Top Ten Tuesday is an awesome meme hosted by the lovely folks @ The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is a Thanksgiving freebie so I’ve decided to focus on authors I am thankful for (I don’t really get Thanksgiving personally because I’m a Brit, but whatevs – I’ll play along). 😉 So, in no particular order:
1. Robin Hobb
To say that I am a massive fan of Robin Hobb would be putting it lightly. I adore her writing and her Realm of the Elderlings series is my favourite fantasy series of all-time.
2. Stephen King
I started reading King early (probably too early considering some of the themes in his books) and he can consider me a lifelong fan. No one does scares quite like King and for that alone he well deserves a place on this list.
3. Richelle Mead
It was Mead’s Vampire Academy series that got me back into reading Young Adult so for that I will always be grateful. I still really enjoy her writing and she is definitely on my auto-buy list.
4. Richard Adams
I honestly cannot think of a more evocative book than Watership Down. I read this book when I was still in single digits and always return to it when I feel the need. It’s a remarkable piece of literature that has stood the test of time.
5. Naomi Novik
A more recent addition to this list. I loved Uprooted and will definitely be reading more of Naomi Novik’s work as her writing is fantastic and world-building is just top-notch.
6. Melina Marchetta
I wouldn’t have discovered Melina Marchetta without Goodreads and for that I am super-thankful. Her writing is just phenomenal – I honestly have a hard time picking a favourite of her books (though Saving Francesca would probably be it if I could ever bring myself to choose).
7. Marissa Meyer
What makes Marissa Meyer special for me is her awesome characters. I care about each and every single one of her main characters in the Lunar Chronicles and that is no mean feat.
8. Maggie Stiefvater
Maggie Stiefvater is awesome. That pretty much sums up my feelings on the matter! Really, if you haven’t tried her books yet, what are you waiting for?? 😉
9. Juliet Marillier
Juliet Marillier’s books are very special to me. I just adore her writing and really cannot recommend her books enough. I am so thankful I picked up Daughter of the Forest on a whim all those years ago. I have never had cause to regret it.
10. J.R.R. Tolkien
Ah, the granddaddy of fantasy! Tolkien’s books are just pure brilliance for me. I will never, ever get sick of reading them. I have so much to be thankful for with Tolkien as I can credit the Lord of the Rings with starting me off on a lifelong affair with fantasy that shows no signs of stopping.
Whelp, this list just barely scratches the surface if I’m being totally honest. There are so many books I could totally gush about – I would probably bore everyone to tears if I did though so I won’t. 😉
Hope everyone is having a good week and happy Thanksgiving if you celebrate it. For those who don’t (like me) have a great weekend when it comes!