I learned about 1000 true fans from Kevin Kelly.
Your true fan reads everything you write. They can’t wait for you to write your next piece. They adore and worship your words.
I’d love the day when I have my true fans.
Today, I’m a true fan of these amazing 8 authors.
1 — Om Swami
Talking about the glories of Om Swami’s books in os.me is like telling a fish the glories of water.
Swamiji’s memoir If Truth Be Told blew my mind away. And there was no looking back – whenever Swamiji wrote a new book, I would purchase it and read it immediately.
I have read everything He has published (at least so I think).
My life has changed after reading His words and works.
There are books and then there are books.
Swamiji’s books and blogs are life-transforming.
Following the teachings and instructions – that’s taking place slowly 🙂
I am proud to say I am one of His 1000 true fans.
2 — Agatha Christie
I read my first Agatha Christie murder mystery in tenth grade.
I never looked back. I’ve read all her murder mysteries. She is a master in crafting ingenious whodunits. In addition to being a superb mystery writer, she delves deep into human nature.
And Then There Were None is a must-read whether or not you are a Christie fan.
By the way, I have re-read And Then There Were None at least ten times (yes, after knowing the identity of the murderer).
3 — John Grisham
Till the time I read fiction novels, I read every John Grisham novel.
The Last Juror and The Broker were my last Grisham reads in the late 2000s. If I were still a fiction reader, I have no doubt I would have devoured all Grisham books.
My personal favorite: The Street Lawyer. A legal thriller? A human drama? A glimpse into the lives of the homeless? Examples of people who live with a purpose?
All of the above. In the early 2000s, I would read The Street Lawyer each year as a refresher course on humanity.
4 — Derek Sivers
I’m a recent fan of Derek Sivers.
I purchased his book Anything You Want and loved it. Here is a man who has created a successful company, sold it, and gave the money to charity (!). He purchased back the rights to Anything You Want so that he can do anything he wants with the book. And he did — he gave it away for free.
I loved his other books, Your Music and People and Hell Yes or No.
His latest book, How to Live, is a masterpiece. It is the best book I’ve read. I’ve read it multiple times, listened to the audiobook multiple times, and I will revisit it many more times.
There are several possible routes to a good life. Sivers explores 27 of them in great detail. Each route supposedly conflicts with the others. But does it, really?
How to Live gives several life lessons and several pointers on how to live a good life.
5 — Richard Carlson
Richard Carlson’s Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff got me started on my journey of self-transformation.
I got my hands on as many books as I could in the Don’t Sweat series.
- Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff Workbook.
- Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff at Work (this book incidentally gave me a lesson that struck me profoundly: Whatever be the provocation, do you have the right to treat people badly?)
- Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff in Love.
- Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Men.
- Even Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Teens.
Richard Carlson can lay claim to transforming the lives of people through his writings.
I am a living example.
6 — Anthony Robbins
Okay, I haven’t read Tony Robbins’s latest book Life Force.
I’ve read all his other books. I loved Unlimited Power and Awaken the Giant Within. I found them so inspiring that I attended his live event, Unleash the Power Within (UPW). Yes, I walked on fire.
Several people encourage others to dive into their untapped potential. Tony Robbins was one of the first to do so. His writing and his style resonate deeply with me.
7— Jeffrey Archer
Again, I’ve not read all of Jeffrey Archer’s books. On the contrary, I’ve only read a couple.
I’ve, however, read all his short stories. I adore them. I look at Archer’s storytelling skills with awe. He crafts a mean tale, and his twist endings are a true delight.
My all-time favorite Archer short story: “The Grass Is Always Greener” from the book To Cut a Long Story Short. The book blurb warned me that this short story will haunt me for a long time to come. The warning was spot on! The story still continues to haunt me.
Ernest Hemingway, Anton Chekov, O’Henry, and others make it to the list of best short story writers. Jeffrey Archer should be an automatic inclusion in this list in my opinion.
8— J K Rowling
I am one among a million die-hard Harry Potter fans.
I started reading Harry Potter after I joined college. I was late to the game. I was instantly hooked. The plot details were intricate. The characters were likable. And it had magic!
When The Order of the Phoenix (the fifth book in the series) came out in 2003, I read it instantly. Similarly, with The Half-Blood Prince in 2005. When the grand finale, The Deathly Hallows, came out in 2007, I purchased a copy instantly. I graciously asked my brother to read it first.
I spent many a restless minute while he was reading the book. I could not wait to get my hands on the book.
J.K. Rowling did not disappoint in her final hurrah. The book was a delightful read, through and through.
I am a faithful J.K. Rowling fan, remember? I purchased her book for adults, The Casual Vacancy. I am sorry to report that I did not like it at all. I did, however, like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I purchased it as a gift to my wife and read the book before she got her hands to it (I learned my lesson from 2007).
J.K. Rowling rocks. Period.
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