Top Ten Tuesday: All-time Favorite Authors

Posted April 22, 2015 by Lory in lists / 30 Comments

I couldn’t resist joining in with this week’s TTT after seeing some others’ lists. To help narrow mine down, I limited myself to authors who have written a fair number of books that I have read multiple times over many years and know that I will return to again. This eliminated some childhood favorites and some recent discoveries, as well as certain authors who have written just a few books that I really love — maybe a good subject for another list!

So here are ten of my all-time favorites, in approximate order of my discovering their books:

from The House of Arden by E. Nesbit

E. Nesbit
The magic of Nesbit never grows old.

Elizabeth Goudge
Obviously, since I’m about to devote a whole week to her work, I’m a fan!

Diana Wynne Jones
I also took a week to celebrate this dazzlingly imaginative fantasy author.

P.G. Wodehouse
For a reliable dose of laughter, I turn to Wodehouse.

Robertson Davies
Davies opened worlds to me through his rich imagination and encyclopedic knowledge.

Elizabeth Gaskell
Gaskell was unaccountably left out of my college English courses, but I’m making up for that now.

Jane Gardam
A contemporary author that I think will stand the test of time.

Willa Cather
Simply beautiful writing that doesn’t feel forced or contrived.

Terry Pratchett
It took me too long to discover this seriously funny writer.

Georgette Heyer
Impeccably constructed entertainments, far above the romantic fluff of her imitators.

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30 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: All-time Favorite Authors

  1. I love this list, Lory! And I like the way you strategized for today's TTT! E. Nesbit is another one of my favorites–I really could have included her. I have read Five Children and It so many times. And P.G. Wodehouse is also great–I discovered him when I was 20 and living in London! I think I might have to peek in on your Elizabeth Goudge reading week because I haven't been exposed to her books. 🙂

  2. I haven't read many of these authors, but I used to LOVE Diana Wynne Jones. Terry Pratchett is one I've long been told I should read and only just started reading, so I'm looking forward to reading more of his work!

  3. As I am fond of saying, I love reading this lists.

    This is a indeed a great list though I have not read every author listed.

    In particular I not yet read Elizabeth Gaskell but I need to get to her sooner rather then later.

  4. Yes! E. Nesbit! I'm hoping to snag a library copy of one of her books to read to the kids I nanny since I don't have mine any more – I think they'd love her! And I can't BELIEVE I left DWJ off my list this week! (Ok there were a few authors I left off. Even after I made those strict restrictions!) And I only discovered Pratchett about a month before he died, but I am 100% certain he's a favourite. Or will be. He's like DWJ and Douglas Adams all wrapped up into one and it's BRILLIANT.

  5. For some reason E Nesbit wasn't an author I read as a child. My kids and I recently discovered her Dragon Tales (I actually quoted one in today's post) and loved them! I'm planning to read at least one of her longer works in August for a birthday challenge that I'm doing – we share a birthday!

  6. Davies, Cather, and Gardam are among the authors I've enjoyed reading. Your list suggests others worth exploring, especially if they are as good.

    • Based on those preferences, I think you could like Gaskell and Goudge in particular. So many great books to explore out there.

  7. So glad you're joining in the Little, Big read-along! Who knows, John Crowley may become one of my favorite authors after hearing all the accolades about this book! 🙂

  8. Excellent list, peopled with some authors I would love to read but haven't gotten around to yet! Georgette Heyer almost made my list–definitely in the top 20! And I enjoy Willa Cather too.

    I never read Gaskell as an English major in the 1970s, which still ticks me off. What an overlooked author–at least she is finally coming into her own, thanks to the BBC.

  9. I like your criteria for your list. That certainly helps narrow things down a bit.

    I've only read Gaskell's North and South, but I really liked it. I started watching the BBC show based on the book. It was pretty good. It has Richard Armitage in it. He's a fantastic actor and pretty easy on the eyes ;).

    I need to read more Gaskell, but I haven't gotten there yet. I've wanted to read some of Willa Cather, but, again, I haven't gotten there yet. So many books, so little time…

  10. Great list! It's reminded me that I desperately need to read E. Nesbit and Terry Pratchett! My boyfriend just bought "The Color of Magic" yesterday, so I'll have to read it when he's done.

    • Isn't that the first Discworld book? I understand the series really hit its stride later on, but I haven't read them all — yet!

  11. Oh, I agree with so, so many of these! Although I MUST read some more Jane Gardam. I can't remember what I read, but I remember I liked it!

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