Heather, Errant Thoughts, tagged me for this favorite authors meme. It was a fun one to think about.
I’ve always said that Jane Austen is my favorite author … and I have indeed read all of her books numerous times and loved them each time I read them. And each time I reread her books, I understand and appreciate them in a different way, so she’s been a favorite at many different stages of my life.
Carolyn Keene, the “author” of the Nancy Drew series, was my first favorite author. I adored those books, read every one that had been published at that time, and developed a lifelong love of mystery books. She’s definitely a nostalgic favorite even to this day. The Nancy Drew books were ghostwritten by different authors, but the first 23 (the ones I adored) were actually written by a woman named Mildred Benson. Click here to read about her.
3. Who’s the most recent addition to your list of favorite authors, and why?
One of the most recent addition to my list of favorite authors is Gabriel García Márquez. I was completely captured by his writing last summer when I read Love in the Time of Cholera. I know it was partly because of my year spent in South America as an exchange student in high school, and because his descriptions and the beauty of his writing brought back so many memories and feelings from that year of immersion into another culture and language.
On further reflection I’d like to add these authors that have been favorites of mine at different times in my life (in no particular order): Thomas Hardy, Lois Lowry, Tony Hillerman, Pearl Buck, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Rosamunde Pilcher, Victoria Holt/Jean Plaidy, Barbara Kingsolver, Josephine Tey, J.R.R. Tolkien, Leo Lionni, Kate DiCamillo, Charlotte Bronte