What Is Your Favorite book..or Author?

Updated on March 06, 2011
C.C. asks from Morrisville, PA
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i really enjoy reading. for my christmas present i received a nook..yeah. now i want to start reading books on it. thanks.

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wow. thanks i cant wait to read most of the list everyone just gave me.

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answers from Victoria on

My all time favorite is Patricia Cornwell- she writes crime/drama books and they are great! I also like the series from Janet Evanovich- they are about a female bounty hunter- lots of girl humor in these books, very fun to read.

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answers from Los Angeles on

I have a new favorite and I'm not even finished reading it yet! Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. It's about a widow in England who's very big on manners who falls in love with a Pakistani shopkeeper in his town (also widowed). It's just really cute and well-written :)

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answers from Chattanooga on

My favorite author ever is Nora Roberts. She writes romance, but without being so smutty about it. (there is still sex, but not that will make you blush) She writes a lot of mini-series, and plenty of single books. She has 'normal' romance, paranormal (witches, ghosts, etc) and a couple sci-fi (time travel) She also has another name (JD ROBB) that is all one long series, set in the future. It's romance/mystery. LOVE THEM ALL!!! lol.

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answers from Kansas City on

I read A LOT!! And really don't stick with one particular author. In all honesty, since I am in a book club, there have been a couple of my favorites, I probably would not have picked up on my own. Such as "Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett, then couldn't wait to read the next one "World without End." I also probably would have never picked up the Steig Larsen Trilogy ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" serious" if it hadn't been for my book club, but whizzed through all 3 books!

I see someone has already mentioned "The Help." I'd also recommend "The Women" by TC Boyle. One that really surprised me was "Life List." I don't have the author right in front of me but it is a true story about a woman on a mission to see all 8000 or 9000 species of birds in the world. I know, doesn't sound appealing, but it was interesting!

If I had to pick a couple of authors that I can guarantee I'll be hooked from the first few pages, I'd pick Janet Evonovich and Jodi Piccoult. Two totally different genres and writing styles but I can sit and read their books within a few days.

Good Luck.

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answers from Los Angeles on

The Help (already recommended, I see!) was very highly rated in my book club. So was Beneath a Marble Sky (John Shors) - historical fiction, building of the Taj Mahal. Jodi Picoult is great, I've enjoyed most of her books a lot, and they really make me think about my stance on certain issues (there's always some kind of moral/justice issue at the core). Phillippa Gregory is great if you enjoy British historical fiction (LOVED The Other Boleyn Girl and The Constant Princess). Mysteries - I enjoy Harlan Coben quite a bit. James Patterson is really popular, and I often enjoy his stuff...but it does get a bit cookie cutter after awhile. I have to have some time in between his novels (same with Mary Higgins Clark, IMO).
Christian fiction - I've yet to find a Christian author who I like as much as Francine Rivers. Her "Mark of the Lion Series" is fantastic and life changing.

You have a lot of reading to do! ;) Enjoy.

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answers from Dayton on

I loved "The Help" and "Cane River"...and anything by Augusten Burroughs (he is raunchy, but hilarious!)

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answers from San Francisco on

I love Patricia Cornwell, and anything by Dr. Mehmet Oz

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answers from Pittsburgh on

The Glass Castle - Jeanette Walls

Anything by Anita Shreve or Jodi Piccoult

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answers from Johnstown on

Love Dan Brown and Michael Crichton. I also enjoy the classics too--Jane Eyre, Tale of Two Cities, Wuthering Heights.

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answers from Rochester on

Ray Bradbury is my favorite author, although Mary Stewart and Robin McKinley are close seconds. My "classic" answer is Portrait of a Lady by Henry James (favorite novel) and I still love his writing, but for something post-Victorian I like the others. I read a lot and love lots of different writers and styles.

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answers from Victoria on

My favorite is Diana Gabaldon and her Outlander series. It has adventure, fantasy, romance & historical information, and a the romance is a very small part of the whole story. The plot is what is so interesting. hope this helps. Oh I just read a book on ibooks by Nicky Charles called The Mating, and the next one was The Keeping & the third is coming soon as The Finding. It is a werewolf novel.

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answers from Pittsburgh on

My favorite author is Jane Austen...love ALL of her books. If you haven't read her I would strongly recommend it.

Also loved the Stieg Larson Trilogy. Just finished the Help...very good in a makes you think kind of way.

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answers from Eau Claire on

My favorite author is Mary Higgins Clark, I can't even pick a favorite book from her I've read many and loved them all! James Patterson is also good, along with Nora Roberts. Also a very good book is The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, it started a little slow but once you get into it you get hooked!

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Anne McCaffrey - Dragonriders of Pern, Crystal Singer, Petaybee, Decision at Doona, etc.

Robert Heinlein - Stranger in a Strange Land, Friday, I Will Fear No Evil, etc.

Harry Harrison - Stainless Steel Rat - Space Age Criminal / James Bond


Elizabeth Peters - Amelia Peabody, turn of the century egyptology. 1st half of the books are easy to set down / so so; 2nd half and it's 3am and you can't put it down.

Rex Stout - Nero Wolf, 1930's-60's NYC (super fun to watch how gender roles change / value of money / when dinner is eaten over 40 years, because Wolf & Archie never age, each book is written in the present, and our values and mores change with Archie, although Wolf is a confirmed misanthrope the entire series)

Janet Evanovich - Stephanie Plum (aka worst bounty hunter on the planet, comedy)


Jean M Auel - An odyssey of a love story / history from the neolithic spanning thousands of pages

Jane Austin - Love stories again; Pride & Prejudice, Emma, etc.

Rudyard Kipling - poems and stories


David Eddings - The Belgariad & Mallorean (5 books each)

Charlaine Harris - Sookie Stackhouse (books inspiring TrueBlood), vampires.

Stephanie Meyer - Vampires

Mercedes Lackey - full out fantasy in every fantasy sub genre (guilty reads, the covers look like a 13yo girl's bedroom).

Andre Norton - scifi/fantasy

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answers from Austin on

soo many..
Barbara Kinsolver ~The Bean Tree, Poisonwood Bible
David Sedaris ~ Me talk Pretty , Dress your family in Courdaroy
Ron McClarty ~ The Memory of Running (has nothing to do about running)
Katherine Howe ~ The Physick Book of Deliverence Dane
Jan Karon ~ The Mitford Series of books..

The Help
The Dome by Stephen King

Right now I am reading the Mark Twin Autobiography and wish I had a Kindle.. the print font is about a 6 and the book weighs a ton. .I have to read the book on my desk, with a bright light..

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answers from Boston on

Anne Tyler. Barbara Kingsolver. John Irving. And read Life of Pi - amazing. And Time Travelers Wife. Ahh, good books.

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answers from Wichita on

Depends on what you like, but I've been really enjoying Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series.

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answers from Chicago on

I just read the book Room by Emma Donoghue it's a really good book, about a mom and her boy. Lots of more details obviously but you should check it out.

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answers from Washington DC on

Deborah Smith - 'Blue Willow'

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answers from Wilmington on

I loved anything by Janet Evanovich and Jan Karon so those are both fantastic selections. I would also suggest reading any of the classics that you may have missed as a youth. Some suggestions, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, As Separate Peace, Animal Farm, 1984, Wuthering Heights, A Brave New World, Tom Sawyer, etc.....there are so many. I know this is something I need to do! Good luck.



answers from Springfield on

Gabriel Garcia Marquez anything he has written. The Kite Runner the Good Earth. I could go on but those are all good.


answers from Cincinnati on

I LOVE Danielle Steel! They're like the best chick-flicks in a book! Soooooooo good!

2nd fav: Nicholas Sparks. Author of "The Notebook", "Nights in Rodanthe," and "The Last Song"



answers from Chicago on

Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time fantasy series; The Hunger Games series (well-written but sad); The Virginian (by Owen Wister) - a really old classic.



answers from Sacramento on

The Help is such a great book.



answers from Kokomo on

I am suprised that no one mentioned Debbie Macomber. I love her books. the one series that I really liked was Cedar Cove. All of her books have been great.



answers from Philadelphia on

I just finished reading The Hunger Games and the second and third (Catching Fire and Mockingjay) in the trilogy by Suzanne Collins - soooo good! They are quick reads and bring up a lot of interesting discussions. Definitely hard to put down!

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