So, Rick, what do you like to read?
A very good question. The answer is not so simple. First of all, I like to read what I write--a good hardboiled detective story. The Spenser books were always exciting to me, I like James M. Cain and Ed McBain was thrilling for me as well, especially his 87th precinct novels.
I've read all of Stephen King's early stuff, though not much of his later works. The Green Mile was an exception and I really enjoyed that.
As far as currently goes, I indulge myself in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series although I must admit that it a vast and daunting task. I read Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch novels and an occasional non fiction book that might range from politics to the economy and investing, to intelligence and military operations.
I find that the more I write, the more particular I'm getting about what I read. I used to finish every book I started, no matter how dreadful. I don't do that anymore; I'm getting too old to waste time on stuff that I don't like.
I've not read Fifty Shades of Gray, and right now I don't plan to. I've read the first chapter, enough to know that it's not the best written book ever (which I can understand, given it's her first novel) but the vast appeal of it has got not only me but a lot of writers scratching our heads. You just never know what will sell.
I enjoy the Gideon series by Eric Jerome Dickey, although there is a little too much sex in it for me. I don't consider myself a prude but sex is like anything else--it should add something to the story and Dickey overdoes it sometimes. His prose, however, is spot on and keeps me hooked.
I'm always looking for new writers and new books to try out so I'll try to let you know when something catches my fancy.