Top Ten Tuesdays meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish and this week’s theme is the top ten authors. Here is my list, in no particular order:
1. J.K. Rowling (7 books) I re-read each Harry Potter book 3 times.
2. Amin Maalouf (5 books) I read mostly fantasy these days (more like for the last decade) but I used to read a lot of literary fiction back in the day and I’ve always been a huge fan of Amin Maalouf. His magical historical novels are the next best thing to fantasy.
3. Mark Lawrence (4 books) Discovered last year, he quickly became one of my top 3 favorite fantasy authors. I’ll read the 5th book pretty soon! Mark Lawrence is the master of dark fantasy with wicked humor.
4. J.R.R. Tolkien (6 books) The father of fantasy. I started reading fantasy with The Hobbit and The Silmarillion inspired me to start writing. I wouldn’t seriously start writing if it weren’t for The Silmarillion. I also ended up moving to Finland, after I found out Tolkien was greatly inspired by Finland and Finnish mythology, which got me curious about Finland, one thing followed another and here I am, living in Finland and getting ready to send the manuscript of my first book to my publisher.
5. R. Scott Bakker (3 books) I have read The Prince of Nothing series and bought the first 2 books of the Aspect-Emperor. He’s the king of grimdark, can’t praise his work enough. Go read my reviews and see for yourself 🙂
6. Raymond E. Feist (12 books) Huge fan of the Riftwar world, I think Raymond E. Feist has written the first heist stories in the fantasy genre. Riftwar books will always have a special place in my heart.
7. R.A. Salvatore (6 books) Gotta love Drizzt. I have more than a dozen of the Forgotten Realms books by R.A. Salvatore but I’ve read 6 of them so far. Planning to read those awesome books featuring Artemis Entreri and Jarlaxle, too.
8-9. Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman (3 books) Since the Dragonlance Chronicles are written by these two authors, I’m grouping it as 2 list items. I’ve read those books a bit too late in life but it’s never too late. Can’t wait to read their other works as well as the solo works by Margaret Weis.
10. George R.R. Martin (5 books) A Song of Ice and Fire is the series that got me into grimdark. I used to avoid gritty, dark stuff before reading that masterpiece. It also influenced me (along with Mark Lawrence) to write grimdark.