The Broke and the Bookish and it's exactly what it sounds like: a literary-themed top ten list appearing every Tuesday. I discovered it this morning and ever since have been trying to line up my ten contendors and after several literary battles, including at least three eyes gouged out by wands and several smushed cupcakes, I have my list. You'll notice that I've put them in alphabetical order because I'm compulsive and don't want to play favorites. Er - don't want to play favorites among my favorites. Or something.
1. Margaret Atwood- As I recently discussed, Atwood has written so many books that I love and look forward to loving that there was no question about her joining this list. She's a genius, extraordinarily talented, and just has an overall great mind. My two favorites thus far are probably Oryx and Crake (review to come) and The Handmaid's Tale, though I still have much more to read by her.
2. Jane Austen- Romance, drama, happy endings, and a wicked pen. I love it. Need I say more?
3. The Bronte Sisters- Yes, I know that these are three different people but I've read a book by each and I love them all and really, none of them wrote that much, and by grouping them all together I get two more spots on the lists. Deal. Also, they are where I go when I want love and darkness and Austen just won't do.
4. Jhumpa Lahiri- Lahiri taught me that it is possible to salivate over a meal that you're merely reading about and for a secret fat kid like me, that's a big deal. Plus she writes about India some of the time and I love reading about India. I met her once though and she was rather unpleasant so she is staying off of my Top Ten list of people I generally like, if it's all the same to you.
5. Gabriel Garcia Marquez- I've only successfully read One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera but I love love LOVED them so much. They're an investment in terms of time and effort but you won't be disappointed.
6. Isa Chandra Moscowitz and Terry Hope Romero- Who says I can't choose cookbook authors?! My life would not be the same as I know it today if it wasn't for Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World and for that I shall be eternally grateful.
7. J.K. Rowling- For some reason, Rowling never jumps to mind as a favorite author which is absolutely ridiculous because I have been creepily obsessed with Harry Potter for the last eleven years and I don't see an end to that anytime soon. Maybe my inner literary snob has a block on Harry but he (my inner literary snob is a he? weird!) is just going have to deal. I love Harry and I don't care who knows it! Oh, and ditto the comment about Lahiri, though I've never actually met Rowling. I just have a feeling.
8. Dr. Seuss- If I can choose cookbook authors, then I can choose kids' book authors too! As an environmentally-conscious vegetarian, I am obsessed with The Lorax and think that every kid ever should read it. Seriously, required reading people. And that from somebody who first picked it up at age fifteen. Plus Dr. Seuss in general is fun for parents and kids alike, creating a crush on literature in young'uns that is just so important.
9. Kurt Vonnegut- It's been a while since I read Vonnegut, but he's always a good time - imaginative, hilarious, and thought-provoking. I particularly love Galapagos and Breakfast of Champions, though I don't recommend the latter to a Vonnegut-newbie.
10. Virginia Woolf- Woolf is another author that I haven't visited in a while and whose work I haven't read enough of but the love I have for everything I've read of hers and the amount of inspiration she's given me as a writer make her more than perfect for this list. Plus, in my freshman year of college I wrote a paper about August Carmichael from To the Lighthouse that knocked my own socks off.
What authors are on your top ten? Or top five? Or top two, if you haven't read anything since the second grade? I want to know!