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Cover art for VisitorWho are your favorite authors? Why are they your favorite authors? What is it about their work that you enjoy? When did you start reading books by that author? How has their work changed over the years? Which authors were a favorite but no longer are? Why not?

To reread, or not to reread?

That is the question. With a finite lifespan, as hard as it is to admit it, there is a limit to the number of books you’ll have time to read. Apparently, I can expect to read somewhere in the ballpark of 1,850 books if I live to a ripe old age. Not so many, is it? I easily have more books than that in my house (even more when you count e-books).

Given the facts (limits on how many books I’ll read each year and the number of years I might live), do you spend those limited book dollars on books that you’ve already read before? How many books do you read multiple times?

If I’m going to reread a book, it’ll likely be a favorite book, but not necessarily a favorite author (though often that is the case). Rereading, for me, means reexperiencing the book. Few books are enjoyable solely because of the surprise of the outcome.

Favorite vs. Bestseller

What would you rather have on your book cover, New York Times Bestselling Author or Tom Hiddleston’s Favorite Author?

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If you’re going to ask questions, ask the hard questions!

I don’t much care about the bestseller lists. As I’ve posted before, I’m writing for my own reasons. I’d be far happier hearing that I’m someone’s favorite author (just not a creepy Misery sort of way). It doesn’t have to be Tom Hiddleston, it could be anyone and I’d be just as happy.

Favorite Authors

Who are some of my favorite authors?

  • Kevin J. Anderson
  • Clive Barker
  • Stephen Baxter
  • Terry Brooks
  • Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Octavia Butler
  • C.J. Cherryh
  • Julie E. Czerneda
  • Stephen R. Donaldson
  • Alan Dean Foster
  • Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Peter F. Hamilton
  • Frank Herbert
  • Stephen King
  • Anne McCaffrey
  • Frederik Pohl
  • Tim Powers
  • J. K. Rowling
  • Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Clifford D. Simak
  • Dan Simmons
  • Dean Wesley Smith
  • J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Karen Traviss
  • Sarah Zettel

That’s just looking around at books on my shelves. It’s a fairly small group, and not at all including everyone that I really enjoy. I may have missed some favorites. Even among my favorites, there are different degrees. Some authors, I’ll preorder the hardcover, might end up with paperbacks, e-books, and different editions (e.g., now collecting the illustrated editions of Rowling’s Potter series). Like classic Nintendo games, I find myself buying favorites more than once. I’ll buy copies to give as gifts. I’ll suggest them to other people.

I’d rather write books that people keep close and reread. Popular or not.