The list author says: "Sometimes you just want to curl up in bed with something distracting. Nothing taxing, nothing with a message--just a good, entertaining yarn to take your mind off the events of the day (or year, as the case might be). Some of these books are sweet, some are exciting, but none are heavy. And they are all guaranteed to take you to a place you'd rather be."
"This is my favorite series. Precious Ramotswe is a "traditionally built" detective who will win you over with her charm, her wisdom and her deep humanity. Start with this book and then read the rest of the series. You will love every word."
"The "Bony" mysteries were written in the 40s and 50s (some earlier), so you will be transported not just to Australia, but to another era. Napoleon Bonaparte, the whimsical Sherlock Holmes of "Down Under", is a delightful sleuth. You don't have to read the books in order, but once you start, you'll be hooked."
"The first book of the Agatha Raisin series remains the best. Agatha Raisin manages to be simultaneously funny, insecure and nervy without falling into any dreadful chick lit stereotypes. As the series progresses the quality drops off, but you'll enjoy the first dozen."
"The Archer's Tale is the first book of the Grail Quest. Follow up this adventure with Vagabond and Heretic, the other two books in the trilogy. Cornwell is a great story-teller. His characters are appealing, the action rousing, and the endings always satisfying."
"This is the first book of the Saxon Chronicles, which are my personal favorites of the Cornwell books. The early days of English history, when Vikings roamed the land, were a wild and lusty time. I enjoyed every minute of it."
"Start the Sharpe series with this book, which was written after the rest of the series, but takes place earlier. It is one of the better written books of the Sharpe series, which will enable you to get through some of the later ones. You will want to read them all, however. Sharpe is one of the most memorable characters in historical fiction."
"Astonishingly, Hillerman's book was turned down by numerous publishers. "Who wants to read about Navajos?" they said. Well, as it turned out, everybody did. Hillerman's award-winning series captures the essence of the Southwest. The plots are intriguing, the characters well-rounded and highly engaging."
"This is the first (and possibly least interesting) of the Horatio Hornblower series. If you can slog your way through this first book, the rest will reward you with good, old-fashioned, swashbuckling adventure on the high seas. Avast, me hearties!"