For March’s Top 5 Tuesday topics Shanah has given us a theme!
Yay! If there’s anything I love in life it’s a theme. I mean…. I love more than just that but like the loser I am, themed topics are high up there.
There are no hard and fast rules with this one so the author names can be selected by first name, last name or a happy mix. I was all gung ho to do it on last names until I started planning it out and got stuck. I’ve decided to do a ‘happy mix’ and pretend that was my intention all along.
Except I’ve now told you it wasn’t.
Oh well. Here we go anyway!
Ah, Maggie. Can I get away with calling the inimitable Margaret Atwood, Maggie? Probably not.
My first ever Margaret Atwood book was The Handmaid’s Tale, read when I was 17 years old for my college English Literature class. Despite having to spend months studying it (which normally puts me off) I was enthralled by every word and she became an author I adored quite quickly because of her writing style and the subject matter she tackles.
I don’t love all her books that I’ve read even though I can acknowledge that it’s still good writing. I’ve mentioned The Handmaid’s Tale but another one of hers that I find most brilliant is Alias Grace.
I love that these lists remind you of books or writers who may ordinarily slip your mind. I don’t know why Enid Blyton would ever slip my mind because boy did I read a ton of her books when I was younger.
There’s the Famous Five series, the Malory Towers series, the Secret Seven series, the Naughtiest Girl series, the Fabulous Four series and the Toyland series featuring Noddy!
She wrote so many books (800 apparently) and I particularly adored the Famous Five and Secret Seven series as they’re pretty much crime mysteries for kids. I still remember some of the plots now!
My friend introduced me to Angela Carter when we were in our twenties and I’m so glad she did because here is a woman whose writing is incredibly poetic and sensual.
Some of her stories are so random and bizarre but I think that’s half the appeal because I need random and bizarre. I am deeply in love with The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories and if anyone was looking for adult retelling’s of fairy tales that are feminist, beautifully written and with sinister undertones I would point them her way.
I’ll never know what my first Roald Dahl book was because I was young and I can’t ever recall a time where I didn’t know who he was. I don’t think you get to fully pass childhood unless you’ve read one of his stories.
He writes wonderfully grim stories for children but that’s the appeal. They’re fun and filled with whimsy and wonder but he never patronizes his young audience. I immediately think of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Witches first and foremost.
Oh and his biographical books and adult short stories – most definitely not to be sneered at. He can write for adults too.
I chose Erin Morgenstern because I wanted to squeeze a contemporary writer onto the list as the rest are rather old school.
Now while the other writer’s I’ve included have racked up the books Ms. Morgenstern has so far achieved a grand total of two novels. I’ve only read one of them thus far; The Night Circus.
I’m including her on the list because I really like the fact that she set about writing The Night Circus during NaNoWriMo and as a NaNoWriMo participant this gives me hope. I’m also including her on the list because The Night Circus smashed it (is that the technical term?) as a debut yet it took her an incredibly long time to get it published.
Like I said – hope.
Have you read any works from the above authors? I’d be very surprised if you haven’t!
Do you have any favourites that they’ve written or alternatively, anything that you just can’t get to grips with?
Let me know in the comments below!