A freelance writer living in Perth, WA. My blog is coming soon. Watch this space!
Published September 11th 2011
I love to read. Pretty much anything by anyone, and once I pick up a good book I just can't put it down until I've finished the very last page.
Reading is a great way to relax and unwind. It's a great way to spend a rainy afternoon, a cold winter's night or a summer's eve. You can join a library or a book club. Whether you're reading the latest romance or reading the kids a bed time story reading is entertaining, educational and fun for all ages.
So now the big question – Who is your favourite author?
Do you enjoy reading the classics by Charles Dickens, Emily Bronte and Jane Austen? What about Margaret Mitchell's 'Gone With The Wind', Richard Llewellyn's 'How Green Was My Valley' or Harper Lee's 'To Kill A Mocking Bird'? Do you prefer a bit of romance or a grizzly murder mystery? Everyone likes something different and there are so many different genres out there the choice is endless.
Of course JK Rowling is one of the best know authors in the world today for her Harry Potter series of books. A beloved author for young and old, you would be hard pressed to find anyone who hasn't at least heard of the series. Most people (even those who don't like to read) have at least given her stories a go, and most people love her books and characters.
Terry Pratchett is a world renowned novelist best known for his fantasy novels. His best known and most popular books are the Discworld series. These books are loved by young and old. Although sometimes classified as childrens books because they deal with fantasy themes, don't be fooled- the Discworld books are not for children. Pratchett has written a few books for children, and some 'young adults' will enjoy his work too. Discworld novels are very much for adults though and are better understood and enjoyed by adults.
Stephen King is the master of the horror story so for chills and thrills he is a perfect choice. With so many to choose from, they will keep you occupied for months. From Misery and Cujo to the Shawshank Redemption, there are chills and frights for everyone.
For crime novels, James Patterson writes great thriller novels and is one of the best known and biggest selling authors of all time. The Alex Cross series is especially popular. Patricia Cornwell is a number 1 best selling crime writer, winning awards for several of her novels in the Kay Scarpetta series.
Matthew Reilly and John Marsden, both wonderful Australia writers, are both very popular authors each with their own series of novels. All of the novels are action packed adventures that are sure to set your blood pumping.
Whether you prefer the classics or are a fan of the more contemporary styles it seems everyone has an all-time favourite author or two. So tell us – Who is your favourite author?
It's so hard to just pick one. I have several favourites at the moment including Mark Billingham, Alex Kava, Patricia Corwell and James Patterson.
By Anonymous Tuesday, 13th of September @ 03:58 am
I love Paul Auster's books, specially the Moon palace;Salinger:Franny&Zooey and Bulgakov:Master&Margarita are on the top!
By thala - reader Monday, 10th of October @ 07:17 pm
Favorite authors are hard to pick, but I think Michael Ende would have to be mine. His books are really thoughtful and the prose is excellent (although that's in part due to the translator). Generally I like books that raise questions and the books with interesting plots.
By Luna - senior reviewer Monday, 3rd of September @ 12:10 pm
It is so hard to pick just one. Some authors that I love include Peter Carey, John Green, Chuck Palahniuk, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami, and so many more that I can't even think of listing.
I don't know if I could ever pick a favourite author, it is hard enough to pick a favourite books. But these are authors who have continuously entertained and interested me through every book of theirs that I have read. I don't know, I might have authors that I like more, but these ones will always guarantee me a good read.
I also love all the classics, but doubt that one of them would be my 'favourite'. Like I said, so hard to choose.
Umm, Peter Carey used to be one of my favorite authors. I liked to read de Bouvior and then discovered that I tended to read sad, existentialist or american realism that could really be heavy reading.
I have since begun to look for more uplifting and fun books. I like Tim Winton, yet seem to read him as if I wrote it myself.
Love the classics and would love to find some fun uplifting books that create a happy space. Stephen King is too scary for me. :)
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer Friday, 2nd of December @ 08:45 am
Diana Wynne Jones
By Anonymous Friday, 31st of August @ 03:34 am
Good question! And a hard one to answer. It depends on the mood I'm in. I have different favourites for different genres. For mysteries I like Reginald Hill and Agatha Christie. For romance, Jennifer Crusie. For urban fantasy, maybe Stacia Kane or Trent Jamieson. For fantasy Terry Pratchett.