2. I have to have read more than one series (or book if they don't have series) and at least half of their published novels or series. (So not counting essays, short stories, or novellas.)
This has knocked out some serious contenders that I would have otherwise listed like Jane Austen (I love two of her books, thought the third was ok, HATED the fourth, can't bring myself to finish the fifth, and just need to dive into the sixth!) and both J.K. Rowling and Sarah J. Maas (who I've only read one series from as of yet).
What She's Written: She's probably best known for her first books, The Song of the Lioness Quartet
Why I Love Her: She's the most dedicated author I know of who consistently includes EVERY sort of diversity throughout her books. (Seriously - race, LGBTQA, body shape - she's got it all). She also has such a wide variety of heroines (and heroes), is sex positive, has got some wicked world-building after spending 30 books exploring her realms. Technically she should be disqualified since I finished Mastiff yesterday, and I super crazy hated the ending, but she could do anything at this point and I would still love her books to the ends of the earth. After all, one in thirty books is pretty damn good!
What She's Written: She's probably best known for her award winning book, The Hero and the Crown.
Why I Love Her: She has pretty much my favourite fairy tale retellings. She also has gorgeous prose and imaginative characters and worlds - she's written in very different styles and genres too. She's the only other author on this list that I will forgive pretty much anything as well. (If I can get over that cliffhanger in Pegasus, I can survive anything she throws my way). She also has a highly entertaining blog.
What He's Written: Puhlease. Like you don't know who this is. My personal favourite is The BFG!
Why I Love Him: Roald Dahl's books are the perfect mix of ridiculousness and truth. He also never speaks down to his audience - his writing always treats kids as if they are equal, and trust me - kids KNOW when you're talking down to them, and they don't like it.
What She's Written: She's probably best known for her Gemma Doyle trilogy.
Why I Love Her: I actually hadn't thought of her as a favourite author til I was making this list. I've consistently loved every book I've read by her (although I still have Beauty Queens to read, but by all accounts that's probably her most loved books) and Going Bovine would make my Top 10 ranking of most important books I've ever read. It was powerful and really shook me up - I still think about it all the time.
What She's Written: If you read manga at all, you've at least heard of Fruits Basket.
Why I Love Her: It's funny - both of my all time favourite mangas are written by mangakas who wrote another manga that I hated! Fruits Basket is definitely in my Top 10 mangas though, so I'm glad I've had the opportunity to read Takaya's other works! Takaya's stories are really quiet - yes there's a plot to it all, but it's kind of like a slice of life/magic realism sort of thing (the magic realism is more Fruits Basket than her other work) and the focus is on relationships - familial and platonic as well as romantic (probably even more so than romantic). I have yet to read Tsubasa, but Hoshi wa Utau has probably my favourite artwork - it's kind of wistful.
What She's Written: Her newest book, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, (which I haven't read yet) has been a huge hit!
Why I Love Her: With the exception of the last author on this list, I think she's written in the most varied genres. And without fail every book has been absolutely amazing. She also has some of the most realistic characters - in fact her characters inspired me to do a series of posts just on them instead of writing a book review!
What She's Written: Definitely best known for her A Wrinkle in Time Quintet.
Why I Love Her: Of all the authors on this list, this is the author I most come back to when I'm questioning my beliefs or am dealing with abstract things that are just more than I can handle at the moment. A Ring of Endless Light was a huge staple in my reading when I was dealing with some really heavy life stuff. It's always both extremely enlightening and comforting - I don't usually find being enlightened about things comfortable, but Madeleine L'Engle has always been able to gently lead me places I need to go, even in stories I've read thousands of times. I think of all the well known authors I read, she's the most undiscovered. Most everyone has read A Wrinkle in Time, a lot of people finished the series, and I very rarely find anyone who has read anything else of hers. She barely even qualified for this list - I think I've read exactly half of her books. She writes for all audiences and she's just so insightful with family relationships, and does this amazing and respectful melding science and religion.
What She's Written: Best known for her The Lynburn Legacy.
Why I Love Her: The Lynburn Legacy is one of the cleverest twists on paranormal fiction I've read. It sets up everything the way you expect, and proceeds to twist it into something entirely new. It's also LGBT positive, has some of my favourite female friendships AND family relationships. The characters basically range from OH MY GOD. THIS IS ME. IN A BOOK. (Holly) To OH MY GOD I WISH THIS WAS ME. IN REAL LIFE. (Angela and Kami). SRB also writes some really complex, manipulative, unlikeable characters - particularly in The Demon's Lexicon.
What She's Written: If you're going to read a Caletti book, I highly recommend The Nature of Jade as a good starting place!
Why I Love Her: First let me just say this: If you are a Sarah Dessen fan, I can almost guarantee you will love these books. Deb Caletti is my favourite contemporary author (aka the only one I regularly read), and like Dessen she focuses a LOT of female friendships and family relationships. Romantic interests aren't the main focal point in the story, and that's really important to me. She also has a lot of characters dealing with STUFF (mental illness, abuse, pregnant friends, etc.) - but it never feels too dark or heavy (I am notorious for avoiding said things, so the fact that I can still devour says something). And it always feels like said issues feel real, well researched, and dealt in a respectful manner. I prefer her writing to Sarah Dessen's (who I do enjoy, but she's no Caletti) and Deb Caletti is SUPER unappreciated, so if I can get at least ONE person to read one of her books, I will feel like I've accomplished something in life.
What She's Written: She's best known for Kushiel's Legacy. (Which I've mentioned several times. Because it's amazing.)
Why I Love Her: Holy COW this woman can write anything. I just read a paranormal series by her and it was fantastic (Multi-racial! A bi main character! Magic fun times! Funny! Just a ton of fun to read) - and so, so, SO different from her Kushiel series, which I would basically describe as a better Game of Thrones. YES I SAID THAT. I mean...it's incredible. Like Tamora Pierce, she's got loads of LGBTQA characters of many different races - most importantly? Both of her main characters are bi. YOU JUST DON'T FIND THAT. And the world building in Kushiel is...sooooo amazing. And it doesn't feel like it gets bogged down like it does in AGoT because the plot is intense and there's sex positivity (...so...much...) and *FLAILS* it's basically one of my favourite discoveries of the past couple years.
So who made your list? Any of my authors?