When I was growing up, I devoured Roald Dahl's books. One of my favorites was his books of fractured fairy tales. As I got older I loved his short stories. I once heard that he had a hip replacement and kept his old hip bone in a jar in his writing space. That made me love him even more and made me regret the fact that I had not asked for my hip after my replacement surgery :)
2. Enid Blython
Another author I loved when growing up. Between the stories of the Faraway Tree and the Enchanted Wood and the mystery-solving Famous Five, I was hooked.
3. Stephen King
I find his writing compelling. No matter what book of his I pick up, I enjoy reading it. Novels, short stories, all of it. I have not yet read On Writing, though it is now on my TBR list.
4. Isabel Allende
The first full-length book I read in Spanish was Isabel Allende's La casa de los espíritus. Ever since I have been hooked. I love magic realism.
5. Gabriel García Márquez
Another magic realism author. I've been hooked since the first time I read Cien años de soledad.
6. Anne Rice
What can I say? I believe that I have read every single vampire novel that Anne Rice wrote. I love them! I was a little obsessed for a while. I don't usually buy a lot of books(I'm more of a library girl; I love a deadline), but I own a lot of Anne Rice books.
7. Barbara Kingsolver
Wow! I love Barbara Kingsolver's writing. I feel like I am transported to a different world every time I read her books. I cannot choose a favorite.
8. Irish Poets
Irish poets. At one point in my life, I strove to be one. Two of my favorite poems are The Wayfarer by Padraig Pearse and Mid-Term Break by Seamus Heaney.
9. Oscar Wilde
The Portrait of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest are two books I read in high school that I still feel impacted by today. In fact I feel a sudden urge to read both again right now.
10. Agatha Christie
The first mystery books I read were Agatha Christie. I fell in love with Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. I'm still in love with both of them and occasionally return to her books. They always make me feel welcome, like a long-lost friend.
Who are your favorite authors?