- Jane Austen. Not necessarily because of the great love stories...more for the insight and wit. Persuasion is my favorite, though I've read each of her 6 novels. In the past I've started each new year by reading a Jane Austen novel I hadn't yet read, now I'm going to have to start moving on to her unpublished pieces. (btw, the FB quiz thinks I'm Emma. it is so wrong. pfft.)
- Willa Cather. I've so enjoyed her Prairie Trilogy (O Pioneers!, Song of the Lark, My Antonia) that I've decided to start over at the beginning of her published works and just start making my way through chronologically. Her writing is evocative, insightful and touching. Love it.
- Sandra Dallas. One of the few modern adult fiction authors that I consistently enjoy. Each book is different than the last, but each is enjoyable. Heartwarming without being flat and trite. Her novel Tallgrass even (coincidentally) had a character that shared a name (first/last) with my uncle-in-law. How fun is that?
- Leo Tolstoy. I've only read Anna Karenina, War and Peace, and part of The Kreutzer Sonata, but I just love how the guy thinks. I wish I could have had some depressing philosophical Russian conversations with him.
- Bill Bryson. Even though I'm pretty sure he wouldn't like me back. Witty and concise nonfiction?--sold.
- Elizabeth Gaskell. Her writing isn't quite as breathtaking as some, but she's a pretty good story teller. I've enjoyed everything I've read. Favorite is Wives and Daughters (esp. the adaptation with Michael Gambon--I've a soft spot for gruff old teddy bears)
- Cynthia Voigt. This started with Homecoming and Dicey's Song when I was young, but I've rediscovered her recently. I've loved Jackaroo and On Fortune's Wheel. She's on my "Must Read More" list for sure.
- Joyce Carol Oates. I don't really like any of her stories, but I love her writing. Her characters, setting, plot, pace, language...all very well drawn. I know that I can pick up one of her books and be impressed with something...just wish her stories weren't quite so depressing.
- Silas House. Lovely writing, (and about time to do some re-reading now that I think about it.) Clay's Quilt, The Coal Tattoo, and A Parchment of Leaves all stand alone and go together. I need to get my hands on Eli the Good. Wish he had more books!
- Betty Smith. Okay, so I've only read one of her books (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn) but it is brilliant. Besides, Joy in the Morning is on my wishlist. Live with it.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
The Broke and the Bookish want to know: What are your Top Ten Favorite Authors? (Personal qualifiers: have read more than one book by the author, would recommend and re-read books.) I thought this was going to be super easy, but once again I was surprised. I'm starting to think that coming up with my Top Ten ANYTHING is a challenge!