I love reading Nicholas Sparks novels. Never have I had a desire to see the movie's that are based on his work. Picturing the characters and settings in my own mind is something I enjoy.
Although I highly recommend reading all of his books, the following are my top six choices:
1) A Bend in the Road
2) At First Sight
3) Dear John
4) The Choice
5) True Believer
6) The Wedding
To see Nicholas' list of Recommended Reading, visit his website.