Favorite Things 2

I'm as happy as this lady.

I'm as happy as this lady.

This is the second part in my series of posts in which I list my favorite book-related things.  These posts are ways for whoever reads this to get acquainted with my reading tastes, as it is a new blog, and will be updated and linked to if I deem appropriate. Today seems like a good day to talk about…

The Authors I Love

One thing I find interesting about this list is that it doesn’t directly correlate with my favorite novels list.  That’s because my favorite novels, with a couple of exceptions, are books I have read more than once and generally have a sentimental attachment to.  This list is full of people who have written stunning books… and I have (generally) read more than one of their books.

1.  Octavia Butler – I had an auspicious beginning with Butler.  When I was thirteen, I read Kindred.  I soooo wasn’t ready for that book.  But as the years went on, I read more and more of her books and she is now an author I would pick up no matter what.  Sad that I discovered that only a couple of years before her death.

2.  Peter Beagle – I have actually only read one of his novels (more soon, hopefully!), but in addition to The Last Unicorn, I have read many of his short stories.  Plenty enough to make him eligible for this list.  Like I said when I was waxing over TLU, this man is a god of prose, among other things.

3.  Neil Gaiman

4.  Guy Gavriel Kay – Kay has a combination of a deep understanding of mythology, an inate talent for writing compelling characters (and even more so, writing compelling and real relationships between those characters) , and gorgeous prose that knocks my socks off.  While reading the Fionavar Tapestry,  I would literally have to put down the book sometimes to process, take deep breaths, etc.  Some people might hate that, but I love it!

5. J.R.R. Tolkien

6.  J.K. Rowling – I love the Harry Potter series and JKR for many reasons, but one of my favorites is that we really got to see her grow as an author.  Harry Potter grew up with me and he grew up with her, as well.  Tickles me pink to no end!

7.  Jane Austen

8.  Louis Sachar – For Wayside School and Holes.

9.  Robin McKinley

10.  Margaret Atwood

11.  Lois Lowry

12.  William Shakespeare

13.  Roald Dahl

14.  Ursula Le Guin – Le Guin is partially on this list because of her fantastic adult fiction, but mostly is here for Catwings.

15.  Jhumpa Lahiri

Who are some of your favorite authors?

(Also, I’ve been linking to Amazon. Is this good or bad? If it’s bad, where should I link to? Powell’s? Goodreads? Another site? Feedback would be appreciated!)

Other posts in this series: Favorite Novels


2 thoughts on “Favorite Things 2

  1. Pingback: I Simply Remember My Favorite Things! « Nisaba Be Praised

  2. 1. I’ve only read one of her books, and I had mixed feelings about it, but I might have been too young at the time. (I don’t actually remember which book it was.)
    2. I’ve only read two of his novels and none of his short stories, but I loved both of the books of his that I did read.
    3. Oh, yes. I would read just about anything written by Neil Gaiman.
    4. I sometimes have the same problem with Guy Gavriel Kay that I do with historical fiction, that I’m just frustrated by not knowing what really happened and what’s literary invention, and I’m not sure what I think about Kay’s refusal to use actual names of historical people and places. However, his writing is definitely excellent in every way, even when his style doesn’t quite work for me, and I would certainly place him among my favorite authors too.
    5. Yes. Tolkien is amazing. I don’t care how many people say his books are hard to get through; I love all those details he puts in.
    6. Yes again. Harry Potter will always have a special place in my heart, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of J.K. Rowling’s writing, no matter what she chooses to write about.
    7. When I finish my current set of library books, I’ll see if I can find a copy of Northanger Abbey or Emma.
    8. Wayside School! I remember those. Fun. And Holes is great, of course.
    9. I haven’t read anything of hers.
    10. Ditto.
    11. I love Lois Lowry’s books. I remember being thrilled at one point when I discovered how many of her books the library had, and I’d consider a couple of her books among the best young adult books I’ve ever read.
    12. I’m so happy that Shakespeare’s on your list. Shakespeare rocks.
    13. I haven’t read any of Roald Dahl’s books in years, but looking back, they’re actually all a lot creepier than I remember. Which is quite a feat, really.
    14. Catwings! Yes, the adult fiction is wonderful and certainly worth mentioning on a favorites list, but Catwings is worth mentioning too.
    15. Haven’t read anything by her.

    Linking to Amazon is fine with me, but then, I haven’t really been clicking on any of the links so far.

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