Think about your favorite authors, your favorite books . . . what is it about them that makes you love them above all the other authors you’ve read? The stories? The characters? The way they appear to relish the taste of words on the tongue? The way they’re unafraid to show the nitty-gritty of life? How they sweep you off to a new, distant place?

Q: What is it about those books and authors that makes them resonate with you in ways that other, perfectly good books and authors do not?

Definitely the writing style & the subject matter. I know I mainly write about fiction, but that’s because I mainly read fiction, or, I prefer to read fiction for enjoyment purposes.

ERG! Something about these Booking Through Thursday questions all sound the same! I almost don’t feel like justifying WHY I like something… I just do! The story is interesting … or different … or exciting … or enticing. But it may not be to other people.

I like authors that “flow” – the story isn’t stopped with too many side notes or interuptions. I couldn’t read Jonathan Strange and Mister Norrell by Susanna Clarke because there were footnotes and historical (fake) deviations and it just made me loose track of the story!

I also like the language of certain authors, such as J.D. Salinger. Actually, J.D. Salinger is the only author I like who does “string-of-consciousness” type writing. And I also love the language of William Shakespeare. Although, his plays are really meant to be heard or performed. If you ever get a chance to see The Bard on the Beach – Shakespeare Festival here in Vancouver, Go Go GO! It’s always amazing!