I Have an Author “Type”

There is a study out there that says men like to read male authors and women prefer to read female authors. I have never analyzed my reading habits and author gender. I do know a lot of my favorite authors are male. I do, however, have quite a few female authors I read regularly. I like to joke that I sometimes have the reading habits of a teenage girl. I’m too lazy to do a count, but I could see my total skewing more toward the male authors. I don’t think this study says more than that people like to read what they know and that people feel more comfortable with the voice of someone with whom they relate. That’s why the push for more diverse titles is important, especially for kids. All kids need to be able to find books about someone like them.

I was thinking about this last night after I was working on a list of books for a class I will be leading at work. It is a list of good adult fiction for teens. I took many of the books of the Alex Awards list and added a bunch from my personal experience. As I was asking coworkers for some titles to add to the list, I mentioned that I needed to add some diversity, because although I didn’t know what most of the authors looked like I was pretty sure they were a little too similar. I googled the names of the authors and discovered that they were more alike than I realized. If I just looked at the author photos, I could assume that they were all related. Apparently, I don’t just have a thing for British and Irish authors, I I have thing for British, Irish and ginger authors. It was really weird. I can now add diversity to the list of my reading goals for 2015.

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My Year in Reading 2014

Top ten books read in no particular order

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
Winger by Andrew Smith
The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig
Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore
Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs
Revival by Stephen King
Butter by Erin Jade Lange
Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larrsen
Seven for a Secret by Lindsay Faye

Honorable Mention

Golem of Hollywood by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman
The Three by Sarah Lotz
Trouble by Non Pratt
The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit by Graham Joyce
Parasite by Mira Grant

Worst book I finished

Someone Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon

Book I Dustbunnied

Wolf by Lorenzo Carcaterra

Number of books read: 106

Number of pages read according to Goodreads: 37067

I have to say that this was not a banner year in reading for me. Too many mediocre books. It was hard to come up with the 15 best. I need to be more selective with my reading next year.

My 20 Favorite Books of All Time

I was asked by an inmate at the jail to put this together since I won’t be at the jail to recommend books after next week. Things to keep in mind before reading my list:

1. I put this together in a couple of minutes using reminders from my ratings on Shelfari.

2. When I say favorite I don’t necessarily mean well written, classic, etc. Just books I enjoyed and have stuck with me.

3. I cheated and put three series in a spot instead of individual books.

4. I welcome comments, but don’t really care if you didn’t like these books, They are my favorites, not yours.

So, here is my list:

Twenty Favorite Books All Time:

 

1. The Stand by Stephen KIng

2. Swan Song Robert McCammon

3. Neverwhere Neil Gaiman

4. To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee

5. Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry Mildred Taylor

6. Practical Demonkeeping Christopher Moore

7. The Vampire Lestat Anne Rice

8. The Sicilian Mario Puzo

9. Bridge to Terabithia Katherine Paterson

10. Green River Rising Tim Willocks

11. The Shotgun Rule Charlie Huston

12. This is Where I Leave You Jonathan Tropper

13. Stranger in a Strange Land Robert Heinlein

14. Lord of the Rings series JRR Tolkien

15. Song of Ice and Fire Series George RR Martin

16. Dark Tower series Stephen King

17. A Time to Kill John Grisham

18. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

19. The Winter of Frankie Machine Don Winlsow

20. Hooligans William Diehl

My Year in Reading – 2011

Top ten books read(in no particular order)

  • The Radleys – Matt Haig
  • Warm Bodies – Isaac Marion
  • Fifth Witness – Micheal Connelly
  • Zombie Wasteland Spaceship – Patton Oswalt
  • Buried Prey – John Sandford
  • President’s Vampire – Christopher Farnsworth
  • The Five – Robert McCammon
  • Feed – Mira Grant
  • 11/22/63 – Stephen King

Honorable Mentions

  • Shit My Dad Says – Justin Halpern
  • Queen of the Dead – Stacey Kade
  • The Dead – Charlie Higson
  • Gentlemen’s Hour – Don Winslow
  • Plugged – Eoin Colfer

Book I Would Most Recommend

  • The Five – Robert McCammon

Worst Books I Read – Two tied this time

  • Such a Pretty Face – Cathy Lamb
  • XVI – Julia Karr

Books I Fed to the Dust Bunnies – both by a favorite author

  • Satori – Don Winslow
  • Quest for Anna Klein – Thomas H Cook

Total number of books read – 120

Pages read – 35,370 plus some unpaged graphic novels