The Broke and the Bookish has a Top Ten meme every week. I meant to do this one days ago...actually you can probably guess most of them if you show up at Howling Frog very often. But I have bread rising in the oven, and all the rest of my share of Thanksgiving cooking is done, so this seems like a good time.
(Now that I've written the list, I see that I've cheated a bit. Oops.)
10. Jasper Fforde, for inventing the Bookworld and Tuesday Next. Plock.
9. For humor, Gerald Durrell and P. G. Wodehouse and yes, Daniel Pinkwater--I couldn't get along without them.
8. Eleanor Farjeon, Elizabeth Goudge and Susan Cooper come in just under #7.
7. L. M. Boston and E. Nesbit are the first really wonderful authors I can remember reading and absorbing as a kid.
6. I've read exactly one Elizabeth von Arnim book in my life--Enchanted April--but it came along just when I needed it.
5. I don't really read Madeleine L'Engle much these days, but I sure did when I was younger. I still have all of the books I collected. The same goes for L. M. Montgomery.
4. Jane Austen, of course. What would life be without her?
3. C. S. Lewis--not just for his fantasy/SF books, but also the lay theology, literary criticism, and anything else.
2. Susan Wise Bauer--homeschooling guru, historian, and all-around inspiration. Reading The Well-Trained Mind 10 years ago absolutely changed my life.
1. Diana Wynne Jones, that goes without saying. She can't be beat!
Wow, so many authors to be thankful for! And a whole lot more I couldn't get on the list.