Who is One of Your Favorite Authors and Why?
I am going to cheat on this question because there is no way I can just pick one author. I almost never read just one book at a time. For example, right now I am reading “Don’t Know Much About Anything Else” by Kenneth C. Davis, “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini, and “The Blogger’s Survival Guide” by Lexie Lane and Becky McNeer. Feel free to click on any of the titles and purchase via the link to help fund my insatiable book purchasing habit—and before you recommend I just borrow them from the library I should let you know that although I think public libraries are a wonderful community service, I used to work in one and saw too many strange things come back within the pages of borrowed books to ever borrow one and read it without a HAZMAT suit. I digress. I would be here all day trying to narrow my choice down to just one author so I’ve decided to alter the assignment a little and give you three of my favorites.
When I want to enjoy a good laugh, I pick up a Janet Evanovich novel. Her numbered series (e.g. One for the Money) is my favorite because I love Stephanie Plum, the bumbling bounty hunter. Her two love interests also make for great entertainment since they provide just the right dose of romance for me. I’m not a romance novel fan since I don’t need the intimate love scenes described in detail, but I do like reading flirtatious dialogue that gives me just a tiny stirring of butterflies in my stomach though I usually translate it as hunger and end up eating.
If I’ve been reading too much fluff lately but I’m not in the mood to tackle non-fiction, I like to read Philippa Gregory. Oh the joy of historical fiction! All the advantages of an entertaining book, with tidbits of educational material strewn throughout so that you can pretend to be intellectual. I mistakenly thought I could get the same benefits with science fiction but I just ended up getting confused about what scientific capabilities actually exist and which ones Orson Scott Card made up. At the risk of revealing the depths of my nerdiness, whenever I read one of Philippa Gregory’s novels, I do research afterwards to sort out the real history behind the story since I’m finally interested enough to look it up and retain it. I really need her to branch out and explore some other historical eras though because my knowledge of history is limited to European kings and queens back to the 15th century.
When I’m trying to be pretentious, or have an early onset Alzheimer’s scare because it takes me 5 trips up and down the stairs to remember what I went up to my bedroom to get, I delve into non-fiction. Usually, I just cruise the bargain book section and pick out something with a catchy name or interesting cover despite the advice to “never judge a book by its cover.” Great writing style isn’t usually a prerequisite for me in this category because I’m just trying to make myself smart, but one author manages to leave me feeling smarter AND entertained. In fact, I’m reading one of his books right now. Kenneth C. Davis is the author of the “Don’t Know Much About” series. The first book of his that I read was on the Bible and I learned more from that book about the Bible and religion than I had in decades of going to church and a mandatory college class on world religion. Imagine my delight when I discovered that I could do the same with his other books on geography, the universe, and history. So, if you didn’t pay close enough attention in school or just dumped the knowledge after your final exams, his books are a fun, painless way to educate yourself.
That’s my list! What are you reading right now? Who’s your favorite author? It’s okay to say me. Flattery is highly encouraged.