Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Favourite Authors

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.

Portrait Author of Jude the Obscure

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. 

Portrait Author of If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things

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. 

Portrait Author of A Room with a View

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?

Portrait Author of Lolita

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.

Portrait Author of The Brothers Karamazov

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.

Portrait Author of Beware of Pity

7. J.R.R. Tolkien 
Middle earth; easily a second home. 

Portrait Author of The Hobbit

8. J.K. Rowling
The mother of Remus J. Lupin and Severus Snape. 

PortraitAuthor of Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban

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).

PortraitAuthor of The Late Hector Kipling

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. 

Portrait Author of An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

Well.  Those are mine. Who are your favourites?? 


  1. Awesome choices! I love Tolkien and he definitely made my list too. I haven't read any of E.M. Forester or Dostoyevsky but they are both on my list for this year so I'm interested to see how I like them. :) I really love Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd but besides that I've only read Under the Greenwood Tree by him. Hopefully I'll read more someday.
    Of course I'm a fan of J.K. Rowling too. :)

    1. They're really good, I would probably read Dostoevsky first then Forster to brighten your mood a little, it will be good to find out what you think about them :-) He's written lots, but Tess of the d'Urbervilles is a good one too. If you like Alan Rickman he's narrated a Hardy novel too. At least we have lots of books to look forward to reading!! I love your blog by the way :-)

    2. Thanks! :) I love Alan Rickman! That would be neat to listen to something narrated by him. :)

  2. J.K Rowling seems to be on most peoples lists. The other authors I haven't read.

    My TTT http://readingawaythedays.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/top-ten-favourite-authors-of-all-time.html

    1. I tend to only really read one book by an author, so I was a bit pushed for choice at the end. Thanks for visiting!

  3. I've not read any of those authors... I know, it's hard to believe there's someone out there who has not yet read J.R.R. Tolkien or J.K. Rowling! :)

    My Top Ten would have to include Jim Butcher, Roald Dahl, Christopher Fowler and Terry Pratchett.

    1. Hi Nikki! I know, they've cropped up on a lot of lists, I think having successful films have helped a great deal too.

      Do you have a favourite Roald Dahl book? I was thinking of adding Jacqueline Wilson, I really enjoyed her growing up. I am reading Terry Pratchett's Mort at the moment, do you have a favourite Pratchett book?

  4. Never read nrs 2-6-8-9-10 ( hang my head in shame...)
    I'm not a fan. Read 2 books by nr 1
    Favorite 5 (Crime and Punishment)
    Runners-up 4-3-7
    Zweig - Thewlis - McGregor = on list to read!
    This is such a difficult question to answer.....
    I will try to post my top ten writers soon. I need to think long and hard about it!
    You posted a lovely selection of writers!

    1. Yay! You have to tell me if you like them!! I have had a few authors added on my TBR list too, there are so many good authors out there it's hard to keep up. Most people in the UK haven't read 2,6,9 or 10, there wasn't a lot of 'hype' around their respective books. Have you watched the Harry Potter films??

      This TTT does require a lot of thinking, I had a long browse over all my bookcases. Aww thank you, I can't wait to read yours! :-)

  5. I saw the first HP film.
    Never went back to the rest of the films.
    Never read the books....I must be missing something, but what?

    1. It starts to get better with book/film three but it's mostly just an events-based story than anything else, it is not challenging ideas as Dostoevsky etc..

  6. Great choices... We have similar tastes, which kind of makes me want to consider Harry Potter :)

    1. Have you watched the films? They are mostly event/action based than anything groundbreaking but they are good fun! If you enjoyed the films, the books are far better - so many sub-plots, relationships etc. are missed out/reduced.

  7. (I may be posting this twice - apologies if so!)
    A great list of authors and I love your blog!
    I'll have to put Jon McGregor and Stefan Zweig on my list of authors to try. I had no idea David Thewlis had written a book!
    Absolutely love Thomas Hardy - The Hollow Amid the Ferns scene (Troy's sword exercise) in FFMC is one of my favourite scenes ever! I hope the upcoming film doesn't butcher it... Just finished A Passage to India - loved it, but think Room with a View is still the best of Forster's novels for me.

    My own list of ten:
    Charlotte Bronte (Jane Eyre is my favourite novel of all time)
    Thomas Hardy
    David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas, Bone Clocks and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet are mind-bendingly gripping).
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Kazuo Ishiguro (his new novel Buried Giant is fantastic - his other novels, like Never Let Me Go, are subtle but heartbreaking)
    Charles Dickens
    Michel Faber
    Stieg Larsson (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo etc.)
    Phillip Pullman (His Dark Materials Trilogy along with Rowling's Harry Potter series WERE my childhood)
    Edith Wharton (House of Mirth and Age of Innocence were a revelation for me - like grittier Jane Austen set in New York in the late 1800s)

    Looking at my list it seems like a funny old mixture... no accounting for taste I guess!

    I would have Shakespeare too if we were including plays! And now I'm thinking Jane Austen and Leo Tolstoy... too many authors, so little time!

    Cheers again for a great blog!


    1. Wow! Thank you! I'm really glad you like it :-)

      Yay! Let me know what you think, from your list you would probably like Zweig. I know, he kept it very quiet. Apparently, when he was filming they had to do scenes of him at a typewriter so that was how he finished it. I can't wait for the FFMC film too, although I haven't read the book yet, it's on my list with Wharton. Have you seen Jane Eyre with Michael Fassbender in? Yes, A Room With a View is a beautiful novel!

      You have a wonderful list. The wider the range on the list the better I think! I love Jane Eyre and Larsson but I really struggled with F. Scott Fitzgerald. Yes you're right about Ishiguro being very subtle and heartbreaking. Did you read any Lemony Snicket or Darren Shan? I didn't get to read any Pullman but maybe one day. Leo Tolstoy is great (not keen on Anna Karenina's film adaption though).

      Thank you Jenni for your lovely comment! I will be checking Michael Faber out too! Hope you have a lovely weekend :-) x

  8. Honestly, I worship Michael Fassbender, haha. I cannot wait to see him in Macbeth with Marion Cotillard! I really enjoyed the adaptation even with the bits it missed out and some dodgy accents (especially from Judi Dench, unusually). Mia Wasikowska was impressive as Jane - especially as she's actually Australian and she had the best accent!

    I've ordered Beware of Pity on Amazon, so i'll let you know how I get on! Actually, I just went on a book buying binge, so I'll have plenty of books to occupy me soon!

    I haven't read Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler) or any Darren Shan - I think perhaps they came out when I was a bit old for them? I'm 27... yikes feeling old now!

    I saw the adaptation of Anna Karenina before I read the book, and I quite enjoyed its stylised elements e.g. the horse race on stage and dancing the Mazurka. However, once I read the book I was astonished at how much it left out and how much more important Kitty and Levin are in the book. I think really it's too ambitious to fit enough of it into a film.

    Glad you like my list :). Hope you have a lovely weekend too! x

    1. Yes! David Thewlis is in Macbeth too! Yes, I thought Mia was very good, she took some photographs whilst she was on set which are very good.

      Yay! I think that is his best one, if you saw Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel that borrowed heavily from Zweig. That's good to know! What else did you buy?

      I read them when I was 12-16, I'm 22 now. I guess it depends when people stop reading YA really. I'm feeling old haha!

      Yes the book is far better, Anna Karenina would make a better TV series really. The second time I watched the film was better as the style was a bit of a shock, it was very different to how normal films are made! :-) x


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