One thing that has always stumped me is the use of favorite authors. I’ve always felt critical of using it for authors if I only read a certain amount of books or anything like that. I guess for the most part I have just always been so worried that there is going to be a book that I am going to dislike by an author I called a favorite.
But someone on twitter (and I’m sorry I don’t recall who) mentioned that even if there is a book you dislike or like less than previous books, that doesn’t mean that this author can’t be your favorite anymore. One doesn’t have to have perfect favorite authors in that way. If you love the majority of their work that is enough to call them a favorite too. So here we are.
I also think there is a difference between authors that are a favorite and authors that you are keeping an eye on.
Favorite Book: Tie between Going Postal and Hogfather
Before I started my blog I became acquainted with Discworld and Terry Pratchett through a friend on Livejournal. My first read, The Colour of Magic, might not have drawn me in but Mort certainly did. I was in love with the world and the character Death from there on out and it only grew.
Unfortunately Pratchett passed away a few years ago. But luckily for me he wrote an insane amount of books, even outside of Discworld that I still need to catch up on. A lifetime goal.
Favorite Book: The Golem’s Eye
I think Jonathan Stroud might be the author that you all know me for. Or at least at the start. Pratchett is also a pretty good one haha. I found The Golem’s Eye when I was waiting on my husband (then boyfriend) at a train station back in 2008 I want to say. I read it and I fell in love.
I love the whole Bartimaeus trilogy and his newer Lockwood books. I’m looking forward to his new book and I still want to go back to his older books. Those he wrote between Bartimaeus and Lockwood. I actually got to meet him in 2019 when he visited Castlefest. Dream come true people.
Favorite Book: Tawny Man Trilogy
I heard about Robin Hobb for YEARS but never really picked up their work initially. I was still in my must inhale all YA Fantasy at the time, lol. But I found two of the books from the first trilogy from The Realm of the Elderlings. When I had it complete I inhaled the farseer trilogy within a week and knew I had found a new favorite.
How she managed to create the whole of the realm of Elderlings and have all these trilogies be tied together in some way is done so well!
Favorite Book: Mexican Gothic
I’ve only read two books by this author but I just know I’m likely to love all of her. I read Gods of Jade and Shadow last year and wanted to read all her work. Two older books are being rereleased next year and I am looking forward to because some of those older books are going high in price these days.
I love how she incorporates her own culture (Mexican) in her work and how she writes.
Favorite Books: Uprooted
Naomi Novik had been on my radar for a while before Uprooted came out. As a dragon lover her Temeraire series was of course on my TBR. But I ended up reading Uprooted and then Spinning Silver first and I fell in love with these books. Later I also read the first Temeraire book which I also loved.
I will say that I 100% stand behind the reviewers and readers who pointed out the racism in her recent book A Deadly Education. And no her apology was not enough if those affected say it isn’t.
Favorite Books: Sunbolt
Both Jolien and Lala shouted about the Sunbolt chronicles back in 2016. I remember reading Sunbolt during my pregnancy I think and Memories of Ash in the hospital after having had a c-section to deliver Merijn. So I remember them vividly. I also loved Thorn.
But even more Intisar is just a super lovely person who tries to make contact with her readers, and who has worked hard with self-publishing her books and now getting a publisher. I wish her the very best.
Favorite Book: Sorcerer to the Crown
I’d heard a bit about Sorcerer to the Crown so when I saw it in a local bookstore I picked it up. And when I read it I loved it. After that I caught some of her novella’s. While I haven’t read them all I could tell I’d found a new favorite. Her writing is splendid and I love the characters she creates.