Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of Top 10 Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish! I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a couple of days, I’m in a bit of a slow reading slump right now, but I will have a super exciting blog post up hopefully by tomorrow evening! Whoops, got a little off track there. This week’s Top 10 Tuesday theme is my favourite authors of all time! Here is my list in no particular order!
1. patrick ness
I only recently started getting in to novels by Patrick Ness when I picked up More Than This as a cover buy. I hadn’t heard anything about it previously, but the cover caught my eye and the synopsis further intrigued me. I fell in love with that book as soon as I read it and I needed to get my hands on more of his work. Since then I have read A Monster Calls (see my review here) and I have also read the first two books in the Chaos Walking trilogy, The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and the Answer. I have put off reading the third and final book, Monsters of Men, because I really just don’t want the series to end.
2. GIllian flynn
I’m not going to lie, I started reading Gillian Flynn when the Gone Girl hype was still going strong. I actually managed to find the hardcover at a Goodwill during the hype which got me feeling extremely excited and lucky. I obviously loved it and needed to get my hands on her two earlier books which I believe I ordered online the second I finished Gone Girl. I have since read both Sharp Objects and Dark Places and I may be in the minority when I say I liked them even better!
3. SAlly green
I bought Half Bad completely spur of the moment when placing an order online with Chapters/Indigo. Shipping is free when you spend $25 or more and my total was at $20. In my hunt for a $5 book, I started browsing the bargain/sale section of the website and came across the hardcover edition of Half Bad on sale for exactly $5. I had heard almost nothing about it other than it involved witches so I decided to give it a go. I definitely did not expect to love it as much as I did and I pre-ordered the sequel, Half Wild as soon as it was available (see my review here). I can guarantee I will be pre-ordering the third book in the trilogy as well as any further writing from Sally Green.
4. DAvid Arnold
Yes, Mosquitoland is the only book currently written by David Arnold and yes, he is now one of my favourite authors. I know it’s hard to base your favourites off of one book, but as soon as I started reading Mosquitoland I knew the book would at least be one of my favourites for a very long time (see my review here). His writing style is very quirky which is something that I really love. He has his second book slated to be released in 2016 and I will definitely be picking up a copy.
5. John Green
Well what kind of Top 10 Favourite Authors list would this be without a little bit of John Green? I know these books are super popular, but I think they are well worth the hype. The only one I haven’t got to yet is An Abundance of Katherines, but I hope to get to it soon. I really enjoyed all four of his other novels, The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns and Will Grayson Will Grayson. His writing manages to be fun and uplifting even when talking about serious topics.
6. J.K. Rowling
As you can tell by this photo, my Harry Potter collection is really well read. These things are mangled and I blame my younger self entirely. I read the first book when I was just 9 years old which just feels insane to me. That was fourteen years ago! This list would not be complete without J.K. Rowling. I think a majority of us all grew up with the Harry Potter series and they have a special place in our hearts. I have yet to read The Casual Vacancy or The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm written under her pen name, but I would really love to dive into some more writing by J.K. Rowling. Also, I think it’s time to invest in a more pristine collection of the Harry Potter series.
7. Beat Generation (Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Ken Kesey ETC.)
I went through a bit of a phase where I was obsessed with everything and anything to do with the Beat Generation. Let’s be real, the phase is still going strong. I know this isn’t one specific author and I’m sorry, but I just couldn’t choose. There are so many books that I still need to read by all of these authors and I can’t wait to get my hands on them. I just love the writing style and how almost all of the stories are based on their actual life experiences. The time period is also very fascinating!
Once again, I found out about this series and Ransom Riggs by a complete fluke. I was browsing through a Value Village and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was the only book with the cover facing forward rather than the spine. The cover caught my eye immediately and I purchased it without knowing anything about it. What I love so much about this series is Ransom Riggs’ creativity, especially considering this series includes photographs that are incorporated into the story. I am extremely excited for the final book in this trilogy!
I have yet to read anything else by Mark. Z. Danielewski, but House of Leaves was just so well done that it instantly made him one of my favourite authors. This book is huge and intricate and so worth it. I would love to read more by Mark Z. Danielewski but I honestly have no idea where to begin! If you have any suggesions, let me know!
10. Ellen hopkins
Last, but not least, we have Ellen Hopkins! I first read Crank back in high school, and it introduced me to the wonderful world of Ellen Hopkins and writing in prose. All of her books deal with some serious topics but they are all written so beautifully. I swear I had a copy of Crank but unfortunately my lovebird decided to use it to sharpen her beak and the cover was destroyed. I am also missing Tilt and Rumble, but I hope to add them to my collection soon!
And there you have it! My top 10 Favourite Authors of All Time! Do we have any in common? Who are some of your favourites that I haven’t listed?