"In Bed" with James PattersonJuly, 2008
James Patterson doesn't do anything halfway. When we asked this suspense author for his favorite books, he went the extra mile and took a picture of them nestled in his backyard hammock! Apart from being supremely cool, he's also penned a number of bestsellers, including Along Came a Spider and 1st to Die, so we're sure he knows a page-turner when he sees one. Here are some of Patterson's favorite "bedtime books."
Chasing Darkness by Robert Crais
"Elvis Cole is back and he isn't missing a beat. I don't know how many Elvis Cole detective thrillers there have been at this point, but he's one I'm definitely glad has stuck around."
Fidelity by Thomas Perry
"If you like your thrillers smart, twisty, and full of human drama, Thomas Perry novels are a good place to spend some time. I'd recommend getting this one in hardcover because you'll grip it so hard, a paperback edition will get disfigured."
The Bin Ladens by Steve Coll
"This is an authoritative, compelling, surprising, and often terrifying look at the family that raised and now lives in the shadow of America's most famous enemy. It's not exactly an airy read, but the stunning facts woven together by this Pulitzer-winning author managed to keep the pages turning for me."
Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku
"Michio Kaku has established himself as one of the few people in the world who can take the 'un' out of the unintelligible world of cutting-edge science. This one's about things from the world of science fiction that you might think impossible...but aren't."
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
"This one's Jack Patterson tested and James Patterson approved. I'm starting a program for parents and educators called ReadKiddoRead.com very shortly. It'll be a site where a librarian pal of mine and I pinpoint the books that can get your kids hooked on reading. This Wimpy Kid is going to be at the top of the heap."