November 20, 2012

Top Ten Authors I'm Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the bloggers of The Broke and the Bookish. This week's prompt asked us to select either our top ten books or authors we're thankful for. Since I mostly focus on books rather than their authors, here I wanted to highlight some of my favorite authors.

Modern authors:
J.K. Rowling — Thank you for giving me the experience of growing up with Harry and his friends, and most especially for the creation of Hermione.
Megan Whalen Turner — Thank you for writing a fantasy series where I learned how intricate and satisfying political intrigue can be. And thank you for Eugenides.
Tamora Pierce — Thank you for writing so many strong and inspirational female protagonists over the years.
Melina Marchetta — Thank you for being the first author whose contemporaries and fantasies I am able to love equally.
Robin McKinley — Thank you for writing some of the best (and certainly my favorite) fairy-tale retellings for YA and adult readers.

Historical authors:
Jane Austen — Thank you for Mr. Darcy. And for the feminism of Elizabeth Bennet back in Regency-era England.
William Shakespeare — Thank you for some fantastically clever plays and for adding so many now-common idioms and words to our lexicon.
Bronte sisters — Thank you for encouraging each other and yourselves to become a family of literary sisters.
J.R.R. Tolkien — Thank you for raising the bar for fantasy stories and world-building.
Homer — Thank you for writing such epic ballads and ensuring that Greek mythology will always have a place in literature.

Agree with any of my choices? Be sure to let me know which authors or books you're most thankful for!
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Amanda

Amanda loves few things better than sitting down with a cup of tea and a book. She frequently stays up far too late, telling herself she just needs to finish one more page. When she's not wrapped up in the stories of others, Amanda works as a children's librarian in a public library.

10 comments:

  1. Aw I love what you had to say for JFK Rowling. So true

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    1. haha yeah I'm sure that is true for lots of bloggers.

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  2. Interesting list! I've loved the books I've read from JK and Marchetta. Als The Bronte Sisters. I'll have to check out some of the other authors & books you mentioned.

    Tanya Patrice
    Girlxoxo.com

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    1. You should! I haven't read anything by all of these authors yet, but that's kind of exciting in a way since I anticipate liking them, you know?

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  3. Melina Marchetta, for SURE! I was late to the game for J.K. but now I've read the books and I agree! Plus they got SO many people reading.
    Great list!

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    1. Yay! That's true - I didn't even consider that. But, yes, JKR has been influential to so many. Thanks, Candace!

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  4. Great list! I need to read more Robin McKinley. You'll have to recommend me something by her. I've only read Beauty. I agree with pretty much all of these! :D

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    1. Oh, don't worry I will! Deerskin should be next. Or Sunshine. I'll think on it.

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  5. Excellent list! I need to read more by all these authors.

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    1. Thank you! And you definitely should! :)

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