The Broke and the Bookish hold a weekly meme. Every Tuesday(!) you write a top ten list on their given topic. To qualify for the list, I'm only going to include authors where I've read at least two of their books.
1. Thomas Hardy
His books are beautiful and engrossing. Hardy doesn't ponder to fairytales, they are gritty expositions of romance and its consequences.
2. Jon McGregor
How McGregor structures his writing is unique; I first read his book several years ago and I still remember how I felt reading it.
3. E.M. Forster
If I could describe E.M. Forster's books it would be through 'rose water'. It is a delicately perfumed sweetness which you can never really physically hold that leaves you wanting more.
4. Vladimir Nabokov
"Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta." The most beautiful thing I have ever read; it's like poetry. Need I say more?
5. Fyodor Dostoevsky
Sometimes Dostoevsky's writing is so upsetting it is hard to carry on reading; his books push boundaries but contain stories that need to be told.
6. Stefan Zweig
Stefan Zweig is one of the few authors I know who can describe every last millimetre of a characters feelings and thoughts. If you like to understand a character, Zweig is for you.
7. J.R.R. Tolkien
Middle earth; easily a second home.
8. J.K. Rowling
The mother of Remus J. Lupin and Severus Snape.
9. David Thewlis
Whilst he has only written one book, I felt compelled to have him on this list. Most of you will probably know him as an actor but he deserves to be known for his book: a dark comedy on an artists life. Since 2007 I've been waiting for his second book (so hurry up).
10. David Hume
Technically a philosopher, Hume is someone who can rip up the threads of everything you know and makes you look at the world in a whole new light. He questions everything with a fearless tenacity whilst maintaining a small undercurrent of humour about it. It's a very love-hate relationship between us. I would like to have had bigger pictures but the sizes didn't work out.