My Top Ten All-Time Favorite (Living) Authors

Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, is about our all-time favorite authors, which is simply way too difficult for me to limit to ten people. Because I tend to prefer writers of long ago, I thought it best to narrow my selections from living authors rather than spend my time agonizing over the vast number of literary geniuses throughout history.

After much deliberation, here are my top ten favorite living authors!

(Note that to be one of my favorites, I had to have read more than one novel or series of theirs. Sorry, J.K. Rowling, no one-hit reads allowed!)

TTT Authors 1 TTT Authors 2

Literary Fiction

1. Kazuo Ishiguro
2. Margaret Atwood

Young Adult

3. Philip Pullman
4. David Levithan
5. Scott Westerfeld
6. Meg Cabot


7. Sophie Kinsella
8. Julie James
9. Vicki Lewis Thompson

Bonus genre! Manga

10. Yuu Watase

14 thoughts on “My Top Ten All-Time Favorite (Living) Authors

  1. Okay, so I’ve only read one by Ishiguro (Never Let Me Go) and one by Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale). Where do I go from here??

    Also, if you want to be able to add J. K. to this list in the future (and don’t want to slog through The Casual Vacancy), give her Galbraith novels a try. Not sure murder mysteries are exactly your style, but they’re fun and easy to get through. Who’d’a thunk she’d be a great mystery writer too?

    • I highly recommend Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day and Atwood’s Penelopiad. I need to read more of her too. I’m a big scaredy cat, but if Galbraith novels are mild, I’ll look into them!

  2. We’re on the same wavelength — I ended up focusing on living authors as well, because otherwise it would have been impossible! Atwood is a great choice, and I love a few of your YA picks as well (especially Pullman and Levithan). It’s so hard to narrow it all down to just 10!

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