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!
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.
10. Margaret Atwood
11. Lois Lowry
12. William Shakespeare
13. Roald Dahl
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