Quick Intro: I'm an elementary teacher librarian in the Denver area. I'm a former middle school librarian, who is a former former German teacher (yep, I've run the gamut of school-aged children). I love YA lit, but I'm starting to love some elementary lit as well.
In terms of adult books, my all-time favorite author is a tie between Christopher Moore and Uwe Timm. Christopher Moore writes satire and I love everything he writes. He makes me laugh and think all at once, which is fantastic. Uwe Timm is a German author (I'm pretty sure he's been translated to English) and his writing is absolutely beautiful - he captures the German spirit perfectly.
For YA and children's authors, I love Krsitin Cashore for Fantasy and Scott Westerfield for SciFi. Recently I've been reading a lot of Gordon Korman, and I really like him (when I read through the lens of "let's pretend to be an elementary aged boy).
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One my favorite recent reads is: The pecan man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck. It is on the shorter side compared to most reads, but it was full of character, twists and turns. I have recommended it to many others who also have enjoyed it.
Khaled Hosseini. I will read anything he writes. My favorite genres are horror and scifi, and Hosseini doesn't fall into that category, but I find his version of drama very... interesting. Just don't start with his latest. Read Kite and/or Suns first, then decide if you want to read Mountains. If you start with Mountains, you may not read the others. It's written in a weird style, so I recommend reading the more traditional ones first.
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I think my all time favorite is Terry Pratchett. I've read nearly all of his work and I've loved it all. But I never really thought "he's my favorite" it's based on total number read and enjoyed. My favorite book is Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury.
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Good question! I have always loved Roald Dahl. I could read Charlie and the Chocolate factory over and over again. More recent favorites would probably be Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. I also enjoy Neal Stephenson--his books are usually really hit or miss for me, but when they are a hit, I could sit and read no-stop for days.
What a great topic! I like Barbara Kingsolver too. I have been reading mostly nonfiction lately, but my favorite authors are Roddy Doyle and Haruki Murakami. I haven't read all of their books but most of them are among my favorites. I just got another Roddy Doyle that I'm excited to read - maybe it will get me back into reading fiction again!
I have just discovered Barbara Kingsolver, and she is currently my favorite author. Her characters are very real, and even after you finish the book, the characters remain with you. Her most recent book is Flight Behavior, which I am reading with one of my book clubs. I loved it so much that I sought out other books that she has written. I just finished reading Bean Trees and its sequel, Pigs in Heaven. I highly recommend all three books.
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