Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 All-Time Favorite Authors


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Top Ten All-Time Favorite Authors. I had a really hard time narrowing it down, and changed my mind about half a dozen times, but finally decided to focus on living writers whose works I continue to read (and hope to keep reading for a long time to come).

Here we go:

1. Diana Gabaldon (like there was any doubt about this one!)


2. Mary Doria Russell


3. Stephen King


4. Patricia Briggs


5. Jim Butcher


6. Susanna Kearsley


7. Christopher Moore


8. Neil Gaiman


9. Bill Willingham


10. J. K. Rowling

Rowling[Note on images: Author photos scavenged from the interwebs; book photos taken by moi!]

I hate having to stop at just 10. This is just scratching the surface — and doesn’t even include some of the late greats, such as Douglas Adams, Kurt Vonnegut, and J. R. R. Tolkien. Ah well, I suppose that’s a list for another day!

Looking forward to seeing everyone else’s lists this week.

Share your links, and I’ll come check out your top 10!

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45 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 All-Time Favorite Authors

    • Thank you! And I realized that my Gaiman book pile is missing a few… my copy of Stardust is somewhere in the house, I just have no idea where! And I picked up his new story collection when I heard him speak last month. I actually haven’t listened to any Gaiman audiobooks — do you recommend Stardust on audio? Thanks for stopping by!

    • Thanks! I want to reread The Graveyard Book, and I have Gaiman’s new story collection, but I’m pretty averse to stories usually, so I keep procrastinating. 🙂

  1. What a great list! I’ve been dying to try Jim Butcher for ages now. And I love your collection of Christopher Moore’s books!

  2. I would have been immensely shocked if Diana Gabaldon did not make your list this week 😛 Yay for Bill Willingham being on your list…and oops, forgot to add Neil Gaiman to my list this week…I’m also pretty excited to read Susanna Kearsley’s books this summer (sort of scheduled it out in my head that summer is the best time to read her books, haha) xD

    My TTT

    • Ha ha, I guess you’ve got me all figured out! Wouldn’t want to destroy my streak and NOT include Diana Gabaldon on a favorites list. 🙂 I just finished the new Susanna Kearsley book. I’ll be interested in hearing what you think! (And I agree, now that you mention it — her books seem great for summer!)

    • Funny, JK Rowling was a last minute addition for me! HP had also slipped my mind, and at the very end, I bumped someone else so I could include JKR. Harry Potter is awesome, even after countless re-reads. 🙂

  3. I love that you have a good mix of male and female authors — I’ve been seeing quite a few lists overrun by dudes, and it’s discouraging!

    I love so many people on your list; Neil Gaiman and JKR both made my list too (hope this html works, I’m on mobile) TTT!

    • Thanks so much! Interesting about male vs female authors — I think I do tend to read more female authors these days, but when I put together a follow-up list of favorite authors no longer living, it’ll probably be heavily male.

    • I don’t know Christopher Fowler, but I do love Terry Pratchett and Roald Dahl too! Can’t wait for Jim Butcher’s new series to be released.

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