Thursday, October 21, 2010
Tagged: 15 Authors in 15 Minutes
My friend Linda tagged me on Facebook with something titled "15 Authors in 15 Minutes." I'm assuming this is supposed to be a list of 15 of my favorite authors, so here goes!
By the way, I'm going to be doing this completely off the top of my head, in no prticular order...
1. Charlotte Bronte--Jane Eyre is my second favorite book of all time, after the Bible.
This is the cover of the paperback of Jane Eyre that I wore out in high school and college
2. Emily Bronte--for Wuthering Heights, of course.
3. Jane Austen--mainly for Pride and Prejudice, but I've read most, if not all, of her other books. (Interestingly, Charlotte Bronte couldn't stand Jane Austen's writing!)
A scene from the 2005 film version of Pride and Prejudice
4. Charles Dickens--mainly for Great Expectations, but he's pretty much incomparable.
5. C.S. Lewis--first fell in love with the Chronicles of Narnia, but love everything else I've read by him.
6. Rosamunde Pilcher--she just has a way of making you completely at home in her stories.
7. Maeve Binchy--ditto.
8. Mary Stewart--for everything she ever wrote, except for her Merlin books, which I never read.
One of my favorite Mary Stewart books, which deftly combined suspense and romance in breathtaking settings
9. Victoria Holt--AKA Elinor Hibbert, Jean Plaidy, Philippa Carr--yep, I'm not real sophisticated. I loved these books as a teen, and they were romantic and suspenseful without being offensive.
10. Francine Rivers--for everything she's written, and I've read all of it.
11. Jane Kirkpatrick--her beautiful writing transcends the limits of Christian fiction.
12. Liz Curtis Higgs--ditto.
13. Madeleine Brent--I devoured "her" books as a teen, not realizing that Madeleine Brent was a pen-name for an author who was actually--a dude!
14. Agatha Christie--I went on a spree of reading her books several years ago, and now I don't remember which ones I have and haven't read...bummer.
15. B. J. Hoff--especially for her Emerald Ballad series, which made Irish history come alive for me.