When I saw the topic for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, I couldn’t resist. Picking just 10 favorite authors is such a challenge. I have rarely come across a book I didn’t love. I finally did manage to narrow my favorites down to ten and here they are in no particular order. My top ten favorite, most beloved and admired authors.
1. Daphne du Maurier- Ever since I read Rebecca I have been under du Maurier’s spell. She is such an amazing word craftsman and can create an atmosphere like no other. Her novels are so dark and magical every time you read them you come away with something a bit different.
2. J.K. Rowling- The Harry Potter series was such a huge part of my childhood. I read those books all through elementary school and into college. They were a constant companion and will forever be magical and beloved.
3. Agatha Christie- The Queen of the Classic Mystery genre. My list wouldn’t be complete without her on it. Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple are perfection.
4. Neil Gaiman- Another author who can create a magical atmosphere in each of his novels. He writes such a range of material that there’s something there for everyone.
5. Terry Pratchett- A friend of mine from England introduced me to Terry Pratchett, and I’ve been laughing and enjoying his prose ever since. Tiffany Aching is the best. Oh the frying pan.
6. Carolyn Keene (all of the women who have written under this pen name)- I’m taking it back a ways for this one. Nancy Drew was a huge part of my childhood. I collected all of those yellow bound books and read and re-read them until I almost had them memorized. Nancy will forever be one of my favorite literary heroines for her daring, charisma, and intellect.
7. Tana French- French’s Murder Squad series is near perfection. Each one is a little world unto itself with realized characters that are flawed and beautiful. I love the way she connects her novels through the characters and shows how multifaceted each is.
8. Jane Austen- Another author that makes me laugh and cry. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read Pride and Prejudice but it never gets stale. Austen wrote with such fluidity and wit that each of her novels is a classic must read. Look at all of the sequels and miniseries that they have spawned.
9. R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike- So I cheated a bit on this one. I’ve loved these two authors since elementary school. The novels are scary and thought provoking each in their own unique way. Christopher Pike is going to make an appearance in the Book Battle as well so be on the lookout for that.
10. Nova Ren Suma- A new author, especially compared to others on this list, but Suma came to mind almost immediately. Her novels are haunting and beautiful they’re hard to forget. Her prose is so lyrical you have to re-read sections just to immerse yourself in the words. If you haven’t read her please go and find one of her novels! They’re all amazing.