Tuesday, November 20, 2012

ttt: authors i am thankful for

This week's Top Ten Tuesday on the Broke and the Bookish is Top Ten Books Authors You Are Thankful For. I'm thankful for all authors and for the fact that fiction books are still a popular form of entertainment, but for my top ten, I found myself constantly thinking of the authors of children's books. Partially because they're so creative and groundbreaking, but mostly because their books made me a lifelong reader.
Top Ten Authors I'm Thankful For

1. Dr. Suess (The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Go Dog Go). How can a childhood be complete without the clever, creative, rhyming stories of Dr. Suess?

2. J.K. Rowling (The Harry Potter Series). She filled my generation's adolescence with a wonderful story and helped turn many reluctant kids into excited readers.

3. Judy Blume (Are You There God? It's Me Margaret, Deenie, Forever). I love that she was always willing to tackle "sensitive" subjects like menstruation, masturbation, religion, and teen sex. She treats teenagers like the young adults they are.

4. J.D. Salinger (The Catcher in the Rye, Nine Stories, Franny & Zooey). His humor, his dialogue, his apt criticisms of polite society. I read all his books the summer I was 14 and learned a lot.

5. Ann Rinaldi (An Acquaintance with Darkness, The Last Silk Dress, Time Enough for Drums). She is the best historical fiction author for teens. Her books entertained me, taught me history, and inspired me to write stories of my own.

6. Sarah Waters (Fingersmith, Affinity, The Night Watch). I just love the clean, lovely way Waters writes. Her stories are interesting, entertaining, often full of twists, and also really inspired me to write.

7. Susan Creech (The Wanderer, Bloomability, Chasing Redbird). Just a wonderful writer for children. Her books were among my favorites from the time I began reading chapter books through high school.

8. Roald Dahl (The Witches, Matilda, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory). He is so creative and responsible for a number of wonderful children's stories (and his books inspired a number of great movies as well).

9. Jonathan Safran Foer (Everything Is Illuminated, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close). Incredibly creative and often experimental. I love that he stretches the boundaries and always infuses his stories with both drama and humor.

10. John Green (The Fault in Our Stars). I've only read one of Green's books, but I really, really enjoyed it. I have, however, been following Green on Facebook and Twitter for a couple of months now and I really appreciate his dedication to communicating with his fans, educating them (they're mostly teens), and entertaining them with silly Youtube videos.


  1. I had Roald Dahl too :)


  2. Your top 3 are among my favorites too. I'm reading my first John Green book now (The Fault in Our Stars).

    Tanya Patrice

  3. J.D. Salinger is on my list too. :) I need to get reading John Green - this weekend would probably be perfect for it.

  4. Great list! I have Rowling and Green on my list too! I don't think you can't be thankful for them! They are so amazing! And you are the most correct about Dr. Suess! Where would out childhoods be without him?!

    Here's my Top Ten!

  5. I really need to read more Sarah Waters, thanks for the reminder :)


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