Top Ten Favorite Authors of ALL TIME! I have to choose ten out of ALL the authors I've ever read?! Really?! This isn't fair!!!!!!! :-( But I can do it! And to make it easier on myself, I will only include YA and Middle Grade authors; no classics.
- John Flanagan. I'll be honest, I have read authors whose writing is so, so, so much better and the Ranger's Apprentice series dragged, and he seems very adverse to ever killing any of his characters. But I grew up with John Flanagan's books. The Ruins of Gorlan opened me up to fantasy. I will always, always love his books.
- Lemony Snicket. I will always read anything and everything written by him. Short of The Roman Mysteries, his books were my first "real" fandom. I obsessed over these books. I had notebooks filled with notes and I studied codes and ciphers just to crack the ones in the books. I read all the classic books referenced, I watched and rewatched the movie; I spent a lot of time scouring websites and forums and other fans' theories. Lemony Snicket is one of my absolute favorites.
- Ann Rinaldi. Her historical fiction novels were my first introduction into the YA genre. I haven't read all of her books, but I'm close and I will always buy an Ann Rinaldi book if I see it.
- Cat Winters. A much more recent author; she's releasing her third book in a few months. I have loved ALL of her books and I know I can always count on her to write an amazing Gothic historical fiction supernatural story, with awesome protagonists and genuinely swoon-worthy guys who are also gentlemen.
- Anthony Horowitz. I loved his Alex Rider series, and I'm enjoying his Gatekeepers horror series, too. But he truly impressed me most with his Sherlock Holmes novels - especially that last one: Moriarty. Still not over that one.
- William Ritter. Impressed me with the very first page of Jackaby. I will always, always, always read what he writes.
- Victoria (V.E.) Schwab. Someone else whose books I will always read. She caught me with The Near Witch and just kept reeling me in with The Archived and then Vicious. She made me love present tense.
- Leigh Bardugo. You ripped my heart out with the final Grisha book! You introduced me to one of my most favorite villains and dark heroes - Nikolai!
- Brandon Sanderson. Do I need to explain this?
- Maggie Stiefvater. While I'm not a fan of her earliest books - Lament and all those (I still have to read Shiver, so I will withhold my judgement on that series) - her other stuff I have loved. The Scorpio Races is one of my all-time favorite books, and The Raven Cycle is just. . . .yeah.
Do I really have to stop at ten? What about Morgan Rhodes, Danielle Paige, Cornelia Funke, James Dashner, Avi, Michael Buckley, Sharon Cameron . . . . . This isn't fair. . . . .
In an instant he was gone. Verlaine wondered if he had stopped time - and if he had remained there a long time, watching her, before he left. She wanted him to have done that, even though she knew it was a stupid thing to want. Sorceress by Claudia Gray (pg. 177)