A few weeks ago my local bookstore’s newsletter popped into my inbox, sharing the news that Liane Moriarty is coming to town, just two days after her new book Nine Perfect Strangers hits shelves.
I didn’t have to think about it. I checked my calendar, clicked the link, and bought tickets. The whole process took 90 seconds. (Can’t wait!)
There aren’t many authors I would do that for. But Liane Moriarty is one of my dozen or so favorites. When she writes a new book, I read it. When she comes to town (or anywhere close!), I show up. No questions asked, no internal debate, no mulling it over.
This isn’t true for all the authors I read, not even close. But it’s true for my favorites.
Reading is personal; that’s one of its charms, and one of its perils. My favorites list may not resemble yours at all.
Some of my favorites died a long time ago; some are cranking out a novel a year today. Some write books that speak to my soul; some write books that entertain and inspire. The timing and tone are different, but one thing binds them together: I will read (or at least try) everything they write, because the record shows their work is likely to be worth my reading time.
I read Jane Austen and Wallace Stegner and Wendell Berry, over and over. I count down the days to the next installment in a great series from authors like Louise Penny or Robert Galbraith (or can we just call her J. K. Rowling now?) I’m eagerly anticipating this fall’s new books from Liane Moriarty, J. T. Ellison, Leif Enger, Anne Lamott, Barbara Kingsolver.
I’ll hit up google every once in a while to see if publication dates are set for Angie Thomas, Emily St John Mandel, Laura Vanderkam, Sarah Addison Allen, Joshilyn Jackson. I would never actually tell Tayari Jones or Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie or Amor Towles to write faster … but I wish they’d write faster.
That’s not even my whole list, but it’s a tantalizing beginning.
Your favorites will differ from mine, that’s what makes the reading life so interesting.
So reader, tell me about your favorite authors. Whose works do you always read, even if the premise sounds weird or the reviews are mixed. Which authors do you actually show up for, to meet in real life? Whose books can you absolutely not wait to read?
The comments section is open. I can’t wait to hear all about it.
P.S. This month’s category for the 2018 Reading Challenge is “a book by a favorite author.” Readers, you can do this. Click here for more info. (It’s not too late to get the challenge goodies available there.)