Top Ten Tuesday: All-Time Favorite Authors

Posted April 21, 2015 by Kara in Lyn, Top Ten Tuesday / 5 Comments

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
This week’s topic: All-Time Favorite Authors

This is one of the cruelest topics from The Broke and the Bookish.

We have to pick our favorite authors.

How do you pick your favorite stars out of the sky? Or the sweetest drop in a rainstorm? Or the hottest Lord of the Rings’ man?

Today, Bekka and Lyn attempt to list out our very favorite authors, ever.

This one hurt us.

Kara edit: This is Bekka’s second to last post with Great Imaginations. Her last post is NEXT week’s Top Ten Tuesday. We’re sorry to see her go, but we all felt it was best if the three of us continued on without her. Big things are coming for us in the future, so stay tuned!

Lyn’s Picks


Laini Taylor
Books Read:
Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, Blackbringer, Lips Touch: Three Times, My True Love Gave to Me
Why I Love Them: 
If I had to pick one thing, I’d gladly choose Taylor’s writing. Her imagination is a perfect blend of rustic, romantic, and cultural. I love most of her characters that populate her worlds. But above all else, she is my writing hero.

Leigh Bardugo
Books Read:
The Grisha trilogy
Why I Love Them: 
THis might be cheating because I have only read her debut series, but her books always have a way of sending me into the setting, cheering for the people, mourning the losses, and falling in love with the humor with every page. Her humor and ideology is inspirational and touching. I have a good feeling that she will provide the world with some wonderful novels.

Marcus Sedgwick
Books Read:
Midwinterblood, She is Not Invisible, The Ghosts of Heaven, White Crow
Why I Love Them: 
My favorite male author actually scripted my favorite book (Midwinterblood). With a mix of above and beyond intelligence,intriguing characters, and Scandinavian Easter eggs,  every single book by Sedgwick always leaving me wanting more.

Courtney Summers
Books Read:
This is Not a Test, Some Girls Are
Why I Love Them:
I own quite a bit of her novels, and, sad to say, I have only read two of them. However, her writing and honestly in her work sets her apart from other contemporary novelist, and even her dabble into the paranormal is fantastic. She is unapologetic and edgy, and I love her unique voice.

Claire Legrand
Books Read:
Winterspell, The Year of Ghosts, The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls
Why I Love Them:
Speaking of honestly, Legrand is another author who writes with an authentic, yet sometimes polarizing, voice.  Her skills create middle grade books with integrity and honestly, and the heart of each of her novels hits on some very real and emotional themes.


Bekka’s Picks


Nova Ren Suma
Books Read:
Imaginary Girls, 17 & Gone, The Walls Around Us
Why I Love Them: Suma’s writing is the lyrical kind that makes me simultaneously want to be a better writer and also give up because she’s the best at what she does. All her books are so different, but they all retain a magical realism element, a twisted ending, and an eerie quality that makes you question the reality of what you’re being told. I will read anything she writes.

Robin LaFevers
Books Read:
Grave Mercy, Dark Triumph, Mortal Heart
Why I Love Them: Grave Mercy means so, so much to me. Not only is that book (and the entire series) simply amazing, blending historical and fantasy elements together seamlessly, it also gave me the courage to start my WIP. Before I read the His Fair Assassin books, I didn’t think that anyone would want to read a book with girl assassins who weren’t sure they were doing the right thing, but did it anyway. I could never express how thankful I am for this series and what it did for me as a person.

Marcus Sedgwick
Books Read:
White Crow, Revolver, Midwinterblood, She is Not Invisible, The Ghosts of Heaven
Why I Love Them: Sedgwick’s creativity is so inspiring as someone who wants to be an author one day. Each of his books is masterfully plotted, and they are all so, so different and out of the box. He’s doing what no one else is doing right now, without a look at the trends or the numbers. I absolutely loved White Crow – it was weird and creepy and unlike anything I had ever read before. It asked tough questions and pushed me to think about how I perceive the world. And Midwinterblood blew me away. The way everything fell together was just perfect. All these little threads pieced together and I am just envious of someone who can write that way.

Abigail Haas
Books Read:
Dangerous Girls, Dangerous Boys
Why I Love Them: These books! I love thrillers of all kinds; they’re one of my top genres. But reading so many has made me perceptive to their formulas – which is fine. But once in a while, you find a thriller that can keep you on your toes throughout the mystery that also says something about the world out there. Haas’ books, and more importantly, her characters, are bad-ass and challenge the way the world looks at teenage girls. You ALL need to read these books!

Leah Raeder
Books Read:
Black Iris
Why I Love Them: Even though I’ve only read one of Raeder’s books so far, she’s automatically added to this list just for Black Iris. Every once in a while you just find a book with the perfect combination of gorgeous writing, characters who are so much like you that it feels like looking in a mirror, with themes that just cut to the soul. Black Iris was that for me.


Have you read from any of these authors? Who are your all-time favorite writers?

5 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: All-Time Favorite Authors

  1. I had Laini Taylor on my list too, but none of the others. I definitely need to read the Grisha trilogy – I’ve heard some amazing things about it! (Also, I love that you’ve sort of split this between urban paranormal fantasy and contemporary. Or at least that’s what it seems to me… Now I have some great new recommendations to add to my ever-growing TBR list!)
    Beth x

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