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.
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?
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.