One of the questions that brings anxiety to book lovers is “Who is your favorite author?” Right up there with it is, “What is your favorite book?” Between those two, I find that the first one is easier to answer. Current – even ALL TIME – favorite books change. But authors? There’s always at least one author that gets to you. One or twenty. 😉
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday , Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors.
Later when I read a bunch of other people’s entries… Top Ten Authors that I’ve Never Heard Before. I’m open to suggestions to satisfy my 2015 Reading Challenge.
1. DIANA GABALDON.
Have you done yourself a favor and read Outlander? If not, do it. I read one book and the next thing I know, I’m 5 books deep. I’ve taken a break but I truly love her work. And having met her, I find her so insightful, wise, and no-nonsense. She’s not afraid to tell the ~fans what it is, almost shooting their delusions of grandeur and self-righteous rants all the way down. The way she writes romance isn’t cheap or trashy. The professions of love by Jamie Fraser melts me right in the inside. Outlander books are long but it will suck you right in with amazing research and just all around great writing.
2. MICHELLE MORAN.
I don’t talk about her a lot but I’ve read quite a few of her books. I’ve met a few people who have also read her stuff and the general consensus is positive. She has this knack of making historical fiction feel real. The voice of each and every character, may it be those in history or the original characters she inserts, sound so genuine and engaging. She always has a character that you would LOVE to hate. To get me to hate a character takes a special amount of prowess. It happened with Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter and it happens all the time when I read Moran’s work.
3. DAN BROWN.
I read all of his Robert Langdon stuff and own the rest of his books. I love an author who makes me want his/her next book immediately after finishing one. When I read The DaVinci Code, it sparked such a conversation within myself and the people around me. I like that. Sure, not all of them were logical but a conversation about books is always a good thing. I went straight into Angels and Demons and loved that more than the first one. I asked for The Lost Symbol for my birthday gift. I just love how he mixes historical fact with controversial theories and messes with people’s minds.
4. JAMES ROLLINS.
He’s in the same page as Dan Brown. His Sigma Force series is such an adventure. Like with Outlander, I started with Map of Bones (having won a book in the middle of the series, #7 The Devil Colony, from GoodReads) and in a blink, I’m more than halfway through the series so far. I even have 2 copies of #5 The Last Oracle because I forgot I already had one and was so excited to spot a copy on sale. Even my mom loves this series.
(Notice that these first entries have aspects of mystery, history, research, and controversy. Yep, niche genres.)
With Royd Tolkien, great-grandson of JRR Tolkien. #OneLastParty
5. JRR TOLKIEN.
Dude, the mere fact that he built a whole world complete with races and workable languages… I mean. The Hobbit is one of my all-time favorite books. The Lord of the Rings, you have to read one of these at least once in your life. The movies are phenomenal, don’t get me wrong, that’s a whole different fandom. But in reading the books, there’s a whole new magic and you’ll gain a whole new appreciation for these beloved characters. JRR Tolkien is pure genius.
6. GEORGE RR MARTIN.
World-building, character-building… I don’t think it can get better than A Song of Ice and Fire. Sure he takes 24354 years to write the next book in the series but it takes a while to get through his books also. And it’s a LOT to take in. Each chapter is a different POV that happens in more or less the same thread in the general story. These threads are all looped together and the whole monster of a story is surprisingly easy to follow. I just love it.
7. JANE AUSTEN.
This is not a list of favorite authors without Jane Austen. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte might be my favorite book but Jane Austen is my favorite author of the two. I definitely have read more Austen than Bronte… or of any “classic” author. And I’ve fallen in love with all of them.
8. STEPHEN KING.
He can get a wee bit tedious at times but if you can scare me with just your words, you’re good. I went through a whole Stephen King phase in college; I collected a whole bunch of his books and devoured them one after the other. The Stand is amazing. I never get tired re-reading that masterpiece. The screen adaptations aren’t always good so stick with the books. And Haven, that’s pretty awesome.
9. STIEG LARSSON.
It’s a shame that he died too soon. He planned 10 books in the Millennium series but he only managed to do three. But those three are awesome books. I went through all three one right after the other and it was so good. How I wish he would’ve been able to continue but I’m hoping this new author will do a good job in honoring Larsson’s work.
10. CAROLYN KEENE AND FRANKLIN DIXON.
They’re not only two authors but a bunch of different people writing under one name. But I’m putting them all together here because they’re sort of a package deal. Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys are a huge part of my childhood and overall reading history. I could never tell that these were written by several people, a different author in almost every book, because the writing feels consistent, the characters have the same voices across the board, and it’s just an overall good story.
I would’ve put JK Rowling in the mix but no. I only like her Harry Potter stuff. The other books… I cannot get past the 7th chapter. Mitch Albom too but I find that his endings aren’t as fulfilling as is build-up. I do still like them though.