Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s theme is:
Top ten favorite authors of ALL TIME!
10. Audrey Niffenegger – I think Audrey Niffenegger gets a terrible wrap because of the abomination that was the film adaptation of The Time Traveler’s Wife. But both of her novels – the aforementioned and Her Fearful Symmetry – are wonderful stories with just enough magical realism to make things interesting
9. Zora Neal Hurston – Their Eyes Were Watching God is one of my favorite books – it always reminds me that my happiness is important, too, and that’s okay.
8. C.S. Lewis – C.S. Lewis is one of my favorites because he used his work to make his own passion for reading contagious.
7. J.R.R. Tolkien – What I love about Tolkien and his work is the depth of the story. He didn’t just create an adventure, he created an entire world, and that kind of creativity just blows me away.
6. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – If I was forced to read one genre for the rest of my life, it would be detective stories – and I blame Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for that entirely.
5. J.K. Rowling – I was flipping through Buzzfeed the other day and came across this amazing list of authors sharing the books that inspired them to write. One of the women said that Light in August by William Faulkner inspired her because it made her think, “you can do that???” And that’s how I feel about the Harry Potter series, and J.K. Rowling’s story in general. Through her work and through her journey thus far, she constantly reminds me that impossible is just a suggestion.
4. William Shakespeare – I know the Bard is not for everyone but I thoroughly enjoy his work. The stories are so vivid and the characters are so intriguing. I’m never bored reading Shakespeare. Plus without Twelfth Night we wouldn’t have She’s The Man and that would be a terrible loss for us all.
3. Jane Austen – I haven’t made my way through all of Jane Austen’s works but the ones I have read became fast favorites. I just love the way she takes the mundane and somehow transforms it into the extraordinarily interesting.
2. Bill Bryson – If Bill Bryson published a book of grocery list I would buy it and devour the entire thing with relish. His work consistently reminds me that above all else, reading is supposed to be fun.
1. Roald Dahl – Roald Dahl has been my favorite author since I was six years old. Growing up I read every single one of his books until the covers fell off, and to this day picking up one of his novels feels like coming home.