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Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’m Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday adapted from

This week’s appropriate Top Ten Tuesday concerns authors I’m thankful for.

  1. William Shakespeare: My best moments in the classroom I owe to this writer, who is not only the greatest writer in the English language, but also the most fun to teach. I can return to his plays again and again, and I always get something new out of them. In addition, his sonnets are some of the most glorious poetry in the English language. Don’t believe me? Watch this video:
  2. Jane Austen: She is my homegirl. Really. I love her. I return to her books all the time. I love her characters, her sparkling wit, and her tangled love stories.
  3. J. K. Rowling: Some of my best reading experiences have been with the Harry Potter series. If I could read just one series over and over, and no other books, for the rest of my life, I’d choose the Harry Potter series. I find the Wizarding World to be a rich, imaginative place I never tire of visiting.
  4. Emily Brontë: She gave me my favorite book, even though it was the only book she wrote. I love returning to this book. I always notice something new. I love to hate her characters. I marvel each time I read it at the novel’s beautiful structure. Though I find the characters horrendous, I admit one place I’d love to visit is Wuthering Heights.
  5. J. R. R. Tolkien: My first major foray into fantasy set the bar really high. I am currently listening to The Hobbit in preparation for the movie. I love reading this series, and I love Middle Earth.
  6. Judy Blume: I read her books over and over again as a child. I grew up on her stories, and she has been a huge influence over my reading and writing life.
  7. Jasper Fforde: I have spent many a happy hour giggling through one of his books. He is crack for book and word nerds, and he is utterly charming.
  8. Joseph Campbell: His enduring ideas and understandings about the hero’s journey enabled me to enjoy literature and film in a new way, and I was able to construct a course around his work.
  9. Diana Gabaldon: I love her time travel romance/fantasy/historical fiction/genre-bending stories about Claire and Jamie Fraser. She is so much fun, and such a nice lady, too.
  10. Ernest Hemingway: I love, love, love F. Scott Fitzgerald, but Hemingway has a much larger canon, and I am not done with it yet. I love the way he writes, and I love to read his ideas about writing. I have rarely cried so hard over a book as I did over the end of A Farewell to Arms.

What authors are you thankful for?

Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving! I am so thrilled to be celebrating it this year in the state where the first Thanksgiving took place.

Booking Through Thursday: Thankful

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I am a day late with Booking Through Thursday, mainly because I had to think. This week’s prompt asks

What authors and books are you most thankful for?

Good question, and not too hard for me to answer. I am most thankful for J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter series, the Brontë sisters and Wuthering Heights, To Kill a Mockingbird, Jane Austen, Judy Blume, Diana Gabaldon, William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens (especially for A Christmas Carol), F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, J.R.R. Tolkien, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats, Mark Twain, Neil Gaiman, Jasper Fforde, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Plague of Doves, The Thorn Birds, The Mists of Avalon, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Le Morte D’Arthur, Beowulf, Ahab’s Wife, The Poisonwood Bible, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and Gone With the Wind. At the moment, I’m feeling extremely grateful for Irish and Welsh mythology, particularly the legend of Deirdre of the Sorrows.

Speaking of which, I fell behind with NaNoWriMo because I went on a conference and had little time to write. Now I feel quite a bit hopeless and defeated regarding finishing on time, but I am going to keep trying. I do like my story.

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