Sheila. I consider novels to be a poor return. A lot of reading (time) for a little bit that you might learn from the particular book. I prefer historical works now, biographies, and of course religious material. Over the past 5 years Ive probly read almost exclusively in historical and modern religious material. Its just a particular passion of mine. But i read many novels when I was younger, excluding the classics such as "war and peace" and suchlike. I could never get into those books. "The catcher in the rye" makes no sense to me though I did read Harper Lees "Mockingbird" which I thought very good.