Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors!
Woah Tough one there!
Ursula K Le Guin
Her Earthsea series was pretty much the first fantasy series I ever stepped into. I never know exactly how the book fell into my teenaged lap but whoever put it there, or maybe it was just fate, I will eternally be grateful. I reread the quartet nearly every year. It just means a lot to me. She means a lot to me.
Parable of the Sower, Parable of the Talents, Fledgling, Kindred. All amazing reads.
Yup, yet another fantasy series writer! Kage Baker died in 2010 but left us with plenty of books, including her fantastic The Company series starring the amazing Mendoza, a botanist-time traveller-immortal sort of.
Her Ballet Shoes book was just one of her books that I read and reread (and reread) as a kid. Others include Apple Bough and Curtain Up. Oddly enough I didn’t really like ballet class myself, and gave up after Grade Three.
Ok so another fantasy writer! But Jemisin is awesome. She really is. She blew me away with her Inheritance Trilogy, and then with her Dreamblood series! The worlds she creates are magical, dark and diverse. This library lover actually owns all these books of hers, which means a lot.
Aha, not a SF/Fantasy writer. I have a soft spot for Shields as The Stone Diaries was a book we did at junior college in Singapore (that’s like the last two years of high school). We had a literature class that focused on the A-level requirement for literature, known as ‘Comment and Appreciation’, where essentially you are given unseen texts and have to write critical appreciations on them. Our teacher tried to expose us to different types of literature, like poetry, more contemporary lit and so on. And one book I distinctly remember was The Stone Diaries. And how I loved every word of it. More importantly, it made me really want to READ again. I don’t know about you, but my teenaged years were somewhat void of books. There was a lot of angsty and emo music, boy-obsession, stress over school and parents and all that, but I seriously do not recall much reading for leisure going on. For me The Stone Diaries changed that. It made me want to get serious about reading.
I have to attribute this one again to literature class in junior college. Funny how that happens. Who would have thought? But yes, my first ever encounter with Jane Austen was at the age of 16 or 17, with Pride and Prejudice. Having to analyze a book might put some off it forever, but it really still is my favourite Austen.
I had to throw in a non-fiction writer in the midst. And Wheeler is an excellent one. She’s very personable, has a great eye for details, and just makes you want to journey with her wherever she goes, even in freeze-your-nose-off Antarctica.
Right, so that makes eight. I’m sure I have more but I can’t think of any right now. This is a very last minute post!