Every book lover has the authors that they gravitate towards. This may be one author that you’ll read above all the rest or a couple of authors that you fluctuate between frequently. Either way, it’s an author whose world building, characters, plot, and overall writing you love to read. While you may enjoy a lot of different authors’ works, to me a favourite author is one whose work sticks in your head long after you’ve finish the book/series and leaves you wanting more.
I believe a favourite author is an author whose books I actively search out. They’re the authors to which I eagerly await their new releases and actually keep track of when any of their books will be coming out. If one of my favourite authors is coming out with a new book, you’d better believe I’m going to be picking it up right away even if I have 200+ books waiting for me, unread, at home.
Personally, I limit my list of favourite authors to the authors that have more than one series (which I’ve read) because I don’t always know right away if it’s that particular world that I’m in love with or if it’s the writing of the author. I definitely have some favourite books and series from authors that don’t necessarily fall into this favourites list, but that’s because there are elements to those stories I just adore. If I read a series and love it but read another series from the same author but hate it, how can I call this author my favourite? Sure not every book by every author will connect to every reader, but I believe that I should enjoy most, if not all, of the works (that I’ve read) from a particular author in order to consider them a favourite.
A great example of this for me is Sarah J Maas. Her Throne of Glass series is in my top 5 series of all time. I love the characters, the world, and (for the most part) the plot itself. I could easily find myself rereading this series time and time again to get to experience the stories again. Sure I know what’s going to happen but that doesn’t mean it won’t be as impactful the next time I read them. As well, a good reread can help you catch things you’ve forgotten or didn’t catch the first time.
Even the stand alone Catwoman story Maas wrote was a joy for me to read. As a lover of comic books and epic girl power, I loved this take on a character I’ve grown up with. Maas’ writing style, which I adore, shone bright in this novel. Maas was able to make the characters feel real and it left me wanting more. She gave Selina a backstory that broke my heart and had me wishing that there was more to read. It’s these feelings that cements her place in my list of favourite authors.
However, I don’t love all of Maas’ works. Her A Court of Thorns and Roses series just isn’t for me. I can’t get over my dislike for Feyre in order to enjoy the series. I’m sorry, but she’s just too oblivious for me to handle. She’s oblivious to the most obvious things. Even still, I can admit that these books can be enjoyable. Maas does an good job at building this world and the main cast. I may not like the character whose head we’re in as readers, but that doesn’t change the fact that I can appreciate the world and the effort that went into creating it. Also, these books were my first taste into how Maas make make a hot and steamy scene feel real but certainly not my last (see later volumes of the Throne of Glass series for more examples).
I can’t wait to read more by Maas because even if I don’t fall in love with the story itself, Maas does an amazing job at making me fall in love with her characters (minus a select few) and the worlds she creates. I can’t wait to get my hands on Crescent City and see the newest world that Maas has been working on.
Another author that I’ve fallen in love with their work is Kelley Armstrong. I first read her Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising trilogies when I was in grade 9. I can confidently say that I quickly grew attached to the characters and her writing.
By the summer between grades 10 and 11 (the year 2011), I’d begun seeking out her other works and stumbled across her Women of the Otherworld series. I admit that I was probably too young to begin reading these books, but they were so well written I couldn’t put them down. Heck, I still read this series when I’m in the mood for a favourite reread. This may be Armstrong’s debut series, but it doesn’t suffer from a lot of things that I’ve noticed first time writers struggle with.
As it stands now, I own at least one copy of 42 of Armstrong’s books. I know this isn’t everything that she’s published, but you’d better believe that I’m slowly working my way towards owning a copy of all of them. Armstrong managed to write and release a crazy amount of amazing books, considering her first book was published in 2001 (Bitten).
I’m always eagerly awaiting her next release as there’s nothing Armstrong has written that I haven’t enjoyed reading.
Finally, I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Piers Anthony. While I’ve read very few of his books apart from his Xanth novels, and it’s been years since I’ve even read those, I’ve enjoyed everything of his that I have read. I love his wit and his ability to sneak hints into a story without me being able to anticipate them – even when I’m looking hard for the clues. But the real reason that Piers Anthony belongs on my list of favourite authors is that his books are the reason I fell in love with reading.
Anthony has a way with words that very few people do. His storytelling managed to get my child’s brain to actually start reading books for pleasure. It helps that the world of Xanth is filled with puns come to life – I’ve always been a sucker for a good pun.
Even if I’ve grown out of the time when I’d sit down and devour one of Anthony’s books in a single sitting, I’ll always consider him to be a favourite author. He’s the reason I’ve found my love of books.
I know that a lot of people will say that J.K. Rowling was a huge influence in their love of reading, but I didn’t get around to reading any of her works until I was 22. Of course I enjoy the Harry Potter books now, but as a kid they were more my older sister’s things.
What are your favourite authors? What drew you to their writing in the first place? What is it about their writing that keeps you coming back for more?
Which author or book is it that got you into reading in the first place?