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Alright. So, Tuesday’s I’m gonna do Top Ten Tuesday. There was a link-up for this back when I was on Blogger. Oh nostalgia. But this one? This one is book related. Yeeeeessss. I’ll test it out. And I want to hear from y’all. If you’re loving it, I’ll stick with it (and I want to see YOUR Top Ten’s). If you’re not digging it, I’ll do my own on varying topics. 😀
I see many of the bloggers are posting theirs in order of how many books they’ve read from that author. Uhhhhmmm nope. I won’t be doing that. lol These are the ones that come to mind*, and I’d have to think way too hard, to figure out how many I’ve read from each of them. 🙂
*Some links are Kindle, some are paperback. Any purchase using those links gives me a small commission.
1. Pearl S. Buck
Okay, so I’ve had a long term fascination with China. I’d love to see the country, try the local cuisine, learn the language, help rebuild/improve their orphanages, go on a missions trip, sponsor a child, and adopt a child from there. So of course, I’ve read one of the biggest authors of books about that country.
If I had to choose a favorite, I think it would have to be The Imperial Woman. The look into the life of the last Empress is fascinating! One I haven’t read yet, but want to soon, is Living Reed. It takes place in Korea!
2. Lawrence Yep
So again… China. I first fell in love with Lawrence Yep after reading Dragon’s Gate. But then I discovered it was in the middle of a series. I found a few others in the series, but never the whole thing (it’s ten books total). Bummer dude! Later I discovered his fantasy series that was based off of Chinese mythology… very fun!
A favorite would be Ribbons. It was a departure from the majority of what I’d read, which was his historical fiction. Ribbons dealt with an Chinese-American family, and the main character’s culture clash when her grandmother arrives from Hong Kong. What I’d like to read, is Hiroshima. I’m noticing a theme here. Apparently I’m intrigued by author’s writing about a topic that’s different from the usual for them.
3. Ted Dekker
Oh my goodness. Ted. Dekker. That man has written some of the freakiest books I’ve read. But they’re so good, I just can’t stop. I don’t even know off the top of my head, which book was the first.
A favorite would be Immanuel’s Veins. Super cool, non traditional take on vampire myth. Oh, and it was the very first book that I ever pre-ordered. And the very first deckle-edged book I ever owned. The one I haven’t decided how I feel, is Identity. I think I like it, but it’s one of those twisty-turny books that makes you feel a bit disoriented once you’ve come out of book-land. If you do want to check it out, I’ve included the Kindle link, and the Kindle version is free. The rest of the series isn’t, but he wanted Identity to be something of a pilot. The one I’d like to read next of his.. . well I think I’d like to finish the series that Identity started. I’m curious.
4. Frank Peretti
The godfather of Christian supernatural thrillers. I was, like most people, introduced to Frank Peretti by reading This Present Darkness. I pretty much devoured all of his other books, including the Cooper Kids series, and House, which he teamed up with Ted Dekker on. Yeah that’s right. Both of them, on the same book. Creeeeeeepy!
One of my favorites is The Prophet. It’s about an anchorman who thinks he’s lost his marbles when he starts hearing voices, until he discovers he’s been given a beautiful gift. The one I haven’t read yet is Illusion. Supernatural novel involving a magician? I’m in!
5. Marissa Meyer
Okay, this is one of the very few ones, that I can quantify how many I’ve read. 4. Which is all of the Lunar Chronicles ones that have been released so far. And I don’t know that I could pick a favorite, but I’m dying to read Winter. Which doesn’t come out until November 10th. Dang it! In case you don’t know, these are dystopian twists on fairy tales. It starts with Cinder, which is based on Cinderella (you’re shocked right?), and it goes from there. Despite it being in the wrong time for true steampunk, the tech being placed in a realm torn apart by political intrigue and plague, gives it that vibe.
6. Agatha Christie
The absolute queen of the cozy mystery. Forget Team Edward or Team Jacob. It’s all about Team Marple or Team Poirot. Although I enjoy Hercule Poirot (and his name is rather fun to say), I’m Team Marple all the way. She’s a feisty old lady, and I’m a very big fan of the Little Old Lady Investigates trope.
All that having been said, my 2 very favorite of her books, don’t have either one of them! My absolute favorite is Death Comes As the End. This whole book takes place in Ancient Egypt… that loves goes back even further than my love of a good cozy mystery. My 2nd favorite is And Then There Were None. By the way, if you’re a fan of cozies, you should absolutely check out Miss Fisher Mysteries on Netflix. 1920’s Australia. Need I say more? I thought not.
7. Max Lucado
No one said this list had to be fiction, right? Okay, I feel in love with the simple way that Max Lucado presents the gospel. I think my grandmother was the first one to give me one of his books. His writing is clear, simple, and very storyteller based. I adore people who tell stories well. I’ve long since lost track of which books I’ve read, and what I’d like to read next. My favorite of his books, is actually a children’s story book though. It’s called You Are Special, and it’s about a little wooden man, who begins to feel like he’s not special, because his paint has worn off and he’s chipped and scarred.
8. Frank G. Slaughter
Although he’s renowned for his medical fiction, I’ve never read a single one! His historical fiction was what drew me in. Sadly, most of his books appear to be out of print, so I don’t even recall which ones I’ve read. I think, if I can track one down, I might have to give his medical books a shot. 🙂
9. Timothy Zahn
Whoop, whoop, nerd alert! Yep that’s right. I read the whole dang Thrawn Trilogy, and then some. It’s been a really long time since I read them, because although I’ve read more of his books than most other people’s they weren’t my very favorite of the Star Wars books. That claim to fame goes to The Courtship of Princess Leia… a little sappier than my usual fair, but I adored this “behind the scenes” peek at how their love story unfolded. And I loved Steve Perry’s Shadows of the Empire. It takes place in between The Empire Strikes Back and Return to the Jedi. And the villain Prince Xixor is such a creeper!
10. Dr. Seuss
Hahahahaha! You didn’t see that one coming did you? This is by far, the author I’ve read the most from. By a landslide. Between loving his books as a child, still loving them as a teen/adult, and now reading them to my own children… he’s been a heavily influential part of my life.
I adore both of the Bartholomew Cubbins books, but I’ll go with Bartholomew and the Oobleck. Because who doesn’t want to read about green goo precipitation pelting people? (Say that 5x fast!) For the record, my kids voted for the Sneetches. Which is a family favorite. Mostly because Sneetches is fun to say. The one I’ve never read (and there aren’t many) but I’d like to, is Happy Birthday to You. It has one of my favorite Seuss quotes…