While there are many books out there that I love, and several that I call favorites, it’s a lot harder for me to call an author a favorite, or to say that I’ll read/buy any book they publish. This might just be me being picky, which is definitely partially true, but I do think that I have more thoughtful reasoning behind my difficulty with calling an author an all time fave. And lucky for you, I’ve decided to write a whole post detailing what that reasoning is!
My first issue with having a favorite author is that while I might love one of an author’s books, I highly doubt that I can find any author where I adore every single one of their books that I’ve picked up. There are always going to be highs and lows. There’s one author that comes to mind who wrote one of my favorite books, but another of their books I kinda detest. Is that author a favorite of mine? They did write one of my all time favorite books after all. But does my intense dislike of their other book disqualify them?
We can even take a less extreme case. What if I just enjoy all of the books the author has come out with, even if none are favorites? I have fun reading this random author’s books and give them all between 3 to 5 stars, but none hold a special place in my heart. Should I consider reading everything this author puts out? Because chances are high that I’ll have a good time reading their book. But chances are low that I’ll LOVE their newest book.
But all of that is mere pondering on my part. The real reason I can never cement an author as a favorite is because I’m quite the picky reader. I don’t care if a book is the most hyped novel on the planet. I don’t care if this author has written a book I’ve loved in the past. I don’t even care if this book was dedicated to me. (I say that, but if you ever decide to dedicate your book to me, there’s a good chance I’ll read it and declare you my favorite author). If I don’t like the premise of a book, I won’t read it.
I’ve written many, many posts about my particular reading tastes. I know what genres I like. I know what tropes I enjoy. I’ll read reviews and look at ratings before picking up a book. And if a book doesn’t sound right for me, I just won’t pick it up! Or I’ll get it from the library so I can feel no regrets about setting the book down after 50 pages if I’m not enjoying it. For me a synopsis means way more than the name of the author who wrote the book. I’m not picking up a thriller no matter who writes it. I’m not going to enjoy a book that centers around miscommunication. So I won’t read those books.
Then to further complicate matters there are some books by authors that I would like to read more from that I just can’t read. Whether the book contains triggering material, or will just generally upset my mental health, there are some books that as much as I adore the premise, I know I will never read.
Now, I’m not saying you need to read every book by an author to consider them a favorite. And I’m not saying that if you don’t give every book by your favorite author five stars you’re a fake fan. Personally, I don’t feel comfortable calling an author a favorite when I know that some books of theirs I’ll never read for whatever reason. I think I just have a very specific definition of a favorite author, that I’m aware most people don’t share. There are authors I follow. There are authors I admire. There are even authors where I want to do everything in my power to support them. But I don’t think I’ll ever have a favorite author.