Top Ten Favorite Authors

Top Ten Tuesday

This one isn’t going to be easy. I’m not the best at reading diversely (as I’m trying to change a bit this year with my Dive Into Diversity challenge), so I have only a few go-to favorite authors. I think I’m going to go ahead and sort these into true “all-time” favorites and newer favorites who have the potential to become all-time favorites!

All Time

  1. Stephen King. Obviously. I’ve read more books by Stephen King than probably all the rest of the authors I’ve listed combined.
  1. J. K. Rowling. Again, obviously. I loved Harry Potter, I have a grudging “I like it because I respect it” relationship with The Casual Vacancy, and her mysteries written as Robert Galbraith are just awesome. You go, J. K.!
  1. Jane Austen. I love everything about her novels. The lilting language, the thinly veiled (and sometimes not-so-thinly-veiled) sarcasm and occasional contempt, the timeless dissection of the human existence…Jane Austen is just incredible.
  1. Ann M. Martin (and various ghostwriters). Okay, maybe I was wrong about having read more Stephen King novels than any other author listed…I’m pretty sure that my Baby-Sitters Club collection was actually bigger than my current Stephen King collection. I devoured those books for years and years, and they’ve been on my mind a lot recently…and now I kinda-sorta-really want to read them again…
  1. Dean Koontz. Despite the fact that almost all of his recent novels are “meh” at best and trash at worst, Dean Koontz holds a special place in my heart as the author of Watchers, one of my favorite books of all time.

Newer Favorites 

  1. Gillian Flynn. All three of her novels (Gone Girl, Sharp Objects, and Dark Places) are amazing, and I’ve read all of them multiple times. I will definitely be on the lookout for whatever she publishes next; she has definitely earned a spot on my auto-buy list!
  1. Paula Hawkins. I’ve only read her debut novel, but The Girl on the Train was just incredible and I can’t wait to see what else she comes out with. 
  1. Lev Grossman. After reading his Magicians series, I think Mr. Grossman has earned a place on this list. I think he has some other stuff out, but I haven’t gotten my hands on it yet.
  1. Neil Gaiman. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is easily one of the best books I’ve ever read, and even though I wasn’t super crazy about Neverwhere, I’m pretty certain that Mr. Gaiman also deserves a spot on this list. He’s obviously incredibly talented, and I’m looking forward to reading more from him (especially American Gods, which I already own, and Trigger Warning, his new story collection).
  1. Shirley Jackson. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to read anything by Shirley Jackson, but alas, it has. The Haunting of Hill House was amazing, and I can’t wait to read more of her stories!

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28 thoughts on “Top Ten Favorite Authors

  1. Ok, I’ll bite and give you my top 5.

    1. John Steinbeck. I could read Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men a hundred times and never tire of them.
    2. Stephen King. Basically what you said.
    3. Erik Larson. Im a big fan of history novels and he does them better than anyone else.
    4. JK Rowling. Harry Potter, enough said.
    5. Michael Lewis. Between Money Ball, and The Blind Side, he spins a tale almost better than any of his contemporaries.

    • Ooh good picks. I’ve never read The Grapes of Wrath but obviously I need to. I’ve also never read Erik Larson or Michael Lewis—I’m not sure they’re really my genre(s) of choice, but I’ve heard good things about the movies made from Lewis’s books, at least 🙂

  2. Nice list! I love Rowling, King, Koontz (ODD THOMAS, plus his older horror books) and Gaiman. I’m interested to see what Paula Hawkins does next because I really liked THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN. It was depressing, sure, but a mesmerizing read.

    Happy TTT!

    • I could never really get into Odd Thomas, but I love a lot of his old stuff. Newer, not as much. And yes, I am so excited to see what Paula Hawkins does next!!

  3. Nice list. I love JK Rowling as well. I think most people do, lol. I’ve only ever read one of Neil Gaiman’s children’s book, but I loved it. I plan to read some of his others someday.

    • I always forget he writes children’s books. I’ll have to look into those for my younger siblings, who are probably too young yet but maybe in a few years they’d be ready for some Gaiman!

  4. I didn’t even think of Ann M. Martin! I loved The Babysitter’s Club when I was growing up. Jane Austen is such a rockstar. I adore her. Can you believe I’ve never read anything by Stephen King? I don’t think I’ve even seen any of the many films made from his work, either. Clearly I have no priorities.

    • Meh, you can skip most of the films, particularly Kubrick’s The Shining, but Christine actually wasn’t bad. Also, the miniseries version of The Stand is really good, as is The Shining miniseries.

  5. Stephen King and Gillian Flynn are both on my list too! I’ve been reading Stephen King since I was probably a little too young to be reading him, but I grew up in Maine, so he’s practically a requirement. My high school English teacher knew him, actually, and we did read some of his stuff for class 🙂 Even though he’s incredibly popular, I think his writing is totally underrated.

    I am kind of dying for Gillian Flynn to write another novel. On the other hand, if you’ve written three such perfect novels, I suppose you’re not *required* to write anything else ever again.

    • Ooh Stephen King is definitely a requirement for a Mainer. And I would have LOVED to read Stephen King for class!! Sigh.

      Re: Gillian Flynn, you have a good point! But I do really hope she writes something new soon!

  6. Your list made me laugh, because I would have chosen half of your favourite authors and my daughter would have chosen the other half – she loved The Babysitter’s Club books!

  7. I have to give a shout-out to Shirley Jackson! I read “The Lottery” with my students this year, and they loved it. She’s so smart and her writing is so layered even though it seems simple.

    • Yes! Agreed 😀 Glad your students liked it! I never got to read Shirley Jackson in school, but my parents always talked about reading “The Lottery” and loving it.

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