Monday, April 20, 2015
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?