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November 1st is National Author's Day - Who is your favorite author?


November first is the day set aside as the day to celebrate your favorite author(s).

Nellie Verne Burt McPherson, President of the Bement Illinois Women's Club, suggested it in 1928 as a means of thanking her favorite author, Irving Bacheller - author of "Eben Holden's Last Day A Fishin." The U.S. Department of Commerce recognized the date of November 1st as National Author's Day in 1949.

What better way to celebrate than to spend a few minutes sharing who your favorite authors are, as well as sharing your personal favorite books that they've written.

Regardless of your preferred genre, please give us your top five 'must reads'.

For additional fun, please tell us which book you would recommend others read if they could only read one book.

Fly a flag, write your favorite author a letter or send them an email, buy a book or write one, share the words of your favorite author with someone you love!


schula 4 years, 11 months ago

My favorite author is Nora Roberts. I love the romance and mystery that she writes. She has a new book out tomorrow that I will be purchasing.

I also like Diana Gabaldon. She writes the Outlander series, a time travel romance.

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

Thanks, Schula. Which book of Roberts would you suggest for someone reading her for the first time?

schula 4 years, 11 months ago

I would suggest the first book in her current series, called Vision in White. It is a four book series and the fourth book comes out tomorrow.

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

Thanks, Schula. I'm guessing you have the series and are willing to lend? :)

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

I haven't read any Malone. Any specific favorites you'd suggest? I'm a huge fan of Seuss too and if love to read all of Irving's books.

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

Good to know. We can all use a book to laugh and enjoy. It sounds as though it'd be a nice bday or Xmas book. Is it appropriate for all ages

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

Thanks, 75. What's your favorite Chambers book?

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

He's terrific. I need to reread some of his favorites of mine. He's the type of author I enjoy differently with each differing decade in which I read him I guess that can be said of any favorite author, but I think more in his case than some.

justmesis 4 years, 11 months ago

The Nora Roberts are also some of my favorites Schula! My five favorite books would be: 1. "Freckles" by Gene Stratton-Porter This was a child hood favorite and still is. 2. "The Clan of the Cave Bear " series by Jean M. Auel 3. "The Robe" By Lloyd C. Douglas 4. " The Shack" by William P. Young a believe this is a must read 5. any book by Stephen King.

I love books in any genre and read every day.

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

Haha, I'd forgotten all about Freckles until just now. I should read The Shack again as it was mind altering. I really loved it. Thanks for gifting me' with it a couple of years back.

You and The Robe - you need to star in a modern version! Lol

slowplay 4 years, 11 months ago

Too many to list. From Dickens and Agatha Christie to Ken Follet and Louis L'Amour.

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

I used to read a lot of Christie. Please share your favorite pick of each author you listed.

JayCat_67 4 years, 11 months ago

I liked the "Wheel of Time" series, but have failed to get back into it. To me it really started bogging down by about the fifth book. I have yet to read "Knife of Dreams" and the first Brandon Sanderson offering. I understand the next book is due out very soon though.

You might also like George RR Martin "Song of Ice and Fire" Series, but it's been stuck on book #4 for quite awhile now. "Dreamsongs" Vol. 1 and 2 are collections of some of his short stories which I found quite entertaining.

justmesis 4 years, 11 months ago

Hey sis! Haven't seen your list yet! I know that Poe is right up there at the top of the list.

schula 4 years, 11 months ago

A few more of my favorite authors:

Stuart Woods, the Stone Barrington series -- Stone is former NYPD but now an attorney. He gets into lots of trouble.

Donna Andrews -- she writes the Meg Lanslow murder series.

Linda Lael Miller -- she writes romance that takes place out West, historical and modern

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

Fleming is a terrific author!

Wow, it is difficult to break it down!

My favorite book of all time is Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment. My other top picks are anything by Poe, in part because we're having an affair, William Faulkner (where we got my son's first name of Vardaman - As I Lay Dying), The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by McCullers, Sylvia Plath, Dean Koontz, Walt Whitman, and southern author Harry Crews. I love Stephen King too. If I'm going to read SciFi, make it Gunn or Roe!

I adored The Black Stallion series as a child.

RoeDapple 4 years, 11 months ago

Where do I start? . . .

Dean Koontz Robert Hienlein Arthur C Clarke George Orwell Ray Bradbury Kurt Vonnegut Frank Herbert Anthony Burgess . . . .

Are you seeing a trend here?

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

Indeed I am. It gives new saying to the old, "You are what you eat". It now translates to, "you write what you read". Well, at least in your case. No wonder my writing style is confusing and bleak. :(

Cait McKnelly 4 years, 11 months ago

Steve Berry (Currently reading The Paris Vendetta). This man makes Dan Brown look like a rank amateur (which he is but we won't go there, not to mention Berry's output is 3X Brown's.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Berry_(novelist)

Best childhood series EVARRR. Susan Cooper and The Dark is Rising series. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Cooper The set that I own was given to me by my mother as a 30th birthday present almost thirty years ago. My children and my grandchildren have read all of them. It's a legacy.

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

Cait, thanks for the link. I'm not familiar with either, but I'm particularily interested in the children's series. I'll do some reading!

Romans832 4 years, 11 months ago

I'd have to agree about Chronicles of Narnia. I especially liked "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe." I had not been exposed to it until just before I started grad school, although I know they are supposed to be "children's stories." I "loaned" the boxed set to someone and haven't seen it since. Some day, I'll buy a replacement.

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

I think we often enjoy children's stories more as adults - or at least with a different appreciation. I bought that for my daughter and I guess I better read it. I hope you get another set!

zikzak 4 years, 11 months ago

Thanks to the following and in no particular order: Ray Bradbury Stephen King J. K. Rowling Dan Simmons George R.R. Martin Neil Gaiman Terry Pratchett

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

Pratchett is astounding. Imagine having the creativity AND drive to get published at 13. Genius anyone.

geekin_topekan 4 years, 11 months ago


You may have read some of my stuff.

War and Peace.

Umm.. A Tale of Two Cities.

Sheryl Wiggins 4 years, 11 months ago

Favorite book of all time: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith I just recommended 'A Tree Grows...' this past weekend to someone at the bookstore. Favorite author: Bill Bryson. Favorite book by BB: The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid. Paul Theroux. favorite book of his: 'Pillars of Hercules' Colm McCann: 'Let the Great World Spin' Shel Silverstein; 'The Giving Tree' is my favorite but I like 'Where the Sidewalk Ends' and 'Light in the Attic' too. Current favorite. 'Being Donnacha' written by Tom Prendergast.. Donnacha Rynne is Irish and this is his story so far about being born with wih cerebral palsy and he developed multiple sclerosis in his early 20's. One of his favorite expressions is "the nowness of life" This is just a beautiful book about a beautiful man.

mom_of_three 4 years, 11 months ago

Shel Silverstein would be on my list, too! Also loved A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (and the movie was great, too).

I loved historical fiction even as a kid, and one of my favorites was Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink.
Bridge to Terabithia (although everyone has seen the movie now) and Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls.

and the "Little House on the Prairie" books.
I have adult favorites, too

Sheryl Wiggins 4 years, 11 months ago

oh I completely forgot about Little House... I love those as a kid too. I also devoured Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys,Bobbsey Twins and whichever series had Trixie Belden as the heroine. I remember reading Sydney Sheldon's 'Bloodline' when I was in the 3rd Grade. (didn't understand a single bit of it but read it anyway). I also like David Sedaris, Sarah Vowell, Brenda O'Carroll, Nora Roberts. I liked the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz. I usually avoid DK but I picked them up in an airport and they helped me kill some time. I don't have a tv so I read a book every night before bed just to help me wind down.

schula 4 years, 11 months ago

I read the Little House series, too.

Finnbar -- I had forgotten about the Trixie Belden series. I read many of those two.

Do you have a favorite Nora Roberts book? One of my favorites is Northern Lights. Have you read it? I love books that take place in Alaska.

Sheryl Wiggins 4 years, 11 months ago

Schula, I did read 'Northern Lights' I think. Was that Rod Landers and Tazlina Lake Lodge? I really liked the Irish series she did. Tears of the Sea (maybe) Trilogy. The 'born in' Trilogy was excellent as well. I usually keep my "cheap romance novel" addiction a secret....but I figure my secret is safe on here, right? ;-)

Ronda, PM me regarding 'Reading Donnacha'. It's not available in a wider release but I'd be willing to let you read it. Donnacha is the son of a great friend of mine and I'd love to see him get any kind of recognition for his story.

schula 4 years, 11 months ago

Finn -- It takes place in Lunacy, AK; a Baltimore cop comes to Lunacy to take over the police department and solves a years old murder.

All of her series of books are outstanding. I am not fond of the books she writes as J.D. Robb, too science fiction for me. My favorite series by Robers is the one with the four brothers that grew up on the Chesapeake Bay: Sea Swept, Rising Tides, Inner Harbor and Chesapeake Blue. If you haven't read this series, I highly recommend it.

mom_of_three 4 years, 11 months ago

I thought of that series (trixie belden)yesterday, but didn't know how well read it was.

ilovelucy 4 years, 11 months ago

I had forgotten about Caddie Woodlawn. And I still regularly peruse my Nancy Drew and Little House collection.

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

Your list is totally unfamiliar to me, which is a good thing. The last one you mention sounds of particular interest since I also have MS. Nothing quite like a life altering illness to help us appreciate what we do have and what we are capable of doing. Thanks for the suggestions!

mom_of_three 4 years, 11 months ago

For humor, P. S. Wall is one of my favorites If I Were a Man, I'd Marry Me and My Love Is Free... But the Rest of Me Don't Come Cheap

Shiloh - Shelby Foote Confederates in the Attic - Tony Horwitz

Historical fiction, non-fiction, biography - I have no time to read, but I love 'em. Been working on the Shelby Foote Civil War books for three years now. Still in the first book! No time, I tell ya, no time.

pace 4 years, 11 months ago

I really like David Ohle, edgy and interesting. I don't have a favorite, way too narrow way of looking at what books do.

Flap Doodle 4 years, 11 months ago

Robert E. Howard's up near the top of my list. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith and Lovecraft changed the way fantasy and horror would be written for rest of the 20th Century..

schula 4 years, 11 months ago

When I was younger, I read almost all of the Nancy Drew series of books and Agatha Christie, as well.

Jay_lo 4 years, 11 months ago

Haven't had the chance to do much reading in quite some time. Used to love it, and passed that on to my daughter who is an avid reader. I guess with that being done I pretty much retired.

Used to really like Asimov and Bradbury. Loved The Postman by David Brin, didn't care for the direction it took in Costner's movie version.

Time constraints eventually drove me to short stories to get my sci-fi fix, and I have boxes of Asimov's Sclence Fiction Digest stored somewhere.

grammaddy 4 years, 11 months ago

Alice Walker of"Color Purple" fame. My favorite book by her was "The Temple of My Familiar".

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

Hi, Gram. I loved The Color Purple and really need to read more written by Walker. Thanks for 'the mention.

How is your friend doing?

Ron Holzwarth 4 years, 11 months ago

For my top three, Mary O'Hara, whose first three novels all made it to movies (the first one TWICE!), and the first also made it to a TV show.

'My Friend Flicka' - 2 movies, one TV show 'Thunderhead' - one movie 'Green Grass of Wyoming' - one movie Clean sweep for an author's first three novels! That made history!

And for two more, Mark Twain's 'Tom Sawyer' 'Huckleberry Finn'

Ron Holzwarth 4 years, 11 months ago

Well, I have another favorite author also, Winston Churchill. I loved reading his take on the first and second world wars, and read out a couple small town libraries on those subjects.

Neither of those wars made any sense, unless you consider their antecedents. But as for the antecedent for WW1, which was the Franco-Prussian War of 1879, I gave up on the subject.

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

Hi, Ron. Those all sound like winners to me, especially any stories about horses or dogs.

A book I'll always remember is, Where the Red Fern Grows and of course when I think of crying, my mind goes to The Diary of Anne Frank.

In Cold Blood and Helter Shelter - the Charles Manson story still scare me the same as the initial read.

riverdrifter 4 years, 11 months ago

Lots of good authors mentioned here. I like Craig Childs (The Secret Knowledge of Water, House of Rain) and Rick Bass (Oil Notes). Both live off-grid at far-flung places in the west.

seriouscat 4 years, 11 months ago

McCarthy is a master for sure...but not for the fainthearted!

JayCat_67 4 years, 11 months ago

I'm quite partial to Douglas Adams myself. The "Hitchhiker's Guide" books are hilarious once you get the British humor (or should I say "humour") Who else would describe the knack to flying as the ability to throw yourself and the ground and miss?

kernal 4 years, 11 months ago

I can't pick just one! When I was a kid I read every Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys book, Treasure Island, Ivanhoe, Kidnapped, Robin Hood, Little Women, Little Men, etc. In high school I loved the Bronte sisters, Catcher in the Rye, Asphalt Jungle, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and other books that seem to get banned or are controversial these days. Since then, it's been a big mix. Right now I'm reading a Stuart Woods book and Brothers Karamozov: brain candy and a classic.

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

You've named several of my favorites: Brothers Karamozov is fine and Catcher in the Rye and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest were rather life altering. I've never read Asphalt Jungle, but considering how like minded we are with your other picks, I'm betting I'd enjoy it as well.

mom_of_three 4 years, 11 months ago

Little women! another fav! I read so much, I can't even remember.

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

I used to read a book a day and I need to turn of Facebook and television, get reading once again. It's amazing where books take us!

Catzilla 4 years, 11 months ago

Overall, Gore Vidal. He has a great knack for making historical figures sound so bitchy.

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

Those people who enjoy Vidal seem to be loyal fans and, yes, he does bitchy as well as anyone. Lol

Christina Hoffman 4 years, 11 months ago

The Body Farm, by Patricia Cornwell one of my favorites. The Giver, By Lois Lowry wonderful wonderful book. I also am a fan of love stories so Nicolas Sparks is great to. I also love How do dinosaurs say goodnight? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague super cute story my kids love.

acg 4 years, 11 months ago

I love Stephen King, Koontz and James Patterson. I also like Nora Roberts, but prefer her alter ego JD Robb. I like Stuart Woods, Robert Ludlum and Tom Clancy. I also really like Tammy Hoag, John Grisham and Patricia Cornwell. If I'm going to go with a classic, though, I prefer Dickens. He paints a very vivid picture with his words. It's a generally morbid and sad picture, but vivid nonetheless.

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

True enough, Dickens - master of truth, ugly though it may be.

Wow, I can't believe two of my top authors haven't been named: Hemingway and D.H. Lawrence.

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

Lol, cute!

I was already majoring in creative writing the first time I read anything by D. H. The astouding thing about experiencing him for the first time was realizing the she I thought I'd found that expressed herself exactly as I felt, was actually a he. I can't name another author who explains the relationships between men and women, as well as friendships between like sexes, as well as Lawrence did. Sons and Lovers is my favorite of his.

Boosh 4 years, 11 months ago

I'm glad to see my two favorite authors, Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams here.

I often wonder at how few people know of Pratchett.

I am partial to Adams Dirk Gently books, slightly, over H2G2. His "The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul" is a masterpiece in my opinion.

Both authors are laugh out loud funny :-)

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

I haven't read either of the ones you mention as I tend to read dark novels or memoirs. It would be good to read something different for a change. Thanks for taking the time to leave your picks.

lonelane_1 4 years, 11 months ago

Lots of great authors & books already mentioned but I don't see one of my all time favorites: Tom Robbins. My two favorites of his are "Another Roadside Attraction" and "Jitterbug Perfume." Among his others are "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" and "Still Life with Woodpecker."

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

I hope it helped both of you. It sounds like an author and book well worth taking the time to read. Thanks!

seriouscat 4 years, 11 months ago

No particular order or relation:

Barbara Kingsolver- Poisonwood Bible JM Coetszee - Life and Times of Michael K DeLillo- White Noise Isabelle Allende- House of the Spirits John Kennedy Toole- Confederacy of Dunces Truman Capote - In Cold Blood Margaret Atwood- Handmaid's Tale Langston Hughes- poetry Whitman- poetry

seriouscat 4 years, 11 months ago

Just went through this whole list and may have missed but...

no love for Twain? whassup?

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

I thought someone named Huck Fin but I didn't find it when I did a quick search. That does seem odd. How about you, is Twain on your list of favored authors? His sayings/quotes certainly were astute, comical and on target. Interesting and humorous mind!

seriouscat 4 years, 11 months ago

Oh yes! Definitely among the top 20 and probably 10 if one narrows it down to Americans. I think I like him as a figure of the American individualist better than as an author, though it's impossible to separate the two really.

Oh and Hunter S. Thompson.

and H.L. Mencken.

and and and : )

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

Damn, I'm amazed those last two hadn't been named either! There are so many incredible authors. I agree about Twain - talk about a strong and unique voice - as do the last two you've listed.

seriouscat 4 years, 11 months ago

I have started and made it not far into "the Name of the Rose" several times. I still have it and am determined to keep trying because I suspect he is worth it.

audiofile is a great idea for sharing family memories! Do it!

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

Agreed, I have to be in a specific mind set to enjoy some authors - even some of my favorite ones. Then there are those who just plan change my mood or mindset and carry me far, far away.

Chrissy Neibarger 4 years, 11 months ago

My favorite author is Larry Niven. Although he's won awards for Ringworld, I highly suggest anyone new to his work read Intregal Trees or Destiny's Road!

ilovelucy 4 years, 11 months ago

Barbara Kingsolver, Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Justin Cronin, Philippa Gregory, Jonathan Franzen, JD Salinger, Willa Cather.

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

Would it insult you if I said I've never known you to be more touchy feely than now.

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

You're outstanding in 'the dark. Or is that out standing or standing out. And wicked. Lol

oldvet 4 years, 11 months ago

Living - W.E.B. Griffin and Tom Clancy

Deceased - James Michener and Alexandre Dumas

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

I agree with Clancy and Michener. Good choices!

pace 4 years, 11 months ago

I find the prose of William S. Burroughs enchanting.

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

Enchanting is an interesting choice of words, Pace. I'd go more with enlightening, gifted, bizarre, unique, wacko, creative. ..... Ok, I'll go with 'intriguing'.

Nick Yoho 4 years, 11 months ago

My father, Max Yoho, of course! He writes very humorous fiction. His newest book,"With the Wisdom of Owls" is recently released. Look for him at book signings all around the local area. He is a local, multi-award winning Kansas author! I'd recommend his first book, "The Revival" if you like to laugh, and read about small town Kansas in the '40s.

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

Terrific! I always love a fellow Kansan's recommendation about a good read. The 40's would be an interesting time period to write and/or read about. Hopefully your father is still alive.

It sounds as though DIST is familiar with this book, which serves to reenforce my desire to read it. Thanks!

justmesis 4 years, 11 months ago

Most probably haven't read Mem Fox. I read her often to the children.

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

We frequently need refresher courses. We're older, remember? Lol. How was your birthday?

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