Thursday, January 10, 2008

BTT - January 10

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?

The first author that comes to mind when I think of my favorites is Margaret Atwood. I first discovered her work when I took a Women's Lit class my sophomore year in college. We read The Handmaid's Tale, and I absolutely loved it. (It is still my favorite of all of her books that I have read). After I graduated, I started reading more of her books, and have loved pretty much everything she has written.

Two other favorites are Isabel Allende and John Steinbeck. In my 10th grade English class, we had to chose an author, and read one of their books each quarter. I picked Steinbeck, mainly because my father had many of his books on our bookshelves. I had read The Pearl in junior high, and did not particurly enjoy it, but I have been captivated by all of his other stories.

I came across Isabel Allende one day at the library about five years ago. Her novel, Paula, caught my eye, as that is my mother's first name. I picked it up, knowing absolutely nothing about the author, and have since gone on to read many more of her books.


Anonymous said...

I have several favorites, so it is hard to choose. Usually, I read an author the first time because of a recommendation. I've joined some online reading groups and my "to read" has gotten very large!

Recently, an author contacted me directly. His name is Don Locke. I read his first book and absolutely loved it. So now he's a new favorite.

Chris said...

The Handmaid's Tale is soooo good.

Anonymous said...

Hmm....I think I might be the only person in the world who hated The Handmaid's Tale! Hope all is going well at home! Ethan is doing well, last doc appt showed 6 lbs 5 ozs. So we are on the right track!

Literary Feline said...

I am looking forward to getting my first taste of Atwood this year. So many people really like her writing.

I have yet to read anything by Isabel Allende, but I do have a book by her (currently on loan to my mother).

pussreboots said...

I have run across a bunch of my favorites in school too. Happy BTT.