Today, I want to share a list of my favorite Southern writers. I read for pleasure and fun so you will see that most of my list would not be considered the most intellectual choices. I will say however that I love Charles Dickens and Robert Frost.
John Grisham – A great mystery writer but my favorite of his is The Painted House and it isn’t a legal mystery.
Nicholas Sparks – He is not originally from the South but I love his romantic novels. He writes about places I have been and places I love.
Pat Conroy – Again he wasn’t born in the South but I am sure he considered Beaufort South Carolina as his home. I loved his book South of Broad and his writing is completely different from anything I have read. He definitely wrote with his heart and wrote the best cookbook I have ever read.
Mary Kay Andrews – Many of her books are set in Savannah and that makes me love them even more. They are usually hilariously funny and it just makes me think of girlfriends and their special relationships.
Fern Michaels – Again, Fern wasn’t born in the south but she lives in South Carolina now. She can surprise you in her books as some of them are nothing but fun. However, some of them can be mysterious and suspenseful.
Sue Monk Kidd – One of my most favorite books was written by Sue, “Invention of Wings.” I enjoyed it so much and will continue to read books written by Sue Monk Kidd.
Ann B Ross – I have enjoyed reading some of the Miss Julia Series books written by Anne. They are light and easy to read. As Miss Julia is older, I can see me in some of the situations presented in these books and I usually end up laughing out loud.
I don’t think we should ever judge anyone for their book choices anymore than anything else we do. If I want to reach down in the depths of my soul, I read Pat Conroy. If I want to read a page turning mystery, I read John Grisham. If I want to laugh out loud, I read Mary Kay Andrews or Ann B. Ross. Just as most of life, it is definitely a choice.
Happy reading everyone and thanks for stopping by.