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Favorite Author Friday

Which authors are on the top of your list? The blogger shares some of her favorite authors - and where you can learn more about them.

So, as you know, I do a lot of reading. As a younger woman, I used to spend hours at book stores (not that I don't now!) collecting piles and piles of books. I'd pull out my trusty plastic credit card and purchase said piles and piles of books and add the new aquisitions to the piles and piles of books already taking up shelf space at home. As I got older - and my credit card debt ballooned - I decided to stop buying so many books and simply read what I had at home. I found that, in most cases, I wasn't interested in the books I had so eagerly purchased and I couldn't remember why I had bought them in the first place.

I worked my way through my book shelves, reading, sorting, recycling and reselling. I ended up keeping only a fraction of what I once had - only the books that I really loved or by favorite authors. Now, when I go and spend hours at book stores, I gather a pile of books, sit and read the first chapters of each and make a list of which I would be intersted in reading further. Then I head to the library. When I find a book that I really love, I add it to my must-purchase list and am really much more sensible about that credit card spending. (Though I am still working on paying off all those previous purchases!)

There are a handful of authors whose books I will purchase straight away - sight unseen, first chapter unread. I have a history with those authors and have truly enjoyed every book they have written, so it's a safe bet for me to spend right up front. For example, whenever Jen Lancaster has out a new book, it's on the purchase list. (I was lucky enough to meet her once and get her autograph!) Although, thanks to Penguin books, I won a copy of her latest, Jeneration X! Same with Cathy Lamb and Sarah Addison Allen. Then there are the series - when the next books from Veronica Roth, Marie Lu, Jessica Spotswood, Beth Revis and Deborah Harkness come out, they will be purchased immediately.

What about you? Do you have favorite authors who you love to read and whose books you have to get your hands on as soon as possible?

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Chris June 16, 2012 at 02:32 AM
If only there was an easy way to look up the correct spelling of an author's name. Someone should invent a way to search for that information from the comfort of their home and get the answer immediately! Love, Your brother.
Dave Ruske June 17, 2012 at 12:52 PM
The recent passing of Ray Bradbury has me revisiting his work again, starting with the beat up, yellowed copy of The Martian Chronicles I bought when I was in high school. His ability to paint with language always pulls me in.
Jenna Czaplewski June 17, 2012 at 05:43 PM
I haven't heard anything about Rowling's newest, no. I'm a little curious, but also cautious. I think it's hard to live up to "Harry Potter!"
Randy1949 June 19, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Terry Pratchett. He has created a delightful imaginary world in Discworld. I'm slowkly working my way through them all.
James R Hoffa June 20, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Anything that's sold in a grocery store and has Fabio on the cover catches Hoffa's attention ;-) BTW - That was a JOKE!!! But really, Fabio is a great guy, which is more than I can say of President Obama's elitist friend George Clooney. In all seriousness, Hoffa enjoys the works of Richard Adams, Michael Ende, Philip K. Dick, Vladimir Nabokov, Ursula K. Le Guin, Arthur C. Clarke, Jean-Paul Sartre, Stephen King, etc.

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