Thursday, December 4, 2008

Booking Through Thursday

1. Do you have a favorite author?

2. Have you read everything he or she has written?

3. Did you LIKE everything?

4. How about a least favorite author?

5. An author you wanted to like, but didn’t?

I have two favorite authors- A.S. Byatt and Margaret Atwood. I haven't read everything either woman has written- I haven't read Atwood's short stories, and I haven't read all of her novels yet (still two or three to go); I haven't read all of Byatt's novels either although I have read all of her short fiction. I haven't liked everything either woman has written- some of Byatt's novels I've found dull, and I felt the same way about a couple of Atwood's. I think A.S. Byatt is a better short story writer than novelist in general; her Possession is my favorite novel of all time (followed by Atwood's Alias Grace), and while her other novels pale in comparison, her short fiction is luminous. I also have a lot of respect for Iris Murdoch although I've only read three of her many books.

I don't have a least-favorite author; if I'm not enjoying someone's work I probably wouldn't bother to continue to read him/her- what's the point, right? An author I'd like to like? Michael Chabon, but I haven't read any of his books yet. I know I should, I know everyone loves him etc. etc., and I have a couple of his books hanging around the house, but I just never seem to get to them. Oh well!