Thursday, August 27, 2015 12:39

Fairytale News | Favorite book or favorite author?


'Mel on reading' is a little feature I created as part of my Fairytale news. It's my way to show my thoughts on topics that go from pet peeves in reading to my favorite things in books.

There is a difference between a favorite book and a favorite author for me.

Definition of a favorite book:
You can’t stop thinking about it, you recommend it to everyone and you want to reread it as soon as possible. BUT, you don’t feel the need to read every other book written by that author. Sometimes you even dislike their other work.

Definition of a favorite author:You read and love anything they write. Their new books are standard on your wish-list, because it doesn’t even matter what it is about. You even read books outside your comfort zone, because they wrote it. This author can hardly do anything wrong for you.

I have a few authors who have written my favorite books, but I don’t count them as favorite authors. An example is Jodi Lynn Anderson. I absolutely LOVE Tiger Lily and I recommend it to everyone, but I was left disappointed by The vanishing season. Perhaps if I love some of her future work I can count her as favorite author, but she hasn’t impressed me enough at this moment. Another I can think of is Markus Zusak. The book thief is one of my all time favorite books, but for some reason I have never read his other work. Part of me is scared I won’t like it, part of me is not interested in the story. John Green is also one. I love The fault in our stars, but I don’t want to read his other books. They don't sound appealing to me. These are good authors, but that’s it.

My favorite authors are the ones that make me read books I normally wouldn’t have read, but I know they will deliver. Sometimes you are so blown away by an author and their style, you just know they are IT for you. You will fall in love with their books no matter what. There is something about their stories that work for you and they hold the magic you look for. Those authors make me want to rave about them and I want everyone to read their work. Kasie West is a good example. I really liked Pivot Point and Split second. I decided to try her other work and while I normally don’t read contemporary, I devour everything she writes. On the fence was adorable and The fill-in boyfriend was a huge success. I will read and buy anything by Juliet Marillier. The same for Sarah J. Maas, Victoria Schwab, Cat Winters, Rosamund Hodge, Robin LaFevers, Mindy McGinnis, Cat Winters, Maggie Stiefvater, Laini Taylor, Marissa Meyer, A.C Gaughen and Rae Carson.

There are also a couple of authors I have on my possible-favorite list. I’ve loved one of their books, but I simply need to read a few more before I can decide if they are good enough for the list. Naomi Novik is a good example. I adored Uprooted, but I want to try her other fantasy series first. This could easily turn into a situation where she only wrote a favorite book. Leigh Bardugo is also on this maybe-list, because I loved Shadow and bone, devoured Siege and storm, but I disliked Ruin and Rising.. So, Six of Crows is going to seal the deal (or not). Sharon Biggs Waller - A mad wicked folly and R.C Lewis - Stitching snow are two names that make a good chance.

Do you have the same thing, where an author wrote a favorite book, but isn’t a favorite author? How do you define that line between a good author and a favorite one?
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Mel@thedailyprophecy

Mel is a microbiology technician who is obsessed with Disney, fairytale retellings and fantasy. If she's not reading or blogging, she's either busy with gaming, hanging out with family or watching a TV show. She loves summer and bright nail polish. One of her dreams is to travel the world. She has found her Prince Charming and they are together for 7+ years.

40 comments:

  1. I have this too! A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness is one of my favorites, but I DNFed The Knife of Never Letting Go. I think this can also be applied to debut authors. I have read several books this year that I LOVED, but they were all the first book by that particular author. There's no way to know if they'll be a favorite until you read another book by them.

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    1. Exactly, debuts are always tricky because it could easily turn out to be the only book you like :)

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  2. I feel like this actually happens with me a lot, I'll LOVE a book but the author doesn't always become a favorite.

    My favorite books tend to be those that absolutely blew my mind and make me want to jump up and down and just hug the book. I won't always re-read favorite books because I am not a huge re-reader but what I do is reread favorite scenes or quotes from the books and then get all emotional because BOOKS.

    The thing with my favorite authors is that I don't always have to love all their books or even read every single one of them? Like with Melina Marchetta, she is easily one of my fav authors but I never finished her Lumatere Chronicles series. Finnikin of the Rock didn't impress me as much as her contemporary novels (although I did love it) so I never continued on with the series (which is weird since I am definitely more of a fantasy person) but I'd still pretty much read anything she puts out. DOES THIS MAKE SENSE or am I just rambling now?

    ANYWAY, fantastic post, Mel! :)

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

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    1. This is why I love these discussions, it's so much fun to see everyone's view on it. I think it makes sense that you have a favorite author, but that you don't love every genre they write for.

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  3. This is exactly how I feel! I definitely agree that once you've found that perfect book, you don't necessarily have to become fangirl to the author, because not every book of said author will automatically work for you. But there are some authors that I will branch out for to genres that are not my typical reads, like you mentioned and that can be a thing of beauty :)

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    1. It's one of the best things about reading. Finding an author that makes you read ANYTHING.

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  4. This happens a lot. I may like some of the author's work but I don't usually love it all. I don't feel the need to idolize an author because I won't necessarily love everything they write. If I like an author's other work, I may read a book that isn't something I would usually read. Sometimes it works for me and sometimes it doesn't.
    Thanks for sharing, Mel.
    Amanda

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  5. Although often my favourite authors write my favourite books, I think there is indeed a difference between a favourite author and a favourite book. I love the definition you give for both.
    I have a few favourite authors who make me want to write everything they write and often even pushed me to read new genres because of that, a few of my favourite authors are Kelley Armstrong, Richelle Mead, Jennifer Estep, Susan Kaye Quinn and SJ Pajonas.

    There are also some authors who come close or I haven't read enough of their books to be sure whether they make the list. There are also some authors where I love or really enjoy one of their books and don't like another one of their books, although that doesn't happen often. It's more likely that it varries in how much I enjoy their books form 3 till 5 stars. Great post!

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  6. My definition for both can be used interchangeably. I always say it’s my favorite author even though I only knew one work of this person. But you’re right, there are instances when I can’t like all my favorite's works. Maybe I should rethink about how I classify things, haha. ^^

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  7. I definitely count Throne of Glass as one of my favorite series, but Sarah J Maas doesn't make it to the favorite authors list because I didn't like ACOTAR (and honestly, ToG isn't a fave either. But from CoM on? Yes.) Another is Rosamund Hodge - I loooooooved Cruel Beauty and still think about it two years later, but Crimson Bound was a big no for me.

    But authors who can get me to read anything include Nova Ren Suma, Francesca Lia Block, Victoria Schwab, Amie Kaufman, and Stephanie Kuehn. There are others, but those are the biggies I can think of right now.

    I used to use to two terms interchangeably but that's definitely not the case now that a few years have passed and these authors are putting out more books and new series.

    It is always such a disappointment when you read an author's second book and it's just not what you wanted from them after falling head over heels for their first.

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    1. Victoria Schwab <3 I used to say 'favorite author' all the time until I realized that there is a fine line for me. Falling in love with the first book and then being disappointed by their other works is terrible.

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  8. Yes! I totally agree that there is a difference between a favorite book and a favorite author - and we certainly define it the same way. Personally, favorite authors come to mind a lot easier for me - Sarah J. Maas, Susan Dennard, Jodi Meadows, Corey Ann Haydu are a few of them.

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  9. Yes! Definitely agree with this. I have authors that have wrote some of my favourite books, but wouldn't call a favourite author. Like Tabitha Suzuma wrote Forbidden, one of my favourite books of all time, but have never read anything else by her. Then I have Malorie Blackman who wrote one of my all time favourite series, but I haven't really loved anything else by her. But favourite authors are the ones where I have loved everything I have read by them - like Sarah J Maas!!! <3 LOVE HER!!!

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  10. YES ABSOLUTELY!! I have favourite authors (basically Maggie Stiefvater, Michael Grant, and Cassandra Clare) but then...I also have just favourite books. Like I adore Fangirl, but I didn't like Eleanor and Park. (oops!) And, omg, I have so. many. feels about Red Rising, but to be honest, I didn't like the sequel. >_> And Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo is one of my favourite books EVER, but I really haven't liked the other two books of hers I've read.
    So I definitely relate to this post!! :D

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    1. Maggie Stiefvater! I love her Raven Boys so much I count her as favorite, but I'm also worried I might not like her other work and she will fall off that status..

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  11. All the favorite authors you put here are some of my favorites, too! After Vicious and ADSOM, I'll read anything that Victoria Schwab writes. As in EVERYTHIIIING. And Sarah J. Maas, too! I haven't read The Vanishing Season yet so I can't really pitch in my 2 cents about that but I do remember LOVING Tiger Lily as well! :D

    Faye at The Social Potato

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  12. I understand. Sometimes I love a book so much, but was never interested in or didn't like the author's other books. I like to think that I've finally found my favourite book and author - and co incidentally, my favourite author has written my favourite book. My favourite book is - for now - Vicious and that makes Victoria Schwab my favourite author. I adored Schwab's ADSOM and The Archived, and I guess I'll love her future books as well, because most of the time, it's her writing that captivates me, and I think it will be always there in all her books.

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  13. Oh definitely. I mean, my all-time favourite book is written by my favourite author (lol), but that hasn't always been the case at all! Sometimes a book just sparks with you. And it could be by anyone. It could be by someone whose other books you've hated. That's the beauty of reading, it's so subjective

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  14. I totally get what you mean! I've got the same with The Book Thief; although I do want to read The Messenger at some point, I am kind of scared it won't live up to my expectations.

    On the other hand, I will buy anything John Green writes, even though I liked some of his books more than others. He's definitely a favourite author of mine. Rainbow Rowell is quickly becoming a favourite as well; I ADORED both Fangirl and Eleanor & Park and have just bought Attachments to see if I like her adult work as well (I'm pretty sure that I will).

    There are also a lot of authors by whom I've read one book which I loved, but I just haven't gotten around to reading more, such as E. Lockhart - I loooved We Were Liars, but her other books aren't very high up on my priority list.

    Oh, and then there's the example of The Rosie Project, which I absolutely loved, and its sequal The Rosie Effect which I strongly disliked. Funy how those things sometimes work out :)

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  15. If you're looking for encouragement regarding Six of Crows... I was able to get a hold of an ARC, and it's brilliant. Better than Shadow and Bone, IMO. ;) Of course, that's as subjective as everything else you mentioned here.

    This is a neat idea for a blog post, Mel. I also have favorite books and separate favorite authors. Under books, I loved Anthony Doerr's All The Light We Cannot See and (like you) Markus Zusak's The Book Thief, but haven't read their other works yet. As for authors, I'll buy anything written by Ursula K. Le Guin, J.R.R. Tolkien, Kristen Cashore, Laini Taylor, and Maria V. Snyder. Leigh Bardugo may have jumped into that list now as well.

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    1. That's good to hear! I've been staying away from reviews, because I want to go in as blindly as possible, but that is great :)

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  16. Hmm I never really distinguished between the two, probably because most of my favorite books are written by my favorite authors but now that i think about it there are a few exceptions. Jodi Lynn Anderson would be just an author of a favorite book. Huntley Fitzpatrick is a bit in the grey area - My Life Next Door is one of my favorite contemporaries but I didn't love What I Thought Was True so even though I consider her a favorite author that's probably not that accurate. Interesting discussion!

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  17. I totally understand this!! Favorite authors need to show me through multiple works that they stay in my good favor (Wow that sounds cocky, sorry). I have a lot more favorite books than favorite authors because sometimes the consistency of the author's works just isn't up to par. Cassandra Clare is one of my favorite authors while Joy N Hensley's Rites of Passage is one of my favorite books. Great post, Mel <3

    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

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    1. Not at all, I feel the same in most cases! They need to 'prove' they are worthy of the favorite status, haha.

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  18. I totally understand and completely agree with this!! I actually have several authors that I love everything they've ever written, and then others where I'm not a huge fan of them overall, despite the fact that they wrote one of my favorite books at one point or another. I had trouble with this when I first started reading and blogging a lot... but I've now accepted that every favorite book I have DOES NOT equal a favorite author. Great post! :)

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  19. YES!!! This is such a great post! Like one of my all-time favorite authors is Derek Landy and his new book is a paranormal horror and I don't. read. horror. because I'm a total wimp but I read it because he wrote it and I LOVED IT! I'd even read his grocery lists, to be honest. Then I have favorite books that I loved but I wouldn't go buy all the author's books.

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  20. Definitely a good point. I've run into this a lot as well, and have had the same experience with Jodi Lynn Anderson as you did. But one huge YES to Sarah J. Maas, Victoria Schwab, Cat Winters, Rosamund Hodge, Robin LaFevers, Mindy McGinnis, Cat Winters, Maggie Stiefvater, Laini Taylor, and Marissa Meyer :D Obviously we have great taste. I would probably love the last two authors as well but I still have yet to read anything by them.

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  21. "Definition of a favorite book:
    You can’t stop thinking about it, you recommend it to everyone and you want to reread it as soon as possible. BUT, you don’t feel the need to read every other book written by that author. Sometimes you even dislike their other work."

    This was Jellicoe Road for me. I HATED her fantasy series, but this book was just freaking the BOMB.

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  22. I have this a lot Mel, and it doesn't usually bother me much. I think it's only natural that we'll feel this way on both sides, we can't everything an author writes, but we can't love every book just because an author wrote it. I also have the same problem you with John Green and other authors - sometimes, you're destined to only read one book.. Great post though Mel! :D

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  23. I have this a lot Mel, and it doesn't usually bother me much. I think it's only natural that we'll feel this way on both sides, we can't everything an author writes, but we can't love every book just because an author wrote it. I also have the same problem you with John Green and other authors - sometimes, you're destined to only read one book.. Great post though Mel! :D

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  24. Interesting differentiation Mel! Quite often it's hard to define whether an author's style is going to be for you if you read and loved just one book of theirs. For instance, I loved TFIOS but I hate the story of Paper Towns lol. But Rachel Caine is definitely one of my favourites, I have loved all of her books that I've read, whether it's YA or UF. Great topic Mel!

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  25. This is precisely why I'm always so hard pressed to name favourite authors! It's easier to name favourite books because that's really just dependent on the books themselves. But when it comes to authors, the litmus test definitely is whether or not I'd read books outside of their usual genres, so I completely agree with you. The other thing is, if the subject matter doesn't interest me, I very rarely care if said book was written by an author whose previous books I enjoyed. I rather move on to stories I think I might care about.

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    1. Yes, it's easier to name favorite books than authors, because finding a favorite book is not nearly as hard :)

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  26. Excellent discussion topic^^ You're right: favorite books don't necessarily make you want to devour EVERYTHING by that author...and if they do, sometimes you can be disapointed! Favorite authors are the ones that become auto-buy authors to me: like you'd read ANYTHING and EVERYTHING they come out with (like SJM and for me Brandon Sanderson) I never really thought about it the way you've discussed it here but it makes a lot of sense. You're always so clever Mel ;)

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    1. Haha, just something I figured out lately and decided to share :)

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  27. Aw, I love this :D Stunning post Mel. <3 Thank you for writing about this :) And yess. I also have favorite books and then favorite authors. But also have favorite authors, even though I didn't like their books :)

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  28. I love this discussion! It's funny, because in conversation I'll say that John Green is one of my favorite authors because of The Fault in Our Stars, but really that's the only book of his that I've *loved*. So. I think I agree with you - a favorite author is someone who has written multiple books that are favorites of mine - Maggie Stiefvater, Melina Marchetta, Kasie West would all be good examples.

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  29. I love the distinction between favorite author and favorite book! There are a lot of books I love even though I don't like everything by that author. Loving a book, though makes me more inclined to at least give their other books a shot, whether I end up liking them or not.

    Kasie West is a great example of a couple of good books that turned into a favorite author :)

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