It’s after 11am and I’m still in bed. It’s Saturday so at least there’s that, but I can’t help thinking that I should at least get up and shower and make the bed. And perhaps some more coffee. Instead I’m still lying here thinking about my favourite authors and why I love them so much. I am busy reading Tony Parson’s Catching the Sun and I find myself wrecked and elated at the same time. What is it about this man? I feel as though he profoundly understands me. I am aware that this is a ridiculous thought. It feels good though. After too many fairytales in February (they were fun but they got a bit much after a while) I kind of feel like I deserve a “break” and should be allowed to indulge in my failsafes for a while. They never let me down, after all.
Here are some of the talents I hope to get around to this month:
1.) Tony Parsons
The introduction to One For My Baby remains one of the most exquisite pieces of writing I have ever experienced. I often read just that piece and every single time it overwhelms me.
2.) Nick Hornby
I have loved this man ever since I read About a Boy for the first time. His movies and his books have all moved me, but none quite so much as How to Be Good which I will probably re-read another 10 times in my life. I hope to get around to A Long Way Down this month because the movie is coming out soon. With Toni Colette again! *squeal*
3.) Anne Tyler
I cannot express the gentleness of this woman. Her understanding of the nature of mankind. She takes the ordinary parts of life and underlines the beauty. Magical.
4.) Sarah Addison Allen
A new favourite, Allen enchanted me with The Girl Who Chased the Moon and I do believe I will remain enchanted throughout the rest of her works as well. After reading The Sugar Queen last year I finally decided on what kind of books I would like to write myself. I think I was kind of heading in that direction anyway, but she helped to push me over the edge. I picked up a copy of Garden Spells the other day and I can’t wait to get into it.
5.) Mike Gayle
Love this man for the same reasons that I love Parsons and Hornby. He’s such a “bloke” – but a nice bloke. And I like him.
6.) William Kowalski
Just a guy doing his writer thing. Making me smile. Making me nod.
7.) John Irving
This man is so far out of my league that I hardly feel worthy of reading his books!
8.) Margaret Atwood
Same as John Irving. Not worthy I tell you.
9.) Elizabeth Gilbert
How 21st Century of me to fall in love with this woman! Though possibly her work is not good for my general disposition. I fell in love with Ms Gilbert after seeing her TED talk and only then did I decide I should give this Oprah-approved book a read. I found that Eat Pray Love left me with a feeling of profound sadness and dis-ease. But I suppose she made all of us feel like we have forgotten how to live. I want to try Committed again because I struggled with it before.
Do you have your favourite authors who you use to rub your heart a little? Those few writers who you can trust to deliver something to ease your soul a little and leave you with a feeling of content instead of anxiety, or worse, indifference?
(Hmmmmm….. I’ve just realized that the Photobooth thingy on this computer does a mirror image… Weird…. )