Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wonderful Wednesdays #7 (Favorite Authors)

Wonderful Wednesdays is a meme about spotlighting and recommending some of our most loved books, even if we haven't read them recently.  Each week will have a different genre or theme.  It started with Sam at Tiny Library, so go check her out.

This weeks theme is favorite authors (haha, I deleted the Canadian "u" in favourite).

It isn't hard to pick my favorite authors, because I have some that I will absolutely read everything from. as immediately as possible.

Jeanette Winterson
 I love how her words feel like poetry.  I love how she can put you right in the middle of a relationship without you realizing that she hasn't mentioned names or genders or details at all.  Her writing is sensual, lingering, and I revisit some of her books repeatedly.  My two favorites are Written on the Body and The Power Book.  I recently found two of her older books in a used book store, two I'd never read, and I snatched them up.  I'll review them soon.

 Catherynne Valente
 As if I'd never mentioned her before...  I like her for the same reasons that I like Jeanette Winterson, in fact Palimpsest made me think of Winterson repeatedly.  In addition to beautiful writing, though, Valente creates worlds like nobody else I've ever read, and I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy.

Margaret Atwood
While I love her dystopias more than her non-dystopian literary fiction, Atwood is always going to be someone I read and re-read.  I love her mixture of warning with humor and some of the craziest ideas I've read.  I still can't drive by fast food without thinking of chickie nobs and pigoons.

When I try to figure out what these have in common, they all have interesting worlds, well written words, and emotion I resonated with. Some honorable mentions would be David Mitchell, E. M. Forster, and Alex Ross. (Alex Ross writes about music, but in this way that makes you fall in love with it again... so it still fits!) 


  1. Atwood is the one thats familiar to me - the others are new and I would like to take a look at what they have written.

  2. Three new names to me. Must check and discover more. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Excuse you, that was an English 'u' in favourite! :P

    And you're the second person to put Atwood on their list, which makes me happy. Have you read the Penelopiad? It's my favourite.

  4. I haven't ever read the Penelopiad! Oh my!


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