Do you ever make Top-5 lists? — Or, Top-10 lists…or Top-20 lists, and the number of lists you can make, can go on and on.
Sometimes, I do make these types of lists, but I normally do not write them down. However, today as I turn 53, a particular list comes to my mind, and it’s one that I change very frequently. This list is titled my Top Favourite 5 Authors’ List. I also very frequently think about my Top Favourite 5 Artists’ List. These lists are confusing enough the way they are because they change very often. Therefore, I am not going to touch on my favourite artists today, but only my current favourite authors. I’ll go through my Favourite Artists’ List, some other day.
Usually, my choice of favourite authors is based on a series of exceptionally good novels. That is not always the case, sometimes, I will have chosen an author based on a single work. Let me put it this way, there really isn’t any set of rules for how I create my favourite lists, it is more of a wonderfully emotional feeling that I have when I have experienced a great novel: If I have just taken part in a very interesting story, with powerful characters, intriguing storyline and plot, with lots of action, with believable emotions, and an explosive ending, and I couldn’t tear myself away from it—that means it falls into the “Great Novel” category. That is usually how an author makes his way, or her way, on to my favourite authors list.
So at this time in my life, at 53, I can say that I have experienced many incredible stories, written by many incredible writers. For now, I am limiting my list to “five” authors, and they are listed in no particular order, as I find it very difficult to form a favourites hierarchy based on various evidence of writing excellence. Currently, I do not have any women writers on my Top Favourite 5 Authors List, although I have in the past, but as I have already mentioned, my list changes quite often.
One thing I ask myself about my favourite lists is this question: “What good does it do anyone else to know my favourites lists?” And let me answer that question, it may not do anyone else any good. Nonetheless, perhaps you may not have considered various authors, or various artists, and now, after reading their names on my lists, you may give them a try and see if you like the writing or the artwork, etc.
So without further adieu, here is my current list of 9 favourite authors (The author’s name and at least one of my favourite works by that author) HAHAHA! I FOOLED YOU—It is my list, so I can change it from 5 to 9:
- HOMER (NOT Homer Simpson!) — The Iliad (composed at some point around the late 8th or early 7th century BC.)
- STEVEN PRESSFIELD (born September 1943) — Last of the Amazons (2002), The War of Art (2002).
- ROBERT A. HEINLEIN (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) — Starship Troopers (1959), Citizen of the Galaxy (1957).
- EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS (September 1, 1875 – March 19, 1950) — The Gods of Mars (1913), The Warlord of Mars (1914).
- SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892), The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905).
- GEORGE ORWELL (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950) — 1984 (1948).
- STEPHEN KING (born September 21, 1947) — Salem’s Lot (1975).
- XENOPHON (c. 430–354 BC) — Anabasis (c.370 BC).
- MARKO KLOOS — Terms of Enlistment (2014).
Let’s put, “The End” for now, on this post. Hope you enjoyed reading my “Top Favourite 9 Authors’ List.”