Saturday, October 30, 2010

15 Authors (meme)

15 Authors (meme)
Fifteen authors (poets included) who’ve influenced you and that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. Tag at least fifteen friends, including me, because I’m interested in seeing what authors my friends choose.

I was tagged by Steve Hayes over at Khanya for this one - thanks Steve, fun!
Although I find this similar to having to do the thank you's after an event - you're sure you're going to forget someone really significant! But let's have a go - in no particular order.

1. Isaac Asimov
2. Robert Heinlein (earlier books)
3. JRR Tolkien
4. CS Lewis
5. John Ortberg
6. Rick Warren
7. Terry Pratchett
8. Ken Schenck
9. Andre Brink
10. CS Forester
11. Zakes Mda
12. Millard Erickson
13. Richard Foster
14. The Bronte Sisters
15. Aldous Huxley

I'm fairly sure that if I took my time I would change this list, but there we go. Some explanation:
Two names that definitely would not come off - John Ortberg and Terry Pratchett. If I could be anyone other than me I'd like to be one of them! Just make Terry Pratchett a Christian :-) They both write with such insight.
Tolkien, CS Lewis - need I say anything?
Asimov and Heinlein - read when I was a teenager - the great unknown, survival against the odds.
Rick Warren, Richard Foster, Millard Erickson, Ken Schenck - Christian writers that help me see things more clearly.
Brink, Mda - South African writers that communicate South Africanness to me.
CS Forester - Hornblower was my hero for a long time - we see life from inside his soul, his fears and weakness (similar to Harry Potter early books).
Bronte Sisters - fascinated by their taking on of the male dominated world of literature.
Aldous Huxley - too likely to come true.

And so to tag some others:

Peter Houston
Gus Kelly
John van der Laar
Mark Penrith
Charli H
Delme Linscott
David Barbour
Ian Webster
Steve Hayes


Steven Jones said...

Hi Jenny

Here's my 10 favourite authors (also in no particular order):

James Herriot
Erma Bombeck
Jeremy Clarkson
John Grisham
Michael Ridpath
Arthur Hailey
Sue Grafton
Clem Sunter
Goscinny and Uderzo (creators of Asterix)
Bill Cosby

I couldn't get to 15, although I have read literally hundreds of books by various authors. However, the above 10 are the ones I return to time again when my brain has been frazzled by the "serious stuff"

OUT OF THE BOX said...

Ok, I'll play though I have no idea how to tag.

John Steinbeck
William Faulkner
Teilhard deJardins
Phillip Yancey
Dorothy Sayers
Madeleine L'Engle
John Dos Passos
Winston Churchill
Barbara Tuchman
Joyce Carol Oates
Alan Drury
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Ortega deGasset
Leon Uris

Jenny Hillebrand said...

Thanks Doug! I just read Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck this week.
Madeleine L'Engle is also one of my favourites - I wish I had read her while I was growing up.
To tag people - post this meme on your own blog and then put links to those you would like to tag (people who read your blog). Hopefully they pick it up and put the meme on their blogs and then tag others. This creates connections on the internet and lets us meet new friends!