The other day, I thought about the authors who are no longer with us whose books I’ve read all of, or if not all, at least a majority of them (or a specific series by them if their writing crossed more than one genre). Those authors are below. I purposely didn’t include authors who are writing now, because there are too many to list and I did not want to insult anyone by forgetting him or her. So, only dead authors made the list. Some favorites I also didn’t include because the author wrote one book that I loved, but died before writing another one (like Mary Ann Shaffer, who wrote The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, but died before the book was through the editing phase).
• Jane Austen (including the unfinished books)
• L. Frank Baum (including books by other authors who continued his Oz series)
• Agatha Christie (started reading her books probably when I was ten)
• Ursula Le Guin (the Earthsea books that is)
• C.S. Lewis (fiction and nonfiction though the book at the right does not count as strictly nonfiction, since it is an allegory based on events in the author’s life)
• George MacDonald (the fairy tales)
• Ellis Peters (at one point I couldn’t get enough of her Cadfael series)
• Terry Pratchett (his Discworld series is one of my favorite series ever)
• Dorothy Sayers (the Lord Peter Wimsey books, but not the one finished by another author)
• Shakespeare (read him in high school and took two classes in college—we had to read a ton)
• J. R. R. Tolkien (definitely among the top favorites)
The books in the photos are those I grabbed off the shelf and don’t necessarily represent my absolute favorite by said author, though some are. Many of these authors became known to me when I was an English major in college. Some I began reading when I was a kid. Others were introduced to me by readers who loved them. After reading one or two books, I loved them too.
This list is not the complete list of all of the authors whose books occupied many of my reading hours. These are the ones I thought of off the top of my head mainly because I happened to be near the bookshelves that house my adult fiction, or I was in a conversation and a particular author was mentioned. I don’t have an explanation for why some authors became such favorites that I grabbed whatever books they wrote. There are some authors whose books are favorites—but I have read only a few of their books for some reason. Consequently, they did not make the list. 😊
Are any of these your favorites? Are there authors whose books you will read no matter what they write? Feel free to share!
Now on to the real reason for this post: to announce the winners of Film Makers: 15 Groundbreaking Women Directors and the upcoming young adult novel, Torch, by Lyn Miller-Lachmann. (Click here for the interview with Lyn.)
The winner of Film Makers: 15 Groundbreaking Women Directors is Andy!
The winner of Torch is Nancy!
Thank you to all who commented!
Photos by L. Marie, except for the books and author photo of Lyn Miller-Lachmann.