True Confessions of Carla: I have several serious author crushes, people I would totally stalk if I weren’t actually too lazy to put forth that kind of effort. But, if I were to find where they live, I would picket their homes with signs reading “Write FASTER!!” and “What’s Taking So Long?” My biggest crushes currently are on Markus Zusak (I know THE BOOK THIEF is a hard act to follow…but I’d fly to his doorstep in Australia and rifle through his garbage if I thought I’d get more of his lyrical writing), Justin Cronin (Fortunately, his final book in the PASSAGE series comes out this spring so I can take him off my potential stalkee list for a while), and Mary Roach (Who is also safe for a while since her new book will be released this summer).
The problem is, pretty much the only author I know that can actually keep up to demand is Brandon Sanderson. James Patterson tries, but he maybe cheats and has help from co-writers, so I don’t think he counts. The solution is finding authors who write a lot like my favorites to help tide me over in the interim. And the Provo City Library is here to help!
We have a special part of our website called our Author Read-alikes. We take an author and provide three suggested authors that write like them. For example:
If you love, like I do, Marcus Zusak, you should check out Barbara Kingsolver, Charles Frazier, or Michael Chabon.
If you can’t get enough of Kiera Cass, maybe look into Amy Ewing, Catherine Linka, or Holly Bodger.
And if David McCullough’s books are what you crave, see if Stephen Ambrose, John Meacham, or Jeff Shaara can tide you over.
We have a couple hundred authors listed! Visit http://www.provolibrary.com/read-alikes to see if we can help you find your next favorite author. (Or at least someone to keep your mind off the interminable wait before your favorite author’s next release date.)