I tend not to read more than one book by any particular author (I've only read one or two books by Niffenegger, David Nicholls, Hosseini, Alice Sebold and have enjoyed them immensely but I can't judge until I read more).
Technically, Harris doesn't write novels but advice books. His writing style is so refreshing and interesting compared to most Christian authors, though, and I never thought such books could be page-turners. Admittedly, his first book I Kissed Dating Goodbye can be a bit tough to read in parts but he improves a lot.
Nadel is a great crime-thriller author and I love the scenes her books are set in although I might be biased as I quite like Istanbul generally.
Bret Easton Ellis was my go to novel when i was a teen ..
(Original post by T'archer)
I really like Bret Easton Ellis. His literature is something 'different' and although it may not be the best writing style it works for me. Not so much in American Psycho, but in Less than Zero, Imperial Bedrooms and the Informers something just works for me.
Franz Kafka, just for the sake of writing. How someone can sit at a desk and actually come up with that difficult type of narrative and still make it engrossing is beyond my level of understanding.
Oh and contray to popular opinion, he is a very humourous writer! I still remember when K. got given the role of caretaker in 'The Castle', it was so ridiculously anti-climatic you kind of felt satisfied. Like I said, cannot compute how he managed to span 70 pages just to get to that point and still have me lapping it up.
In terms of the writing style, I love Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett. Their styles are relatively simple, but they have really distinctive voices that make their work fun to read. I always feel with Adams that I'm listening to it rather than reading it.
Obviously harder to judge with authors I've only read in translation, but I'd imagine the following would be candidates if I could read them in the original language: Homer, Virgil, Dante, Goethe, Flaubert, Chekhov, Tolstoy, Kafka.
Not worked up the courage to try Joyce beyond The Dubliners yet.