Saved by grace. Living one step at a time: sometimes by faith, sometimes with doubt, but faith is a better way to go.
Married to my one and only love.
Raising my four beautiful, bouncy, brilliant girls.
We're second generation homeschoolers.
We're all book crazy.
Make that just generally crazy.
1. Jane Austen. Because six completed novels is not enough. The rest of her family was so long-lived, her forty-one years means we were all cheated.
2. Harper Lee. One perfect novel. Just one. I suspect Ms. Lee still writes. Maybe she burns her writings instead of letting anyone see it, but I have to believe she writes.
3. C.S. Lewis. Fiction or non-fiction, I'm not being particular here. (Although I do feel like I'm cheating a bit with this entry because I haven't actually read everything he wrote yet. I'm working on that.)
4. Kate Ross. She wrote four tightly crafted mystery novels before dying. I would have loved to know more about the characters and series she invented.
5. L. M. Montgomery. Because all those novels and short stories are just not enough.
6. J. R. R. Tolkien. Sure, they keep "discovering" new works. But those last few things are majorly depressing. I wish there was something more.
7. Charles Dickens. No, Dickens didn't used to be one of my favorite authors but as I completed my own personal Dickens challenge a few years ago (reading through all his novels), I grew to love some of them. I think Edwin Drood would have been either amazing or dumb and I really wish he'd been able to finish it.
8. Ally Condie - please finish the Matched series soon!
9. Jude Morgan - this author's historical fiction can be very Austen-esque. I'd love to read another.
10. Eric Metaxas - because his Wilberforce and Bonhoeffer biographies are A+.
Bonus mention: Mary Ann Shaffer, co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Her niece finished this, her aunt's first novel, for her but I suspect the real magic came from Ms. Shaffer and it's sad that there will never be another work from this lady.
So, who would make your list?
This post is linked to Top 10 Tuesday at The Broke and the Bookish.
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