Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Top Ten Favorite Authors

My long-time readers may remember that I used to do a weekly meme, Ten for Tuesday, with a top ten list each week (you can check out my past Ten for Tuesday posts).  Well, someone else has started a very similar weekly meme, and I decided to jump in and participate!

The Broke and the Bookish has a weekly question for bloggers for its Top Ten Tuesday meme (see the similarities?).  This week's theme is Top Ten Favorite Authors.   Sounds like fun!

This is kind of tough, though, because I don't read a lot of authors repeatedly - I spend much of my reading time on new books by authors I haven't read before.  But I guess some stand out as repeat favorites.  I'll limit this list to grown-up books, but you can read my list of favorite authors for kids/teen/YA books at my other blog, Great Books for Kids and Teens.

So, here we go, in no particular order:
  1. Geraldine Brooks
  2. Jodi Picoult
  3. Orson Scott Card
  4. Jennifer Haigh
  5. Janet Evanovich (pure escapist fun, but I've read every Stephanie Plum novel!)
  6. Khaled Hosseini
  7. Barbara Kingsolver
  8. Wally Lamb
  9. Harper Lee
  10. Rebecca Wells
This was a tough, and I probably forgot a bunch.  With a few of these authors, I've only read one book of theirs, but I loved it so much, they became an instant favorite!   On the other hand, I left out a few where I loved one book but didn't enjoy another of theirs much. 

Who are your ten favorite authors?


  1. Hmmm, tricky. I suppose if I play the desert island game it may help. If I had a trunk of ten books on a desert island, who would I hope to find in there:

    Alice Walker
    Mary Renault
    Doris Lessing
    Rosamund Lehmann
    Evelyn Waugh
    Charles Dickens
    Will Self
    Rose Tremain
    Chimamande Adichie
    Jane Austen

  2. Ooh, Jo - good list. We read a lot of Dickens in school, but I haven't read any as an adult.

    You have a lot of authors on your list I haven't read yet - I better get busy!


  3. So I found your adult list, huh? Here I go again...
    1. Geraldine Brooks...I agree. Absolutely great writer.
    2. Jodi Picoult...not a huge fan like most of my friends.
    3. Orson Scott Card...I just read Ender's Game for the first time this summer. Gasp.
    4. Jennifer Haigh...haven't heard of her. What is your favorite book by her?
    5. Janet Evanovich ...guilty pleasure for me, too.
    6. Khaled Hosseini...yup!
    7. Barbara Kingsolver...my #1
    8. Wally Lamb...Very good, I haven't read any of his newer stuff. Any good?
    9. Harper Lee...I should have put her on my list since To Kill a Mockingbird is a perfect book.
    10. Rebecca Wells.. Ya-Ya!

  4. Anne -

    I've just loved two books by Jennifer Haigh - Mrs. Kimble and Baker Towers (which I read twice). I have her latest, The Condition, sitting on my TBR shelf. Wally Lamb's newest is there, too, but She's Come Undone was amazing.