Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Top 5 Favorite Authors Part 2

Jenelle Schmidt
This is so very hard. Only FIVE?!?!?
J.R.R. Tolkien - obvious reasons. Father of modern Fantasy, master craftsman of words, plot-wizard, and builder of deep characters. 
C.S. Lewis - one of the most brilliant writers who ever lived. 
George MacDonald - another master wordsmith and writer of deep and beautiful fiction, fantasy, and fairy tales.
Stephen R. Lawhead - I admire the research and authenticity he pours into his novels. I love that he rewrites famous legends like King Arther and Robin Hood and puts his own unique twist on them.
Timothy Zahn - I admire the way he does not stay in a single series or story, but creates vast, complex universes for every single story or series he writes. It is truly inspiring.

Honorable mention must go to Albert Payson Terhune - whose stories about his collies are enchanting, beautifully written, whimsical, inventive, and also quite humorous, and, at times, heartbreaking.

Morgan Huneke
Ugh, it’s so hard to narrow it down to the top five.
C.S. Lewis—Because Narnia. I’ve learned so much from those books.
Jaye L. Knight—Ilyon is to me as a young adult what Narnia was to me as a child.
L.M. Montgomery—Anne and Emily. Need I say more?
J. Grace Pennington—Grace is rightly called the sleep stealer. I can never put her books down.
Kendra E. Ardnek—Fun, yet deep. Half the time, I wonder how she came up with these neat, meaningful customs. Plus she’s one of my best friends so I get sneak peeks. ;)
 Honorable mentions because I have to: Elizabeth George Speare, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Noel Streatfeild, E. Nesbit, Patricia Beatty, Martha Finley, and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Rebekah Morris
Since I have read hundreds of books by hundreds of authors, it was a challenge to decide on my top favorites. My sister told me to think of the books I pick up the most often. My favorite author is Isabella Alden (known as Pansy). She was a minister’s wife who lived in the late 1800s. Most of her books are based on real people and real events, which makes the stories that much more interesting. (I don’t know about you, but I enjoy a book even more if I know it is based on real people and/or events.)
The rest of the authors are in no particular order.
Janet Lambert
Francena Arnold
Johanna Spyri
Ralph Connor (Just keep in mind if you pick up one of his old books, you will most likely find language you wish wasn’t there. I always read with the white-out beside me. Not all his books have as much, but be careful.) You may also find the books slow to start and don’t think you’ll be interested. I almost always start that way and then somehow, I’m never quite sure how, I’m hooked and don’t want to put the book down.

Nicole Sager 
Lori Benton and MaryAnn Minatra both changed the world of Christian Fiction for me. Their books are so rich, deep, structured, real, and raw. Vickie McDonough provides a simple, lighthearted romp into the romantic wild west, while Karen Witemeyer goes a little deeper with the genre, while still delivering a super sweet story. Isabella Alden is one author whose stories never fail to leave an impact on my spiritual walk, and it's always in a relatable way.

Sarah Brown
My favorite authors, in order from best to fifth best, are: 1) Chautona Havig (especially the Past Forward and Aggie's Inheritance series), 2) Lynn Austin (though some of her books have to be read with care), 3) Louisa May Alcott, 4) Laura Ingalls Wilder, and 5) Janette Oke (especially the Prairie Legacy series). 


  1. Nice! There were a fair amount of authors mentioned who I hadn't heard about. I'll have to keep this post in mind for next time I'm looking for a new book.
    ~Aidyl from Noveltea

  2. Wow, these are a lot of great authors! It was exciting to see someone else enjoying Aggie's Inheritance! ;)