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Top Ten Favorite Authors



Good Top Ten Tuesday morning to you all! Today was a challenge. For more reasons than one. Firstly, because I was in a mindset that today's topic was character related (my mind is apparently gone these days). Perhaps the greatest reason was because this is possibly THE biggest challenge in my history of TTT memes. Seriously. This is something I wouldn't kid about. I mean, I understand that we all have favorites in our life. Things we aren't afraid to proudly support no matter the haters. Favorite food, favorite movies, favorite superheroes. Ice cream (Breyers - and don't try to talk me out of it *wink*), a favorite, go-to pair of heels or that favorite reading nook, but seriously, when it comes to authors, how is one able to choose our favorites!? In order to narrow this down and feel okay about it, what I did was put together a list of authors who kindly converse with their readers. This means some of their books I have not yet read (*hangs head shamefully*) or that their novels have recently been added to my TBR pile.

Without further ado, here's the official Broke and Bookish topic, my list and because it seems a "thing" to do in my blogging, a few extra names listed at the end, all of whom I forgot to add.
 
Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors
(yeah, I'm mean like that! You could narrow it down to a genre if you it REALLY kills you...or just make your list a top 20 :P )
 
 
As a fan of the CBS show Blue Bloods, it was such fun to chat with Anne about her recent introduction to the show.
 

 
Not only is Joanne a lovely writer, she's fabulous to converse with.
 
 
 
 
Kate is an aficiando of the same BBC films I binge-watch. Always enjoy chatting British period drama with  her.
 
 

 
Kristy is a lovely person which translates to a great author to chat with on social media. Her books are high on my TBR because, um, obviously they must be epic.
 
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Carey, along with co-author Lorie Langdon (authors of the Doon series), is always a blast to chat with. They're both so appreciative and from various interviews I've seen, they love to fangirl over favorite fandoms.
 

 
Recently I've added Lindsay's book (The Murder Complex) to my TBR, which I'm hoping to read soon.
 

 
Amy Finnegan is awesome. I read her debut novel last fall and she kindly sent me a bunch of swag to offer in a giveaway I hosted - not to mention a signed copy of her book. She didn't have to do that, but it was such fun and extremely generous of her. Needless to say that copy of the book (the darling Not in the Script) is still on my shelf.
 


Always love Denise's sweet and heartfelt novels.
 

 
Unique with a fantabulous heroine, what's not to like about Hillary's recent Two Blue Doors series? Oh, and did I mention all the recipes and food the books include?
 

 
It's still odd (in a very good way!) to think of Amber as an author, because before that she was one of my best blogging buddies not to mention a blogging talent I admired. Now she writes sweet, wholesome, fabulous fiction. You should read it. You know, if you haven't yet.
 

 
Melissa's writing is terrific as is her blog. Plus, she's an awesome person to talk with!
 

 
Another one of my most favorite contemporary authors. Becky consistently pens novels that get better and better.
 

 
Another author who's always willing to chat on Twitter.
 

 
Great author whose contemporaries constantly "dig deeper."
 
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Shamefully in my rush to put this together (as is the norm), I neglected to mention these authors:
 
Rachel Hauck, Jenny B. JonesDani Pettrey, Katherine Reay
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Bottom line, all authors are awesome. They craft unique, poignant, humorous and hard-hitting works of fiction. Novels today aren't just "fluff." They have so much more substance and heart to them.

I'm grateful to all of the authors who have written my favorite books and to those who wrote one I've yet to discover.

Who would your list include? How did you pick those authors?

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  1. Great list of some great authors. I need to run to the library this afternoon Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke is out today!!! It should be on my library holds shelf by 3. I can't wait!

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    1. Yay! I think Anne's novels sound fantastic! I have the paperback preordered (I think) for her first novel and am eager to read it. It sounds like an intense, but worthwhile story. Thanks for sharing, Shannon. :)

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  2. Great list! I haven't read any of these authors save Katherine Reay (and of course I know of Amber from Twitter), but that's awesome that you have a lot of fun chatting with these authors :) Your list also reminds me that i need to catch up on Blue Bloods big time one of these days (sort of tapered off around...Season 2? O_O)

    My TTT

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    1. Katherine is a lovely author, as is everyone on the list. While it's not required, I think it's fun when authors are willing to chat with their readers. I understand they're busy and have responsibilities, but it's always fun to know them as people too. :)

      Ooo, I still love Blue Bloods. It's such a "strong" show. The family dynamics is what makes it really work. :)

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  3. I haven't heard of some of these authors/
    I"ll have to check them out:)

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    1. That's fun! It's always cool to discover some new authors, Ella. :)

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  4. I loved Amy's book! And there are several that I forgot to put on my list. Like Melissa and Joanne. And you've got quite a few really good ones.

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    1. I did too, Dawn! Her novel was such a sweet, happy-go-lucky kind of read. My favorite. I'll definitely have to read your list; bet it's got some great authors. :)

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  5. How could I have forgotten Katherine Reay?! And Jenny B Jones. Wow, I was not thinking.;)
    Great list! I see several I need to check out.;)

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    1. I have that reaction most TTT days too, Amanda. I visit everyone else's and think, "How did I forget!?" :)

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  6. Nice list of authors. I'm a huge fan of YA Dystopian and you've helped me discover a new book. I'm checking to see if my library has a copy of The Murder Complex. Here's my TTT post: http://mountainrhinestones.blogspot.com/2015/04/top-ten-tuesday-9.html

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    1. Fun! I hope you like The Murder Complex. It sounds creepy (and I think it is!), but Lindsay seems like such a cool person and I am curious about the premise... so! :)

      Thanks for your TTT link. Your list was great. :)

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  7. I just read Becky Wade's "Meant to Be Mine" and loved it! I don't read a lot of contemporary Christian/Inspy fic and I'm beginning to realize I'm missing out! Will definitely have to check out some of those authors!

    A few of my favorites are Julie Lessman, Deeanne Gist, Camy Tang, and Elizabeth Camden. =)

    (Zekkaina on rafflecopter)

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    1. Yay! Becky is a lovely person/author. :) I'm glad you're discovering a new genre, Zekkaina. That's always fun. Hope you can find some newbies through this list.

      Love Elizabeth Camden! Her books are amazing. :)

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  8. I just love Joanne and Amber. Such wonderful women, writers and they're just so dear and encouraging. <3 I have yet to read Kate Breslin but I've heard SUCH wonderful things about her books I'll have to add her to my never-ending To Be Read mental list.

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    1. Well said, Meghan! That's exactly what these ladies are. They're lovely - and of course talented authors. :) Same here. I've heard only positive things about Kate's debut.

      LOL, never ending-TBR is my perpetual state nowadays. ;)

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  9. I honestly don't think I have read any of these authors, I will definitely have to look them up!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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    1. Yay for (hopefully) some new finds, Missie. Those are the best. :)

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  10. Ooh, fun list! I really enjoy Joanne Bischof, Amber Stokes, and Melissa Tagg's books! :-)

    For some other authors I love... Anne Elisabeth Stengl, Laura Frantz, Jaye L. Knight, Lisa Tawn Bergren, and a host of others! ;-) Julie Klassen is also a superb writer. I love exploring the Regency world through her novels. And Sarah Sundin!! She writes fresh and amazing World War II fiction!

    Okay, I'll stop now. Blessings! :-)

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    1. I love their novels too, Shantelle. They're lovely people as well.

      What a lovely list. Lisa's novels are fantastic (and agh... how did I forget adding her name!?) and Laura too is always happy to chat with us. As for Jaye, I haven't read her book yet, but heard great things. Sarah... another name I missed adding. She's awesome. :)

      No need to stop if you'd rather not... I don't mind. :)

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  11. I'm going to have to check out some books by these authors! I've read one of Amber Stokes books, and it was great!! And I totally agree about how hard it is to chose favorite authors!

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    1. It's SO tough to pick out favorite authors, Candice. I've not even listed all of my favorites here, but I had to figure out some way to pick and chose. Which is where I came up with the idea to feature authors I have gotten to "know."

      Amber's books are lovely. Cannot wait for her next book later this year. :)

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  12. Ahhhh such great picks! I would add Kate Morton, Susan Meissner, and Tracy Groot as some of my current must reads. But if we've going ALL TIME favourite authors then I'd have to add in Enid Blyton, Carolyn Keene and Franklin W. Dixon. Can't imagine my childhood without the Famous Five, Nancy Drew, and the Hardy Boys!

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    1. Aw, that's so fun, Kara! I never read the Nancy Drew books as a kid (but know all about them after buying them as gifts for years), but I do enjoy watching the oldie TV series about Nancy and those Hardy Boys. It's corny, but fun at the same time. ;)

      Great picks! I've heard fantabulous things about Tracy and Susan, but Kate is an unfamiliar name. Thanks for sharing. I cannot wait to read your lovely! :)

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  13. I'm interested in your pick for YA Time Travel--Carey Corp. What would you recommend reading?

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    1. Carey and Lorie co-author the Doon series (book one is called Doon and book 2 is Destined for Doon) which was inspired by the musical Brigadoon. They're quite cute and fun because that story is about a pair of best friends. Beyond that, I don't think I've read a lot of time travel books... which I should change! :)

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  14. I would not be able to choose! I don't know how you even whittled this list down??? Several on here I love and a few I haven't read, but hopefully will. :)

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings

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    1. Exactly...! I don't know how I did either. There are SO many more that should and could have been on this list. :)

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  15. So many awesome people on this list! I think I'd definitely agree with all of them, even those I haven't read any of their books or chatted with. Simply because authors are amazing! And there are so many that are generous with their time and interactions with their fans. Which I love! :)

    As for who I'd list, I really don't know. What I do know is that my list would go far beyond 10, that's for sure! :D (Although I should add that Rosamund Hodge is pretty high on my list as well, considering I just read her second novel. :)

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    1. Authors are indeed amazing. I admire them so much. Not just because they chat with us (which is above and beyond the call of duty awesome), but because they are talented folks who know how to craft unique, emotional and compelling stories. Plus, the work they put into said stories is incredible. The authors whose works I know / am familiar with definitely have my respect.

      Mine would too! That's why I put some extra parameters on it. Authors I interact with, or "know." How could we ever narrow down a list of favorite authors!? Not possible methinks. :)

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