What? Just hanging out with my Allende collection. As you do.
If pressed to name my favorite genre, I might have to go with magical realism. So when I read my first Isabel Allende book, The House of the Spirits, I fell in love. She told the story of a family’s life – both the everyday and the fantastical – during political and cultural unrest in Chile. It was my favorite book for a long time.
I have since read several more of her books, and although they’re not all magical realism, they are all magic. Allende is one of the best storytellers alive. Her imagery is vivid, and her characters will stay with you a long time.
I’m currently engulfed in Ines of my Soul. It might be my favorite. Of course, every time I read one of her books, it’s always my new favorite.
Who are your favorite authors?