Fall Into Reading Question: WHO

Okay, so we’re a month into Fall Into Reading 2012 and I am just now getting around to posting a reading question. Sorry about that. The good news is that I’ve been making lots of progress on my reading list and have been loving the extra time I’ve devoted to reading in the last month. (Surely that has to count for something, right?)

Anyway, on to the question.

Is there an author (or authors) whose books you are always watching for? Do you jump to snatch up the latest literary offering from certain specific authors? In other words, who are your go-to authors?

In the realm of fiction, I am likely (okay, almost guaranteed) to pick up the latest books by the following, simply because I know they’ll be enjoyable reads and won’t have irrelevant, objectionable material that makes me want to skip entire pages — or chapters:

  • Tim Downs
  • N.D. Wilson

And I will definitely check out the latest books from these authors, though I don’t always read them:

  • Jeffery Deaver
  • Ted Dekker
  • Stephen R. Lawhead
  • Kate Morton

There are plenty of other authors whose books will catch my eye if I’m in Barnes & Noble and notice they have a new novel out, but the ones mentioned above tend to be a bit more on my radar.

As for nonfiction, I tend to be a bit more eclectic in my nonfiction reading, but I do watch out for books from these authors:

  • Elyse Fitzpatrick
  • Tim Keller
  • James Scott Bell (writing)
  • Chris Orwig (photography)


Okay, your turn: what authors are on your radar? Let me know in the comments!

(Note: You don’t have to be a Fall Into Reading participant to participate in these questions. Jump right in and share your answer!)


  1. My #1 favorite author ever is Janet Evanovich. I will read almost everything I can get my hands on from her. Here are some of the authors I follow that are non-series related…Caroline B Cooney, Pete Hautman, Nora Roberts, Angela Elwell Hunt, Beth Moore, Joan Elliott Pickart, & Tim Wynne-Jones. These categories range from fiction to nonfiction, mystery, young adult, christian living, paperback romance & suspense.

    Jenny McCarthy would be on this list too. Yes, the actress from MTVs Singled Out, although I never watched that. She is always either so truthful it’s hilarious, or informative about Autism research in an easy to understand manner.

    Give me a few days & I’ll make a post on my blog about the series’ that I follow regularly.
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  2. Susan Meissner

  3. Hmm . . . go-to authors? Funny you should mention Tim Downs; I was just thinking the other day he probably has at least one new one I should catch up on. While I am one to enjoy reading multiple works by one author (I feel like it gives me a more well-rounded perspective on who they are), I’m not usually looking for “new” – especially where fiction is concerned. I was happy to see a new one by Jan Johnson (Abundant Simplicity) and we are reading that with our Weds. evening group. I wish Lisa Samson was still writing; I read every new one she came out with!

    Interesting question!
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  4. The next chapter in Seth Steinzor’s modern take on Dante’s Inferno.

  5. I actually have a bunch of authors that I will always read/buy their new books!
    Susan May Warren
    Mary Connealy
    Ronie Kendig
    Karen Witemeyer
    Cathy Marie Hake
    Irene Hannon
    Jenny B. Jones

    Authors I will check their books out and probably read:
    Kelly Eileen Hake
    Dee Henderson
    Julie Klassen
    Jody Hedlund
    Kaye Dacus
    Lisa T. Bergren
    Melody Carlson
    There are probably some I’m forgetting to mention but…

    Non-Fiction go-to authors:
    Max Lucado
    Ken Ham
    Shannon Kubiak Primicerio
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  6. Favorite non-fiction authors: Dallas Willard, Philip Yancey, Richard Foster, Max Lucado, Jerry Bridges, John Piper, Larry Crabb. Where are the women? Yikes. Ann Voskamp, Sue Monk Kidd. Most of the blogs I read are written by women.
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  7. I read every Nora, Roberts, JD Robb, Jayne Ann Krentz, Vince Flynn, Mary Balogh, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick book that comes out. I read most by Janet Evanovich, Jude Deveraux, David Baldacci, Julie Garwood, Beth Moore, Elizabeth George, Joyce Meyer.

  8. I try not to buy too many books, but I’ll always buy anything by Peter S. Beagle. The next level of purchasing (sale or used) includes Harlan Ellison, Glen Hirshberg and Erik Larson. On the non-fiction side, I’m always on the lookout for Mary Roach and Peter Stanford.

  9. I posted my answer and update at… Ann’s Reading Corner.

  10. I have a lot of favorite authors like Janet Evanovich, Christopher Moore, Jasper Fforde… and okay the list is pretty long but I blogged about this in detail at my blog: http://mommablogsalot.com/2012/10/23/fir-2012-question-go-to-authors/
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  11. I would definitely agree with Tim Downs – love his stuff. For fiction- Steven James (well, also non-fiction as he writes that too). Non-fiction authors – Michael Horton, Jerry Bridges, possibly John MacArthur.

  12. Most of the books I buy are portuguese translations so I don’t usually rush to buy books as they first come out.
    The exception being J. K. Rowling. I buy her books as soon as they come out.

    Eventually I buy all the books by the following authors also: Sandra Brown, Isabel Allende, Julia Quinn, Madeline Hunter, Kate Morton, Dan Brown and Jeff Lindsay.

  13. Jasper Fforde is my fiction guy–his wit and puns make me laugh, plus his plot lines retain enough suspense and intrigue that I can’t put it down. Non-fiction I’ve been reading much of Erik Larson. While he’s definitely prone to long bouts of digression, I always come away with a better understanding of an infathomable time in history.

  14. Lynn Austin, Susan Meissner, Mary DeMuth, and Nicole Baart are authors I usually buy right off. I just read the new ones by Austin and Meissner. They were both excellent. I’m currently reading Everything (non-fiction) by Mary DeMuth. I’m getting a lot out of it. I think Nicole Baart has a new one coming out early next year. For every thing else, I find I can wait til the library gets it or wait til it comes up on paperback swap.

  15. My absolutely will pick up anything they write as soon as it comes out authors include: Thrity Umrigar, Ann Patchett, Peter Geye, and Jennie Nash. Authors know I will pick up the books eventually include Emily St. John Mandel, Timothy Schaffert, Ron Rash, and Tatjana Soli. For non-fiction I will always pick up Alexandra Fuller, Kathleen Flinn, and Ron Chernow. I’m working on reading more nonfiction so I’m anticipating this list to grow over the next couple of years.

  16. I enjoy a lot of authors, but there are few whose every work I anticipate and buy. Among those are Dee Henderson, Lori Wick (though she hasn’t had anything new in a while), Jan Karon, Sarah Sundin, and Beverly Lewis. Most but not all of Karen Kingsbury. Formerly I would have listed Sharon Hinck, but her newest books are rewrites of old books with new material — that just doesn’t it right with me, to pay for a book again that I will have read most of before. Maybe if I decide I want to read them I’ll see if the library has them.

    Nonfiction — much fewer there as I don’t read as much nonfiction as I probably should. I would say Elisabeth Elliot except she’d not writing any more. There are nonfiction writers from the past whose every book I read after the first: Amy Carmichael, Isobel Kuhn, Rosalind Goforth.
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  17. Jonathon Kellerman, Patricia Cornwell, Rick Riordan, Jim Butcher off the top of my head.

  18. I don’t really have a go-to-author, but if I had to say one, I would probably have say Lynn Austin.
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  19. Hands down…Julie Kagawa. I have read everything she has published and I have adored every one of her stories.

  20. Well, my MOST favorite authors are dead so that’s that. But! I will read anything else Trenton Lee Stewart decides to write! :D And I will give Howard Whitehouse a chance. And in the realm of Christian fiction – I’m excessively curious about Melanie Dobson.

  21. I usually stay with my favorites:
    Mary Higgins Clark
    Carolyn Hart
    Mary Jane Clark
    Caroline Graham

    And my old standbys:
    Agatha Christie
    Jane Austin
    I never tire of these.

  22. Specifically, I don’t have any go-to authors because I love reading books by authors I’ve never heard of. I like the feeling that I just discovered something special. Unless the book is in a series of course. Though, anything by Chuck Palahniuk, which is guaranteed to blow my socks off, I will not hesitate to pick up.

  23. Dean Koontz is my “auto-buy” author. I love his books, and I will buy anything that he puts out!

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