Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 21 April, 2015 by Lianne in Meme / 28 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s topic: Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors

This is a cruel, cruel topic for this week 😛 I could go and on and on about my favourite authors! 😛 Well, long-time readers of my blog will probably figure out a few of the authors that will make my list this week… 😉 (oh, and yes, I’m going with twenty authors for this list 😛 )

In no particular order:

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien (see tag) — Surprised? Need I say more? 😛 I love everything about his books: the storytelling, the characters, the themes, the writing, the sheer scope and epicness of his tales, how he developed a detailed history, lore, and languages to these worlds he created. Even the posthumous titles that have been coming out containing fragments of his translations of early epics show his scholarly detail and mind.
  2. Jane Austen (see tag) — Again, surprised? I don’t even know where to begin with Jane Austen’s books, I return to them time and again because of the characters, the stories, the themes.
  3. Elizabeth Gaskell (see tag) — Okay, actually, the top four to eight authors shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. I’ve mentioned this to some in the past but what I love about Elizabeth Gaskell is how she’s able to weave socio-political issues into her stories without beating said issues over the heads of the readers a la Dickens (much as I like Dickens).
  4. Carlos Ruiz Zafon (see tag) — I love how atmospheric his novels are with plenty of mystery and character drama and an all-around love for books and storytelling. The Shadow of the Wind (review) is the reason why I became so interested in Spanish history and books written by Spanish authors (not to mention that impromptu trip we had a few years ago, lol. The book influence was strong!).
  5. Ivan Turgenev (see tag) — My favourite amongst the Russian classic authors, although I do have a few favourites. Like Elizabeth Gaskell, I love how he is able to interweave his socio-political commmentary about the state of his Russia alongside interesting storytelling and intriguing characters.
  6. Brandon Sanderson (see tag) — Definitely one of my top favourite fantasy authors right now. It never ceases to amaze me how much he writes and publishes every year, but also how consistent and imaginative his stories are. I wish I had a quarter of his brain/writing skills, maybe I’d be finished writing something by now 😛
  7. Patricia A. McKillip (see tag) — I can’t believe I only got around to her books some two years ago. The fantasy novels she writes is a lot different from the types of fantasy books out there right now: very lyrical and with a dream-like quality to them.
  8. Ian McEwan (see tag) — To be honest, his books can be a hit or a miss for me sometimes but I do love his writing very, very much. Atonement (review) for me is a near-perfectly written novel.
  9. Daniel Silva — Out of all of the suspense/adventure/mystery series out there, Daniel Silva’s books are definitely my favourite and one of those authors who automatically go on the to-buy list whenever a new book of theirs comes out. His books are fast-paced and intriguing which great characters, great dialogue amongst said characters, and there’s just never a dull moment with his stories.
  10. Sarah Addison Allen (see tag) — I love her books, I can always rely on turning to her books when in need of comfort reading 🙂 The stories are wonderful, the character interactions adn developments great, and a dash of magical realism to make the whole experience all the more magical 🙂
  11. Anton Chekhov — Apparently I only reviewed one of his works, A Russian Affair (review), part of Penguin’s Great Loves series, but I do enjoy his work. His stories are much shorter than many of the Russian classic authors, but he’s very succinct in his portrayal of emotions and human drama.
  12. Edith Wharton (see tag) — A more recent favourite classic author. I only got around to reading her books a few years ago and absolutely loved how well-rounded her characters were and how compelling the stories and the themes in her stories are. Thank goodness I still have a number of her books to read still!
  13. Charles Dickens (see tag) — Looking at his overall body of work, I’ve only read perhaps a third of his books, but he is included in this list because he has written two books that I consider as my favourites: Our Mutual Friend (review) and Little Dorrit (review). The scope of his stories are huge, and they meander at times too, but he’s written some memorable characters.
  14. William Shakespeare (see tag) — I’ve always enjoyed Shakespeare, ever since I was introduced to his works in school. Last year I hosted the Shakespeare reading challenge which was a lot of fun; my reactions varied, but this year my love for the bard has continued with watching theatre performances (thank you, Opus Arte’s The Globe selection!) and listening to audiobooks 🙂
  15. Alice Munro (see tag) — I can’t believe it took me this long to get around to her books (within the past year or so); her short stories are so interesting with so much to think about–not to mention all the feels xD Can’t wait to read more of her stories/her other collections!
  16. E.M. Forster (see tag) — A Room With a View (review) and The Longest Journey (review) are some of my favourite novels ever, his characters and their interactions are so interesting, as are the settings that his novels are set in.
  17. Deborah Harkness (see tag) — I <3 the All Souls trilogy so very much; I recently read the final volume, The Book of Life, and suffice to say I really loved it (my review will be posted next month 😛 ). The history and lore mixed in with the mystery, the characterisations and interactions…Yup, she gets a spot on my top 20 list 😉 I can’t wait to read what she writes next!
  18. Georgette Heyer (see tag) — Another one of my comfort reads, but also a lot of fun as I love Jane Austen’s books and love the kind of high society stories you can get out of the Regency period (don’t like her Georgian novels as much). Some have been a miss as of late, but I have plenty of favourites by her.
  19. Federico Garcia Lorca — I mentioned this back at the start of the month with my So You Want To Read… feature (post) but he is my favourite poet. There’s just something about his poetry, his descriptions, painting scenes with his words…
  20. Orlando Figes — And finally, my list is not complete without at least one non-fiction author 😛 Orlando Figes tops my list because he makes elements of Russian history (whether pre-20c or 20c) very accessible to readers. His works (The Whisperers and Natasha’s Dance just to name a few) deepened my interest in Russian history and provided great insight when I was working on my MA thesis.

Honourable Mentions: Hilary Mantel (see tag), Leo Tolstoy, Diana Wynne Jones (see tag), Rainbow Rowell (see tag), Ellis Peters, Edward Rutherfurd, and Arturo Perez-Reverte (see tag). There are also plenty of other authors whose books I loved but I only read one book from (or they only have one novel out so far) and so I didn’t add them to the list this time around. I’m also probably missing a few, oops :3

And that’s my TTT list for this week! Who are your favourite authors and made your list this week?


28 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesdays”

  1. You’ve got a great list there. I am still beating myself up over not including J.R.R. Tolkien. I stuck with series books this time around, otherwise Jane Austen would have made my list.

    I loved Deborah Harkness books. I have only read one book by Daniel Silva and Ian McEwan. I enjoyed both their books and want to read more by them.

  2. Yes, yes, Deborah Harkness! I love the All Souls Trilogy but I have to be honest, I don’t care much for the last book in the series, The Book of Life.

    I just recently bought Ian McEwan’s Atonement because I saw it on your Goodreads shelf. Hehe, apologies for creeping on your books! I can’t wait to pick it up and seeing the author here on your list makes me all the more excited.

    Great list, Lianne! 🙂

  3. I really wanted to put Brandon Sanderson on my list, but I’m only reading my 2nd book of his right now so didn’t think I had read enough to be able to add him… I’m pretty sure he is becoming one of my favourite authors though! I recently got a copy of Discovery of Witches so v excited to see that Deborah Harkness made your list!x

  4. Gosh, this is some list! There’s plenty I’ve heard of (of course) but haven’t read (are you really surprised? lol) and there’s some unfamiliar names too. I’m totally curious about a bunch of them, so I shall come back to this post for reference when I decide I need to read someone new.

    Also I haven’t heard of Orlando Figes before but I’m totally going to check out some of his books! I don’t read enough non-fiction (and it’s so hard to find ones that aren’t dry as the desert eesh!) Russian history is one of my favourite topics. I don’t know why exactly, it just is!

  5. Top 20! I love it! 😀 Hell yes to Tolkien, Sanderson and Shakespeare ♥ I’ve only read one book by Rowell so far, but I’ve since added pretty much all her books to my tbr shelf! I still need to read Harkness – but I own her first book – and I’d need to reread some Austen, my memory’s a bit fuzzy on the details. Fabulous list^^ and thanks for visiting my post earlier 🙂

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

  6. What a fabulous list! I don’t blame you for going with 20 authors when there are so many brilliant ones out there! Forster, Wharton, and Shakespeare were not on my list but I offer them high praise all the same. I haven’t read some of these writers so I’ll have to do a little research. 🙂

  7. Ha! I love that you went with 20 instead of 10. Sadly, I’ve only read books from Tolkien, Austen, Gaskell, Sanderson, Shakespeare, and Dickens from your list. I guess I need to check out the others. 😉

  8. Jane Austen and Ian McEwan are on my list too, I’d love to read more of McEwan though! 🙂 Lovely selection! I have yet to read my Charles Dickens selection! 😀 Here’s my TTT if you would like to check it out 🙂 Have a great day!

  9. Yay Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell. Those are two very talented ladies who probably didn’t get the recognition they should have while they were alive and writing. Nor did ANY author likely of that time. 🙂

  10. Your list is huge, and I love that it’s so literature based. I’m probably one of the few classic-nuts who doesn’t like Jane Austen though – I just find her novels boring. Give me a good old Bronte or Wilkie Collins novel any day!
    Beth x

  11. I am completely unsurprised by this list haha! I don’t think I’d realized you’d only been reading McKillip’s books for two years though! I must have discovered your blog like right after you read your first one! And I need to make it a priority to get to one of Heyer’s books – they sound like they are exactly up my alley (and I’ve had a friend tell me like 20 times I need to read them haha)

  12. Great list! I’m so impressed by the Russians. Turgenev and I don’t have a good relationship but it could be because the last time I tried anything by him I was in highschool and that’s probably too young for Russians. Elizabeth Gaskill is an author I’ve been wanting to read as is Sarah Addison Allen.

  13. Yes to aaaallll of your Tolkien reasons. I wish I had more room to blather on about how great he is haha. And I really need to read Alice Munro. I keep buying her short story books, because I know I’m going to like them. I just haven’t actually READ any of them yet.
    Also, proud of you for choosing 20 authors. Stick it to the man.

  14. Great list! I love Deborah Harkness and I have been wanting to read Carlos Ruis Zafon for some time. I guess I should get to it 🙂

  15. Great list! I should have had Elizabeth Gaskell on mine as well. It was so hard to limit myself! Turgenev is an honourable mention for me.

    I didn’t even think of Figes. Although I’m not the biggest fan of A People’s Tragedy, he’s a very readable historian. I will have to dig out my copy of Natasha’s Dance and read it again one of these days!

  16. Brilliant! I really should’ve popped over and see you did 20, then I wouldn’t have had to agonize over narrowing down to 10! You have a lot of authors I haven’t even read, so Im glad to see some new-to-me names. What do you recommend of Gaskell’s work?

    McEwan, Zafon and Munro would probably have made my 20 too!

  17. This is fantastic! 😀 Tolkien, Jane Austen, Dickens, Shakespeare and Georgette Heyer would all be on my own list. I do really loved the books that I’ve read by Elizabeth Gaskell, E.M. Forster, Edith Wharton and Diana Wynne Jones but as I still haven’t read very many of their works I don’t feel I can add them to my favourite writers list yet if that makes sense? Everyone else on the list I intend to read at some point. They’re all authors I’ve heard of and think I’ll like.

  18. Wonderful list! As you pointed out, we even used the same cover for Tolkien. 🙂 Shakespeare probably should have been on my list, except I don’t reread him that often (though I do see performances whenever possible.) I’d love to read more DWJ and Patricia McKillip. Austen and Dickens, too. And I need to read Sanderson; my daughter has been raving about the Mistborn books. I probably should have gone with twenty – if I had, Ellis Peters would definitely have been on there. And give it five years (for more re-readings!), I’ll be adding Deborah Harkness and Patrick Rothfuss. They only missed out because I went with authors I’ve loved and re-read for years – multiple times. I’ve reread the first two Harkness books, but have only listened to the Rothfuss books once.

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