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!
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.
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.