Reading by Author

United States
February 16, 2007 5:28pm CST
Over the years of lurking in libraries and used book stores to pick out armfuls of books to read, there were certain authors that were so good I couldn't put down the books. After a while, I started keeping track of my beloved authors and reading every single one of the books the author wrote. Some of my favorites include: Jack L. Chalker David Eddings Robert Silverberg Raymond E. Feist Alan Dean Foster Terry Brooks J.R.R. Tolkien Christopher Stashieff Piers Anthony J.K. Rowling Ann McCaffrey Craig Shaw Gardner Robert Asprin Andre Norton John D. MacDonald Sharon Shinn Robin McKinley Patricia A. McKillip Catherine Asaro Pearl S. Buck Do you read by author? Are any of the above your favorite authors, too? Who are your favorite authors?
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@nowment (1758)
• United States
17 Feb 07
As an avid reader yes there are many authors I follow in various genres, I like some of the authors you have listed, and love Andre Norton's work. I also have a habit of finding authors that no one really knows which makes filling in their missing books at the used book stores harder. I am curretnly trying to get some of the older White Indian Series of Donald Clayton Porter, which I read years ago, I stopped reading them at about the 10th in the series and learned that he did write more after that. So now I have to find them. Others I just read and can't wait until they come out with something new because I have read everything they have written already. It was easier to keep track when I worked in a book store, but I still track my authors and with the internet it is even easier because so many authors have websites where you can look things up and see if you missed one. Favorite authors some SciFi/Fantasy Peter David Andre Norton Michael Morecock David Drake Joel Rosenberg Terry Brooks J R R Tolkien AC Crispin Western of course is Louis L'Amour, I also enjoy the historical and western novels of Donald Clayton Porter Romance Jude Deveraux, Johanna Lindsey, Catherine Coulter Paranormal Maggie Shayne, Anne Rice, Marjorie Liu Horror Dean R Koontz, Robert McCammon Mystery Dan Hillerman, Jonathon Kellerman, Sara Paretsky, There are to many favorites to list.
@mccullar (124)
• United States
17 Feb 07
what is the romance jude something it that a title? or an authers
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• United States
17 Feb 07
Wow! What a wonderful list you have! Must've been fun working in a book store. I have the same problem of running out of books by favorite authors to read because I have read everything they have written. So, with that, I am glad that you wrote such an extensive list because now I've added to my "authors to check out" list. 8) Thank you!
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@nowment (1758)
• United States
18 Feb 07
Glad the list could add to yours. Under Romance I just listed authors Jude Deveraux actually writes a variety of romance genre. Contemporary, Historical, paranormal, mystery. The first time I read one of her books it was the 3rd book she had ever written I had run out of books in the house to read and I was DESPERATE for something to read, someone had given me a bag of books but since I didn't like the time period of her historical romance I had avoided it, but it was the only thing left, after that I had to find all her books, at that point she only had 3 and one was a contemporary, which was BAD. She herself has said it was not a good book and at one point decided to stick to historicals because of it. Later has her skills grew she was able to write contemporary novels that are very good. She creates great characters that you just love, and wish were real people so you could meet them even secondary characters, she also has a sense of humor. Another good author with a great sense of humor would be Debbie Macomber If you can find her stories with the helpful angels Shirley Goodness and Mercy ... will follow you... then you will likely get a nice chuckle. These three caring angels keep getting into trouble with Gabriel when they use creative solutions to help those they are assigned to. usually found in christmas stories. Trouble With Angels Where Angels Go Shirley Goodness and Mercy
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@bethmt (419)
• United States
17 Feb 07
Yes,I do the same thing in that I like to stick with certain authors that I really like. But once in a while I'll venture out and try another author, maybe one that a friend recommends. When I was younger I used to read a lot Stephen King's books but I also read some of the writing of Pearl S. Buck and J.R.R. Tolkien. Now I mostly read books by Jane Hoffman, Elizabeth Berg, Phillipa Gregory and Maeve Binchy. I also love the writing of Lisa Alther and Rosamond Pilcher. Reading is wonderful isn't it? There are so many talented writers to choose from.
• United States
17 Feb 07
Ya, I find that I have to venture out and try other authors every once in a while...because I devoured the current books of my favorite authors! I read Steven King's books when I was younger, too. I read every single one until "Cujo" - that book was so frightening! I haven't read a Steven King book since. Thank you for your list, I added to my authors to check out list and will be doing so when I get to the library next. I agree, reading is wonderful!
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@irisheyes (4372)
• United States
17 Feb 07
Yes, I also tend to read by author. My favorites would be Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Donna Tartt and Edward Rutherford.
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• United States
19 Feb 07
Thanks for responding. I'm going to try the authors you mention.
@Kowgirl (3490)
• United States
17 Feb 07
I think that everyone who reads has a favorite author. My favorite is Stephen King. I have read every book he has ever written, even under his pen name of Richard Bachman and seen every movie made based upon his books. I also like to read novels by Dean Koontz, John Saul, Robin Cook, James Patterson, V.C. Andrews, Piers Anthony, John Grisham and a few others. I have read books by Only 4 of the authors that you have listed here As you can see I like to read, so I will be looking for some of the authors you have mentioned here. There is nothing more satisfying than a good book and a comfortable chair.
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• United States
19 Feb 07
Thanks for the response. I agree, a good book and a comfortable chair are very satisfying. 8)
@cjkicks (156)
• United States
17 Feb 07
I also read alot, it is relaxing and enjoyable, takes me places I have never been, lets me be a pirate, baker or spy. Just too much fun. I have my favorites that I search for: Rex Stout, Agatha Christie, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, J.K Rowling, Elizbeth Peters, Isaac Asimov, Piers Antony, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, John Grisham and the list could go on and on. I will read anything once and if I really like 2 or 3 times. I have found that sometimes when I read read a book I will find something that I missed the first time through. Wonderful topic.
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• United States
19 Feb 07
Thanks for your response and compliment on the topic. I agree with you, books are a realxing, enjoyable, take you places you've never been, let you be a porate, baker, spy...or mage, princess, butler, solve crimes as a detective and so much more! Advemtures await! 8)
@kpbhuvana (392)
• India
17 Feb 07
i would also like to go by authors, i like reading adventure , suspence and thriller novels so i would go for sidney sheldon books.But i try to go through the gist of the book which is avilable at the back and if it is interesting then i would read the book.
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• United States
17 Feb 07
Ya, I agree the adventure books are really good. Good tip. Sometimes I track down a new author by reading the reviews written because sometimes the new author is compared to a favorite author that I already read.
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@Riptide (2761)
• United States
17 Feb 07
I do read by Authors as well and J.K. Rowling is one of my favorites as well. Once in awhile I come across an author I never reed and give the book a try anyways, because it sounds interesting and usually find a new favorite author that way. Some of my favorites include, but are not limited to. Mary-Higgins Clark J.K. Rowling Stephen King Lincoln Child Douglas Preston Dan Brown Steve Berry Greg Iles
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• United States
17 Feb 07
Neat that you, too read by authors! I found J.K Rowlings so good! When I picked up one of her books, I read it entirely within a day because I just couldn't put it down. I added your fav's to my list to try out, thanks. 8)
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@arlene_27 (231)
• Philippines
17 Feb 07
I don't exactly read by authors although I do have my own favorite authors. When I go to a bookstore (especially a used book shop) I scan the blurbs and see if anything is intriguing or touching enough from what's written as the summary of the book. If I like it, I'll open the book and pick a random page. Then I decide if it's for me or not :D Anyhow, my favorite authors are Coelho, Albom, Allende, Fulghum and Mandino. :)
• United States
17 Feb 07
Thanks for sharing. Your tip is much appreciated.
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@mccullar (124)
• United States
17 Feb 07
well good thread! growing up i liked laurn mcdainle rlstine and now my favs are beverly lewis wanda burnstetter janette oke i also like cindy woodmill, but she only has one book out. and yes i read by auther. your not the only one! haha but i am always lookinf for more to add to my list. i have other authers i read, but its not like i have to read everything they wrote. anyhow good thread once again!
• United States
17 Feb 07
ahaha - well good to know that I'm not the only one that reads by author. Thanks for the compliment on the thread. I've added your authors to my list to try, thanks.
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@stibigirl (291)
• United States
17 Feb 07
I have a few favorites, in fact there are certain authors that I will buy their books just because. One of them is Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage are two of the best books I have ever read, I will read anything that he writes. I love everything that Herman Hesse ever wrote and went through all his books, and I will read anything by Issac Asimov, I love the way that he writes science in a way that almost anyone can read it.
• United States
17 Feb 07
Okay, you got me interested. I'm gonna check out the two Paulo Coelho books, Herman Hesse and Issac Asimov that you mentioned. Thanks!
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@alantae (244)
• United States
16 Feb 07
I try not to limit myself just to certain authors but there is a select group that I'll usually check out just because I like their other stuff. This would include: William T. Vollman David Foster Wallace Thomas Pynchon Dan DeLillo Dan Brown Orson Scott Card Ian McEwan
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• United States
17 Feb 07
Thanks for responding. I did read Orson Scott Card (gosh so long ago I hate to even mention that!) but haven't tried the other authors you mentioned - I'll be checking out the books my next time at the library, thanks.
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@sunita64 (6470)
• India
16 Feb 07
Well your list is impressive but i was searching for my favorite author in that who is Paulo coehno, try him as well, I feel you would like to read his every book.
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• United States
17 Feb 07
Thank you for responding and for your suggestion of Paulo Coehno - I added him to my list of authors to try.
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@silentwill (1685)
• Philippines
17 Feb 07
Some authors I have read: Stephen King John Grisham Sidney Sheldon JRR Tolkien JK Rowling Michael Crichton James Patterson Dan Brown Thomas Harris
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• China
17 Feb 07
Thomas Harris,I also appreciate him very much.hehe
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• United States
18 Feb 07
Thanks for the responses - I'm adding the ones that I don't have on my authors to try list.
• United States
19 Feb 07
Who doesn't read by author? Once you find a book by an author that you like, it stands to reason that you will like other books by them. I haven't heard of most of the authors that you mentioned. My favorite authors though is J.K. Rowling and Stephen King. I do though read a lot of books without ever reading anything by the author in the future.
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• United States
27 Feb 07
Actually, lots of people don't read by author. It is sometimes the genre that interests the potential reader or the suggestion by a friend or relative. Thanks for your response.
@cjthedog64 (1553)
• United States
17 Feb 07
I've done the same thing. The first was Tom Clancy, then Clive Cussler. I've ventured into Michael Crichton, Janet Evanovich, Dale Brown, and many others. My problem seems to be that I'll read through all my authors' new books before they can get around to writing more!
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• United States
19 Feb 07
I know what you mean about reading through all the books that your favorite author wrote...same reason my list of favorite authors keeps growing! 8) Thanks for responding!
• Gambia
17 Feb 07
I tend not to read by author but some of my favourites you mentioned are jk.rowling and tolkien. I read by Genre, my favorite genre would be fanatasy/adventure. If you havent read a Dan Brown novel i suggest you try one, they are really good.
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• United States
19 Feb 07
Okay, I will try a Dan Brown novel. Thanks for responding.
@devilboy (1418)
• India
17 Feb 07
My all time favourite is Stephen King...
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• United States
19 Feb 07
Thanks for responding.
@noah2413 (405)
• United States
17 Feb 07
An author who's books i really like is John Marco. I have read the 3 books of a trilogy he wrote, which included the books: The eyes of God The devil's armor The sword of Angels These are all fantasy books as you might have already noted, and are the classic 700 sumodd pages ina paper back cover about 4 inches by 6 inches, the ones you see hundreds of at the bookstore. try those 3 out, they're great! Happy Posting! =D
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• United States
19 Feb 07
Thanks for the suggestion, I'll try it out.
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
17 Feb 07
We too lurk in the libaries and their book sales. Kim Harrison C.J. Cherryh Poul Anderson Piers Anthony Isaac Asimov Nina Bangs Clive Barker...he has movies now too Robin Cook David Drake P.N. Elrod John Farris Allen Dean Foster Charles Grant Frank Herbert Sherrilyn Kenyon Stephen King...also has movies Dean Koontz Tanith Lee Brian Lumley, Ann McCaffrey This is all I better put, my little binder is full of authors, page by page in alpha order. We do share a few authors in common.
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• United States
19 Feb 07
Gee, we do have a lot in common - both with lurking and with authors! 8) I'm adding to my list of authors to try with your favorites, thanks!
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
17 Feb 07
I have probably read a few books by some of those authors. I have a hard time remembering authors since I read a variety of books. I do read a lot of westerns. So I like authors like Larry McMurtry, Ralph Cotton and Louis L'Amour, who I think is one of the best writers ever. I use to go to the library and just pick up a few books I thought I might like and hardly paid attention to the authors. I also read a lot of books related to investing and trading, but those would be kind of boring to the average person. I have read many James Patterson novels and Tess Gerritsen too.
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• United States
18 Feb 07
Thanks for the response. I'm going to add your authors to my list of authors to try!