Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #20

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish which features a variety of bookish top ten lists!

Top Ten (-ish) ALL-TIME Favorite Authors

J.K. Rowling - Was there any doubt that this fine lady would make the top of my list?  The Harry Potter books are what got me back into reading almost 10 years ago and I honestly don't think I'd have rediscovered my passion if not for Miss Rowling.  This amazing woman is my inspiration AND she's responsible for creating my all-time favorite hero,The Boy Who Lived. But it's more than just about Harry. It's about all the characters in the series, all the wonderful magic and THE.BEST.STORY.OF.ALL.TIME.  I think all of us feel like we owe her so much ♥  I expect to find her on every TTT post I visit today...or else. *glares* (just kidding...not really)

Brandon Sanderson - THE King of high-fantasy in my honest opinion. His books never fail to transport me into his richly imagined worlds, complete with some of THE most memorable characters out there.  I have loved every.single.book. I've read by him, which spans 4 series (so far!).  He makes me dream impossible dreams and that's the best compliment I could give. I was lucky enough to meet Mr. Sanderson (twice) and I'll never get over it. I was totally tongue-tied both times of course and just basically babbled about how awesome he was but he was a sweetheart throughout and made me love him even more.  

Sarah J. Maas - My queen!  I am not worthy. *bows*  Yeah, I worship this woman, not going to lie. Firstly, she completely blew me away with the Throne of Glass series - Celaena is my all-time favorite heroine and my love for her grows with each new ToG installment ♥.  And second, she delivers yet again with her new series, A Court of Thorns and Roses (look for my review later this week!). The fact that Maas was able to create Feyre, another heroine who is wholly unique and engaging in her own right blows.my.mind.  Meeting SJM last year turned me into a giddy, ridiculous fangirl & I REGRET NOTHING - except that I wish we could have hung out and maybe I could have braided her hair. O.O

Maggie Stiefvater - I might have been a bit late in jumping on the bandwagon with this fine woman, but my love for her grows stronger with every book of hers I read. Her way with words is unlike anything I've ever come across and Oh My Ronan, she creates some of the best characters in life. Basically I'm in love with all of the Raven Boys (and Girl!) and anyone else from Henrietta.  Miss Stiefvater is a poet, a goddess and, quite possibly, a witch as well, but I wouldn't change a thing about her.  Except maybe beg her to let Gansey live. PLEASE.PLEASE.PLEASE.PLEASE.PLEASE!!  

Suzanne Collins - The author responsible for getting me out of my fantasy-addiction - this was the first dystopian I read and no books in the genre have ever come close to the genius that is The Hunger Games trilogy. I don't remember a worst book hangover than when I finished her series.  I was so wrung-out, I wanted to crawl into my bed and sleep for a week. Katniss will always be one of my favorite heroines because she faced hell, survived and changed the world in the process. Even though there was a love-triangle in the series, I adored both boys in their own way and that's something that's never happened since.  THG was so much more than a romance though - it was about family, bravery, change, war, hope and revolution.

J.R.R. Tolkien - The father of high-fantasy deserves a spot on this list, right?  None of the popular fantasy books we have today would have existed without The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings. The films might have defined our generation, but it was the books that started it all. It all started with a hobbit and a wizard but soon dwarves, elves, a dragon and a ring made it epic. There are so many characters that stole my heart here: Bilbo, Gandalf, Galadriel, Aragorn, Legolas, Samwise...the list goes on and on! It's a classic story that has endured for a hundred years and there's no doubt in my mind that it'll be around for hundreds more. 

Laini Taylor - Never have words flowed more beautifully than they did in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy.  It was the first time in my life that I found myself rereading certain sentences over and over, just to bask in their beauty.  If that isn't enough, there was a slew of amazing characters, parallel worlds, scary angels and friendly demons.  I was swept away into this world from the first pages of the very first book and my journey from that point to the last pages of the final book was one that was filled with every emotion known to man.  No joke! I will read anything and everything this woman comes up with in the future.

Karen Marie Moning - Her Fever Series was my very first adult read, and my first urban fantasy series.  Admittedly, it took me a while to warm up to the heroine, Mac but when I did, I was her number one fan.  I knew I was hooked from the first book, regardless of any issues because I rushed to the bookstore once I finished and quickly picked up the rest of the series.  These books are a sexy thrill-ride that delivered action, magic, thrills and hotness - not to mention the best heroine transformation I've ever read about. Moning not only made Mac's transformation believable, but she did it while delivering twist after mind-blowing twist. Definitely a series I'll be rereading! 

L. M. Montgomery - Growing up in a small town in Atlantic Canada, there weren't many books available featuring heroines that came from my neck of the woods.  That's probably why discovering Anne of Green Gables was such a treat back then.  I remember how thrilling it was to read descriptions of places I'd actually seen in real life!  But it took much more than familiar locations to make this one a favorite of mine.  That honor is all Anne Shirley's.  A poor little orphaned girl with an imagination to match my own and an old soul I could relate to even then.  Anne is a kindred spirit for life :)

Frances Hodgson Burnett - The fact that a woman born in the 1800's makes it onto a list like this t says a lot about her skills as an author.  The fact that her heroines transcend time and continue to be relevant today is amazing, to say the least.  I discovered this author in high-school English class but I actually reread my favorites a few years ago and I was thrilled to discover that I loved then just as much - if not more - the second time around.  I will most definitely be rereading both The Secret Garden and A Little Princess throughout my life.  The themes present in FHB's books stand the test of time and could warm even the coldest of hearts.

Bonus: Philip Pullman - While I had some issues with the religious undertones of the later books in the series, I was still blown away by the parallel worlds, unique magical items and host of enchanting characters, both human and animal (daemon) alike.  Now that I know how the trilogy ends, I absolutely must reread them and see how my appreciation for the story might increase a second time around.  Pullman is easily responsible for one of the most unique fantasy worlds of our time so I felt he deserved the 11th spot on my list - plus it seems I could benefit from adding more men to my list ;)


  1. Great list! I've seen a lot of these authors around today, and Frances Hodgson Burnett made my list, too! ^_^

  2. That is awesome that you met Brandon Sanderson twice! lol, I wouldn't know what to say either if I ever met him xD And yay for Tolkien! Great list :)

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  3. Have tried Pullman or Montgomery but I'm totally with you on the others

  4. I love Brandon Sanderson. I'm reading Words of Radiance at the moment & it's stunning. Not read any of his other series yet but I'm definitely going to rectify that soon! Amazing writer!
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  5. J.K Rowling, what a surprise :p It still makes me happy that the woman who wrote one of my all time favorite books turned out to be such an inspiring person.
    Sarah Maas is also flawless. So much love for TOG :)

  6. What a wonderful list! Rowling would top mine as well, obviously. Lord of the Rings was my childhood - I was obsessed with both the books and the movies (and I might have had a small crush on Aragorn). The Fever series is absolutely fantastic, I would love to reread the initial five books soon.

  7. Suzanne Collins and Laini Taylor are awesome! I love the Harry Potter series,although not sure if Rowling counts as a favorite author of mine. Great list! Thanks for stopping by my post earlier!

  8. Didn't know you were a Golden Compass fan! I read that one last year or two years ago and quite enjoyed it, although it was EXTREMELY slow. Some great choices you have there! Can't wait to know what you thought of A Court of Thorns and Roses ;)

  9. Ooh I've still not read Laini Taylor (despite lots of urging) or any Karen Marie Moning, but you're definitely making me feel like I should! I've only read Steelheart & Firefight from Sanderson so far but I know I should definitely pick up his fantasy (I've reserved Mistborn at the library twice only for it never to come in at all the first time and for a totally different book coming in the second time!). Might just have to bite the bullet and buy it!

    And Maggie Stiefvater, I keep saying I'll read The Raven Boys and then not doing it. Must try harder :(

  10. I have read only about a half of these authors but I really loved them, so I supposed when I get to the other half, I'll love it as well. :D I think we often like the same books so I am super excited to discover new favorites :) **

  11. Sarah J. Maas would definitely be on my list too! I haven't read anything by a few of the people on your list, but I know I have the Way of Kings on my wishlist :)

  12. This post only appeared in my reader this morning for some reason. That's weird.

    But anyways. I have already read quite a few TTT posts this week who don't have Queen Jo on their lists. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THEM??!! Ahem, I mean, that's cool, that's okay... no hard feelings. Pffttt

    But yes. Basically yes. To everything. My list would look remarkably like yours of course (umm, except for Brandon Sanderson >.<* don't hate meeee!! I'll get to Mistborn soon as soon as I polish off a few of the other series I have on the go! I'M EXCITED). I'll admit that I've never read the work of Frances Hodgson Burnett though (but those movies are childhood favourites) - I really ought to read them!

    And I'm definitely looking forward to your review of ACOTAR! I've preordered it already and I can't wait to behold its beauty :)

  13. Brilliant list with some super talented authors. Sarah J. Maas and J.K. Rowling made my list too, they write two of my all time favourite series. The wait for the next ToG book is absolutely killing me.

  14. I was late to the Stiefvater party as well but now I'm never leaving, haha! I often do feel like there's a poetic quality to her prose because it's just. So. Pretty! GAH! And OMG, if something happens to Gansey, I don't know how I'm going to cope. :/

  15. I'm really fond of a lot of these books and authors. Sanderson, SJ Maas, Taylor, JKR, and Stiefvater are all amazing! I had forgotten about how much I loved Anne of Green Gables and The Secret Garden as a kid, so thanks for the reminder!

    - Kritika @ Snowflakes & Spider silk

  16. Your list has so many great authors on it! I'm still making my way through Maggie Stiefvater's books. I'm on The Dream Thieves now, and I'm so intrigued by that series. J.K. Rowling is a queen among authors, my god she gave me a series that I grew with and still go back to this very day. (I'm listening to Chamber of Secrets as I type this.) And Suzanne Collins is pretty great too. Great list!

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT.
    Alex @ The Book Banner

  17. Laini Taylor is my writing goddess.

  18. Huh, I love like 90% of the authors you've listed but I haven't read anything by Moning yet! I will have to give it a try!
    I recently re-read The Secret Garden, which was one of my childhood favourites, and it was as good as I remembered! I love it when that happens - sometimes I have a great memory but the book doesn't hold out when I read it as an adult...


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