Posted on January 10, 2008 by Lisa Munley
- How did you come across your favorite author(s)? Recommended by a friend? Stumbled across at a bookstore? A book given to you as a gift?
- Was it love at first sight? Or did the love affair evolve over a long acquaintance?
I don’t have one favorite author. I have favorite books, but even then I haven’t been compelled to run out and read everything those authors have written. Favorite books have come to me in a myriad of ways, but most often from recommendations from friends and family.
My mother gave me her Louisa May Alcott collection to read when I was a child. I was hooked. Later, there was the former co-worker who turned me on to Sue Grafton’s alphabet mysteries. There was the ex-boyfriend who was a huge Dean Koontz fan. And there’s Oprah and her love of Maya Angelou. Well, Oprah’s not a personal friend (I wish), but she does visit my house via the television on a regular basis. I also read reviews at amazon.com and bookmovement.com for inspiration and have discovered books that way.
A beautiful, interesting cover sometimes translates into a beautiful, interesting read, but not always. I have been dazzled by covers and displays in bookstores many times, only to be disappointed (What? You can’t judge a book by it’s cover? Shocking!).
I’ve found some new favorites on the many book blogs I visit, too. Some of these book bloggers read so much, I don’t know when they have time to sleep or wash their hair. They must be speed readers!
For me, the most reliable path to a favorite book, and consequently a favorite author, tends to be the passionate, personal recommendation. There’s nothing better than a recommendation from a person who adores the book they’ve just read and wants to spread the word.
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