I haven't been around for a Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, for far too long. Let's break this miserable trend! And what better way than to celebrate people we love?
Alright, so I imagine it would be impossible, utterly impossible, for me to choose favourite authors 1-10 and say they, in that order, were my favourite, so after number one it's really just a mashed pile of LOVE.
He the mighty, Gerald Durrell.
Gerald Durrell wrote my all time favourite book and he is, really, the definition of amazing, to me. His work is not only meaningful, collecting animals from around the world to ensure they don't go extinct by breeding them in his, now famous, zoo in Jersey, but filled with endless hilarity. Seriously. It is amazing how many laughs his books are full of.
Favourite book by author: My Family and Other Animals.
Sarah J. Maas, she who writes with mastery.
Sarah J. Maas is one of my newest favourite authors, and her work is too stunning for me to really process and then put into words. She created the, basically, legendary Celaena Sardothian, a character of dark deeds and even darker, deeper depths, and I admire her (both of them, really) tremendously.
Favourite book by author: Heir of Fire/The Assassin's Blade. But really. Come on. ALL OF THEM.
Diana Wynne Jones of the wonderment.
Diana Wynne Jones only came to me after I watched and loved Howls Moving Castle, but since the moment I first read that book, I was a changed reader. I appreciate the way she casts magic over her readers in such a way that makes us forget anything put the possibility of what lies on the page before her more than I can say.
Favourite book by author: Howls Moving Castle.
Catherynne M. Valente who weilds the pen of beauty.
Her Fairyland series is home to me, like Hogwarts was to Harry, and to have a book that is that important... is phenomonal. She writes with beauty and humor and since the first sentence, I have loved all of it.
Favourite book by author: Fairyland #1 and #3.
The lady of laughter, Bisco Hatori.
The creator of The Ouran High School Host Club, this is an artist we have before us. She creates characters who look exactly the way they would if I were to imagine them, characters who can be laughing and terribly amusing whilst alo having these depths of pain that you can't really even comprehend, not fully, and it's so very brilliant.
Favourite work by author: Ouran High School Host Club, particularly #17.
Lemony Snicket, he of brilliance.
Lemony Snicket has been with me since childhood, but it's only been in recent years that I truly started to love his work. Horseradish is a book full of quotes for different occasions, and it is even better than it possibly sounds. He has created such a wide range of stories, and I love how they can be real even when they're ridiculous.
Favourite book by author: The End, Shouldn't You Be In School #3, Horseradish.
These are a duo of writer/artist and they have worked on many of my favourite books, notably The Far Flung Adventures, The Edge Chronicles and Muddle Earth. They create worlds that are brimming with life, strange, fantastical, wonderful and slightly odd life. Scary. Unpredictable. Incredible.
Favourite book by duo: Muddle Earth, Far Flung Adventures.
Neil Gaiman of... all of it.
Neil Gaiman, too, has created many books that have spoken to me on personal levels. Coraline, whilst scaring the socks off of me, was a book that I think I needed, really, at that moment; Stardust is a new fairytale and it's gorgeous and full of everything I want in fairytale, and The Sleeper and the Spindle. My gosh. Beauty inpersonated. In book form.
Favourite book by author: The Sleeper and the Spindle, Stardust.
Douglas Adams of bizarity and creativity.
I don't believe I've ever read anything that has that certain bewildering assortment of creativity, oddness and wonderment that Douglas Adams wrote with, and not only am I in love with his Guide to the Galaxy, but he also wrote a conservation-game-changer of a book in Last Chance to See, and when a book impassions you, you don't forget it.
Favourite book by author: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxt, Last Chance to See.
Cornelia Funke of the places I dream of living.
Cornelia Funke writes the places I want to live. She writes places that are terrifying and full of equally terrifying things, and yet they also have magic and beauty and are just like any world should be. Good and bad and wonderful as they are awful, and they inspire me to imagine more deeply and strongly and bravely.
So that's my top ten! I'm glad I didn't miss this topic, and tell me: have you read any of these authors? Who is your... 5th favourite author?