One of the biggest joys of reading more deliberately and focusing on award-winning fiction has been discovering so many new-to-me authors. Some have been authors I've intended to read for years and some are authors I never knew before the award list was announced. The biggest thing I've learned, however, is how many amazing authors and novels there are. Try as I might, I simply cannot read them all. If anything, my ever-growing list of 62 authors reinforces my goal of reading the best books first, but it also reminds me to read for the joy of reading itself. There are plenty of wonderful authors I've read, but I'm not inspired to read all of their work. Conversely, there are a few authors on the list who wrote a book I rated less than four stars. Ultimately, it's the intangibles that earn an author a spot on my favorite authors list. Reading is immensely personal, and despite how much I enjoy the conversations about books and authors, at the end of the day, I read for me.
Now tell me: how many authors do you consider favorites?
Coming up on the blog this week:
- Reviews of three fantastic novels by women authors I read for the first time: We Had It So Good by Linda Grant, Repeat It Today With Tears by Anne Peile and Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin.
- Debuts of three new semi-regular features:
- Loving the Des Moines Life, where I'll feature restaurants, plays and cultural events as I re-explore this fantastic city
- Thursday TV, where I'll showcase my favorite television shows (coming 6/23!)
- Short Fiction Saturday, where I'll examine a short story or short story collection as I attempt to fully embrace short fiction (even if I always love novels more) (coming 6/25!)
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