I would consider myself a loyal reader. If I read a book I adore, my first instinct is to see what else that author has written and add it to my 'to be read' list immediately.
Obviously the content of a book is hugely important and I definitely do gravitate towards certain kinds of books more so than others but when I find a book that combines a subject matter and characters I find compelling, with fantastic prose, I am SOLD.
That being said, there are maybe only a dozen or so authors I've found over the years that tick all my boxes. Writers who I love enough to want to read literally everything they have ever published.
One of those authors for me is John Steinbeck. I started reading East of Eden today and it's my first of the more hefty Steinbeck's but I've previously read Of Mice and Men, The Pearl and Cannery Row which was more than enough to get me hooked on his troubling narratives and evocative writing.
The reason I bring this up is because not everybody seems to work this way. I know of several people who hardly ever delve into a writers back catalogue and when they find a book they love, instead of seeing what else that person wrote, they try and find other books covering similar subject matter or plot, and since this is something a rarely do, I find it kind of fascinating.
Of course when I'm looking for new books to read I am looking for certain key words and topics I know to interest me but ultimately I'm looking for new authors to love who just happen to write the kind of things I'm drawn to.
What about you? Are you an author groupie like me and need to read ALL THE THINGS by a particular writer or are you more about finding other books with a similar feel? let me know.