Bloganuary – Who is your favourite Author and why?

Ooft. It’s like asking a parent to choose their favourite child!

I love reading and definitely have my faves when it comes to Authors.

Photo by Ylanite Koppens

Christian writers I love:

Francine Rivers – she writes romances that are so moving. They’re incredible and are thick books that I feel are treasures, they’re so well written. My favourite book of ALL TIME (besides the Bible of course) is “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers. To take the TRUE STORY of Hosea who married a prostitute; a broken woman who kept leaving him to go back to the brothel…sooo many times…yet every time, Michael Hosea continues to love her. That to me is the kind of love that changes the world.

Adrian Plass – he writes in diary-style from the point of view of a Fictional character and his family. I’ve fallen in love with them all as if they’re real people. It’s nice to see a Christian struggle at times with his fate, be naughty, have fun, laugh at things we probably shouldn’t and one who measures the length of a sermon by how many lollies he ate in that time. RESPECT!!!

Max Lucado – he writes as if he’s talking to you as a friend…as if you’re meeting for lunch at a nice cafe – and I love that. I love that he can draw you into his thoughts and ideas but make you feel comfortable and understood at the same time. As a Christian, I don’t like having to read about theology and the historical nature of Jesus…I want to know how tall He was. What made Him laugh. Anything that made Jesus roll his eyes, wink or chuckle. That’s where Max meets me and I really love that.

Non-Christian Writers I totes “dig”:

I love Mike Gayle – he writes from his heart. His books are so raw and vulnerable but are always hopeful and I dig that. I love me some hopefulness.

Andy Weir’sThe Martian” made me fist-pump with happiness whenever the fictional character had a win, made me cover my mouth with awe or worry or made me cry copious tears when he finally gets rescued because I was SO INVESTED in the character’s plight on Mars all by himself.

Trent Dalton wrote “Boy swallows Universe” was groundbreaking. It was so different, so Australian (woo) and so fantastical – yet “real” – it was both intriguing, thrilling and touching to read. It was a heady combination and an excellent book.

A book that changed my life was “All our wrong today’s” by Elan Mastai. He writes about the 2 genres I don’t actually like – Science Fiction and Fantasy. Ugh. But I gave it a go, and couldn’t put it down. The book is about a man who figures out how to travel through time. He goes back to get a girl’s attention (boys!) and each time he goes back in time and does something – it completely changes the future. In one chapter, one seemingly small decision erases over 2 BILLION people from ever existing. In the chapter following where the main character finds out he essentially “killedBILLIONS of people, the Author writes a chapter that just has the word “F*CK!!!” about 98 times on the page. BRILLIANT. I highly recommend reading this.

Running out of time now but here are other worthy mentions:

I loved reading:

“Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine”

“Where the Crawdads sing”

“A fault in the stars” (the fault in our stars?)

“Me before you” and subsequently (but not as much) “Me after You”

ROOM” blew my mind and made me grateful for so many of the every-day blessings I take for granted. I love that such an adult concept (Being kidnapped and imprisoned for years on end) was written from a child’s point of view. So clever and so touching.

Lastly, you guys might not consider yourself Authors, but I love reading your blogs:

Shanti – so inspiring because you see beauty all around you. You’re an incredible writer and you draw me in with your first words. I love your blogs. Keep writing!!!

Tommy – hilarious, witty, clever and then suddenly charming. I read yours until the very end always wanting a little more. Like cake. Mmmmmm.

Ellie – you have come from so much pain, and you write with so much gratefulness. It floors me. I’m so proud of you.

Sara – you are so eloquent and intelligent. I love reading what you’ve written and feel so blessed you let us into your world. Especially on the days where it hurts. It’s an honour.

8 responses to “Bloganuary – Who is your favourite Author and why?”

  1. Thank you my dear. I was blown away by Room as well. Just wished I could rescue the characters.

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    1. Oh Shanti, I love that you read “Room” too!!! It was such a powerful book and a few times I had to look up and ground myself like “You’re ok, JD. You’re fine” because I got so caught up with the characters and so scared for them. Such an incredible book xx

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      1. To think that children have been confined this way makes my heart break πŸ’”

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      2. Same. And it reminds me to be grateful for the freedom we so often take for granted xx

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  2. Hey there, thank you dear for the mention. I am truly taken back to see my name in your blog. It is truly an honor and your kind words make me want to keep it up and continue to grow as a writer. Your description of the books you mentioned were so detailed. I know that I may never have a “favorite” book. Or at least I have not found one yet. But I am jealous that I do not after having read your post. My goal is to read 12 books this year and so far I am on track. I have read one. Yea me. I had no intention to my reading except to learn and grow. Perhaps I will also find a “favorite” book or author that impacted my life. Your post makes me feel like I am missing something. Huge hugs.

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    1. You’re doing so great just reading ONE book that wasn’t assigned to you by a teacher. We easily celebrate big achievements but let’s take time to celebrate the smaller wins – you read a whole book!!! And it sounds like you’re on your way to reading 11 more πŸ˜‰ that’s really awesome! I really mean it when I list you as one of my favourite Authors you know. You have a beautiful writing style – as if we’re both chatting over our garden fences as the sun sets. I love that about your blogs. Keep it up, you’re amazing at what you do xx #Team Tommy

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  3. Dear Janet. Forgive me for being a day late with my comment. I have been so busy these last couple of days.

    I thank you from the bottom of my heart for mentioning me again in your blog post. I’m truly touched that you include me as an author. It’s so kind of you.

    I’m impressed that you’ve read so much and your choice of books is very interesting. I am inspired by you to read more, as It’s something I struggle with, not academically, but from a concentration perspective. I find it difficult to read at home (possibly, being distracted by Peanut (my cat) wanting attention and cuddles and also by my overriding desire to write instead). I do go to the library, though, as my concentration is better there. I really should read more (my tutor reminds me of this every now and then!)

    Out of the books I have read, I enjoyed The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak and Diary of a Nobody, an amusing book by George Grossmith and Weedon Grossmith (brothers). Having read about your favourites, I think I’ve just got to read Room. I’ve read the sample on Amazon and feel inspired to read it. Thanks for the recommendation. Thanks again – so much, Janet. I’m very glad we met here on WP. Xx πŸ€—πŸ’•

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  4. Hey there, getting caught up on responses that I have left in my inbox to return to. Your image of two people talking over garden fences is so nice. I thank you for your comment on my writing style. I know that many parts of it are not “proper” however I want to be me and develop a style that allows me to be conversational and correct. I have work to do but your comments go a long way in helping me to grow my confidence and continue to work on my craft. team Janet all day long here. Hugs

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