Okay so today is my first Top Ten Tuesday, a meme hosted by The Broke and the bookish whose blog you can find here: http://www.brokeandbookish.com/p/top-ten-tuesday-other-features.html. Basically each week you are given a prompt and you have to choose your top ten favourites based on the prompt that you are given. I really wish I hadn’t started doing this meme this week because today’s prompt is top ten all time favourite authors, which is a really difficult category for me as I love so many authors, but I will give it my best shot. These are in no particular order
1. J.K. Rowling-Harry Potter is quite possibly one of my favourite book series of all time, and I can remember when I was growing up that I always said I wanted to be an author just like her, so she’s one of my main inspirations for wanting to write.
2. Neal Shusterman-I figured I had to include him on here, because those of you who are regular readers of my blog will know how obsessed I am with the Unwind series, and I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about a series that I have read all of the books in a single year, and so despite being a relatively new find, he makes my list.
3. Roald Dahl-This is one from when I was younger, I used to love reading his books and he was one of the authors who really got me into reading so that’s why he makes this list (plus who doesn’t love Roald Dahl?) and I feel like his books have a real timeless and ageless quality to them. I could probably read them now, and still enjoy the story as much as I did when I was a kid.
4. Rick Riordan-I mean the man gave us Percy Jackson! I’ve loved the Greek myths for a long time so when I read these books, Greek myths in the modern world, they were a perfect fit for me. Me and my friend can talk for hours on end about Percy Jackson, a sure sign that the series is great. Percy is definitely up there on the list of my favourite male fictional characters, and the humour in the books is perfect.
5. Derek Landy-I’m not sure there is anyone else who could have written nine books about a magic skeleton detective and made me love them so much. Derek Landy has his own very unique brand of humour which I love, and Skulduggery is just one of the most awesome fictional characters ever created (I mean he is a sarcastic, walking, talking, skeleton with magic, what is not to love?)
6. Jodi Picoult-One of my favourite authors from the past few years, hers were the first adult books I ever really got into. I love the ethical side, as they are always based around a moral issue and really make you think, not to mention her writing is beautiful and the stories always pull me in and some of my favourite books are by her. Plus I met her last year which was awesome!
7. Malorie Blackman-I love the Noughts and Crosses series, aside from Knife Edge which we will chalk down to being a dodgy bridge book, the story of Sephy and Callum is a beautiful, heartbreaking one and one that really makes you look at issues of race in our society differently. I’m not sure I’ve ever read a book with an ending that made me feel as many emotions as the ending of Noughts and Crosses.
8. Sophie McKenzie-I started off by reading The Medusa Project and ever since then have eagerly devoured every Sophie McKenzie that I could get my hands on because her books are just so good! Her stories are always exciting and intriguing and I get fully engrossed in the plot, no matter what it is.
9. Sarah J Maas-Again, another newer author, I only started reading her books last year and in the beginning I wasn’t entirely convinced but with each book in the Throne of Glass series she has got better and better, culminating in last year’s incredible Heir of Fire and I now can’t wait to read Queen of Shadows when it comes out in September.
10. Maggie Stiefvater-I started out reading The Scorpio Races which I wasn’t entirely sure of, but then I read The Raven Boys and Maggie Stiefvater quickly became one of my favourite authors. Her writing is lovely, the characters are great and I am really excited to see how the final book of the series turns out when it comes out in September.
So there you have it-my top ten all time favourite authors, although believe me the list could have gone one of several different ways! I will be back with a new Top Ten Tuesday next week, next week’s prompt is Top Ten Books which feature characters who……. (and I get to pick the end of the prompt so you can see what I’ve come up with next week). Tomorrow however is Wishlist Wednesday (yes you’re getting Wishlist Wednesday actually on a Wednesday this week!) so look out for that.