I am a very trusting reader and it doesn’t take long for me to love an author. One beloved reading experience, and something clicks. Browsing my shelves, I realized that over time, I’ve acquired a ton of books from authors I’ve only read once (but loved). Since I know I adored their one book, I feel a sense of security knowing whenever I need a pick-me-up, I have other books by that same wonderful person to read. Though this does result in owning a ton of books I’ve yet to read.. Anyway, here are some of my my most trusted authors.
I read The Polysyllabic Spree last year and loved it. Instead of investing in each volume of the books (collections of his column from The Believer), I purchased the entire bind up, Ten Years in the Tub. Over the last year, I’ve read one article here and there whenever I need some wit and humour. Who wouldn’t want to read Hornby’s thoughts on books? I wanted to explore some of his other work, and picked up a ton of his books at a library sale. A friend also gave me a copy of Fever Pitch (love that cover!). I tried reading Funny Girl last year and couldn’t get into it, but even Hornby fans have told me it’s not his best, so I still feel confident that these others will be fantastic.
Daphne Du Maurier
Two years ago, I read and adored Rebecca. The gothic settings, the writing, everything. I immediately wanted more Du Maurier and have since acquired two of her short story collections and My Cousin, Rachel. Jamaica Inn is still on my to-acquire list, but I’m in no rush. I’m not normally much of a short story person, but Stephen King has proved to me that gothic/horror can be done VERY well in short story form, so I trust these ones. As soon as the weather gets a little cooler, I am diving into one of these!
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
This woman is everywhere, and I couldn’t be happier about it. Her TedX talk, We Should All Be Feminists was put into book form this year and I read it, and immediately listened to the talk after. She is brilliant and a wonderful writer/speaker. I already owned Americanah after reading wonderful praise of it, but decided to also pick up her short stories. Again, though I’m not a huge short story fan, I trust certain writers, and I can’t wait to read Adichie’s!
You’re probably getting tired of hearing me talk about Nora Ephron but I just love this woman. I love her essays, her journalism, her films. After reading I Feel Bad About My Neck years ago, and I Remember Nothing a few months ago, I had to get my hands on everything else I could. Nora is a picker-upper for me. She just makes me happy. Some of her essays are repeated in these books, but The Most of Nora Ephron even includes her novel Heartburn which I can’t wait to read!
It’s easy to explain owning all of these, because Tartt only has three books. Her enigmatic reputation only adds to her appeal. I bought The Secret History a few years back and finally read it last year. It was one of the best books I had ever read. During the time between buying and reading The Secret History, I was also given a copy of The Goldfinch. Immediately after finishing TSH, I bought The Little Friend (the lesser known of her three novels). I’ve yet to read either of them, but sleep a little more soundly knowing I have brilliance awaiting me on my shelves. (Okay, maybe not but I’m still excited!)
I’m not a huge Non Fiction reader, but this year I read and loved So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson. Shortly after, I made it my mission to acquire a few of this other books. I had the chance to meet him when he came to Toronto for his new release and listening to him speak only solidified my excitement to read his other works. And I now have quite a few to look forward to.
So, do you have any auto-buy authors? Ones you may have only read one or two books by, but can’t wait to keep reading? Also if you have any suggestions of which books to pick up next out of these, let me know!