Dan Brown is borderline. The plot twists you know are coming from miles away, but they are still fun and entertaining.
When I was younger it was sweet valley high. Now it’s things like James Rollins Sigma force. I need a protagonist who is a former navy seal has a degree in biomechanics and spent years studying an obscure martial arts up a mountain in Nepal.
They must also mention the Illuminati, freemasonry, the Vatican, Roanoke you get the picture.......
Domestic murder mysteries. The Girl on the Train in the Woods Behind a Door and Her Eyes. The kind of thing where there's four red herrings and a creepy love interest who was probably responsible for something bad and an unreliable narrator who has a drinking problem/amnesia/sociopathy that interferes with telling the truth.
Everything that sprang up in the wake of Gone Girl -- I eat that shit up like candy, and I know most of it is *not* great writing.
Flowers in the Attic. That book was like some kind of weird out of body imagination trip for all the women in my family. We were all reading and rereading it and the sequels for years...
Nora Roberts romance novels. Smut often including magic and mythical creatures.
Mine were the Anita Blake series until it became too ridiculous for me (and really, that's saying a lot!).
I am a late 20's male, and I LOVE the Mortal Instrument series. It is YA romance drama, and I just tear through them.
Star Wars and Star Trek EU. Love that stuff.
Just yesterday I took some blue ray movies to sell at Half Price Books and found Anne McCaffrey in the clearance section for $3. Takes me back to middle school.
Romance novels, ugh. I know the formula and it's always so predictable but I can't get enough apparently...
For me it is the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. It is my go to fluff, got a little bit of everything - romance, warriors, battles, good v. evil, sex, etc. Perfect read but I do not discuss it with anyone - my goodness, paranormal romance lol, yeah just my guilty pleasure!
For me, it used to be the Redwall books. They're not terribly written, but unless I'm reading Watership Down...anthropomorphism usually stays in my childhood. One day I met someone that was around my age, and had the same love for the series I have. Now I don't care if anyone knows. Not that anyone I know reads :(
For me it's gothic YA. I read the Fallen series by Lauren Kate when I was a teenager and although I knew that everything in this series was a YA trope I couldn't stop myself.
Clive Cussler books. I buy them from the thrift store and then immediately take them back so no one sees me with them.
Also Louis L'mour. I have read ever word of that cowboy trash.
Light novels because they are trash, but I like them.
OH my god, I did the exact same thing with The Selection. The entire time I was reading it all I could think of was how bad it was, but I just kept going. Truly one of the worst YA series I've read, but I just plowed through them. For me, books like those are just a way to keep me in the habit of reading and feel good about finishing something while I am in the middle of a book that's harder to read or I haven't read anything in a while.
I love James Patterson books, and John Green style books. I don't feel guilty for reading anything, but I'd hate for someone to judge my reading tastes on those books, but I LOVE them.
The Host by Stephanie Meyer.
Her writing didn't improve very much mechanically (can someone please tell her that people do not "hiss" when something angers/scares/upsets them), but I found the universe to be interesting, Wanderer was a likeable protagonist, and even the silly love... triangle? Square? Trapezoid? Was *somewhat* intriguing.
Jack Reacher series. The storyline is sometimes super predictable especially when you've read whole lot of them. The hero is made to be invincible and unfailingly quick-witted in almost every situation that by the 5th book you no longer have to feel worry for the main characters. Having said that, i find that the series is super addictive and fun.
Wuxia light novels, they're generally so bad, but I can't stop
Bridget Jones Diary and all the subsequent books. Really trashy and funny. Loved the movies too
Mid-quality female MC paranormal romance series.
Like the *Kate Daniels* and *Mercy Thompson*'s that aren't as good. I go through them like candy bars, even if I still prefer the high quality ones.
To be clear, I consider the 2 mentioned above high quality, not mid.
I'm a sucker for romance books
I have a love/hate relationship with his books. His stories are pretty much all the same and I always end up getting either really frustrated with the characters or with the story itself. But, for some reason I still like to read his stories.