Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish.
Can you believe it? This is my first Top Ten Tuesday, despite it being one of my favorite memes to read on other blogs, and despite my determination to bring it here. I can’t promise this will be making a weekly appearance on cammminbookland — because I know I will forget some weeks and/or be too busy to make a thoughtful list — but I am going to try to do it as much as possible. Sound good? Great! Here we go!
This week were are talking about my Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors. Or, basically, an impossible feat and something that I pondered over for a few days. This list is not compiled in any particular order.
1. Gail Carson Levine — Once upon a time, a very young girl went with her mother to the library and found a book titled, Ella Enchanted. She took it home, spent all of her free time reading it, and fell in love with Ella and Prince Char. Eventually she received the book as a gift, then had to get another copy in hardcover (and it had to be with the original cover) because her paperback was falling apart from so many journeys into that world. This book is the one that I will always consider to be THE book. This book made me a reader, and I will always be grateful to Gail Carson Levine for that. (I also completely adore The Two Princesses of Bamarre!)
2. Jane Austen — Obviously. Elizabeth Bennett is the ultimate for me. As is Darcy. And her other stories are great, too, bye!
3. J.K Rowling — This shouldn’t even need an explanation. The world she created took hold of me the day my grandmother randomly bought the book in Costco and gave it to me (and then she had to go back to get books two and three because I needed them). The characters matter to me; I love conversations with people about what house they’d be sorted in; I read fan fiction. Her other work away from the Harry Potter series is incredibly strong as well! Don’t listen to what they say — The Casual Vacancy was a biting satire, and it is good!
4. L.M. Montgomery — Thank you for giving me Anne Shirley, Gilbert Blythe, Marilla and Matthew, Diana Barry, and WALTER. Another author that came to me at a very young age, due to my mother’s recommendation. The characters she created are so precious to me. This is also a series where I really need to invest in some hardcovers because my paperback set is ready to retire…
5. George R.R. Martin — He kills off everyone I love, and I’m anticipating him taking someone incredibly dear away from me in The Winds of Winter. But it is okay! Because his world! His characters! His books have everything I adore in them. I ponder theories with my mother. I get infuriated with the television show (and have even gone as far as to boycott it this season because ugh its a mess!). He makes strong women! There are prophecies! Easily one of my favorite authors.
6. Lauren Willig — The first author I ever communicated with! She inspires me, in the sense that she went to law school and still wrote her Pink Carnation series — so if she can have both, then why can’t I? I own all of her books in the Carnation series and they all have a special place in my heart.
7. Harper Lee — She gave me Atticus Finch in a time when I really needed him in my life (and if he looks like Gregory Peck, then he can stay forever, too). For its insight into racism in America, for the way she showed the hope that can be found in the younger generation if they remember to see things without prejudicial lines. This book made me want to be a lawyer. Bring on the sequel.
8. Gillian Flynn — I wonder what goes through her mind, because the stories she writes are so twisted. I appreciate her ability to create characters who are unapologetic in their manner; they have all been through some serious stuff and the scars are there. And those plot twists…
9. Jodi Picoult — Her books are so good. She is on my automatic purchase list because the reader/author level of trust between us is incredibly high. She always offers a great story.
10. Mark Twain — Tom Sawyer. Huckleberry Finn. They are important. Sometimes I am so grateful to the American education system for forcing us to read these books. And I still bug my mother every year to give me her BEAUTIFULLY bound hardcover copy of Tom Sawyer; she continues to refuse.
Honorable Mention: William Shakespeare. He writes plays and sonnets rather than novels, which is why he is not on this list. But oh does he know how to keep me coming back for more.
Honorable Mention: Homer. He is not on the list because is it really a novel? It’s an epic poem. I could re-read The Illiad (Hector!) and The Odyssey forever though