This feels like a filler post. Maybe it is. Maybe I’m just trying to figure out what kind of stuff I want to put on here. I would love for it to be a mixture of all the things that I love, which right now isn’t much. Blame that on grief. I clearly remember all the things I used to love, I guess I should start there.
So the point of this post was to share with you Authors that I think you should read and/or follow. I’m not really sure where to start with this list. I mean do I even bother listing all of my favorite authors? Do I separate by genre? How many is too many? I don’t know where to stop, and damn sure have no idea when I should stop! The problem with asking someone who is an avid reader to list a bunch of authors to read is that you are opening a whole can of worms that you really aren’t ready for.
With that said, I’m going to take the dangerous path and assume that I don’t need to list any of the classics, or new classics. I feel like it should go without saying that in a person’s lifetime they should at least take some interests the classics of our history. It just seems silly to think otherwise, but maybe that is just me. So I will say it now, in case you haven’t gotten the hint, go read a damn classic!
I am still struggling on if I should list people like Tom Wolfe, Hunter S. Thompson, Charles Bukowski, and Kurt Vonnegut. They are some of my favorite writers of all time. I don’t know that I could have a list without them, but I also feel like there is no life in which you haven’t read at least one of these amazing people. I’ve gotten the sudden urge to add Silvia Plath and Maya Angelou to that list, so I am doing it now. I would never want to live a life without these women either. I just wouldn’t.
So I guess what this leaves me with is a list of contemporary authors to read? That feels accurate, but a lot harder than I intended for this to be. You see, I don’t read a lot of contemporary authors, not currently anyway. If you ever want a list of some of my favorites, please feel free to ask, I’m always happy to talk about books. I guess lets get back to the task at hand, contemporary authors I think you should read, or at least know about.
* Patrick Duncan- currently reading his Dracula vs. Hitler and it is quite nice. Southern Gothic style historical Fiction.
* Nalini Singh- Fantasy Romance style books, usually long series.
* David Mitchell- Supernatural
* Ernest Cline- SciFi
* Jana Oliver – Young Adult Fantasy/Romance
* Julia Elliot- Southern Gothic SciFi
* Christopher Moore- Comedic Fiction
* Sarah Kay – Spoken Word Poet
So those might not be a lot to start with, but like I said, contemporary isn’t really something I’m good at currently. I also did try to avoid any of the bigger named authors that I could have probably filled this list with (George RR Martin, Gillian Flynn, etc). This is what you get. Do you have any suggestions for me? I love to hear about new books or authors.