Over at The Boston Bibliophile, today's question is:
Favorite Authors. Who do you have named in your LT account as favorite authors? Why did you choose them? How many people share your choices? Can you share a picture of one of them?
Okay, this is where I admit I've been slacking a bit over at LibraryThing and need to add some more of my favorite authors. As it stands now, here's my list:
Sharon Kay Penman (shared by 4,462 other readers). In my mind, she is the definitive writer of historical fiction. The first Penman novel I ever picked up was Here Be Dragons, the first in her Welsh Trilogy. I had picked it up with great skepticism because the convoluted and confusing Welsh names and history made it impossible for me to keep up with a story. But Penman made it enjoyable, intelligent and thoroughly addicting. All of her books are a true delight!
Jean Plaidy (shared by 8,070 other readers). This woman was so prolific it still amazes me. Her real name was Eleanor Alice Hibbert and she had quite a few pen names, including Victoria Holt, Philippa Carr, Elbur Ford (!), Ellalice Tate (I love that name), and Kathleen Kellen. In all, the woman wrote around 200 novels. Can you believe that!? My personal favorites are the historical fiction novels she wrote under the penname Jean Plaidy, though. Even after all these years, she still is a leader in the genre.
Shel Silverstein (shared by 13,069 other readers). I've always loved his books because they inspire a love of reading in young people. Books full of silliness like Where the Sidewalk Ends and Falling Up have made generations of kids -- and adults -- laugh out loud. And poignant books like The Giving Tree teach valuable lessons without being preachy. Love him!
So who are some of your favorites?