You may have seen by now that I like lists. Perhaps not as much as Bee from Vivatramp does, but I still like lists a lot. I’ve recently been thinking about including a weekly list feature on my blog (not including my separate Bucket List feature, and today I decided I’d start it!
The first in this series is about my top ten favourite authors. These are the writers that keep me coming back for more… (I’m also including a suggestions section, telling you the books I think are their best)
Agatha Christie. I’ve mentioned this love before – her books, tv shows, films – everything about her I will watch or read. I adore her books because even though many were written as long as eighty to ninety years ago, she still has such a wide readership, young and old. Her mysteries keep me on the edge of my seat, and some of her books I’ve re-read four or five times.
Suggestions: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Murder On The Orient Express, Cat Among The Pigeons
Cecelia Ahern. I love Cecelia because her books are chick-lit, but with a difference. She includes all the elements of chick lit in her novels, but adds something a little different and sometimes quite peculiar to her stories.
Suggestions: If You Could See Me Now, Where Rainbows End
Lee Child. This author is on my list purely because of my boyfriend. I’d never heard of Child before meeting Steve and I doubt I would have discovered his work for myself – however, I am glad to have been introduced to his work as he is definitely one of the finest writers I have ever had the pleasure to read.
Suggestions: Echo Burning, Killing Floor
Martina Cole. I never used to be a fan of Martina Cole when I was younger, but as I’ve matured, I’ve grown to appreciate her work. My Aunt is a massive Cole fan and always passes on her copies to me, which has led to my love affair with this woman. Her hard-hitting and often violent novels may not appeal to all but Cole is definitely one of the best novelists of the past twenty years.
Suggestions: Hard Girls, Close, Goodnight Lady
Roald Dahl. Here’s where my inner child appears. Dahl’s stories are often dark and completely loopy, but there is a certain charm about his books which enthral his readers, myself included. The stories keep you both entertained and in awe and I remember making my Mum buy me every Dahl book she could find when I was younger – definitely obsessed.
Suggestions: The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More, Matilda, The BFG
Lindsey Kelk. One of the best authors to emerge over the past few years, Lindsey keeps me entertained with her wonderful stories and sense of humour. Her books may not be hard-hitting Tolstoy, but her own brand of chick-lit is entertaining and fresh.
Suggestions: The I Heart series
Dan Brown. Simply put, one of the finest authors of the decade. Each time I start a book of his, I cannot put it down until I have read it all – each one keeps me gripped and wanting to know what happens next now. Although the films aren’t necessarily completely true to the novels, they’re also a great sideline – read his novels, watch the movies – you won’t regret it.
Suggestions: The Da Vinci Code, Digital Fortress
Sophie Kinsella. Possibly my favourite discovery of the past ten years, Sophie’s books are unoffensive and happy – something that most authors fail to achieve. Chick-lit at its best.
Suggestions: Can You Keep A Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess
Jacqueline Wilson. Another childhood favourite. Although the stories often seemed very strange compared to real life, strangely Jacqueline’s books also portrayed real life very well. I used to love The Illustrated Mum and Double Act for the real-life issues they portrayed that other children’s authors wouldn’t dare to or dream of writing about. Plus, the illustrations by Nick Sharratt were always fantastic!
Suggestions: The Illustrated Mum, Double Act, Girls In Love series
Kate Morton. A fairly recent discovery of mine, Morton brings you novels that really draw you in. Each time I read a story by her, I feel like I’m there with her characters, experiencing what they themselves are going through and feeling what they feel. It is very rare to find an author nowadays that can provoke such an emotive response from me, and I love her for this fact.
Suggestions: The House At Riverton, The Distant Hours
EDIT: Just realised I’d left J.K Rowling off the list – how could I?
So make this a list of my top 11 authors instead, aha!
Who are your favourite authors? I always like new reading material and being introduced to new work – so leave your suggestions below!