Top Ten Authors I’m Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

For starting my love of reading early:

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1.) Laura Ingalls Wilder – I loved Little House on the Prairie when I was younger, and I would read it (or have my mom read it to me) over and over!

2.) Gertrude Chandler Warner – The Boxcar Children was another of my favorites that my mom and I read together.

For making school reading enjoyable:

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3.) Lois Lowry – Number the Stars was my first favorite that I read by myself. I read it all the time.

4.) S.E. Hinton – The Outsiders was another one of those books we read for school that I would reread a lot in my free time.

For filling my teen years with fright:

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5.) R.L. Stine – When I was little, I sort of got into the Goosebumps books, but I much preferred his YA books, especially the Fear Street Saga and Sagas. I read as many of his books as I possibly could!

For rekindling my love for reading:

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6.) Stephenie Meyer – She may not be the greatest writer, but she’s a great storyteller, and after devouring the Twilight Saga in 12 days, I started reading constantly again. I haven’t gone more than a couple weeks without reading since I read this in 2009. She also introduced me to the world of midnight movie premieres, and I’m so sad to see the saga end.

For giving me books I didn’t expect to love:

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7.) Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games sounded strange to me, but I still can’t get over how much I love it. It’s creepy and disturbing, but also interesting and inspiring.

8.) Jenn Cooksey – I was afraid of this book when I started it because I had just read another contemporary YA book that I wasn’t fond of, but this book was laugh out loud funny. I cracked up so much, my kids thought I was crazy!

9.) Dan Brown – I’m not usually a fan of history, and I find adult mystery/suspense books to be too disturbing (I’m a bit paranoid anyway and don’t need reminding of how sick this world can be), but I found the historical clues in the Robert Langdon books to actually be what drew me into the stories.

And for giving me a world that even though I entered late, I can never fully leave:

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10.) JK Rowling – Harry Potter. Do I need to say more? I came to this series very late (in 2009) and didn’t expect to even like it very much, but I LOVED this series. Even still, I spend most of my time thinking about different aspects of the books and wanting to reread it over and over. I even obsess over podcasts that came out back in 2005 and can’t recommend this series enough. Unfortunately, no one I know in real life has read this, so the most I can do is talk about the movies with some of them, which just isn’t the same!

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2 thoughts on “Top Ten Authors I’m Thankful For

  1. Tanya Patrice November 20, 2012 at 7:30 pm Reply

    Interesting list! I adored Little House on the Prairie growing up too. I also loved The Harry Potter series, as well as The Hunger Games. I’ll have to check out some of the other authors & books you mentioned.

  2. Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know November 20, 2012 at 7:47 pm Reply

    JK Rowling of course. Stephenie Meyer of course. I didn’t add Suzanne Collins, but great pick. Loved your list.

    Check out my TTT.

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

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