Why I Don’t Have A Favourite Author

I recently took part in a book tag asking me to name three of my favourite authors and it really stumped me. Why don’t I have a favourite author? I have thought it over, a lot, and thought it might make an interesting post and would also help you guys get to know me a bit more.

When I was younger my mum caught on to the fact that she would never be able to sustain my reading with new books. I’ve always been a fairly quick reader and coupled with the fact that I loved doing it, I was soon finishing multiple books a week. I don’t remember the first time I was taking to the library but by the time I left for university all the librarians knew my name.

My mum was laughing with me only the other day about how I used to come out of the library with a huge stack that I could only just see over. I used the library for so many years. My local library was only small and I would often take out the maximum amount of books on my card. When I ran out of books to read they would often order them in for me and sometimes would even let me bring in a list of books that I wanted them to buy into the library system (shoutout to Annette for letting me do that). This really is where my habit of just reading what I had available to me came from and why I tend to read or at least try all genres.

Buying books as always been special for me because I rarely got to do it. Every Christmas I would get book vouchers because everyone knew how much I liked to read and it would take me so long to pick the right book to spend my money on. When I got a job, I’ll be honest, my money went towards clothes and then later nights out rather than books so I just continued to use the library.

I look at other book bloggers and even my dad and see how committed they are to their favourite authors and find it fascinating. My dad is so easy to buy books for because he has a few authors that he loves and so if they have released a book recently its a no-brainer. I almost wish I did have a favourite author because it would make my book buying decisions a lot easier!

I have never had a favourite author because the availability of the book was more important to me that the author. As a child I was never fussy with the authors that I chose to read as I just picked whatever authors the library had on the shelves at the time, but don’t get me wrong I was a huge Jacqueline Wilson fan! When I got older and particularly when I started reading adult fiction, I wasn’t reading enough to be too invested in what author I was reading, I just read what I could find. This is why, at 21, I don’t have a favourite author, because I have never had the time, availability or money to be fussy about what authors I was reading.

Do you have a favourite author? Do you have an author that you have loved every book that you have read of theirs? Or are you like me, and don’t have a favourite author? Let me know in the comments.


  1. I don’t have just one favourite author either, but a good many favourites. I’m also not exactly the kind of person that says that I have to read all the books by one author. In fact, I’ve only probably done that for Jane Austen, and that’s it. I like exploring different books based on their plot more than who their author is. If I read a particularly good book and there is a sequel, I’m more likely to read the sequel, but that doesn’t necessarily. make me try out their other series or standalone books.

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    1. That’s a very good way at looking for books, if you go on their plot rather than author I imagine you’re less likely to be disappointed. I also read the sequels but I am the same in that I won’t just read everything they’ve written because I liked one book.

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  2. My favourite authors are J.K. Rowling and Jessie Burton, but there are lots of others who I really like. I only have a handful of ‘auto-buy’ authors. If another book catches my eye, I get it from the library or buy it on Kindle. Great post, Alice. A really interesting read!

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  3. I agree with you. It’s been more about the subject matter for me, than a specific author with the exception of Jojo Moyes. I

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  4. I was the same with my library 🤣 and Jacqueline Wilson, Cathy Cassidy, and Jean Ure were the authors I read a lot of when I was a kid. That changed when I got older. I can’t say nowadays there are many authors I would say are favourites. Especially as I can try and find them in my local library. With the exception of Wanda Deglane, who’s one of my favourite contemporary poets.

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  5. It feels so good to know that there are other readers who don’t really have a favourite author. I relate to you a lot. I don’t know why myself. If it’s something closer than maybe Andrew Smith and Elizabeth Acevedo? Because I’m definitely interested in reading other works of theirs after I read The Alex Crow and With the Fire on High 😊

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