Top 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
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
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.