Entry #19 – Favorite author: What author do you gravitate towards in the bookstore or library? Which author can you not get enough books from? Or maybe they’ve only written one book, but it changed your life.
Growing up, my very favorite author would have to be Caroline B. Cooney. This past summer, I decided to send a piece of fan-mail to this author who was an important part of my life. I don’t know if she actually read my letter or not, but I thought it was important to express my thanks for her novels. Check out a bit of the letter I sent:
I picked up The Face on the Milk Carton in middle school and became a Caroline B. Cooney fan for life. “Cooney” was the first bookshelf I always checked at the library or bookstore, and I voraciously read your body of work. I realize now how lucky I was to have parents who valued reading and were able to fund my book habit. I have read at least 40 of your titles and personally own 30 of the books. I remember ordering some of the trickier to find titles on e-bay when I was in college. I also have The Face on the Milk Carton starring Kellie Martin and Edward Herrmann recorded on VHS!
Besides The Face on the Milk Carton series, some of my favorite books are The Time Travelers Quartet, Driver’s Ed, and The Terrorist. I enjoy your books because of the slightly-unusual character names, the fast-paced and suspenseful action, and the relatable main characters. I’ve never seen my own face on a milk carton, stolen a stop sign, handled smallpox scabs, or traveled back in time, but for some reason, I believe what the characters are doing and feel for them. I cheer them on when they make good choices and groan when they do the wrong thing. Your books provided the adventure I needed in my life.
Even though I am now twenty-seven years old, I still enjoy picking up your books. In fact, I just read Three Black Swans and Code Orange this summer. It has taken me fifteen years to send this piece of fan-mail, but I wanted to let you know how much I admire you as an author. I will continue to recommend your books to my friends and students.
As an adult, I still gravitate towards Young Adult Literature, so I admire authors like Ally Condie, Kristin Cashore, Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, Carrie Jones, and Marissa Meyer. When it comes to more “grown up” books, I’m a fan of authors Steve Berry, Katherine Neville, Paullina Simons, and Gillian Flynn. The biggest bummer is finding an author I really like, and then discovering that the author has only written one book!
Who are your favorite authors?