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c.j.'s selections ten ten ten
|one||Diana Wynne Jones - 21 books |
No surprise here. I worship this woman. I've read all her Chrestomanci books, the Dalemark quartet, and a whole ton of others. Not to mention Howl's Moving Castle, which I might have mentioned on S&L once or twice (actual count: 18). If you claim to be a fantasy lover, if you wonder who was British and whimsical before JK Rowling, then check out Diana.
Lemony Snicket - 15 books
I'm counting Why We Broke Up, cause duh. I still freaking love A Series of Unfortunate Events. I know a lot of people read it, but it still never got the acclaim it deserved. BUT THEY'RE MAKING IT INTO A NETFLIX SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!! Excuse me, while I start breathing again.
Tamora Pierce - 14 books
As some people are just finding out (hem Nicole and Christina), Tamora Pierce is a certified badass. She was Sarah Maas before there was Sarah Maas. Her stories stuck with me. I read them over and over. She inspired me to write! I started with Daine--accidental choice, but it made for an interested sequence.
|four||Chuck Palahniuk - 10 books |
Chuck is my twisted idol. Ever since Fight Club, I've been obsessed with his books. His style and his boldness speak to my creepy little black icicle of a heart. So far, chronologically, I'm current up until Pygmy. Soon I shall conquer them all!
D.J. MacHale - 9 books
The Pendragon books were my jam in middle school. I was freaking in love with Bobby,who is adorable and a space/time traveler and super noble in that Harry Potter way. Plus, his friends Courtney, Mark, and Loor kick ass too, and all the worlds are amazing! (Secret: I still haven't read the last one. Then it can't end. :( )
|six||J.K. Rowling - 9 books |
This really should be 9, because I forgot to add Fantastic Beasts. Obviously Ms. Rowling made the list. Not hard when you write a 7-book series. Although, it makes me realize how many series I read, writing this... I could tell you stuff, but you already know it all.
|seven||Darren Shan - 8 books |
I still don't know his real name, but his Cirque du Freak books were awesome. They were vampires, post-Anne Rice and pre-Twilight, plus a lot of other people with crazy abilities and connections to the underworld. All centered around a traveling freak show. AMAZING. (Haven't finished this either. Endings are hard...)
|eight||C.S. Lewis - 7 books |
Yes, there are some pretty racist and misogynist elements here, but I believe that you can love something critically. And I love these books. They're infused with a nostalgic magic that always leaves me in tears when I turn the last page of book 7. They will always be special to me.
|nine||Roald Dahl - 7 books |
Dahl is my man. I think I read The Witches about 12 times before I was 10, and watched the movie at least a few dozen. Every single one of his books is creepily whimsical. No wonder I turned out the way I did...
|ten||Kurt Vonnegut - 6 books |
I haven't read him in a while, but he'll always be a favorite. His mix of cynicism, whimsy, and poignancy is unparalleled. I mean, who else can get away with writing a literary novel set in a place called Tralfamador!? He's a freaking genius. So it goes.