If you ask me to pick my favorite author, I simply can't answer that, there are too many that I enjoy. Anthony Trollope, Margaret Mitchell, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Laura Ingalls Wilder (who I might add didn't write her Little House Series until her 60's) but also wrote articles for farmers wives and was quite interesting at that, and a host of other writers that would require a lot of typing to put their names down.
Fiction, non-fiction, biographies, history, poetry, it's all good reading material to me. I find it especially interesting to read about the author's life when I pick up a book of they have written- it often gives me a perspective of where their writing ideas came from.
A good book, a good chair, a cup of hot tea or cinnamon dolce latte, and I am set! I might add also that the world of books and reading has been one of my greatest sources of inspiration in my art work, so it serves a multi fold purpose to me too. Can you tell?