It’s the “pick your favorite child” meme. That’s how I felt when I saw that this week’s topic was “Top Ten ALL TIME FAVORITE Authors” by The Broke and the Bookish. No I don’t have to participate, but I am enjoying these non-traditional book review posts more lately and it’s always fun to make a list.
So I went over my bookshelf and reading list to see which authors stood out to me. These are authors who I have read more than one title by (except one) and just enjoy their voice so much. Funnily enough, nine are women!
Jane Austen – I fell in love with her female characters and they are all classics that I never tire of, no matter how many times I’ve read them.
Meg Wolitzer – The Wife is my favorite of her collection but she could write anything and I will read it.
Margaret Atwood – Leah turned me onto her writing with a now favorite of mine, The Handmaid’s Tale, but then when I picked up her short story collection Stone Mattress, the author-reader relationship was set.
Cheryl Strayed – I’ve only read her collection of essays Tiny Beautiful Things, but it was enough to create a fan. Her podcasts by the same name are utterly fabulous!
Gillian Flynn – We all know about Gone Girl and although it was the first book I read by her, it was enough to have me read the rest of her backlist one after another. Dark Places is my favorite and I can’t wait to see what she writes next!
Jojo Moyes – She had me bawling with Me Before You, on tenterhooks with historical fiction novels The Girl You Left Behind and The Last Letter From Your Lover and then recently tackled a dysfunctional family with contemporary One Plus One. Loved them all!
Anthony Doerr – The sole man on this list but I LOVE HIM! After gushing about All The Light We Cannot See, I made a note to pick up his two short story collections. The Shell Collector was amazing and one of the best collections I’ve read. I hope it doesn’t take him another ten years to write his next release!
*The photo was taken by me at The Jane Austen Museum in Chawton, England where she grew up. YES, it’s the table she wrote on and YES, I cried. You can see more about the experience here.