This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is Top 10 Favorite Authors In X Genre, so here goes my list.
I picked fantasy and Mystery.
1. Anne Rice: I know I’ve posted about how much I love her already, And as if those reasons weren’t enough, she made vampires a little bit more romantic, at least for me. whenever I read her books, I feel I’m revisiting old friends. But she never made any of them too human, even Louis who was the most in touch with his humanity could remind a reader that he is an undead predator.
2. J.R.R. Tolkien: I first read The Hobbit and LotR in high school. Mainly due to the movie coming out, to tell the truth, but my love of Tolkien’s worlds came alive because of the books. And in his way, Tolkien brought me closer to my dad. My dad, ever the sci-fi/fantasy nut was alsways giving me books form his shelf and asking me to read them. I could always find star trek or star wars on when my dad was home, but until discovering Tolkien’s work, I never truly understood why my dad loved the genre.
3. J.K. Rowling: Again, and author I discovered while I was in high school, and even then not until a few years after the books came out. The first three were already in paperback, and the fourth had just come out. I received the first book as a gift on my 16th birthday, and since then, magic literally happened.
4. Marion Zimmer Bradley: I’ve always been drawn to Arthurian Legend, and although there are many wonderful books on the subject to choose from (most of them on my shelf as we speak), it’s Bradley’s that stand out to me. Not just because of the imagery she provides, but because it bought me closer to a friend. I’ve never met this friend in real life, but she has been a constant in my life since I first talked to her on, predictably, a Tolkien fan site.
5. Richelle Mead: since twilight came out, vampires seem to be everywhere. But Mead’s vampires give some one to relate to to her readers. To me that is the bet gift an author can give. Just when I thought that I wouldn’t find another vampire series that could stand up to Lestat, I found Mead’s vampires. And what is more, she gave it a spin that was like a breath of fresh air to the genre.
6. Agatha Christie: What kind of mystery fan would I be if Christie wasn’t on my list? But I didn’t put her on here just because she belongs on it. I put her on here because he books make me feel ever so slightly closer to my grandmother When I was young, I’d spend the night with my granny and she’d be reading an Agatha Christie novel. As I got older, I found my own way to Christie, and when I read her books, I feel my grandmother with me again.
7. Alan Bradly: I fist found Bradly’s books when the first in the series was picked for book club. But since I was busy with other commitments, I skipped the book and the meeting.The thing I love most about his books is the setting. I love that it takes place in the 50s. I also loved that Flavia is a spunky know-it-all 11 year old sleuth. I mean, kids think they are know-it-alls as it is but Flavia really is.
8. C. S. Challinor: when I stumbled on the first Rex Graves book in the library, I didn’t know what to expect, except murder of course. There is something slightly Christie-esque about Challinor’s writing, but it’s more modern-day which is equally as fun
9. Graham Moore: Sherlock Holmes has always had a soft spot in my heart, again because of family. But Moore put a new spin on Doyle for me. It is really easy to forget sometimes that there is a real person behind your favorite heroes, and, at last for me, it’s easier the more time has passed since the book was first published. I love Holmes and Watson, and even Moriarty, but because Moore used Doyle to tell his story, it humanized Doyle for me.
10: Joanne Fluke: Flukes cutsey cozy mysteries are fun to read. She, like Challinor, gives off a Christie-like vibe in that her character of Hanna is not a detective, but an every day shop owner/baker who is helping out on cases in her small town home. But thing that makes her books stand out in the cozy mystery genre is the cookie recipes. every book has a few recipes in it. I know other authors that do it as well. It just that extra thing that makes it cute.
So there it is. My list for TTT. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed blogging it.
As for my reviews, I should have one up later this week. I’m behind on them, but I’ve read so many great books this moth, I can’t wait to share them with you guys.