Thursday, May 29, 2008

A New Author Meme

A Little Housekeeping....

First off, I have a new, public email address. You can find it when you click on About Me over on the right. I thought it would come in handy when authors or publishers wanted to contact me about reviewing books. My old personal address is still active for those of you who have used that.

Secondly, thanks for all you great comments about the cookbook! You are all seriously organized. It sounds as though plastic page protectors are the way to go.

Heather from Errant Thoughts came up with a cool new author meme. Let me give it a try!

Here are the guidelines:

-Answer the questions as you see fit. Although they’re all phrased to ask about a singular author, feel free to respond with multiples, or even a list.
-Where possible & convenient (you don’t have to go as crazy as I did!), include a link here or there to an author’s website, your review of one of their books, or a review that inspired you to try the author(s), so your readers can get more information on anyone that sounds interesting.
-Tag five people and drop by their blogs to let them know you tagged them, or open-tag your readers.
-It would be nice if you included a link back to your tagger.

1. Who’s your all-time favorite author, and why?

I think this is a hard question! I think I would have been better able to answer it when I was younger (see number 2). I do have some go-to authors but am more of a lover of individual books. I might love one book by an author and feel just so-so about another. And I don't want to say someone is my favorite author who has only written one book!

Having said that, the first names that come to mind are Jane Austen and Margaret Atwood. I haven't read all of the work of either of these authors, but have read quite a lot.

I also thought of Bill Bryson for nonfiction/travel writing, Nigella Lawson and Nigel Slater for food writing.

Rosamunde Pilcher and Maeve Binchey's books have long been my favorite comfort reads, and Penny Vincenzi is my favorite author of 'trashy' fiction.

2. Who was your first favorite author, and why? Do you still consider him or her among your favorites?

Good question! I grew up loving Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, Maud Hart Lovelace (author of the Betsy books), Russell Hoban (author of the Frances books), Laura Lee Hope (The Bobbsey Twins series), and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

I haven't most (all?) of these in years but I remember them all with great fondness and hope to share them with my daughter and that she will find a connection with them as well.

3. Who’s the most recent addition to your list of favorite authors, and why?

Most (but not all) of these are going to be as a result of blogging!

Barabara Vine
Jacqueline Winspear
Helene Hanff
Rohinton Mistry
Sarah Waters

4. If someone asked you who your favorite authors were right now, which authors would first pop out of your mouth? Are there any you’d add on a moment of further reflection?

I'm guessing the first name that would pop out is Margaret Atwood. When people ask me what they should read, I'm much more likely to make a list of books rather than a list of authors.

5. Tagged:

Carrie K

I don't like to be pushy, so do this if you wish - no pressure! And if I didn't tag you, please do it anyway and let me know.


heather (errantdreams) said...

Yay! I'm enjoying seeing people's responses. :D I do like Margaret Atwood and Laura Ingalls Wilder. The Little House books were the ones mom started me reading on (partway through one book she'd been reading to me she told me if I wanted to find out what happened next I'd have to read it for myself), but the Black Stallion novels were my real faves as a child.

I like the binder/page protectors idea for preserving your recipes---I think that's a great, simple, inexpensive idea! You could even use dry-erase or wet-erase markers to make notes on the sleeves.

Carrie K said...

Great meme to get tagged with, Tara! Eight favorite author? lol. Okay, I'm it! Next post.

Mothernight and The Dark Lantern both look like great summertime reads.

StuckInABook said...

That's a fun meme! Isn't it odd how favourites can change - some of the authors I still consider my favourites, I haven't read for five or six years. Some authors become favourites based on one book, which is also kind of irrational...

Tara said...

Heather - it's a fun meme! I bet lots of people will do it. Never read Black Stallion books...always a bit afraid of animals. Hadn't thought of the dry-erase marker - good idea!

Carrie, Glad you think so! I couldn't stop myself.

Simon, it is a fun meme - try it! I know what you mean about authors you haven't read in awhile, they are more sentimental favorites though I hope they hold up when I re-read them with my daughter.

StuckInABook said...

Have now done it :-) Couldn't resist - the term 'favourite' is so interesting. (Oh yes, I did add in the 'u', I'm afraid!)

Danielle said...

Thanks for tagging me--I'm going to do this now!! I love many of the same authors as you do! Judy Blume was my favorite children's author, too! I don't think I will be able to choose just one for the questions!

Literary Feline said...

Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume were some of my childhood favorite authors too.

Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors as well. I haven't yet read Atwood, but I hope to give her a try one day.

Bookfool said...

I can't settle on just one author, either. You mentioned a couple of my personal favorites, though: Austen and Bryson.

Tara said...

Simon, thanks for doing it! Love the 'u' though cannot use it myself!

Danielle, I loved your answers.

Literary Feline, my daughter has started to read Blume and Cleary - I'm so thrilled and it's wonderful to know those books stand the test of time.

Bookfool, Bryson is a big favorite in our house.

Robin said...

I love Rosamunde Pilcher and Maeve Binchy, too! This was a fun meme, and I'm enjoying reading about everybody's favorites on the different blogs.

Shelley said...

I have only read 1 1/2 Margaret Atwood novels, but I've already decided she's one of my favorite authors!

Tara said...

Robin, are they just great comfort reads?? I am enjoying all the answers, too. I'm not too surprised that Jane Austen is often named for question 1.

Chain Reader, What have you read by her?

Shelley said...

I have read A Handmaid's Tale, and I am currently reading Alias Grace for a book club that I am hosting. I am anxious to hear what everyone thinks!