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100 Authors and Books

Or Not! First the authors, I have had so many recommendations from various sources that I have a list of 93 authors on my keep a look out for list  in the library. I would love to make it up to a nice round 100. Please look at the page called 100 Authors , and let me know if there is someone who should really be there.

Don’t you just love a list of 100 books to see how many you may have read. Way back in 2004 I set about creating my own list of a 100  books I really rated. Talk about a work in progress, I am only on 43. If you would like to see how I am doing, then I have created another page called 100 books. Love to know what you think.

Hopng for some cracking good reads coming my way and yours.

Thanks, and happy reading!


Comments on: "100 Authors and Books" (29)

  1. My favourite book is West with the Night by Beryl Markham, her autobiography of growing up in Africa. A book that goes brilliantly with it is Circling the Sun by Paula McClain, a biography of Beryl, she was in the same social circle as Karen Blixen of Out of Africa. Beryl grew up among the Masai, 1st woman in Africa to get a horse trainers licence, 1st woman to get a pilots licence, 1st woman to flat east-west solo across the Atlantic. Fascinating book!

  2. This is fun–seeing what I should read and being pleased when our favorites align! Since you like literate mysteries, you might try Amanda Cross. That was the pen name for Carolyn Heilbrun, who was an important feminist critic and academic. The books feature a . . . feminist critic and academic, solving mysteries.

  3. Murtagh's Meadow said:

    I tried replying yesterday but for some reason WordPress wasn’t accepting them! Anyway love your list and some of my favourites are there including Irish authors like Sebastian Barry. Other Irish authors I would recommend would be Anne Enright, Emma ODonoghue, and Colum McCann (Try “Transatlantic”).

  4. One of my favourite books is Dark Matter by Michelle Paver. She gets described as a children’s author because she now writes brilliant children’s fiction – very enjoyable even if you are an adult. But Dark Matter is adult fiction and she did originally write adult historical fiction first that I’ve never read. Don’t know if that makes her worthy of your list?

  5. I wish I could see your list of books, I love to read and from the comments it sounds like we have similar tastes in them. Do you have any Daphne DuMaurier on your list? I loved Rebecca and totally rode the wave of My Cousin Rachael. While Jamaica Inn was somewhat predictable, I was drawn into the story and was on the edge of my seat while reading. But my favorite book is by Nancy Turner called These is My Words. If you haven’t read it, you will LOVE it!❤️❤️

    • I love the Daphne du Maurier books. When the BBC compiled the original list they asked people to nominate a good read to be enjoyed by all and Rebecca was the one i choose. I started to keep a record of all the books I read in October 2003. I n January 2004 I began to compile a top 100, but only from books I had read from that time on. I think I may have to re read some favourites and see if I want to include them in my top 100. It’s not enough that a book is a good read, it should also speak to me on several levels. I shall add nacy Trner to my 100 authors to read, which makes her 102! If that makes sense. I can see I have a lot of reading to enjoy, it makes me very happy. Thank you.

  6. I’d add Victoria hislop to your authors list… She’s only written I think 4 novels, but her work is so good.
    I’m intrigued from your 100 books list what made northanger Abbey so much more special than any other austen book?
    I’m right there with you on anna karenina, I love that book. Another individual book recommendation would be vikram seth’s a suitable boy.

    • Plus, good luck with your reading challenge… 100 authors is a lot to get through, but you’ve got some good ones there so plenty of happy reading hours

    • I have added her to my list, and that makes the 100. Thank you. I choose Northanger Abbey because I felt Jane Austin put a lot of herself in it, less polished perhaps but from the heart. I should manage to read one from each of the authors within three years. That’s if I don’t add to the list, but I bet I will!

      • Oooh, that’s exciting that my suggestion makes the 100. That’s cool about your reasons for choosing Northanger Abbey. I’ve found it funny that my opinion of Emma has changed since the first time I read it. On the jane austen theme, my sister and I played a fun card game last night called ‘marrying mr darcy’. You get to be a female character from p&p and then work to improve your reputation, beauty, wit and friendliness in order to make yourself eligible for different marriage proposals. It was lots of fun, though it’s rather expensive to buy over here.

      • I have not heard of the game, sounds like every girls dream thanks to Colin Firth. I studied Emma for my A levels at school, and thoroughly enjoyed it, it’s what I mean about being polished! Always liked Mansfield Park too.

  7. Elizabeth Gaskell wrote “North and South” which is wonderful.

    • I’ve read it, and enjoyed it, but prior to my starting my top 100 list. Maybe I need to re read it, so it can go on the top 100 list. Thanks for reminding me.

  8. Cathy: Try Josephine Tey (cracking good mysteries, all different) out of print in some countries, so can be found on-line from OZ… if one were looking. 😉 And these I read on-line, which I really don’t enjoy. But they were that good!
    Take a gander at Furrowed Middlebrow’s reprints on Amazon. I loved all the Faviell books (also on-line), but haven’t much liked Winifred Peck. Have samples of Rachel Ferguson to get to, but as I don’t like reading on-line I forget them.

    • I have read Josephine Tey, her story The daughter of Time is on of my top 100 books, but I should look for her other books, thanks for the other names , I will look on line. I have a Kindle as well with books always available in an emergency!

  9. Looking at your list I would have thought you might enjoy some of the Ellis Peters Brother Cadfael series. She paints a great picture of life in a medieval abbey and the conflict between the followers of Stephen and Maude. Also Donna Leon similarly gives a great picture of modern life in Venice with her Brunetti detective stories.

    • So agree about Ellis Peters, I have read the lot! Love the TV series too. Donna Leon is a new one on me, adding her name to my list, that makes97! Thank you

  10. I see you have Barbara Kingsolver on your list of authors – The Poisonwood Bible still rates as one of my favourite ever reads. It took a bit to get into but was worth the effort. I can also read Dickens and Austen books over and over again. Bleak House is probably my favourite Dickens and any Austen will do. I also enjoy the writing of George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans) Silas Marner and The Mill on the Floss are great – though my favourite has to be Middlemarch. Must read it again soon…….

    • Thanks for recommending Barbara Kingsolver. Already a big fan of Austin, Dickens and George Elliott, I tend to dip in and out of them nowadays. Agree so much on Bleak House and Middlemarch. I also love David Copperfield, Oliver, great Expectations, Hard Tmes

  11. Nevil Shute, Rudyard Kipling, Jane Austen (yes, I know you’ve read them all, but Pride & Prejudice is my desert island book), Bill Bryson, Neil Gaiman…. Quite a wide range of genres there, but all excellent writers.

  12. That’s a good list. Well read names, unheard of names and some I should read but have never got round to it. I would add Libby Purves – I rarely buy hardback novels but the fact I have several of hers shows I was too impatient to wait for the paperback to come out or the library to stock.

  13. William Boyd – lots of good ones but ‘Any Human Heart’ is excellent, one of my very favourite books.

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