Do you have a favourite author or more than one?

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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?

Shirley

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I will read anything (almost-I'm not terribly keen on most Science Fiction)-but I loved Maeve Binchy, an Irish author-sadly she died a year ago. However, I just found a book composed of letters & notes she wrote to family & friends over the years-I thought it would be an ideal 'bedside book'. (has to be light-short stories are ideal & cannot be murder mystery or in any way scary or I get nightmares LOL)

I do like David Baldacci, Kathy Reich(whose books inspired the series "Bones"), I've gotten into Alice Munro, I like Ken Follett & Joseph Boyden. I did like Diane Galbadone-but she's gone 'over the top'. Otherwise I pick up what looks interesting in the store-or sounds interesting on the CBC radio shows(they were talking about a new one about Rob Ford-the crazy mayor of Toronto that I may look for).

Mike prefers to read biographies-or true stories-so when he finishes plodding through one, he always asks me if I want to read it-& I often will do so, especially if I recognize the name. But he takes forever to read a book-mostly because if he comes across a word or term he doesn't know-he looks it up on the internet. I just assume I'll "Get it" with context!

So in short-I will read almost ANYthing.

And Shirley-the latest National Geographic has an article by Garrison Keillor-you might want to look for it in the library or bookstands. It is good. (Did I mention I read all the magazines that come into the house too-even Mike's car magazines if I'm desperate)

Nora

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Actually, Nora, it was because I read the National Geographic article by Garrison Keillor that I thought about writing this post!  Yes, we have a subscription to the magazine.  Years ago, Bill Bryson also wrote an article in the National Geographic.  I wish all who wrote articles for this magazine wrote as well as those two do. 

Shirley

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Shirley, there are too many!  That's part of the problem.  Like Nora, I'll read anything.  The family used to say, while I had breakfast, I'd read the back of the milk carton.  The fact that I've been an avid reader ever since I could read, has led me to go thru numerous authors, since if I like a book, I'll usually read EVERYTHING that author has written.  I have found tho, that as the years go by, many of my previous favorites have become too predictable, or too wordy, too violent, or spend too much of the novel on their own personal soapbox.  And then others, with long running characters, don't evolve.  Like Martha Grimes' Richard Jury, or Johe Sanford's Lucas Davenport, the series has been running 25 years, & now they're using an Ipad, but they are still 45!!   My other complaint with any series that features continuing characters, is that since you KNOW the character will survive, that takes a lot of the suspense away.

I like science fiction, but with an emphasis on SCIENCE.  Back in the day, that's what everyone was writing.  Then somewhere along the way it all turned to fantasy, swords and sorcery, and I lost interest.  The "science fiction" I'm reading these days is by Robin Cook (since Michael Crichton passed) and Robin's no spring chicken, either!

Some of my other current favorites are : David Searls, Scott Sigler, Jonathan Maberry (horror), Carl Hiaasen, Christopher Moore (comedy, social commentary), Warren Fahy, Greig Beck, Jeremy Robinson, & James Rollins(thriller, creature feature),

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I have a number of favorites based on friends' recommendations.  Honestly most are silly or fluff but I think I read to escape vs. my normal reasonably high pressure job, so that's my excuse!  I've read all James Patterson (other than his kid stuff), Perri O'Shaugnessy, Dan Brown, Nicholas Sparks, Janet Evanovich, Diane Mott Davidson, John Grisham, Scott Turow, JA Jance..but I think I'd have to say my favorites are Lincoln Child/Douglas Preston and Alexander McCall Smith. I'm also on book 12 of the Michael Connelly Lucas Davenport books (but I HATE his use of 'should of').  As most know I mostly listen to books so that takesa LONG time to make it through!

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I LOVE to read and will read all types of books. Not too keen on sci-fi or westerns or Harlequin type romance. Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors. I like much of Stephen King's works but didn't care for his fantasy phase (Dark Towers, etc.). I really enjoyed his last few - Under the Dome, 11/22/63 and Docter Sleep.

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I like Ann Rule, Lavryle Spenser,  V. C Andrews and Jonathan Kellerman.  

But no rushing out to buy books as soon as they are published, most of my reading over the years have been library books.  Although now that I have my tablet I am starting to buy (or request as gifts) more books. 

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I do not like most modern fiction. I tend to read biographies (of  important historical people), books on history (lots of those), fact-based books etc.. If it is a novel, it has to one that helps me understand a different culture, time period and/or is based on real events and is very well researched.  Novels, especially best sellers, do not tempt me unless the book has won some literary award.  Sometimes, I will read science fiction,especially when  I need some "fluff" to keep me occupied on long trips.

I will pick up books on some historical event if they are "on sale" and the topic interests me.  This house is full of books ( We have an extensive technical library plus books on photography, astronomy etc.. ) so I am careful what I buy. 

My kids always buy me books for Christmas. This year, DD got me "Behind the beautiful forevers: life, death and hope in a Mumbai undercity" by Katherine Boo. Excellent book.  I highly recommend it for those who wish to understand more about the issues facing India.