Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Love

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Not that I don't have another post (or two, I've got reviews coming out my ears - and a serious post coming up shortly) lined up for today, but whatever. I want to link up today with The Broke and the Bookish for their "Top Ten Tuesday" feature. It asks you every week to list your top ten of something that's related to the Book World. And best of it? They give you a topic and let you run with it. Brilliant. Thanks Bookish Ladies!

Today's topic? Top Ten Authors Whose Books You'd Buy No Matter What


Well, that's a topic if I ever saw one. It could probably be also titled as "Authors Who I Help Keep Food on Their Tables" or "Authors I Would Go Broke For" or something similar. But, now without further preamble, here's my list:

1. J.K. Rowling - Do I even really need to explain this one? JKR is all kinds of amazing. Her ability to weave a story over seven books? Where every piece of the story is somehow important in the end? Where no detail is left out? Where characters are developed so much that you really feel they're alive and well and you laugh and cry along side them? She is a genius, no doubt. A Master Storyteller. She also made reading cool again, which is something I think the world is indebted to her for a long time to come.

2. Jasper Fforde - Hilarious. Witty. Punny. This man is writing a series about a woman who can jump into books. I want to be Thursday Next. Please? I also just love his writing style. He's engaging and creative and has such a way with words.

3. Deborah Harkness - It is no lie when I tell you that I love the All Souls Trilogy. Or, at least, the two books out so far. I am working my way, very slowly, through Shadow of Night because I know once I put it down there will be a very long wait for the next book. And, these books? I love them. Harkness is a historian. I am a historian. I want to be Diana Bishop (even more than I want to be Thursday Next!). Her prose is delicious and her attention to detail is second to none. (A Discovery of Witches)

4. Rick Riordan - I want to go to Camp Half Blood. Or maybe Camp Jupiter. Or maybe just go play around in the Duat. Who knows. But one thing is for sure: Riordan has made something amazing and modern out of all sorts of mythology. With his quick wit and fast paced prose he delivers amazing and unique novels every time. (The Lost Hero, Son of Neptune, Mark of Athena, The Red Pyramid, The Serpent's Shadow)

5. Cassandra Clare - I am in love with the Shadowhunters. I just think this whole world and concept she has created is brilliant. And she creates such sympathy and empathy for her characters that it's hard to not get emotionally invested in every book she writes. (City of Lost Souls)

6. Orson Scott Card - I have loved OSC since I first read Ender's Shadow back in the day. I love the character of Bean so much that my camp name is Bean (and a good majority of my camp friends still refer to me as such most of the time). I eat up anything that OSC writes these days. Sure, I haven't read them all, but I am well on my way! (The Lost Gate)

7. Markus Zusak - This man is brilliant. Please. Go read The Book Thief. It is quite possibly one of the most moving and though provoking YA titles I've read in a long time. And it's a book narrated by death. I also loved his other book, I Am The Messenger, quite a lot too. He just has a way of wrapping a story within itself so well that you forget you're reading a book and not living out what's between its pages.

8. Patrick Rothfuss - I discovered Rothfuss on accident. I had read a Book a while back called The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon and was intrigued with this book called The Name of the Wind. Sci-Fi/Fantasy? It was a no-brainer. But, what I didn't expect was just how much I would love it. How much you ask? I've been doing my normal put-off-the-next-book-so-it-doesn't-have-to-end. Because book 3? Probably not coming out for a long time. Drat. But I LOVE Rothfuss. Such an amazing storyteller.

9. Erin Morgenstern - After reading The Night Circus I cannot wait for Morgenstern to write something else. The Night Circus was a whimsical and deep, dark read. I loved every moment, savored every page. I imagine if you could eat a book this one would be the most rich, decadent chocolate cake you can imagine.

10. Kristin Cashore - What fun and interesting reads. With strong, kick-butt female protagonists (Sure, I had a bit of an issue with Graceling's Katsa's dependance on Po, but it worked out). Fire was by far my favorite. And, yet again, I've been putting of Bitterblue because I don't want it all to end. I really might have an actual problem, seeing as how I've written that sentence a few times in this one post....

How about you? Which authors would you go broke for?


  1. Of these I've only read books by J.K. Rowling, Erin Morgenstern and Kristin Cashore. I definitely plan on reading more by Kristin Cashore!

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  2. Wow there are some really great ones on your list. I loved Harkness and FForde though I would not forcefully buy them when they are released. Specially Fforde I really need to be in the mood cause the books are great but very English for a Dutch person (and the translations will probably not touch one third of the brilliance of his style)

    Thanks for dropping by!

  3. Love some of the authors you got up there! the others I havent heard of but totally want to check out their books now!
    New GFC follower!
    @ Escape To New Worlds

  4. YES to wanting to be Thursday Next. Super kick ass lady AND she hangs out in Bookworld.

  5. Great list! I too love A Discovery of Witched. Deborah Harkness is a wonderful writer. I almost put Kristin Cashore on my list, but I just wasn't a huge fan of Bitterblue, but Fire and Graceling are great books!

    My Top Ten

  6. Cassandra Clare is on my list, too. I should have included JK Rowling, but I think I would limit it to her children's and YA titles.

    Thanks for sharing :)

  7. great list! Can you believe im one of the few ppl whos never read Harry Potter? lol. I know i know.
    New follower. Great blog you have here.
    MY TTT

  8. What a great list even though I haven't read Rowling. :hides in shame: Clare is one author I've been meaning to try, but haven't yet.

    Thanks for stopping by Literary, etc! :)

  9. Thanks for stopping by my post on Tuesday, sorry I'm so late in getting back to you!
    How could I forget to put Jasper Fforde on my list?! The Thursday Next books are awesome! And I agree 100% with what you say about The Night Circus - what a wonderful book!


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