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Friday, July 22, 2011

Fiction Friday: Just One Author

If you could only read one author for the rest of your life, who would it be? This question was put to me recently and I was surprised by my own answer. See, I love Francine Rivers and consider her my favorite author. But if I only had one author to read for the rest of my days, I wouldn't pick her. I chose C.S. Lewis. Why? Well, just look at my proposed bookshelf:
  • Mere Christianity
  • The Problem of Pain
  • The Case for Christianity
  • Screwtape Letters
  • Chronicles of Narnia
  • Space Trilogy

Fiction to suit an array of moods, theological studies, apologetics, spiritual encouragement... for just one author, this collection would provide the most well-rounded reading I could think of! And what an awesome collection of quotes he left us as well.

What about you? Who would you read?


Carrie L. Lewis said...


A complete library with just one author!

Most of those books are either on my 'favorites' list or my 'to read' list, but I confess, this is the first time I've heard about Space Trilogy. I'll have to check that out!

Michelle Massaro said...

It's C.L. Lewis! lol

Space Trilogy was published even before Narnia, I believe. It's been ages since I read it but it's aimed at an older audience. Maybe it's time I re-read it, huh? Thanks for stopping by and for following. =)

Jessica R. Patch said...

I love C.S. Lewis! You forgot to add The Great Divorce! One of my favorites! I haven't read the Space Trilogy either, but I've read the rest of them. :)

If I had to pick one author...nope, can't do it!

CarolM said...

What Jessica said :D.

Can't do it ;).

I am going to check a couple of those out though. I've read Narnia, obviously, and I'm thinking I read Mere Christianity in college [or maybe DH did]. The others I'll have to look up...

Anonymous said...

Oh, I didn't even need a moment to think. Hands down the one fiction author I would choose would be Zane Grey. I could spend eternity re-reading his books. 8-)

BK Jackson

Susan said...

My bookshelf is full of an array of authors--all whom I love. But...one author? God. He's the best author I know and still into writing amazing stories today. His all time #1 Book is one that never leaves my shelf and I could read over and over and over again:) I know, I know, I'm stretching the answer here...

Anonymous said...

I'm not as literary as Michelle, although I was an English lit major many moons ago. I immediately thought Debbie Macomber. I read for relaxation, stories to take me away. I have over 40 of her books overlapping each other and piled on top of each other on one shelf. I probably have older ones packed in boxes in our storage locker. Yep, she's my choice.

However, I admit to having all of Deb Raney's books, almost all of Janice Thompson's and most of Gayle Roper's, Kathryn Cushman's and Patti Lacey's, as well as all 3 of A.K.Arenzes. They just haven't written as many as Deb Macomber, but I do collect theirs.

So many choices in ACFW!

Bonnie Engstrom

Anonymous said...

I totally forgot non-fiction. Joyce Meyer ~ I could read her forever.

Bonnie Engstrom

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with Susan. God was the answer that first came to my mind, too. His book encompasses romance, suspense, drama, etc. and best of all it is all true and its message can save all who accept it! Rose McCauley

Michelle Massaro said...

Thanks for stopping by Rose, Bonnie, Susan, BK Jackson, Carol, and Jessica! You guys have some great answers here (I haven't heard of Zane Grey, I'll have to use google!), but a couple of you are cheating (Susan and Rose!) lol Okay, I'm just teasing, it's not cheating. I didn't put it in my post, but the original inquiry made to me specified "other than the Bible."

God's Word is indeed all we need to live by and is full of romance, suspense, and Life. So I agree 100%. Keeping the Bible as a given, who else--of earthly origin--would you choose to read for the rest of your life? I still want to know. =)

Anonymous said...

Oh, that's a tough one. I'm not sure I could pick just one. My first thought was the Bible, then Jane Austen, then Francine Rivers. C.S. Lewis is right near the top too. Nope, it's too hard to choose. :)

Linda Yezak said...

CS Lewis is a great choice. I had initially thought Francine Rivers too, but I like your choice better.

Jo Huddleston said...

I love all Christian fiction I read. However, my favorite is an ABA author, Cassandra King. Her novel Same Sweet Girls is one of my top 5 favorite. My other 4 authors? Christina Berry, Francine Rivers, Jim Rubart, Margaret Mitchell.

PatriciaW said...

One? Louisa May Alcott.

But if I get a handful, I'd love to have Francis Ray, Brenda Jackson, Christa Allan, Steven James and Lenora Worth.

TexasTami said...

One author? Forever? Impossible!

I've never read Francine Rivers, but am told she is a wonderful read. Zane Grey? Ah, yes. He is masterful. Jane Austen, author of my favorite book, P&P. Nora Roberts (most of her books; some are just dribble) is another fave. LaVeryle Spencer and Judith McNaught are incredible writers. Harlan Coben. Just too many to choose from!

Scribbler said...

For pure escepe, I still love an older Regency romance writer, Georgette Heyer (now deceased). For more serious fiction, I love Gilead, by Marylyne Robinson, who won the Pulitzer Prise for it.

James L. Rubart said...

This is the easiest question I've had all day.

Michelle is dead right.

Lewis, Lewis, Lewis without question.


Michelle Massaro said...

Jessica, I haven't read that one. I'll have to check it out!

VVDenman, can you believe I haven't read Jane Austen? shh...don't tell!

Linda, sounds like we share similar tastes!

Jo, I haven't read Cassandra King. Actually, I've never read about half of your favorites. Wow, so many great authors out there!

James, yes! Thank you! lol. Great minds think alike. =)

Thanks for all of your responses! I apologize for my absence the last couple days while I was vacationing with my family. I hope you'll all stop by again, it was wonderful meeting some new people. Have a great weekend!

Patricia, same for your set. I've never heard of so many of these people. I'm ashamed. lol

Texas Tami, please do check out Francine! I recommend starting with her Mark of the Lion series! =)

Scribbler, more names that are new to me! You all are a well-read bunch.

Michelle Massaro said...

well that was strange. My last paragraph got moved to the middle of my post. oh well! lol