I snapped that gorgeous photo on a recent evening walk. It's totally unfiltered - the sky really was that pink! It doesn't have anything to do with this post, but I just couldn't resist sharing it.
This post is mostly written by those of you who filled out my survey. As I mentioned the other day, I giggled a bit maniacally as I wrote "Who is your favorite author?", since I figured you'd have a hard time deciding. And, I was right!
About half of you left the question blank, but here are the responses I got. I put my responses to a few of them in red.
- Hard to pin down a favorite! I like folks from Jane Austen to Rick Bragg to Amy Tan to Jon Scieszka! Ha! I have a sudden urge to read The Stinky Cheese Man.
- I've always enjoyed Guenter Grass, but I can't really say I have a favorite author.
- Tough one - contemporary-wise, maybe Curtis Sittenfeld or Allegra Goodman.
- Sheri S.Teper
- Georgette Heyer Yay! She's my favorite too.
- Love British classics - Austen, Dickens, Gaskell...
- I love reading a mixture of all genres. Some of my favorite books in the last year or so were THE NIGHT CIRCUS, A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES & GONE GIRL. I have read more Historical romances than I can count this year (which I consider a guilty pleasure and for "Calgon take me away" moments). I also like anything by Tana French and the mystery/thriller genre (I liked BROKEN HARBOR which I just finished). My all-time favorite author would have to be Jane Austen. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. Sigh. To me, it's perfection. To me too!
- Jane Austen, if I am allowed only one answer.
- Anne Tyler
- A tie between Dorothy Dunnett and Dorothy Sayers. How very Dorothy-ish! I can't even think of another Georgette author.
- Favorite author overall would probably be J.R.R. Tolkien, but I really have a favorite in every genre. Top three right now? Probably Erik Larson, Haruki Murakami, and Julia Quinn (Just Like Heaven was so cute and funny).
- I can't pick just one! :) C.S. Lewis, Francine Rivers
- These days, Dr. Seuss.
- Who can possibly answer this question??? Variety is one of the reasons I like to read, and why I like to read about a variety of authors on your site :)
- Cannot choose just one. There were about 10 variations on this statement. Most had lots of exclamation points.
- So hard to choose - but I love Madeleine L'Engle, Joanne Harris, Marisa de los Santos and so many others.
- Cormac McCarthy I'm pretty sure this was Noel. Based on the fact that this person also said they'd like to see me write more about Batman...
- Laura Hillenbrand because I can't pick anybody else :)
- J. K. Rowling
- Walker Percy, Jonathan Swift, Philip Larkin, Wallace Stevens, Barbara Kingsolver, Jane Austen, Anne Tyler, J.R. R. Tolkien, Douglas Adams, Robert Heinlein. For starters. I love the "for starters"!
- I don't really have one.
- Jane Austen, The Bronte Sisters, J.K. Rowling, Lauren Oliver, Marcus Zusak
- Shannon Hale, Robert Jordan, Robin Hobb Hm. This makes me think I should try Robert Jordan, because I also love those other two.
- Jane Austen or JK Rowling...or maybe I have a few too many to pick a favorite :-)
- Roald Dahl
- Hmmm...Jane Austen. Always a pretty safe bet!
- "Wow, that's a tough one. Fiction: Dostoevsky.
Sci-Fi: Asimov. Need to think about it a bit more."
- Stephen King. I have a pretty good guess that this was a friend from college, since they said they'd like me to write more about Noel, ha.
- Unfair question! :D
- Robert Jordan Ok, I think Robert Jordan is definitely going on the to-read list.
- Sylvia Plath
- C.S. Lewis, P.G. Wodehouse, Brock and Bodie Thoene. I kind of forgot about the Thoenes, I used to love their books. Might be time for a re-read.
- Jonathan Franzen
- Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, Elizabeth Peters, etc, etc :-) I like you, just based on these answers!
- David Mitchell, specifically his novel Cloud Atlas
Thanks for helping me write this post!
Any favorite authors who weren't mentioned?