray
Tracie Peterson
Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Mary Jo Putney
Amanda Quick
Julia Quinn
Francis Ray
Sheila Roberts
LaVyrle Spencer
Danielle Steel
Kathleen Woodiwiss
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Make Mine…Cozy Mystery


A subgenre of crime fiction and mystery, cozy mysteries are for those readers who like the puzzle deciphering aspect of solving a crime, but not necessarily violence, profanity, or sex, which can be present in grittier mysteries and thrillers.

This genre is extremely popular in series, with readers being able to follow one amateur sleuth’s adventures over a long period of time.  The sleuth themselves is often an educated woman, and they tend to solve crimes in small, close-knit communities.

If cozies appeal to you, the following authors tend to write in this popular genre:

Catherine Aird
Susan Wittig Albert
Nancy Atherton
Stephanie Barron
M.C. Beaton
Laurien Berenson
Rhys Bowen
Lillian Jackson Braun
Simon Brett
Emily Brightwell
Rita Mae Brown
Laura Childs
Jill Churchill
Mary Daheim
Diane Mott Davidson
Aaron Elkins
Joanne Fluke
Dorothy Gilman
Carolyn Hart
Joan Hess
Georgette Heyer
Laurie R. King
Kate Kingsbury
Alexander McCall Smith
Sharyn McCrumb
Charlotte MacLeod
Tamar Myers
Katherine Hall Page
Elizabeth Peters
Ellis Peters
Nancy Pickard
Dorothy Sayers

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Make Mine…Inspirational and Biblical Fiction


If you enjoy tales of people overcoming obstacles to find happiness and fulfillment, whether these people are assisted by a higher power or not, then you might like Inspirational Fiction.

Sometimes known as Christian Fiction, this genre nonetheless does not have to have religious overtones.  In Biblical fiction, Biblical characters are used as the main focus, and the stories are often retellings of what is contained in the Bible from a perspective of faith, but anyone can enjoy the stories of their lives.

If you want to read some of these tales of inspiration, the following authors tend to write in these genres:

Tamera Alexander
Terri Blackstock
Wanda E. Brunstetter
Melody Carlson
Vannetta Chapman
Mindy Starns Clark
Amy Clipston
Lori Copeland
Ted Dekker
Richard Paul Evans
Joseph Girzone
Andrew Greeley
Philip Gulley
Robin Jones Gunn
Rene Gutteridge
Robin Lee Hatcher
Liz Curtis Higgs
J. Lynne Hinton
Angela Elwell Hunt
Denise Hunter
Neta Jackson
Jan Karon
Karen Kingsbury
Jane Kirkpatrick
Tim LaHaye
Maureen Lang
Beverly Lewis
Susan Meissner
Janette Oke
Catherine Palmer
Tracie Peterson
Francine Rivers
Gayle Roper
Lisa Samson
Penelope Stokes
Ann Tatlock
Donna VanLiere
Dan Walsh
Jan Watson
Lori Wick
Lisa Wingate
Geoffrey Wood
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Make Mine…a Western


Though some may say its heyday has past, the Western genre is still alive and well, spinning tales of cowboys and gunfighters, Native Americans and marshals, and the other rough and tumble characters that populated the old West.

If you’re hankering for some historical adventure where the good guys win, the following authors tend to write in this genre:

Johnny D. Boggs
Frank Bonham
Terrell L. Bowers
Max Brand
Willa Cather
Don Coldsmith
Loren D. Estleman
Zane Grey
Tony Hillerman
Steve Hockensmith
Elmer Kelton
Louis L’Amour
Elmore Leonard
Larry McMurtry
Nelson Nye
Wayne D. Overholser
Lewis B. Patten
Robert B. Parker
Charles Portis
Dana Fuller Ross
Jack Schaefer
Glendon Fred Swarthout
Dale L. Walker
Richard S. Wheeler

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Make Mine…Science Fiction


Like its sister genre fantasy, science fiction falls in the broader genre known as speculative fiction.  Unlike fantasy, science fiction deals with the impact actual or imagined science has on society, oftentimes set in the future.  A knowledge of scientific principles isn’t required to enjoy science fiction, but an speculative, open mind can be a great help.

If science fiction intrigues you, the following authors tend to write in this genre:

Douglas Adams
Isaac Asimov
Ray Bradbury
Ben Bova
Lois McMaster Bujold
Orson Scott Card
C.J. Cherryh
Arthur C. Clarke
James S.A. Corey
Phillip K. Dick
Cory Doctorow
Harlan Ellison
Carol Emshwiller
Phillip Jose Farmer
William Gibson
Peter F. Hamilton
Harry Harrison
Robert A. Heinlein
Frank Herbert
James Patrick Kelly
Nancy Kress
Ursula K. Le Guin
Fritz Leiber
Stanislaw Lem
Larry Niven
Frederik Pohl
Kim Stanley Robinson
John Scalzi
Robert Silverberg
E.E. Smith
Gene Wolfe
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Make Mine…Crime Fiction


Crime fiction can exist in several different genres, as well as having subgenres, but the common thread is that the book must have a crime as its driving force.  Whether the reader likes mystery, suspense, or thriller, crime fiction has a case to solve.

If crime fiction interests you, these authors tend to write in this genre:

James M. Cain
Raymond Chandler
Robert Crais
Chris Culver
Harlan Coben
Patricia Cornwell
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Tana French
Sue Grafton
Dashiell Hammett
James Hankins
John Harvey
P.D. James
Stieg Larsson
John Le Carre
Elmore Leonard
Henning Mankell
Jo Nesbø
Louise Penny
Ian Rankin
Kathy Reichs
Ruth Rendell
Michael Robotham
Dorothy Sayers
Mickey Spillane
Scott Turow
Barbara Vine
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Make Mine…Horror Fiction


Horror fiction, no matter the subject, has one goal in mind: to engender in the reader an intense feeling of fear, shock, or disgust.  Whether this comes at the hands of supernatural monsters like zombies and vampires, or a good old-fashioned haunted house story is up to the reader.

If these kinds of stories are your creepy cup of tea, the authors below tend to write in the horror genre:

V.C. Andrews
Clive Barker
Algernon Blackwood
Robert Bloch
Ramsey Campbell
Tananarive Due
Laurell K. Hamilton
Shirley Jackson
M.R. James
Stephen King
Dean Koontz
Richard Laymon
Ira Levin
Bentley Little
H.P. Lovecraft
Brian Lumley
Robert McCammon
Graham Masterton
Barbara Michaels
William F. Nolan
Frank Peretti
Edgar Allan Poe
Anne Rice
John Saul
Darren Shan
Mary Shelley
Dan Simmons
Bram Stoker
Peter Straub
F. Paul Wilson
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Make Mine…Fantasy Fiction

Make Mine Fantasy.jpg Fantasy encompasses several subgenres, including contemporary fantasy, historical fantasy, urban fantasy, and others.

If fantasy interests you, the following authors tend to write in this genre:

Joe Abercrombie
Piers Anthony
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Terry Brooks
Jim Butcher
Jacqueline Carey
Stephen R. Donaldson
David Eddings
Steven Erikson
Raymond E. Feist
Neil Gaiman
Terry Goodkind
Tracy Hickman
Robin Hobb
Robert Jordan
Guy Gavriel Kay
Katherine Kurtz
Mercedes Lackey
Stephen R. Lawhead
Tanith Lee
Anne McCaffrey
George R.R. Martin
China Mieville
L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
Michael Moorcock
Andre Norton
Terry Pratchett
Melanie Rawn
Patrick Rothfuss
R.A. Salvatore
Brandon Sanderson
J.R.R. Tolkien
Brent Weeks
Margaret Weis
Janny Wurts
Roger Zelazny