Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Ten Nine All-time Favorite Authors
Remember that new-found pickiness I’ve found when using the word “favorite”? I’ve only mentioned it once or twice so *probably* not. Anyway, I’m very passionate about the word “favorite” and feel that I need to only use it with books and authors I plan to revisit on a regular basis. These authors I truly love!
9. F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Great Gatsby was one of my favorite high school reads for two reasons: 1) its message is becoming more and more relevant to today’s society in addition to its own era; and 2) it was the only book that I felt I had a strong grasp of in my AP English class and scored an 8/9 on a practice essay. I’ve reread TGG several times since. I’ve also read Tender is the Night (not such a big fan of, but his writing still wowed me!) and This Side of Paradise (loved!). Still need/want to explore his short stories.
8. Laini Taylor. I fell in love with her prose in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy! Definitely want to reread that trilogy this year.
7. Rick Riordan. Any author who can make mythology relatable to real life is awesome. Mythology is some magical stuff, but to throw twelve-year-old characters into the mix is imaginative and powerful. What kind of ten-year-old doesn’t want magic powers?? And to have those books interest me as a 20-year-old? Yeah, that’s how old I was when I discovered Percy Jackson. I want more of Rick Riordan’s mythology!
6. Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I’m so torn about including him because, while I am so enamored with his writing and ideas in Shadow of the Wind….it was translated from the original Spanish into English by Lucia Graves. True, the translation is based on his original words but translations leave some room for wording changes. But the idea of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books still drops my jaw!
5. Jojo Moyes. I’ve only read two of hers so far, but her writing is timeless, I think. Very readable and vivid. I still want my own copy of The Last Letter From Your Lover.
4. Marissa Meyer. I’ve already reread what’s published of The Lunar Chronicles so far and I think I loved it even more the second time. Sci-fi fairy tale retellings? Yes please. And also readable.
3. Victorie (V. E.) Schwab. Very very similar to Marissa Meyer in that she writes very readable sci-fi/fantasy. I really want to revisit The Archived and The Unbound…though I’m scared it’ll reawaken all-the-feels and without a release date in sight for the third book I don’t know if I can take it! Also Vicious. Also A Darker Shade of Magic. ‘NUFF SAID.
2. Sarah J. Maas. Cait of Paper Fury recently questioned why there is so much sexism in fantasy.* SJM writes fantasy without the sexism, and it is damn good fantasy too. I’m not the kind of fantasy reader who would pick up a book about Fae on the fly, but SJM makes them FIERCE. Celaena Sardothien is basically my hero.
1. J. K. Rowling / Robert Galbraith. I loved Harry Potter first, and then I loved Cormoran Strike, and then I loved J. K. Rowling’s life story (or the version of it in the Lifetime movie Magic Beyond Words). Her style is consistent and well-developed. I could’ve easily picked up on the fact that Robert Galbraith was a JKR pseudonym if it hadn’t already been revealed. It’s pretty incredible to me that her style is easily recognized 1) between genres and 2) between age groups. She’s my real-life hero.
Now that I’ve listed my top ten, it’s brought about the question…how do you feel about translators versus original authors getting credit? How much room for interpretation is there when translating written words? I only speak and read english so it’s so hard for me to think about this.
* I would love to include George R. R. Martin on this list because I love A Song of Ice and Fire with a burning, aching passion. And while I feel as though I’ve read somewhere that he likes writing strong women and fighting sexism (I don’t remember where or when I think I read this), I can’t help but struggle with the blatant sexism in ASoIaF. For the sexism, I have to exclude him from my actualized list of favorite authors.