Welcome friends! I have started this entry in the global technosphere because I have been in love with books since the age of 2. Among the busy business of being a new teacher, this is my outlet for sharing thoughts on a love of reading a wide variety of books. My inspiration can be summed up with a yearbook quote from a teacher written when I was 8: "To the only girl at recess I see reading a book. Good for you!"
My blog title is quoted from a classmate who asked me this once. Believe it or not, I've also heard it as a teacher :D

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

15 Authors

I came across this activity at My Reader's Block & thought it sounded like an interesting exercise in literary self-analysis.  Here goes:

*Don't take too long to think about it.
*List fifteen authors (poets included) who've influenced you or who stick with you.
*Select the first fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. No particular order required.

Mostly, my list consists of novelists, but I included 3 of my favourite poets.  All of these authors are influential to me in a variety of ways too countless to name.  As an added bonus, I've also added a recommended title in ( ) if you are new to the author.  If I've reviewed the title, click the link :)

1)  Stephen King (The Green Mile)
2)  John Irving (The World According to Garp)
3)  Margaret Laurence (The Diviners)
4)  Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid's Tale)
5)  Percy Shelley ("Ode to a Skylark")
6)  Edgar Allan Poe ("The Raven")
7)  John Keats ("Ode on a Grecian Urn")
8)  Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler's Wife)
9)  Virginia Woolf (A Room of One's Own)
10)  Anne Tyler (The Accidental Tourist)
11)  Ken Kesey (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)
12)  Barbara Kingsolver (The Poisonwood Bible)
13)  Jane Hamilton (A Map of the World)
14)  Anna Quindlen (One True Thing)
15)  Mark Haddon (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time)

If you participate(d), include your link in the comments below.  I'd love to see what authors influence or stick with you :)


  1. Margaret Atwood could make me list too. I never could get into Stephen King, though. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your list!

  2. I see some of my favorites on your list as well as several new-to-me authors! I'll have to look them up! Mine is here:

  3. Oh this sounds fun to do! I have to agree with 6 and 7 the most :)

  4. I've read something from all but # 13 and 13 on your list. Great choices! I may have to do this.

  5. I've read a few from your list. 1, 4 and 9 made mine.

  6. Yep, you've got great taste in reading. I'm glad I found you.