Java Talk: Favorite Book Authors


I always love to hear what book authors others like reading. I might discover a new one to me!


As far as all time authors, I have always loved Anne Tyler, Joyce Carol Oates, Elizabeth Berg, Anna Quindlen. 

When I want a fast paced thriller, David Baldacci.

More recently, Liane Moriarty who wrote "The Husband's Secret." I also liked her book "Big Little Lies." I haven't read any of her other books. 

My favorite reads are psychological mysteries and thrillers. I like that they're sort of like a puzzle, and I've always loved puzzles.  

So what are some of your favorite authors?

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  1. I'm a fan of Jodi Picoult, Elin Hilderbrand and Jane Green for great contemporary novels. Lee Childs, David Baldacci, Harlan Coben and Michael Connelly for mystery and intrigue!

    Linda

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    1. I almost wrote down Jodi Picoult, but I haven't read anything by here in some time. Are her latest books really good? As good as the former ones? I love Jane Green too, and Harlan Coben. Great choices!

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    2. I like Elin Hilderbrand, too! And Lisa Scotoline.

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    3. I'm not sure if I've read Elin Hilderbrand, though I'm familiar with the name. But yes, I like Lisa Scottoline as well.

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  2. Hi, Brenda,

    I like several of the authors on your list, too. Other favorites are older ones, Elizabeth Goudge, Nevil Shute, D. E. Stevenson, Kathleen Norris and Elizabeth Cadell, off the top of my head. I like mysteries and some excellent writers in that genre are Susan Wittig Albert, Ellen Hart and Jane Haddam and too many others to count. English/Irish writers like Marcia Willett, Judy Astley, Jill Mansell, Colette Caddle and Carole Matthews.

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    1. Oh yes, Elizabeth Goudge. Used to read her a lot. I'm not familiar with the others, so shall have to look them up.

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  3. I've enjoyed Anna Quindlen and Elizabeth Berg, too. I will have to look for the other authors you mentioned. I tend to go back to the authors whose books I've enjoyed before, until I've read everything they've written! I like quick reads sometimes. I've enjoyed the "Miss Julia " series by Ann B Ross, The Blossom Street series by Debbie Macomber, everything by Dorothea Benton Frank, and several by Anne Rivers Siddon and Barbara Delinsky.. I've been hooked on Andrew Greeley's novels since the 70's. As well as Sue Grafton's ABC mystery series. I think she has published A through X, but they aren't coming out 2 a year like they did in the beginning. I think I've read through "U is for Undertow." Diane Mott Davidson has a series of mysteries that involve cooking; she even includes some of the recipes! I also enjoy some biographies. I've recently read about Queen Victoria's granddaughters. So many were married into other Royal houses, hoping for peace in Europe, but it didn't work out that way.

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    1. I've read Anne Rivers Siddon and Barbara Delinsky, though not recently.

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  4. I love those authors too and many of the ones mentioned in the comments. For a faced paced mystery/thriller I like Jonathan Kellerman too

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    1. I've read Jonathan Kellerman as well. Doesn't his wife also write books?

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  5. I'm not a big fan of fiction. I am a non-fiction junkie, so it's hard to name authors since the subject is what stands out to me rather than the author, per se. I do like Jon Krakauer, his Into Thin Air is a classic. All that said, I have read a few Philipa Gregory books and I enjoy them. I guess because it's historical fiction and when I am done reading, I go get the non-fiction books on the subject and try to decipher what was fact vs fiction in her stories!

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    1. When I was younger, I liked more historical fiction. And I used to read non-fiction. I haven't in quite some time though.

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  6. John Sandford - the Prey Series (thriller) and his other books as well. Michael Connelly all of his and Karen Slaughter

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    1. Haven't read John Sandford in some time. But I remember he was a good writer. I don't think I've read Michael Connelly or Karen Slaughter.

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  7. In no particular order... Rosamunde Pilcher, Lawrence Saunders, Edward Rutherford, Jane Austen, Stephen King, Beverly Nichols, Ken Follett, Fredrick Forsythe

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    1. I will never forget as a young mother reading Stephen King's books and being chilled to my bones!

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  8. Definitely Fannie Flagg!! I really enjoy southern fiction and have been finding some new to me authors lately.

    I also have enjoyed Maeve Benchy and John Grisham books.

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    1. John Grisham's The Firm was, in my opinion, probably his best. But one of his latest, my daughter gave me (we often trade books) and I enjoyed it. It was about a young female lawyer that loses her fast-paced job in a big firm and goes to a remote area to help women as a "free" lawyer for a time.

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  9. I tend to gravitate towards books set in the south....Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina. Some of my favorites: Sue Monk Kidd, Secret Life of Bees, Fannie Flagg, Susan Gregg Gilmore, Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen, Beth Hoffman, Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt, Anita Shreve, The Pilot's Wife, Walley Lamb, She's Come Undone.

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    1. I have read Anita Shreve. Not sure about the others.

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    2. I love Dorothea Benton Frank! She is my favorite. Also Sue Monk Kidd, Fannie Flagg and Debbie McComber. Oh and Nichols Sparks to mention a few. I like mostly happy books about people. I don't like scary anything. haha

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  10. My all time favorite writer is James Lee Burke. He writes mysteries, but they are so much more. His powers of description can and do make this reader to tears. His characters are so human, so flawed and so worth knowing. He has several different series, sometimes touching one another, often not. If you haven't found him yet, you're missing a treat. I'm compulsive enough to advise you to start with the first book in the series and go from there. Watching this extraordinary craftsman hone his skills is wonderful.

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    1. Well, that's quite a review for James Lee Burke. I don't think I've read him. Will look his books up.

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  11. Long-time reader of your blog - my first time commenting.

    All my favorite authors are mostly classics like John Steinbeck, Daphne du Maurier, Jane Austen, the Brontë sisters, especially Emily because I love 'Wuthering Heights.' I love anything by Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare, and C.S. Lewis. I loved reading the 'Narnia' series growing up, and the 'Little House' books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I have both collections and still read them from time to time. I also like to read biographies and autobiographies, especially political figures, not celebrity so much. However, I am currently reading a biography on Sir Laurence Olivier called 'Olivier' by Philip Ziegler. It's very well-written and not at all gossip-y, which is rare for a celebrity biography. I usually donate bios/autobios to my local library after reading them, but I think I will keep this one. It's worth re-reading. If I had to choose my favorite book, it would probably be 'Gone With The Wind' by Margaret Mitchell. I've read that book more times than I can count.

    Marie

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    1. So you read the classics. As a young mother, I read some of Steinbeck's books.

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  12. I have a large and eclectic collection of books. Love Stephen King - the man has a way with words. James Herriot's "All Creatures" books make me laugh and cry every time I read them (which I've done more than 20 times each). LaVyrle Spencer is retired now but she was one of my mother's favorite authors and she became one of mine. I like Jude Deveraux - she writes historical fiction and her characters are very endearing. I've probably read almost everything Nora Roberts has written but I much prefer her writing as J.D. Robb and her "in Death" series. The 2 classics that go everywhere with me are To Kill A Mockingbird and A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. Honestly, I'll read almost anything. I was the kid who'd sit at the breakfast table and read the side panels of the cereal box................:)

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  13. I have read Patricia Cornwell for years, and love the Kay Scarpetta character. I also just finished Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. It was an interesting book that keeps you reading when you should probably be tending the plants or feeding the pups. I would be interested in your opinion, should you decide to read it. One more suggestion would be The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison. I really enjoy seeing the beautiful pictures of your flowers. I, like you, have a small patio area where I try to keep alive several rose bushes and a number of herbs. I too am single and have a small pup who is very special to me. I enjoy reading your blog each day, and hearing how you deal with day to day issues. Keep up the good work!

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  14. I just finished the fourth book from Rachael Abbott. I found them on Amazon and after the first one I read, Sleep Tight, I quickly read the other three. Stranger Child was my favorite. Moved along quickly, characters very well developed, good twists. Good thrillers without blood and guts for a change. I read mine on my Kindle, but I'm sure your could order paperbacks or hard cover. I'll be waiting for her next book! Harlen Cobin is also always a good read. I used to read Cornwell's Scarpetta series, but only the older ones are good. Got too crazy and she ruined her characters.

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    1. I tried to read one of Cornwell's latest books (think I read a few of her first ones long ago) just recently. But I stopped about halfway through. It just was not holding my attention for some reason.

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  15. I do tend to choose books where time is set either decades or centuries ago ... I often wonder why this is?

    Just read a book of family living prior to the first world war, and my next book is set between the two wars.

    Happy reading

    All the best Jan

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    1. Long ago I would read books set in the late 1800s. But I haven't read a book set earlier than the sixties in some time. Just doesn't capture my interest somehow.

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  16. I am enjoying a Barbara Kingsolver book at the moment called "Small Wonder". It is a book of her essays. I loved all of Rosamunde Pilchers books too. I enjoy so many authors!

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    1. Oh, so do I! Every comment mentions an author and I think: Oh yeah, I should have added that one myself!

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  17. Have you read "In the Garden of Good and Evil"? It's a true story based in Savannah, Georgia about a murder. It's one of my favorites.

    xo,
    rue

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    1. Sounds real familiar. I'll look it up and see if I've read it.

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  18. Favorite authors ~ Barbara Kingsolver, Elizabeth Berg (only her older books...don't care for her last few), Anna Quindlen, Sue Monk Kidd, Anne Lamott, Silas House, Khaled Housseini, Pat Conroy. :-)

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    1. I haven't read an of Elizabeth Berg's newer books. I like Anne Lamott too. I haven't read a Pat Conroy in years.

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  19. I am a fan of cozy mysteries. My all time favorite was Charlotte Macleod, but I still read Laura Childs, Susan Wettig Albert, Margaret Maron, Sue Grafton, I also love mysteries from the 40's and 50's - I have a complete collection of Erle Stanley Gardner (including as AA Farr) and everything by the Frances and Richard Lockridge.

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  22. I'd have to say that I've enjoyed many authors over the years but my all time favorite is an old-fashioned author whose books are out of print now as far as I know. D.E.Stevenson.

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  23. My tastes change over the years, but I love southern authors like Fannie Flagg. My all time favorite of hers is "Standing in the Rainbow". I am now reading a lot of cozy mysteries, which are easy to find. I'd love to know more authors who set their stories in the south. Books have gotten me through the hardest times in my life, thank God for books!

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  24. John Grisham, Lee Child, David Baldacci, Patricia Cornwell, Sue Grafton, James Patterson, Jonathan Kellerman, Nora Roberts/JD Robb... so many more.

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  25. Thanks for this Brenda. What a great idea! Some of my favorites are John Grisham, Simon Toyne, Dan Brown, Hugh Howey, Ayn Rand, Toni Morrison, Fannie Flagg and Barbara Kingsolver.

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  26. Loved the classics when I was younger..I also enjoyed Agatha Christie..I still like mysteries..I also enjoy true crime as I wonder what makes people do the awful things that they do..especially serial killers..I also enjoy lighter novels sometimes..Doesn't matter who wrote it..as long as it's done well..

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  27. Wow such great recommendations! I'll need to look some of these up while others I've read.
    I tend to really like Cozy mysteries as well as culinary themed mysteries the best. My favorite mystery author though is Agatha Christie. Love these authors: Laura Childs, Susan Wettig Albert, Margaret Maron, Sue Grafton, Hannah Dennison, Isis Crawford and so many more.

    I definitely like psych thrillers like you mentioned as well. So many books, so little time!

    One thing I love about our OKC Metro library - and I know your library system over in Tulsa County also has this feature - is being able to borrow e-books. I love having a library book with me at all times and used to lug a physical book around. I still keep them on a regular basis but usually also have at least one book borrowed on my iPad mini or my phone as well.

    I'm off to make a list of all these great authors listed!

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