I've been seeing lots of people participate in this Top Ten Tuesday from the Broke and Bookish, and I can't resist sharing my own list this week.
My Ten Authors
1) Juliet Marillier
One of the first fantasy authors I read in college and instantly I was in love with her Sevenwaters series, and each series afterwards. Her books have me haunting the stacks days before the books come out in hopes they set it out early. She's the first author I allowed myself to buy in hardcover when I had the money to finally "splurge".
2) Shannon Hale
The author of the Bayern series, Princess Academy, Rapunzel's Revenge, Austenland--- I love how she writes many kinds of books. One of the first authors I found outside of college when I tried to read more for enjoyment, and boy! I've learned so much from her writing and her talks on writing from her website. She gives me the truth, but makes me more passionate.
3) Laini Taylor
I feel almost magical when I read Laini Taylor's pages. I believe everything from the very first word and she keeps surprises me from her Dreamhaven series, Lips Touch, and her fantastic Daughter of Smoke and Bone series.
4) Neil Gaiman
What can I say about this writer? Sandman comics, children books, poetry, short story collections, and novels that keep me guessing. The world is seen with fresh eyes each time I pick up his books.
5) Diana Gabaldon
I've been reading the Outlander series since I was fifteen years old and I'm always drawn back into the story of Jamie and Claire. The books never seem long enough and I'm always there to buy the next one. She makes dental work sound interesting--- seriously!
6) Stephanie Perkins
I never read such wonderful books that leave me with such warm fuzzies as Anna and the First Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door. Whatever she decides to do, I think there will always be strong emotions pulled from her writing. Looking forward to Isla and the Happily Ever After!
7) Leigh Bardugo
Shadow and Bone was my favorite read of 2012 and this fresh fantasy series has me hooked! So much that I want to make a costume from her Russian inspired world. I'm looking forward to whatever worlds Bardugo decides to explore!
8) Beth Revis
I longed for some great sci-fi and Revis gave it to me! She used my fear of space against me in the Across the Universe series, but also brought beauty and raw emotion. I'm sad to see the series end, but also excited what comes next for her.
9) Cindy Pon
When I started writing my Japanese inspired fantasy, I was looking to other fantasy outside of the well-known European setting. The first book I found was Pon's Silver Phoenix and I ordered it instantly. I was also able to chat with her in 2009 at San Diego Comic Con and she made such an impression on me. I've read parts of her books various times when needing a bit of inspiration in my own writing. Plus, she is one of the nicest authors I've ever met!
10) Jacqueline Carey
I was first overwhelmed by her Kushiel's fantasy series, but I let myself sink into it. I found myself growing as her characters did, and she took fantasy to another level for me. She then turned around and did sci-fi with just as much finesse.
It was really hard to round out this list, but I like seeing new and old favorites coming together! Yay!