Oh boy, how many hours do you have? Actually, do you have a week?? So many good books, so little time! As a kid, I absolutely loved Roald Dahl’s books. Seems like he had so much naughty fun writing his stories. I also loved The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis and any book about curious, adventurous kids – Ramona Quimby, Encyclopedia Brown and Harriet the Spy come to mind. I absolutely love picture books by Amy Krause Rosenthal, (such as Duck, Rabbit) and by Doreen Cronin – Diary of a Worm and Click Clack Moo are brilliant. Linda Sue Park is so good for middle grade! As for young adult novels, omg I love Matt de la Pena. And John Green. And E. Lockhart and Stephanie Perkins. I recently discovered Leigh Bardugo’s The Language of Thorns…brilliant.
In the adult realm, so many, from Stephen King (when I want to be afraid of my own house), Paul Theroux (when I want to travel far and wide with a cranky guide) and Jhumpa Lahiri, Geoff Dyer and Chang Rae Lee (when I want to marvel at gorgeous writing and brilliant thinking). Harlan Coben and Haruki Murakami are both so entertaining. M.G. Lord was a writing professor of mine and is a masterful writer and hilarious speaker. Judith Freeman and Janet Fitch are also amazingly skilled writers. And there are the classics—I will always love Marguerite Duras, James Baldwin, Paul Bowles, Arthur Miller and on and on… Did I put you to sleep? Because I could spend a week on this topic. When I’m near an author I admire, I have to remind myself to breathe.