Do you have an Authors to Binge Read list?
Every now and then I come across a book that makes me want to read everything the author has ever written. It isn’t just a good book that inspires the quest. I’ve read a lot of books I enjoyed that didn’t send me to the library to fill my bags with everything the author has ever written.
It’s a hard to explain combination of things that starts the obsession. The best I can figure is that certain books are so perfectly enjoyed, so well written, or so fully experienced as a reader, that they leave me with an actual yearning for another one just like it. And when that happens, I go searching through the author’s entire catalog.
Sometimes one really great book experience will send me back for more, but then the passion fizzles out. The author’s next books don’t always have the same magic to kindle the spark.
The following authors, however, have written books that have kept me awake into the wee hours, filled the library hold shelves, weighed down my own bookshelves, and inspired so many quests for more books.
Authors to Binge Read
After the L.M. Montgomery obsession of my youth, this was probably the first of the authors to binge read that I discovered. I still remember that summer after my first semester of college, finding a copy of Cat’s Eye, which I devoured in a day and went back for the next ones on the shelf, The Robber Bride and The Edible Woman.
As an 18 year old, I was enthralled. Her prose was delicious, her style unique, and her female characters were so rich. I think I read four or five of her books just that summer, but I’ve been keeping up with her ever since. I’ve read nearly every book she’s written.
What makes her so fun to binge read is that her books are so different. Some authors, if you’ve read one, you’ve read them all. Not Atwood. The Handmaid’s Tale is some of the very best Dystopian Fiction, but if that’s not your thing then Alias Grace, Historical Fiction about a murder in Canada, might be just your cup of tea. She has also written Mysteries, Feminist Fiction, and Contemporary Literary Fiction.
I haven’t loved everything she’s written, and I have to admit to not finishing The Heart Goes Last. But, I’ve loved the majority of her books and I always get excited when I hear she has something new coming out.