This one isn’t going to be easy. I’m not the best at reading diversely (as I’m trying to change a bit this year with my Dive Into Diversity challenge), so I have only a few go-to favorite authors. I think I’m going to go ahead and sort these into true “all-time” favorites and newer favorites who have the potential to become all-time favorites!
- Stephen King. Obviously. I’ve read more books by Stephen King than probably all the rest of the authors I’ve listed combined.
- J. K. Rowling. Again, obviously. I loved Harry Potter, I have a grudging “I like it because I respect it” relationship with The Casual Vacancy, and her mysteries written as Robert Galbraith are just awesome. You go, J. K.!
- Jane Austen. I love everything about her novels. The lilting language, the thinly veiled (and sometimes not-so-thinly-veiled) sarcasm and occasional contempt, the timeless dissection of the human existence…Jane Austen is just incredible.
- Ann M. Martin (and various ghostwriters). Okay, maybe I was wrong about having read more Stephen King novels than any other author listed…I’m pretty sure that my Baby-Sitters Club collection was actually bigger than my current Stephen King collection. I devoured those books for years and years, and they’ve been on my mind a lot recently…and now I kinda-sorta-really want to read them again…
- Dean Koontz. Despite the fact that almost all of his recent novels are “meh” at best and trash at worst, Dean Koontz holds a special place in my heart as the author of Watchers, one of my favorite books of all time.
- Gillian Flynn. All three of her novels (Gone Girl, Sharp Objects, and Dark Places) are amazing, and I’ve read all of them multiple times. I will definitely be on the lookout for whatever she publishes next; she has definitely earned a spot on my auto-buy list!
- Paula Hawkins. I’ve only read her debut novel, but The Girl on the Train was just incredible and I can’t wait to see what else she comes out with.
- Lev Grossman. After reading his Magicians series, I think Mr. Grossman has earned a place on this list. I think he has some other stuff out, but I haven’t gotten my hands on it yet.
- Neil Gaiman. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is easily one of the best books I’ve ever read, and even though I wasn’t super crazy about Neverwhere, I’m pretty certain that Mr. Gaiman also deserves a spot on this list. He’s obviously incredibly talented, and I’m looking forward to reading more from him (especially American Gods, which I already own, and Trigger Warning, his new story collection).
- Shirley Jackson. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to read anything by Shirley Jackson, but alas, it has. The Haunting of Hill House was amazing, and I can’t wait to read more of her stories!