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Top Ten Tuesday (#68): Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers. This week is “Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors”

[Worth noting that I’m not considering pseudonyms, just books written under the names below]

Constant reader

For these authors, I want to devour everything they’ve written whether connected or unconnected to the book that originally made me fall in love.

David Eddings

Stats: 22 read, 22 owned
Favourite Book/Series: The Belgariad & Mallorean
Love this author for: Epic worlds | Great casts of characters | Classic good v evil fantasy
You should start with: Pawn of Prophecy

Robin Hobb

Stats: 15 read, 15 owned
Favourite Book/Series: The Rain Wild Chronicles
Love this author for: Epic worlds | Great casts of characters | Writing to get sucked into
You should start with: Assassin’s Apprentice

Jodi Picoult

Stats: 16 read, 18 owned
Favourite Book/Series: Leaving Time
Love this author for: Making me think| Realistic imperfect characters | Mystery to keep you guessing
You should start with: Anything!

Maria V. Snyder

Stats: 12 read, 10 owned
Favourite Book/Series: Study series
Love this author for: Kick-ass women | Magic | Romance, friendship & family relationships
You should start with: Poison Study

J.K. Rowling

Stats: 10 read, 10 owned
Favourite Book/Series: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Love this author for: A world I want to live in | Great casts of characters | Writing that feels like home
You should start with: Do I even need to dignify this with a response?

Kelley Armstrong

Stats: 8 read, 7 owned
Favourite Book/Series: Personal Demon
Love this author for: Sexy romance | Kick-ass heroines | Well-rounded female characters
You should start with: Bitten

One series was enough

For the authors below, I’ve only currently read (or they’ve only currently written) books from one series, but I loved that series enough to put the author on my auto-buy list and to count them as a favourite.

George R.R. Martin

Stats: 7 read, 7 owned
Favourite Book/Series: Either Storm of Swords or Dance with Dragons
Love this author for: Epic casts of characters | Drama and twists to keep you guessing | Grey characters – no black and white good or evil here!
You should start with: A Game of Thrones

Conn Iggulden

Stats: 4 read, 8 owned
Favourite Book/Series: Conqueror
Love this author for: Gripping drama | Historical fiction that has you hooked | Imperfect characters
You should start with: Wolf of the Plains

Kristin Cashore

Stats: 3 read, 1 owned
Favourite Book/Series: Graceling
Love this author for: Kick-ass heroines | Great friendships | Intriguing magic
You should start with: Graceling

Sarah J. Maas

Stats: 4 read, 4 owned
Favourite Book/Series: Heir of Fire
Love this author for: Really kick-ass heroines | An amazing world | Writing to get sucked into
You should start with: Throne of Glass

No real revelations amongst my favourite authors, and the same themes keep popping up you’ll notice.  Apparently the most important things for me are kick-ass characters, big casts of characters, great magic and world-building!

Who are your favourite authors? (And most importantly, which book of theirs should I start with?!)

5 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (#68): Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors

  1. Wonderful selection here Faith^^ JKR and SJM obviously made my list too 😀 No big surprise there haha! I do like Kelley Armstrong quite a bit but I’ve only read one trilogy by her. Most of the rest of her stuff is on my tbr shelf though 😉 I still need to read the books I own by Maria V. Snyder and Kristin Cashore and I seriously need to get into Robin Hobb and GRRM already. Gah! And well, I don’t think I’ve ever even heard of David Eddings *cringe* but I’m off to add Pawn of Prophecy to my tbr shelf!
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  2. What a great list! I’d planned to include GRRM on my own and somehow got to ten without him – honestly, though, this was a really tough week!

    I do love that you’ve got Conn Iggulden on your list. It’s been ages since I read him (I’d started both his Emperor and Conqueror series WAY back there but didn’t finish either one).
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