We all have our go-to authors. Those gals (and guys!) who we know, without even cracking the spine, have provided us with another surefire, fun book to read. These are the authors who tempt us to make yet another book purchase despite the 50+ titles in our TBR pile. It is because of them that we shell out over $20 for a hardcover edition instead of waiting for the paperback release. They leave us broke, but endlessly entertained. We do not loan out their books, for the risk of never getting them back is far too great. Authors of this ranking inspire us to read more and even, in the dark of night, to contemplate putting pens to paper (or fingers to keyboard) to create our own stories. Sadly, they are often the ones who keep us from writing by commandeering our time devouring their works.
This list of authors is personal. Each reader has their own literary idols. Personal taste, style and exposure help to shape that in each one of us. Because we are ever evolving and adapting to our worlds, our lists are not concrete, but fluid and changing. Each new book we read holds the potential to point us in a new direction. Who wrote this? I must read more!
I could never rank my authors, putting one above another. My reading preference for the moment is influenced by mood and surroundings. One day I may yearn for action and adventure, a week later unknown worlds and creatures. My list is a loose corral of scribes who I read in turn, each stepping to the head of the class as my mood permits. Who is on this list you ask?
That is my 10. There are so many more. Names that are eluding my grasp at the moment. Names that will rotate in someday soon because I read another of their books and could not put it down. Names I do not know yet because I have not had the pleasure of reading their work.
That is my 10. Who are yours?