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|
The magic of Nesbit never grows old.
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.
For a reliable dose of laughter, I turn to Wodehouse.
Davies opened worlds to me through his rich imagination and encyclopedic knowledge.
Gaskell was unaccountably left out of my college English courses, but I’m making up for that now.
A contemporary author that I think will stand the test of time.
Simply beautiful writing that doesn’t feel forced or contrived.
It took me too long to discover this seriously funny writer.
Impeccably constructed entertainments, far above the romantic fluff of her imitators.