It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, and this week, in honor of Thanksgiving, the Broke and the Bookish is asking for Ten authors or books we’re most thankful for. I don’t often spend time reflecting on those things I’m thankful for, I certainly should spend more time thinking about those things that have made my life richer. So here are ten authors I’m thankful to have read, owned, or given to others.
1. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes was an obsession of mine when I was younger, and I’ve reread these stories more times than I can count
2. Ray Bradbury. Ray opened up entire worlds for me, and I’ll be eternally grateful to him for that
3. Chris Adrian. Adrian is possibly the most ambitious writer working today. His short story “A Tiny Feast” is one of the most beautiful, heartbreaking works of fantasy I’ve ever read.
4. Chris Claremont. Claremont wrote the X-Men when I was obsessive about comic books.
5. Walt Whitman. I try to read something from Whitman daily, for me it’s a lot like listening to uplifting music to get my day going.
6. Studs Terkel. Terkel’s expansive view of humanity opened my eyes to the different ways people can experience the same things, and reminds me to think beyond myself.
7. Charles Portis. I’ve covered this before.
8. Connie Willis. My wife introduced me to Connie Willis, and I’m definitely the better for it.
9. Doris Kearns Goodwin. For writing passionately about history, with an unforgettable voice.
10. Neil DeGrasse Tyson. For writing about science with the same enthusiasm Walt Whitman used to write about the soul.
Those are the ten I’m most thankful for, what are some of yours?