My Favorite Authors Ever (Top Ten Tuesdays)

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a blog-link up hosted every week by BrokeandBookish. This week’s theme is nothing short of torture:

Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors

This was a hard list to cobble together, but I asked myself: if I had never read this author’s work, would my life be  — even just slightly — worse? So, these are ten authors whose books came to me at just the right time in my life, taught me something I needed to learn, or were just there for me when I was in need of a friend.

1. Truman Capote

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I have to include Capote, I mean, in my Yummy Yummy Words: All Time Favorite Sentences post, I quoted him twice. My Capote binge came when I was 18 or 19, just starting to seriously write myself, and I was heavily influenced by his poetic, gorgeous, and yet simple prose.

2. Shirley Jackson

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Queen of the creeping terror, Shirley Jackson creates worlds that are just not quite right. We Have Always Lived in the Castle is one of my all-time favorite books. I shivered when I read it, just because it happened to be everything I wanted at that moment: it’s short, concise, creepy, it’s about sisters, and death, and ostracism, and murder — it’s just fantastic.

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