Who are my top ten favorite authors? Really? This question is almost as bad as “What’s your favorite book?”. This list is by no means accurate; it simply reflects the names of authors that popped up in my head in this moment.
1. Theodore Taylor
Theodore Taylor is most famous for The Cay, the novel about a blind white boy and a black man (and the cook’s cat) shipwrecked on an island in a time when the two didn’t mix. It has a sequel, Timothy of the Cay, and Taylor had many other wonderful books that are perfect for middle school aged kids and up. I still go back and re-read a few of my favorites.
2. Miyuki Miyabe
I’ve read all the translated works by this Japanese author and I love them! She has a very diverse writing style; anything from young adult fantasy (Book of Heroes, Brave Story), to murder mystery (The Devil’s Whisper), and science fiction (Crossfire).
Otsuichi needs more of his books translated! He is a master of horror with books such as Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse in which the narrator is the dead girl’s body being hidden and making comments. Goth is a novel of short stories connected by two teenagers that are obsessed with serial killers and murder. I probably wouldn’t want to meet this author.
Doescher writes the William Shakespeare’s Star Wars series. Is that enough said yet? No? Well look at this exert from Verily, A New Hope:
“[They shoot, Greedo dies. [To innkeeper:] Pray, goodly Sir, forgive me for the mess. [Aside:] And whether I shot first, I’ll ne’er confess! [Exeunt.”
Han. Shot. First.
5. Shelley Crane
Even though her last book really came as a disappointment, I enjoyed Crane’s original books in the Significance series as well as her Collide series. Significance is about “imprinting”- not exactly insta-love, but insta-love haters might not like the series too well. Collide is more of a post-apoctoliptic world in which aliens/guardian angels are sent to save to “special” people from the bad aliens.
6. Diana Wynne Jones
Jones is one of those authors who’s books stick with you long after you finish them. I kept hoping she’d come out with just one more in the Howl’s Moving Castle trilogy. Harry Potter fans would probably love her older series, The Chronicles of Chrestomanci.
7. J.R.R. Tolkien
Is it really that unexpected? Tolkien created epicness between every page! It’s where we learned that all that is gold does not glitter, and all those who wonder are not lost. I first read The Hobbit in middle school for a class all-day read-a-thon, and I never could turn away from the world he created.
8. William Shakespeare
I’m getting my Shakespeare geek-ness out of the way, okay? I am enthralled by anything Shakespeare. Much Ado About Nothing is my absolute favorite, but I can’t say no to the morbid stories of Hamlet and Macbeth either.
9. Emily Brontë
Wuthering Heights. The love/HATE relationship between Catherine and Heathcliff makes for one twisted love story!
10. William Ritter
This guy is quickly making the top of my author list! He made a great impression with his debut novel, Jackaby, just last year. Now I’m on to the next in the Jackaby series, Beastly Bones. So far this ARC copy is proving Ritter isn’t a one trick pony and hopefully there’ll be plenty more adventures of R.F. Jackaby and Miss Abigail Rook.