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Top 10 Tuesday 6th Oct

on October 6, 2010

It’s time once again for the Top 10 Tuesday meme, hosted over at The Broke & The Bookish. This week’s topic is Top 10 Favourite Authors. For me, this category is very very fluid. My favourite authors change on a regular basis depending on what I’m reading, what I have been reading, even when the author last released something. There are some authors that I enjoy pretty much everything they’ve ever written, so I’m going to try to list the ones here today who all round, I enjoy the most!

  1. David Eddings. There’ll be no new Eddings novels any more unfortunately, as he has passed away now. I started reading David Eddings novels when I was about 13-14 in high school and I’ve never read one I didn’t like.  I’ve read over 20 of his fantasy novels and loved them all. I have reread many of them dozens of times over the years and they never lose anything.
  2. Tana French. I’ve only read 2 of her 3 novels but I enjoyed those 2 novels far more than a lot of other books I’ve read this year. I love the way she writes and I love the way she fleshes out a character. Yes I’m still frustrated over the ending of In The Woods but I’m going to just have to deal with that. I can’t wait to read Faithful Place.
  3. Bill Bryson. Writes without a doubt some of the funniest books I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. He has an amazing way with words and I absolutely love every book of his I’ve ever read (and I’ve read almost all of them).
  4. Jeffrey Eugenides. I’m not entirely sure why Eugenides hasn’t written more novels. The Virgin Suicides and Middlesex are two amazing novels and every year I hope for a new book from him. It’s been quite a while since Middlesex (2002)  but that one did come out 9yrs after The Virgin Suicides so there’s still hope!
  5. Charlaine Harris. Charlaine Harris is a good example of an author whose work I am loving so much right now but I don’t know if it will have the same kind of longevity for me as some of the other authors on my list. I’ve only been reading her Southern Vampire Mysteries novels for less than a year but they’ve provided me with so much enjoyment! I love the Universe she has created and the characters she has dreamed up. I hope this series keeps going for a while yet as I’m still enjoying it a lot.
  6. Sophie Kinsella. I haven’t read absolutely all her books either but what I have read fulfill a need for books that are just fun. I love the Shopaholic series (I’ve just finished Mini Shopaholic which actually might be my favourite of the whole lot). I know that whenever I pick up one of her novels, I’m going to giggle and laugh out loud. And I know that I need that sometimes!
  7. Janet Evanovich. I have to include this one here, for old time’s sake because Janet Evanovich used to be my Sophie Kinsella. The Stephanie Plum novels were my go-to feel good novels. I loved everything about them! I no longer enjoy the new ones all that much but I still love the old ones. And in my head, Stephanie and Ranger do end up together. And it’s a great author that can give you a couple you feel so strongly about even if the series goes on without you!
  8. Lionel Shriver. Another author I’ve only read a couple of books from but the ones I have read I have loved that much! We Need To Talk About Kevin was so amazing and The Post-Birthday World is one of the standout novels I’ve read this year (even though it was published a few years ago). I love the way she writes, the stories she weaves. A story is never straightforward with Lionel Shriver, there’s always so much more going on. I can’t wait to read more of her books.
  9. Isobelle Carmody. Along with David Eddings, Isobelle Carmody is probably the author I’ve been reading the longest and I think that if you can read someone’s books at 14 and love them so much and then read them at 28 and love them the same amount, they must be special
  10. Margaret Atwood. My ‘new’ favourite author. It took me so long to read any of her books and now I have read some and they were spectacular and now I just want to devour her entire back catalogue!

I’ve been a bit late this week with my Top 10…I’ve been sick with what has to be one of the worst bouts of flu I’ve ever experienced and now to top it off, it’s turned into a sinus infection. My 2yo is also sick with the flu and I’ve been quite worried about him as he’s been so hot and feverish and completely lethargic. His fever has broken now thankfully, after 4 days!

So they were  just some of my favourite authors! I have so many for so many different reasons. I really love doing these meme’s, sometimes they inspire me to remember favourite books, authors, heroines, etc that I’ve just about forgotten!


4 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday 6th Oct

  1. I also love Tana French, Jeffrey Eugenides and Margaret Atwood. I for sure need to read more of Lionel Shriver.

  2. Anne says:

    Jeff Eugenides and Bill Bryson, yes! I too am a Margaret Atwood fan, though I haven’t read as much of her as I should. Janet Evanovich..a guilty pleasure.

  3. Heidi says:

    I was also majorly disappointed by the ending of The Woods, I’ve also read the 2nd book in this series and I’m looking forward to the 3rd. I just started reading Bill Bryson and I love him but can only take him in small doses. Janet Evanovitch and Charlaine Harris are definitely guilty pleasures!

  4. Emily says:

    I’ve also read almost all of Bill Bryson’s books. He definitely made my list. He’s so funny, so perceptive, and so full of wonder, how could I not love him?
    Margret Atwood is also amazing. She’s such an unstoppable force in today’s literary scene, and a darn good writer at that.
    I haven’t read anything by the other people you mentioned. I’ll have to check them out. 🙂

    – Emily @ Reading While Female

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