Thursday, June 19, 2008

Booking Through Thursday: Flavor

Booking Through Thursday

Think about your favorite authors, your favorite books . . . what is it about them that makes you love them above all the other authors you’ve read? The stories? The characters? The way they appear to relish the taste of words on the tongue? The way they’re unafraid to show the nitty-gritty of life? How they sweep you off to a new, distant place? What is it about those books and authors that makes them resonate with you in ways that other, perfectly good books and authors do not?

I like different authors for all the above mentioned reasons. For some, it's about the words themselves. For others, it's the stories and the characters. Some examples:

Markus Zusak:
I've never seen someone use words like he can. Normal, simple, plain words become something amazing when he gets a hold of them!

Stephenie Meyer:
She has a way of completely immersing us, the readers, into the lives of her characters. Her writing is simple, but somehow, she manages to still get us all wrapped up in her stories.

Wilkie Collins:
He also has a way with words, but he uses them to be witty and funny. Very witty and funny in fact. Throw in all the complicated plots and soap opera-ish-ness, and his books become wonderful! I'm surprised he's not more well-known.

Khaled Hosseini:
I love the way he can grab our emotions and pull us into the story and into a culture with which most of us aren't too familiar.

J.K. Rowling:
With her, it's the ability to create a completely magical world that seems real and possible. That, and all the great characters of course.

Jane Austen:
All of it. Her way with words, her fun characters and those fabulous stories!

Well, it's another one of those times I could go on and on. So, I'll stop now!


  1. I agree with you about all of them. However, I somehow can't read Austen! Believe me, I gave up after 4 of her books!

    Here is my BTT post

  2. It's wonderful that we all can go on and on with our lists; another way to say that is to say, Isn't it great that we've all discovered the joy of reading?

  3. oh, you have great reads on that list!!! I haven't read The Book Thief yet, but I just got my hands on on it and can't wait!!!!

    Happy BTT!!!

  4. I completely agree with you on Zusak and Rowling. I'm looking forward to reading some of the others soon.

    Mine's up


  5. I feel the same about Zusak, Rowling, Meyer, and Austen!

    My absolute favorite author is Amy Tan. She's just an amazing storyteller and really immerses you in the Chinese culture.



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