Recently, I saw a blog post entitled “What Can’t You Get Enough of?” and it got me to thinking, we hear this a lot from patrons regarding books. Often, someone will come into the library and say, “I loved this book! I need more from this author!” In a perfect world, authors would write books as quickly as we could read them, but we all know it doesn’t work that way.
In the interest of the question, I asked my co-workers “What author can’t YOU get enough of?” Curiously, although we all had different favourites, the reason behind our choices was almost the same….we like the unique voice an author presents. So who did we choose?
Louise Penny. This Canadian author is making her mark in our library. One person recommends her to someone else and suddenly, we can’t keep her books on the shelves! Her wonderful use of language and local settings makes her books truly unique. Have you tried her?
Patrick deWitt. Picked strictly because of his novel, The Sisters Brothers. If he wrote more in this genre/style, we’d all be very happy. If you haven’t picked up this award winning Western (I know!), mosey on over to the library to see what this Canadian is all about. Again, I heard the quote “he writes like no one else”.
Nora Roberts. This author is actually two authors in one body. Or one author with two very different pens. Nora Roberts is a romance writer with fascinating female leads and supportive male characters (not your typical heroes with bodies of steel). But she is also a master of futuristic suspense, writing under the name of J. D. Robb, and with a very different voice from her romance novels. How does she keep them straight? Your guess is as good as mine, but she does it well.
Stephen King. While many people refuse to think of King as anything but a horror writer, those of us who are fans know he is so much more. He will never be a literary fiction writer (or maybe he will!), but he continues to turn out thought-provoking works like:
Columnist, author, memoirist, journalist. Call her what you want, Anna Quindlen is all of these things. She’s won a Pulitzer Prize and is just as comfortable in the non-fiction world as she is in the world of fiction. Her fans love her for her creative stories and wonderful, rich characters. If she could be more prolific in her fiction writing, those who love her works would be thrilled.
These are just a few of our favourites that we can’t get enough of here at the Carleton Place Public Library. Maybe you’ll come away with a few new ideas for what to read next. Or maybe you can add to our list with a few suggestions of your own.