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June 8, 2021


top ten authors who made me want to read their whole catalogue
posted by soe 1:46 am

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday from That Artsy Reader Girl invites us to share Books I Loved that Made Me Want More Books Like Them. I couldn’t think of titles that sent me scrambling for read-alikes, but I could come up with a list of books that made me want to read everything its author had written/will write:

  1. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (I used to save money for trips to Waldenbooks at the Meriden Square, where I went through all the Anne books and into Montgomery’s other series/standalones.)
  2. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (I might not love everything he writes, but I will read it.)
  3. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (I recognize this book has some problems with the portrayal of Park, but I loved it.)
  4. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver (This is another book with some problems in terms of racial interactions, which Kingsolver tried to address in her later Pigs in Heaven. I haven’t reread it in a long time and can’t speak for how it holds up, but I adore it has made me a Kingsolver devotee.)
  5. A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle (Pretty sure it’s time for a reread of this classic tale of home improvement and cultural miscues)
  6. The 13 Clocks by James Thurber (I don’t know how to best categorize Thurber’s works except maybe to say it has a strong moral compass and a witty soul.)
  7. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (Another must-read author of my youth. I’ve even read her religious essays.)
  8. When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin (Her descriptions are pure poetry.)
  9. A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd (This book conveys such a love of words!)
  10. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (I adored his way of telling stories through both words and pictures.)

Other books in this same category include Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, Booked by Kwame Alexander, and The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon.

How about you?

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I’m currently on a Madeleine L’Engle kick.

Comment by Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 06.08.21 @ 6:31 am

I felt the same way after reading Anne of Green Gables.

My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-books-i-loved-that-made-me-want-more-books-like-them/

Comment by Lydia 06.08.21 @ 7:05 am

Oh I know Al would love that list. I may read Help, thanks, WOW. But not sure I have the time. maybe i’ll do the audio book.
Summer, so busy with somany fun things to do.

Comment by kathy b 06.08.21 @ 9:42 am

I never read Anne of Green Gables as a kid and feel like I missed out, so many people seem to love it!
My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2021/06/08/top-ten-tuesday-319/

Comment by Jo 06.08.21 @ 1:05 pm

Brian Selznick was who I thought of when I saw this topic.

Maeve Binchy’s Evening Class sent me on a huge Binchy kick and I think I’ve read all of her books.
Liane Moriarty is my most recent author I’m trying to read.

Comment by raidergirl3 06.08.21 @ 8:12 pm

I got halfway through my post and wished I’d gone with this variation on the topic*, so it was really fun to read yours.

I was the same way with Rainbow Rowell, except I read Fangirl first. Peter Mayle hooked my dad with his book too, and he turned around and hooked me in turn. I was taking French in high school at the time, so it was relevant to my interests even though I wasn’t big on reading “adult books” yet, and it turned out to be one of the few times our reading tastes overlapped enough to discuss books.

(And I love your story of saving money for Montgomery books, aww.)

*I guess I did sneak Marguerite Henry into my list.

Comment by RS 06.11.21 @ 6:53 pm



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