Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors


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Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors

Nora Roberts

I grew up reading a handful of my mother’s castaway romance novels, namely Nora Roberts. OK, more than a handful. I would read and re-read Nora’s books.

She is a powerhouse in the publishing industry, both in the romance department and under her pen name J.D. Robb.

No matter how many books she writes, each one is different. The characters, the setting, the everything. I love the story telling and the flawless way she can weave plot lines together.

Even though my bookshelves are not filled with Nora Roberts novels, she is still at the top of the list.

Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon is another high, high up on my favorite list. I love her storytelling abilities and the way she incorporates such thorough history and research into her books. Outlander. Need I say more?

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder will always hold a special place in my heart. I loved reading her stories growing up, and often thought I grew up in the wrong era. She reached me, and many more before me, with her simplistic and humble writing.

The adventures she got herself in! I grew to love the Ingalls family through Laura’s eyes and her words.

L.A. Meyer

I fell in love with L.A. Meyer via Jacky Faber, a la Bloody Jack. I don’t know how he got into the mind of a young girl and portrayed her so well, but it endeared Jacky to me and I’ve kept up with the entire series. In the fall I bought the remainder of the books in the series I’d slacked on, and I was disheartened to learn of his death last summer. There will indeed be no no more wild roving for his adventurous Jacky.

Andrew Joyce

Andrew Joyce is a new addition to my reading palette, but he won his way to my heart with his writing of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer.

He is relatively new in the publication game, but there is a second installment coming soon that I cannot wait to read.

J.K. Rowling

Can we all agree that J.K. Rowling is a unanimous shoe-in for this list? She created an entire world that fascinated and amazed our entire world. Kids wanted to go to school at Hogwarts.

I staved off the world of Harry Potter for a long time, I think mainly because it fascinated my mother at a time when my mother and I nearly hated one another. I didn’t find the joys of the wizarding world until after I had graduated college.

Mark Twain

Mark Twain. He is one of the most famous writers of 19th century American literature. I have read many of his works, with Huckleberry Finn being a highly overturned re-read book. I was assigned to read The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County in college, and I loved it. I can’t say what it is about Twain, maybe his romantic realism, but I love his work.

10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors

    • Katherine, I’m with you on living in a library. Whenever I go to Barnes and Noble, I know I have to block out hours! May I add my recommendation to Charliegirl’s re Andrew Joyce? Especially since you hope to revisit Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer – please revisit them as young adults in the 1800s who join up to fight the Yanks, and follow their adventures into men in their 60th decade of life. It’s a wonderful journey! And then you might be interested to read Joyce’s “sequel” (of sorts) called Molly Lee, another great ride with a strong sassy woman in the driver’s seat. 🙂

  1. Reblogged. Great authors on this list and thrilled to see a friend of mine in the 5th position, especially considering the others in your top 10…kudos, Andrew Joyce!

  2. I must confess that I didn’t know Nora Roberts was JDRobb. Mind blown. And you’ve introduced me to a few new authors here so thanks for that! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday!

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