Monday, April 20, 2015

Take Ten


This week's Top Ten subject is top ten favorite authors. This one is really not fair, since it is so hard to narrow down the list! I shall do my best.

1. C.S. Lewis
I find it ironic that he has jumped to the top of my list, since I remember being sent the Chronicles of Narnia series over a period of birthdays and Christmases (by my dear uncle who didn't know what to send his preteen niece. Books are always a good option!) and complaining on how wordy his stories were. That was when I was only a few books in.;) I believe it was around the time that I read Voyage of the Dawn Treader that I decided Lewis was more than alright. lol. Narnia is one of the few series I have re-read!

2. Jane Austen
I tried to read Sense and Sensibility after hearing an older friend talk about how amazing the story was. I think I was an ambitious 11 year old at the time, and wound up putting the book aside for a few years, since I had to make long lists of words I didn't know (like fortnight) to look up in the dictionary and it was slow going.;) I'm glad I made it back to the story, years later, though Persuasion and Emma are probably my favorites.

3. Laura Ingalls Wilder
I received the complete series for Christmas before I could even read (I think my mom found it on sale;)), which kind of worked out, since there were pictures and I would sit and look at them for hours, imagining what the stories were about. This is the first series I ever read. I think having the set was a great motivator to learn how to read so I could figure out the stories behind the picturs.;)

4. Louisa May Alcott
Granted, it has been years since I last read one of her books, but I keep meaning to re-read her stories, since they were just so enjoyable as a young teen! I think re-reading them would remind me of the days when life was simpler, both in history and in my own life.;) (not that I would go back for anything! lol)

5. Elizabeth Camden
I don't always appreciate her perfectly handsome hero's, but her attention to historical detail is worth putting up with annoyingly handsome characters.;) (I prefer mine more boy next door-ish)

6. Julie Klassen
While I haven't loved every single book she has written, her last 3-4 have been quite enjoyable! They have been a wonderful mix of Austen and Gothic.

7. Lisa Wingate
Another author who I won't pretend to like every book she has ever penned, since I read one of her first books and didn't care for it. Other than that one, I have enjoyed her stories quite well! I love how her recent ones have a story going on in the past and then one in present day.

8. Nancy Mehl
Mennonite mysteries? Such a weird combination, or so I thought at first! Nancy makes them work, and work well. She writes such likeable characters, and always gives the reader a moral issue to think on.

9. Melanie Dobson
Okay, so I haven't read as many of her books as I would like to, but I have adored what I've taken the time to read! I really need to get my hands on some of her early books, since I have heard such great things about them.

10. Kristy Cambron
It seems like her books make it onto a lot of my lists. Perhaps because she does so well at bringing WWII to life. I can't recommend her books enough!

So, there is my list. I could go on, but I figured it would be best to stop at ten.;) Who made it onto your list?

20 comments:

  1. Jane Austen would be on my list if I hadn't stuck to series books. I took the easy way out when answering this question. :-) C.S. Lewis' books are good too! Definitely a childhood favorite. Great list!

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    1. You had to narrow it down somehow, right?;) Otherwise, it's next to impossible!
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. I could have easily put Louisa May Alcott on my list this week too. I have no idea how I managed to miss her! Great choices. My TTT!

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    1. Because picking ten is just not enough? lol. I spmehoe missed JK Rowling. ;)

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  3. I wish more aunts and uncles bravely shared some favorite books with their nieces and nephews! I hope you thanked him later. :-)

    Here's mine!

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    1. I have thanked him! He never heard me voice my original dislike, which is good.;)
      I plan to continue the tradition with my oen nieces and nephews.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. So good to see some classics on there - Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott are definite favourites!
    My TTT

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    1. Thanks! I so need to re-read them...;)

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  5. Like you, I've got a couple of favorites on my list that I haven't read everything by them yet. But I'm working on it!

    Mine is at www.nashvillebookworm.wordpress.com

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    1. It is hard to claim that I love every book some of my favorites have ever written.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Great list! Yay for Jane Austen and Persuasion (my favourite novel from her as well--and one of my favourite books of all time) :)

    Thanks for dropping by my TTT earlier :)

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    1. Hurray! It seems like it is usually eclipsed by P and P, which is another favorite. I like the depth in Persuasion though.

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  7. CS Lewis should probably have been on my list as well. It was just so hard to pick! Great list!
    Check out my Top 10

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    1. It was to hard to limit it to 10! I could of easily come up with another 10.;)
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. C.S. Lewis and Elizabeth Camden = great authors. Fun list, Amanda. :)

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    1. Thanks, Rissi! I need to pop over and see who made your list.;)

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  9. I'm actually reading The Chronicles of Narnia out loud to the kids I nanny right now, and while I wouldn't have described them as wordy before...they are DEFINITELY not the easiest books to read to kids! (Although the seven year old LOVES them - he's the one who got to pick what to read at dinner this go around)

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    1. That is awesome that you are reading them aloud to the kids that you are a nanny for! And, that the seven year old loves them.:)
      It is interesting how children books have changed over the years.;)

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  10. Oh, my. Just stumbled across your post. I'm honored to be your list. Thank you so much. :)

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    1. Your welcome! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment made my day.:) Your books are so wonderful!

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