Good Reading : July 2010
have to be? Though, if tragedy is your thing, Nicholas Sparks is a great author for you. Tissues are a staple requirement when reading his novels; there is rarely a happy ending. His successful books The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, Message in a Bottle, Dear John and The Last Song have also been made into successful movies. Considering that relationships play a significant role in our lives, it makes sense for books to focus on these interactions ... is it really so wrong to indulge in a little fictional happily ever after? When I asked a colleague of mine why she likes romance, she said, 'I like romance novels because tubby girls and nor mal girls get the guy, too.The characters aren't always perfect stick figures. It gives me hope.' There is a little romance in all of us and plenty of styles out there to catch your fancy. Anna Campbell has just been voted the Best Australian Romance Author at the Annual Romance Readers Awards -- she writes historical romance novels. But there's also paranormal romance which has become extremely popular (try J R Ward if you want steamy or Laurell K Hamilton if you want action as well). I like Maria V Snyder, whose books balance fantasy and romance nicely. Danielle Steele's contemporary romance novels have made her the seventh-bestselling writer of all time and Australian author Bronwyn Parry's Dark Country is a captivating romantic suspense. There's so much to choose from, so next time you're in your local bookshop or library, why don't you give one a try? You never know when you might fall in love. gr promotion readers' life 2 As for predictability, why does it need to be such a bad thing? Sometimes it's nice to know how things work out. Reading is meant to be a chance to escape ...