All the books that I was forced to read through school jaded me pretty badly, and before last year I don't think I'd read a book that I wasn't forced to since my junior year of high school when I read Big Trouble, Dave Barry's first novel, that was recommended to me by a friend. The book's worth reading, the movie was awful.
Anyway, last year I picked up a couple of books from the 24: Declassified series just to see how I liked them. The first one, Operation Hell Gate, kept me gripped from beginning to end, finishing it in just three days. Since then I've read all the books in that series except for Trinity, which I've got and plan on reading later this year, as well as The Godfather, which was an awesome read as well.
A while back I set off on reading the entire Hannibal Lecter series (Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, and Hannibal Rising) after having seen the film versions of all of the above with the exception of Hannibal Rising.
I ordered a set with all four of the books off of Amazon and, choosing to read them in the order they happened, started reading Hannibal Rising, finishing it over the weekend.
It started off somewhat slow, so I had a little trouble getting into it. Jury duty helped with that a lot, as I left myself at least a good half-hour to read in the jury impaneling room every day. I got through the boring stuff and it started getting interesting.
I read it a little bit on and off for a while after that, then last week I found myself at the point where I couldn't put it down.
Of course, having never seen the film, I had no idea at all what to expect. That probably helped a lot.
I'm gonna have to go rent it sometime soon.
Anyway, I'm a few chapters into Red Dragon now and I'm digging it.