30 Day Book Challenge – Day 14

Today’s Prompt: Favorite book of your favorite writer

Since I listed four different writers yesterday, I’m going to have to list four different books!

1. Rose Madder – Stephen King

It was hard to choose just one favorite out of everything Stephen King has written, but Rose Madder is lovely. Rosie finally makes up her mind to escape from her abusive husband, then enters a fantasy world where she finds herself empowered by an alternate version of herself. King weaves reality and fantasy together so well that for a moment you find yourself thinking that you could slip into a fantasy world, too.

2. Dark Dance – Tanith Lee

It has been a long time since I read this book, but what I loved about it was the dark atmosphere and sense of horror that infiltrated every page. Lee is a master Gothic writer, and this vampire family saga is a brilliant example of her work.

3. Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson

Halse Anderson’s prose captures high school life in accurate and brutally honest detail. Melinda has been rendered almost mute by her horrifying rape during a summer party. Speak is a coming-of-age novel like no other – one teen is forced to confront an extremely painful experience, learn from it, and move on.

4. Berlin Diary – William Shirer

Berlin Diary is an account of Shirer’s (one of Murrow’s Boys) life in Germany during World War II. He captures the anxiety of the time period quite well and in good detail. Shirer uses his objective eye to illuminate how blindly the German people followed a madman like Hitler. Fascinating read and not in the least bit dry.

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? 🙂