This is a weekly event where book bloggers and readers can connect to find new blogs to read. It's a great way to network with other bloggers and make new friends! Every day I seem to find another book blog that I start following. In the spirit of the Friday Follow, I thought it would be cool to do a Book Blogger Hop to give us all bookies a chance to connect and find new blogs that we may be missing out on! It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs that they may not know existed!So head over to the Blog Hop and have some fun! Thanks for stopping by!
To answer this week's CRAZY question:
My favorite authors in alphabetical order are Ray Bradbury, Kate Chopin, Michael Crichton and Stephen King. For the pretty version, I'm going to refer you to this post because I think my reasons came out pretty lyrically.
- In a nutshell, Ray Bradbury writes classic literature in a sci-fi setting. I love the twist on the tried-and-true, and I discover something new every time I re-read his stories. Every. Time. That's amazing to me. I discovered him through Fahrenheit 459 but I Sing the Body Electric! is my favorite (and actually I discovered it first, but I had no idea who Ray Bradbury was at the time). Also, we share a birthday so obviously the admiration was meant to be.
- Kate Chopin was a great feminist author of her time, very pro-women and pro-independence, but since she lived so long ago, her writing doesn't veer into what I would consider radical territory. Basically, she's saying "Women are just as good/responsible/capable as men." The end. She's probably most famous for The Awakening, but her short stories are amazing too; I highly recommend that you read the "other stories" in The Awakening and Other Stories.
- Michael Crichton...wow. I read (and re-read and RE-read) Jurassic Park looong before I was allowed to see the movie. His books were my first foray into grown-up literature, and they are the standard to which I hold all the others. Timeline is one of my all-time favorites, followed closely by Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain.
- Things that go bump in the night, shivers that crawl up my spine, bugs that go boo! from under the bed--that's why I read Stephen King. I think if he didn't write horror, he would be considered one of the greatest novelists of our time. His writing has a poetic quality to it, and he explores the root of human fears in his writing, giving it an authenticity and an eerily spooky quality. I love The Shining most of all (I love the movie too, but the book is, as usual, infinitely better), and his short stories are great. (I'm beginning to see a trend here...) I also recommend Firestarter and Carrie, especially if you're in the mood for literary camp.