Hello, bookworms! It’s been a while since my last Booktalk post, y’all know how crappy I am at coming up with topics for my posts lol
Anyways, a tag that’s been going around on Twitter gave me a great inspiration for another Booktalk post – ‘Favorite Authors’ and I’m going to take a shot at it today.
In a matter of two days, I’ve been tagged to name my Top 3 favorite authors and it made me ponder and wonder who my ‘favorite authors’ are and I began to wonder if I have any, to be honest.
I read 104 books last year as I mentioned in my previous post and there were a lot of ‘new-to-me’ authors whose books gave me lots of emotions and made me swoon over their plot/writing.
Nonetheless, when it comes down to actually deciding who my ‘favorite’ authors are (were), I just cannot decide. My mind stops right there. There are lots of books I loved, but when asked who the authors are that I can swear by, I cannot provide any concrete answers.
What is crystal clear to me is that I need at least a couple of books to decide whether the author could be ‘my favorite’ or not. You see, books can be a hit or miss – some can be incredibly good and awesome and others can be a total flop or a complete letdown. Even if a book blew my mind, swept me off my feet and made me head over heels in love with, deciding the author is going to be my ‘favorite’ feels a bit hasty. It feels like I need a couple of books to dip my toe into and get a taste of what an author’s work is like before I can be certain that I like the author’s work.
That said though, even with the aforementioned point being cleared and established, another part of me is still unsure; there is still something that stops me from declaring my abiding love for an author.
I might be taking ‘favorite’ a bit too seriously here, but I even wonder if I ever have my ‘favorite’ authors.
It’s kind of akin to having your ‘favorite’ bands change over time.
You listen to a piece of music and think ‘oh, I like their music,’ and you start following them by listening to all the records in chronological (or in random) order, solidifying your conviction that the band is going to be your favorite.
Then the band takes a different approach or different direction which you are not 100% happy about, and you start to wonder if you’ll remain liking their music further on. I had bands like this so many times and I no longer have any ‘favorite’ band, in fact.
I somewhat started separating the band itself from their body of work; there are records that I absolutely love and will remain my ‘favorite,’ but because of the uncertainty for their direction in music, I started seeing a band and their work as different things. Just because I loved their records, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are musicians/band I can swear by. There’s always the niggling uncertainty about their direction and that might make me hesitant to say ‘they are my favorite.’
The same could apply to my take on ‘favorite authors.’ Given the second point that I made regarding my being unsure of their direction (or genre) that could potentially not be my liking, I think I’ll keep saying that I don’t have any ‘favorite’ authors.
My taste would change and so would authors and their books, and that makes me feel I can never be certain who my ‘favorite’ is and will be.
I do have my ‘go-to’ authors and ‘auto-buy’ authors, such as Debbie Macomber and Adam Silvera, yet that feels slightly different from ‘favorite,’ and I feel it will remain that way. I feel much more comfortable in picking my favorite books than picking my favorite authors. (I’m a weirdo, I know lol)
What about you?
Will a single book suffice to decide your favorite author(s)? or, are you like me and need to read several books to reach the recognition?
Comment below and let me know!
Thank you so much for stopping by for another ‘Booktalk’ post.
I will see you in my next post!