3 (Living) Authors I Admire

1. Laurie Halse Anderson – I read her first novel, Speak, when I was in eighth grade. It’s a beautifully written novel chronicling the pain of high school experience. After reading Speak about ten times, I proceeded to read all of Halse Anderson’s other YA novels. None of them has disappointed me. I admire Halse Anderson because she is one of the rare YA authors who gives her characters depth. Her writing style and descriptions stay with you for a long time after you’ve finished the novel.

2. Sarah Dessen – I read Dreamland twice. What I love about it (and Dessen’s other novels) is how realistic everything is – the characters, the plotlines… nothing feels contrived or forced. Dessen knows how to write about delicate matters with tact and beauty. The love stories in her books really stay with you – and they’re definitely not cheesy.

3. Jodi Picoult – There is enormous depth in each of Jodi Picoult’s novels. They’re meticulously researched with believable characters and gorgeous descriptions. Hers are books that will give you something to think about. That’s what I like most about them – they’re not “easy” reading in terms of the moral and social issues raised in the text. The subject matter in Picoult’s books is not easily forgotten.

Which authors do you admire most? 🙂

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  2. My favorite authors, Austen and Dickens, are dead! Not from writing though . . . from natural causes. 😀

    One of my favorite authors is Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat Pray Love). I also have lots of favorite non-fiction writers ~ Cheryl Richardson, Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, etc.

    Thanks, Maggie


  3. Iain Banks – check out The Crow Road! He also does si-fi, which is just mind blowing. Nick Hornby, Terry Pratchett and, of course, Neil Gaiman (The Graveyard Book is arguably the best children’s book I’ve read). Good post!


  4. overall, my favorite two are pretty cliche’: Paulo Coelho and Toni Morrison. i always have a difficult time pinning down a third, as consistency is pretty tough in novel writing. this is a great topic that deserves exploration…thanks for it.



    1. Toni Morrison’s writing can be a challenge to understand. I’ve read two of her books – The Bluest Eye and Beloved. Thank you for commenting and subscribing!


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