Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is a Freebie, so I decided to go with the top 10 authors I feel I should probably read. Some have specific books I have my eye on, some don’t, but either way, I want to read them eventually! Here are my choices, in no particular order.
1. Sarah Addison Allen, author of Garden Spells
I’ve heard good things about her fiction and I want to try to read more adult fiction, so she’s someone I think whose work I’ll have to check out.
2. L.M. Montgomery, author of Anne Of Green Gables
I had no idea how much people loved these books until I had been blogging for a while. I knew of them as a kid but I was just never interested in them (like Harry Potter… clearly my younger self didn’t know anything).
3. Ruta Sepetys, author of Between Shades of Gray
I don’t know why I’m so drawn to read Ruta Sepetys and yet haven’t yet. Too many other books! She was at a writing conference I attended last year, and though I didn’t get to hear much from her she seems really neat. And she lives in Tennessee!
4. Madeleine L’Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time
Again, late to the game here. Actually, the book of hers I’m most interested in reading is called Walking on Water, which Annie quoted multiple times in a blog post and it really piqued my interest!
5. Shannon Hale, author of Austenland
I’ve heard good things about the Princess Academy books, and I love Jane Austen stories, so I think I’m definitely going to have to check out some Shannon Hale sometime.
6. Charlotte Bronte, author of Jane Eyre
I don’t know if I’ll like Bronte or not, but I feel I ought to at least try. After all, her biggest fan, aka Charlene, gave Star Trek a chance. 🙂
7. Susan Dennard, author of Something Strange and Deadly
I love her writing advice and get her weekly emails, so I feel like I should probably read at least one of her books (but hopefully more!).
8. Neil Gaiman, author of Stardust
He’s so prolific, so I feel ought to read something of his for sure!
9. Victoria Schawb, author of A Darker Shade of Magic
I know, I know. I fail at life.
10. Elizabeth Gaskell, author of North and South
I’ve heard some talk about North and South and after reading the synopsis I became interested in checking it out one day. Might be a hit, might be a miss, but I’ll never know unless I try!
Which authors do you feel you need to read?
I recommend the first couple Anne of Green Gables books. I read them growing up and enjoyed them.
I’ve got A Darker Shade of Magic on my TBR list as well.
I hope I like Anne of Green Gables as everyone else seems to! If I do, it’ll get added to the list of books I’ll probably push on future children, ha!
I LOVED A Darker Shade of Magic so I definitely recommend that one, but more importantly—YES to Madeleine L’Engle! She’s one of my favorite authors. I love all the books in time series(well, A Wind in the Door is definitely the weakest link, but other than that. . .) A Wrinkle in Time and A Swiftly Tilting Planet are two of my favorite books.
I know one author I feel I should probably read at some point is Tamora Pierce .
I haven’t read any Tamora Pierce either, but I still don’t know much about her books yet. She might be someone else I need to look into reading!
I really need to get back to Dennard’s series, but I enjoyed Something Strange and Deadly! The romance was swoony, and the zombie-steampunk thing was pretty unique 🙂
*not saying anything about Schwab* *but Schwab* *pushes the Archived at you*
So a while back The Archived ebook was on sale for really cheap, and after a while I started to regret not getting it…
I’m giving my vote to Anne of Green Gables, I adore that whole series so much. And I haven’t read Garden Spells but I have read book 2 (whose name escapes me!) and I enjoyed it a lot. Victoria Schawb is high on my to-read list too.
Glad to know I’m not the only one to have not read Schawb yet!
Totally recommend Shannon Hale’s The Goose Girl! It’s one of my favourite YA fairy tale retellings 🙂 Also I quite enjoyed Garden Spells – if you like magical realism, an emphasis on characters over plot, and evocative imagery, you’ll probably like it too. And Jane Eyre FTW, it’s one of my favourite classics!
I was thinking the other day of how I don’t think I’ve really read any magical realism, unless you count something like Narnia that crosses into fantasy. I’m intrigued by your description though!
Uh oh I haven’t read any of these EXCEPT FOR A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC, which I 1000000% recommend! I do have Something Strange and Deadly waiting on my shelves, and I also very badly I want to read Between Shades of Gray, because it’s centered around WWII 🙂
Yes, I do love reading about WWII, always have! I’ve got a couple other books set in that time period that I need to read in addition to Between Shades of Gray.
Yes to Schwab! I’ve only read A Darker Shade of Magic but I loved it and I now know I have to read everything else she has every written! 🙂
Check out my TTT.
Everybody really does seem to love her! So much pressure! I hope I’m not disappointed when I do finally read ADSoM or another Schwab book!
Between Shades of Grey is on my TBR, I’m hoping to get to it soon.
My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/top-ten-tuesdays-5/
I have read Ruta and Schwab – loved them both!
Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings
I loved Between Shades of Gray, and super recommend Neil Gailman. Coraline, Neverwhere, Good Omens, The Ocean at the End of the Lane — if you end up liking his stuff, you’ve got no shortage of reading material! Also, on the subject of North and South — have you seen the miniseries? It’s with Richard Armitage and I think I watched it on Netflix — I LOVED IT and it made me really want to read the book. I’m such a sucker for period romances.
I have not seen the miniseries, but seeing stuff about it perked my interest first. I will definitely have to watch it; wouldn’t be surprised if I did before I read the book. I love Jane Austen stuff so I figure this is right up my alley. 🙂
Definitely YES to Victoria Schwab and Shannon Hale!!!!!!
I relate to this list so much. Schwab, Sepetys, Dennard…so many I need to read asap. More like, I needed to read them months ago, if not years. Hopefully you’ll get to read them soon!
yay for Sarah Addison Allen and Madeleine L’Engle o/
I also really want to read Austenland but haven’t yet. I enjoyed the first two Princess Academy books and also The Goose Girl. I’m curious how Hale writes more adult fiction 🙂
Yeah, I would like to read Princess Academy as well. I’m just curious overall about her!