Thursday, November 25, 2010

Booking Through Thursday: Thankful

This week's BTT question has a Thanksgiving theme: What authors and books are you most thankful for?

Well, while I've always loved books and reading, and I'm certainly glad there are so many books out there still waiting for me to discover them, I'm not sure "thankful" is really the word I'd associate with the whole process. But I won't quibble. And since I also love list-making, I'll just share my list of favorite authors from my Library Thing profile page. Here goes:
Edward Albee, Woody Allen, Margery Allingham, Kingsley Amis, Aristophanes, Louis Auchincloss, Jane Austen, Alan Ayckbourn, John Barth, Ann Beattie, Robert Benchley, Jorge Luis Borges, Ray Bradbury, Anita Brookner, Truman Capote, Lewis Carroll, Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie, Arthur C. Clarke, Noël Coward, Will Cuppy, Len Deighton, Peter De Vries, Colin Dexter, Emily Dickinson, Joan Didion, John Donne, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Daphne Du Maurier, Lawrence Durrell, Edward Eager, Harlan Ellison, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Janet Flanner, E. M. Forster, John Fowles, John Gardner, Edward Gorey, Caroline Graham, Ann Granger, Graham Greene, Dashiell Hammett, Thomas Hardy, Moss Hart, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Robert A. Heinlein, Joseph Heller, Lillian Hellman, Ernest Hemingway, Hermann Hesse, Hazel Holt, A. E. Housman, Shirley Jackson, Henry James, M. R. James, P. D. James, George S. Kaufman, John Keats, Carolyn Keene, Garrison Keillor, Jean Kerr, Milan Kundera, Harper Lee, Doris Lessing, Ira Levin, Elinor Lipman, Penelope Lively, H. P. Lovecraft, Alison Lurie, Ngaio Marsh, W. Somerset Maugham, Larry McMurtry, James A. Michener, Arthur Miller, Steven Millhauser, A. A. Milne, Jan/James Morris, John Mortimer, Iris Murdoch, Vladimir Nabokov, Joyce Carol Oates, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Jean Plaidy, Edgar Allan Poe, Anthony Powell, Douglas Preston, Barbara Pym, Ruth Rendell, Philip Roth, J. D. Salinger, Dorothy L. Sayers, Rod Serling, Dr. Seuss, William Shakespeare, Robert Silverberg, Clifford D. Simak, Neil Simon, C. P. Snow, Muriel Spark, Elizabeth Taylor, Angela Thirkell, Dylan Thomas, Hunter S. Thompson, James Thurber, Anthony Trollope, Mark Twain, Anne Tyler, John Updike, Kurt Vonnegut, Irving Wallace, Evelyn Waugh, H. G. Wells, Eudora Welty, Patricia Wentworth, T. H. White, Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams, Angus Wilson, P. G. Wodehouse, Larry Woiwode, Thomas Wolfe, Tom Wolfe, Virginia Woolf, John Wyndham
How's that? Hmmmm - I see I may have to add a few new ones. Like Carlos Ruiz-Zafon and George Orwell. Oh, and Kate Morton. And Emily Bronte. And Alan Bennett.

This could take a while.


  1. What a list! I see that you trend a lot to the classic and literary with a sprinkling of science fiction. I just called out two (well, three) authors this week and all were the authors of my two favorite science fiction series. Happy Thanksgiving and happy reading!

  2. Hahaha, see, I have the same problem. I have too many to be thankful for. Although, I suppose that's not really a problem, now, is it? ;O) Happy Thanksgiving and happy reading!

  3. Ellison, Clarke, and Heinlein? I had no idea you read SF. If course, Robert Silverberg counts as well..

  4. Great list! We have a lot in common...and I see a few on your list that I forgot (Ellison and Clark just to name a couple).

    Here's mine:

  5. That's a great list of authors ... I see a lot of my favorites in there :)

  6. Thanks, everyone, for stopping by! Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, if you celebrate the day.

    Yes, some of my favorite books have been sf. I haven't read much of it lately, but there was a time when I read almost nothing but. Haven't really kept up with many of the current writers, I'm afraid, but I still love the classics.

  7. Any particular favorites by Heinlein? I have read nothing of him, and only a short story or two by Clarke.

  8. smellincoffee--

    Well, my favorite Heinlein is probably Stranger in a Strange Land, or maybe The Puppet Masters. He was one of the first SF authors I read, so I suppose he's a sentimental favorite, but I don't think I've ever read anything by him that I didn't like. I love Clarke too (especially Rendezvous with Rama), but I haven't read much of his later work.


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