I love to read fiction for pleasure and escapism. Learning about another part of the world or culture, a time in history, or perspectives on current issues is often an added bonus! The most important factor for me is characterization. Well-developed and at least one likable character is crucial. I love to meet new characters and see the world through someone else’s eyes, or feel like I’ve made a connection with a character.

My favorite genres are mystery, suspense, thrillers, and women’s fiction. I enjoy the fast-paced intensity and sense of problem-solving found in suspense, thrillers, and mysteries. I love unexpected plot twists (the element of surprise). A few of my favorite authors are Harlan Coben, Nelson DeMille, Lee Child, and Michael Connelly.

Alternatively, I enjoy reading about people’s lives and relationships, and stories that touch my heart, often found in women’s fiction. I appreciate books that help me gain new insights into myself, or others, as well as books that allow me to escape to a different place or time, and open my mind to something I've never even imagined. Some favorites are listed below.

As for movies, like most people, I watch all types of movies, depending on my mood at the time. However, when thinking about some of my favorite films, they tend to be mostly dramas or thrillers. I especially enjoy inspirational, thought-provoking films based on real people or events, or movies with interesting characters and engaging, believable story lines. Just like in books, I love movies with unexpected plot twists. Of course, a good comedy is always enjoyable. Who can’t use a good laugh sometimes?

Movies I’ve Especially Enjoyed: Crash, The Sixth Sense, Primal Fear, American History X, The Departed, Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society, The Shawshank Redemption, My Cousin Vinny, Moonstruck, Something's Gotta Give

Movies Based on Truth That I Like: Argo, Freedom Writers, The Blind Side, A Beautiful Mind, Life is Beautiful, Pursuit of Happyness, Coach Carter

My Favorite Books: