I was on a fellow author’s website the other day and under his bio he had a list of his favorites: Favorite color, favorite drink, etc. I thought that was a good idea. But I decided to limit mine to favorite books.
Favorite Author: Tie: James Rollins and JD Robb
Favorite Sci FI Book: Ender’s Game by Scott Oswald Card
Favorite Action Adventure: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Favorite Romance: A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux
Favorite Horror: Cabinet of Curiosities by Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston (not sure it belongs here but that’s what popped into my head)
Favorite Book I was Required to Read: I’m completely blank on this one.
Favorite Kid Book: But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton
Favorite Comic Strip: Calvin and Hobbes
Favorite Kids Series(Read as an Adult): Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Favorites Kid Series (Read as a Child): The Famous Five by Enid Blyton
Favorite Mind Blowing Book: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Favorite Food: Hamburger (Just seeing if you’re paying attention.)
Favorite Guilty Pleasure Series: The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyers
Favorite Genre: Thriller
As I look over my list, I agree with each statement. Yet, I also realize that not one of the books by my favorite authors can be found in any of the above categories. But Rollins and Robb are, without a doubt, my favorite authors. Whenever I see their name on a book, I pick it up without question. Sometimes I don’t even bother reading the description before purchasing it.
So why weren’t my favorite authors responsible for my favorites reads? Because I assume I’m going to enjoy whatever they publish. My favorites, on the other hand, were a unique occurrence. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy the book as much as I did.
I’ve read other books by those authors but they don’t grab me the same way. Even though they wrote one of my favorite books, I am not a guaranteed customer for their next publication. I’d read the blurb and decide if it worked for me. So being thrilled by their book was a happy surprise, but not the beginning of a life long love of all the author’s works.
There was some recent research on best sellers that somewhat backs that up. The authors that are the most successful are those with a dedicated readership who publish regularly. And most of them do not dominate the number one spot for weeks and weeks. They do however make the list of the top sellers year after year.
For others, they are a bit of a one hit wonder. By the next year, they are off the list.
Anybody else find their favorites coming from their non-favorite authors? Feel free to comment below. 🙂