I read a great post over @Phantom of the Library where she talked about her favourite authors – and the criteria she used for narrowing down that list. Since I thought it was a great theme for a post, I decided to shamelessly borrow it for my own bookish musings!
How do you decide who makes the cut?
For me, it’s very simple. A favourite author is one whose books consistently work for you. You look forward to the next one, because you just know you’re going to love it. Or one who, at least, has several books in their catalogue that you genuinely love. You’re pretty sure you’re going to like their next one. It’s authors whose books you go back to and re-read over and over again.
My Top 10 (in no particular order):
- Agatha Christie
I love the characters, the formulaic nature of the mysteries, the settings… I must have read every Agatha Christie book at least twice.
- Jane Austen
I remember the first time I read Pride & Prejudice and just being completely blown away. I love all Jane Austen’s books, but it’s still my enduring favourite. She’s an early feminist icon, in my opinion.
- Sue Grafton
Kinsey Millhone is just one of my favourite characters. I adore the setting, the supporting cast… Everything about these books feels like going back to visit an old friend.
- Joanne Harris
I would be lying if I said I loved every Joanne Harris book. I don’t. But Chocolat, Coastliners, Blackberry Wine, I read over and over again. And I’m always up for trying the latest Joanne Harris.
- Annie Hawes
The Extra Virgin books are so wonderfully evocative. I love the author’s style and the sense of place. I must have read them all ten times. I’m just kind of sad she stopped writing!
- J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter, need I say more? These books were my childhood.
- Genevieve Cogman
I love The Invisible Library series. It’s fun and every single book holds up. Plus, I’m in love with whole idea of the library… And Irene is kind of bad ass.
- Jacqueline Winspear
I love everything about the Maisie Dobbs series: the characters, the twisty-turny mysteries, the writing style, the setting… I re-visit them over and over again.
- Phil Rickman
I really love the Merrily Watkins series. I’ve read every single book a bunch of times. The characters are great, the mysteries are always super spooky, and like the way history and folklore are blended with the story.
- Enid Blyton
The Famous Five books were a huge part of my childhood. I read them again recently and they really hold up. They’re just kind of magical…
Who are some of your favourite authors? How do you decide who makes the cut?