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I am currently reading everything I can by:
Ann Rinaldi (historical fiction...found in the Young Adult section of the library, but as a 40-something elementary school teacher, I still enjoy them myself)
Previous favorites were:
John Grisham (legal dramas)
Robin Cook (medical mysteries)
LaVyrle Spencer (period romances...she is now "retired" from writing, but I loved her books. Such depth of the characters. I wish she would start publishing again.)
My favorite authors are:
Jodi Picoult - Wonderful!! Writes about controversial topics but very well written.
Francine Rivers - Christian fiction - awesome! (Redeeming Love - an all time favorite!)
Lori Wick - Christian fiction (Pretense - also one of my favorites!)
Jenny Gardiner - Chick Lit - Sooooo Funny! (Sleeping With Ward Cleaver)
Cindy Dees - Action/Mystery with strong women - haven't read one of her books that I did not love!
The only author that I really devour EVERYTHING by is Dick Francis. His characters are so well-developed, and his stories move along at a great pace ... out of 41 novels, I'd be hard-pressed to name 2 duds ....
I have read nearly every book by these authors :
Mary Alice Monroe
I would say Jodi Picoult, Jane Green, Barbara Delinksy, and Chris Bohjalian.
However, I've recently started reading a lot more new authors and definitely see a lot of potentially new favorite authors!
My taste is pretty varied but I especially like A. S. Byatt, C. J. Box, Larry McMurtry, Alison Weir, Jonathan Kellerman, Stephen White, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Wayne Johnston, P. D. James and Ruth Rendell.
My top 5 would be:
I also like Richard Laymon, Graham Masterton, Heather Graham, Harlan Coben, Jack Ketchum and many others.
Just a few of my favorites....
Jodi Picoult--If you are thinking of reading her novels start with NINETEEN MINUTES or PLAIN TRUTH
I'm a James Patterson Junkie, but I have to pass on some of his more odd novels....I didn't get the one about flying people....
My first mystery love was Mary Higgins Clark, but I have sort of evolved into Kathy Reichs and Patricia Cornwell.
I read anything by these folks:
Bob Greene (loved Be True to Your School)
Anne Rivers Siddons (Peachtree Road and Colony were the best!)
Lee Smith (Oral History was the first I read and I was hooked)
Pat Conroy (I still remember some of his descriptions from Prince of Tides)
and the cozy writers such as: Susan Witting Albert, Laura Childs, Monica Ferris, etc.
Emily, Tracy Chevalier is one of my favorites! I really loved the Virgin Blue and the Lady and the Unicorn.
Other current faves: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Bharti Kirchner, Mary Daheim, Chris Bohjalian, Gail Tsukiyama, Alexander McCall Smith, Rett MacPherson, Brendan O'Carroll, Billie Letts...
This was fun to think about. I realized that I have had a favorite author most times in my life.
Carolyn Keene (Nancy Drew Mysteries) in grade school early junior high
Louis L'Amour in early high school (when my step-father moved in with a big collection)
Madeleine L'Engle beginning in high school and continuing
Stephen King in college and early adulthood
Dr. William Sears as a mom of young kids
Jan Karon as my kids got older
Barbara Kingsolver about 5 years ago and continuing
Jodi Picoult, my most recent favorite
I wonder what I find next?
I seem to like the quirky ones:
Carl Hiaasen (friend of a friend)
James W. Hall (went to same college and had mutual friends)
Randy Wayne White
Donald Miller -- especially "Searching for God Knows What", but also "Blue Like Jazz"
Tanith Lee - Amazing Sci-Fi and Fantasy Author ( Am I the only one who read her book, Biting The Sun?)
Neil Gaiman- Great Storyteller~ Author of the Sandman Graphic Novels as well as novel like American Gods.
Steve King- Love his early books and short stories, Carrie, Salem's Lot, Nightshift.
Angela Carter - Wrote The Bloody Chamer, a collection of re-written fairy tales.
Richard Matheson - A master horror writer, wrote the book I Am Legend (which is much better than the movie!)
I constantly find authors I love but those are current favorites.
Hmm, I'll try to keep the list whittled down to 6...
Francesca Lia Block
Hmm! I just went to a website with a "literature map" and it showed fans of Tom Robbins as being fans of all the other authors i listed except for Francesca Lia Block. I guess that shows that i need to diversify!
Current and Past favorites:
Tom Clancy (although he doesn't write much anymore)
John Grisham (always a safe bet)
Michael Crichton (I don't think the man can write a bad novel)
Nelson DeMille (love most of them although there's a couple I've put away for now)
Vince Flynn (newly discovered and loving them!!! I read one and went right out and bought/swapped for all the rest)
Robert Ludlum (have them all and have read most of them)