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March 6, 2009 | Fan Girl Friday

Some of my very favorite titles don’t fit into the other categories. There’s a whole cast of English novelists.

Starting with P.G. Wodehouse, the Blandings Castle stories are even better than Jeeves–if such a thing is possible. When I’m laughing so hard my stomach muscles protest, how can I judge which is better?

I never tire of Dickens or George Elliot. Jane Austen is widely and fairly praised for her comedies of manners. Jane Eyre holds up very well. For simply losing myself in another place and time, there’s anyone of R.F. Delderfield’s hefty novels.

Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina would probably be my first pick if I had to name a single favorite.

Until I found Jack London and Mark Twain I thought we’d never produce a novelist to rival those across the pond. Neither of them is going to replace Shakespeare, but they’re genuine classics worthy of their space in anyone’s library.

I wish Truman Capote had written more or lived longer. James Clavell captured me with Shogun and I read everything he’d written but, the title I started with is still the best. It’s a gorgeous story.

Patrick McManus writes outdoor fish and game humor, which makes me laugh out loud.

Magic realism, is the only common theme between Gabriel Carcia Marquez; Laura Esquivel; Isabel Allende, and Alice Hoffman.

Vickram Seth’s A Suitable Boy enraptured me from the opening lines. As did Bee Season by Myla Goldberg, Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, and The Lovely Bones by Alice Sieblold.

Inevitably, this list is incomplete. My hope is that it offers a few authors for you to try. Please feel free to add your recommendations. By now, it’s surely obvious I like to read.

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