For the 2015 Reading Challenge, I’m blogging through one category per month, in order. (Don’t worry—you don’t have to read them in order.)
So far we’ve covered:
- a book you’ve been meaning to read
- a book published this year
- a book in a genre you don’t typically read
- a book from your childhood
- a book your mom loves
- a book that was originally written in a different language
- a book ‘everyone’ has read but you
- a book you chose because of the cover
I have a terrible time picking just one favorite anything, so picking a favorite author is out of the question. I suspect I’m like most readers: I have many favorites, depending on my mood, what I’ve recently read, and what’s happening in my life.
For great literature that never lets me down, I read Jane Austen. I don’t think I’ll tire of re-reading her works anytime soon, and I still discover something new on each re-reading.
Wendell Berry is another of my favorites. He writes wonderful, probing literary fiction, and while I’m not always in the mood for his contemplative works, I’m always rewarded when I summon the patience to slow down and revisit Port William.
I love Wallace Stegner, even though I haven’t even read half of his works. (The man was prolific.) But I’m amazed at what he can do with the written word, and several of his books are among my very favorites. (I’m reading his novel The Big Rock Candy Mountain for this category.)
There are authors I think of as kindred spirits, like Madeleine L’Engle. It’s not that I think we’re much alike, but that I feel understood reading her. She phrases things in a way I can hear.
There are authors I turn to for a good kick in the pants, like Brené Brown.
I’m stopping myself at 8 authors, though I could easily think of more.
Who are YOUR favorite authors, and why?