Do you have a favourite author or more than one?
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|Tue, 02-04-2014 - 9:39pm|
Or how about a favourite book...though I would imagine limiting it to one might be difficult as I have found. I have two authors on the top of my list I enjoy reading. One is Bill Bryson. The other is Garrison Keillor. Not that I've read every single book of theirs nor do I say I have loved every book of theirs I have read, but pretty near all.
What I love about Bill Bryson's writing is for one thing, his humour - not all of his books are in that vein, but even his more 'serious' books have a touch of his impish humour. But also I just love how he writes. With any author I like, I always appreciate their ability to write with a kind of skill that makes reading their words a joy - I don't know if it's a rhythm in their sentences or what. I am not good at dissecting exactly what about it that I like so much. Sometimes though, I know it's that they seem to choose just THE right words to describe what they are writing about, or that they choose words that bring such wonderful imagery to mind.
I got hooked on Garrison Keillor's earlier books (i.e Lake Wobegon and a few that follow that of the same subject matter) when I first heard him on the radio. No, not necessarily on a "Prairie Home Companion" but on our own CBC radio - though I don't remember now what exactly he was speaking about...just that I fell in love with how he was speaking about whatever! At the time I didn't know he was an author..didn't know who he was really, so it was with great surprise that I came across his books in the library one day many years ago, shortly after hearing him on the radio. When I read "Lake Wobegon" (my first of his books) I marvelled at how he just seemed to seamlessly move from one related topic to another - with such ease. Also I find his work to be very humorous, but also very thoughtful often in the same chapter. I howled with laughter, tears rolling down my cheeks at some of his writing...I can't quote you anything here but it was a long time ago I read this and just remember laughing so much. However, I've read Lake Wobegon more than once and also some other books that followed "Leaving Home" and "We are Still Married". They and those Bill Bryon's books sit on my bookshelf like good friends that I will never give away!
What about you? Any author that you rush to buy their latest published book? Or any particular book or books?