Top Ten Authors on my Shelf

This is a rendition of Top Ten Tuesday (and a Day) by the thebrokeandthebookish.wordpress.com. This week’s list is about which authors actually wrote the most books I own, rather than which are my highest rated. It is interesting to see which authors I have actually managed to collect in purchases.

Top Ten Authors On my Shelf:

1. Rafael Sabatini
-If you’re new to this swashbuckling writer of adventure and romance, I’d start with “Scaramouche.” It begins: “He was born with the gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad, and that was all his patrimony.”

2. Madelaine L’Engle
-Ah, when I thought that she was sci-fi….most anywhere is an alright place to start with L’Engle, but the most traditional is “A Wrinkle in Time.” The one that’s been popping up in my head lately though is, “A House Like a Lotus.”

3. James Thurber
-A humor columnist of yore, Thurber writes of relatives who ward off burglars by calling, “Hark!” and throwing shoes down the hall, language issues with hilarity, and early self-help books that recommended things like working all night as a way to “Wake up and Live!” As Thurber says, “I don’t know…it’s mighty comfortable lying here in the dark and waiting for the end.”

4. Mary Stewart
-Her Merlin Trilogy starting with “The Crystal Cave” is still the work that has resonated the most with me. And it only gets better with age.

5. Georgette Heyer
-This regency romance author is all the fault of a good friend of mine with whom I read these romances aloud while she knitted. They make me laugh out loud and nod along as I read, particularly when the heroines bring the gift of monkeys or have brothers who know mechanic terminology.

6. Jane Austen
-I know, it seems blasphemous to put her under Heyer, but she just wrote less! Marvelously, though. My favorite is “Persuasion.” What’s yours? And why haven’t they managed to properly film it yet?

7. Susan Cooper
-Start with “The Dark is Rising.” Yes, it’s not technically the first in the series, but I don’t care-start with it. And don’t watch the movie!! It incorporates Arthurian myths into the tale of children partaking in the battle of good versus evil.

8. C.S.Lewis
-Of course, Narnia. I started with “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” rather than “Magician’s Nephew.” Did you go chronological?

9. Diana Wynne Jones
-I love many of her things, but I still think the best place to start newcomers is with “Howl’s Moving Castle.” Or “The Dark Lord of Derkholm” if it’s Halloween.

10. Barbara Helen Berger
-This picture book author and painter of gorgeous art makes works to match the gentlest of dreams. My first, and the least worded, is “Grandfather Twilight.” No one could ever be too old for these, though…

It’s interesting comparing these authors, most of whom I am missing works from, to newer authors whose works are less plentiful as of yet, but whose works I own entirely…

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