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Favorite contemporary fiction authors: A top ten list

This week’s top ten list: favorite contemporary fiction authors (as hosted by The Broke and The Bookish). I’m defining contemporary authors as currently living, currently publishing (as in more than one book) fiction writers. In no particular order:

10. Deborah Harkness

9. Joe Hill

8. Bret Easton Ellis

7. Ian McEwan

6. John Sandford

5. Kate Morton

4. Richard Russo

3. Jeffrey Eugenides

2. Stephen King

1. John Irving

What genre did you choose? Any contemporary authors I missed out on?

Image: Literary flowchart found here.


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  • Kat (AussieZombie) (@katlb82)

    I really liked Joe Hill’s Horns, but I’ve yet to read any more of his work. I love Kate Morton’s books and Stephen King is, well, the King!

    • Rory O’Connor

      You definitely have to check out Heart Shaped Box, it’s excellent (though I ultimately preferred Horns).

  • West Virginia Red (@wvredreads)

    Joe Hill is pretty amazing. I have Horns in my October read list but haven’t gotten there yet. Deborah Harkness is there too. Great List.

    • Rory O’Connor

      Horns is being made into a movie right now with Daniel Radcliffe as Ignatius! I wish they’d make A Discovery of Witches into a movie, though I can’t imagine it’d live up to the novel (a rare feat).

  • Lucy

    Harkness and King are two authors whose work I enjoy. King is so prolific isn’t he – wow! Joe Hill is an author I’d like to try too. Fabulous list!

    • Rory O’Connor

      I loved both of Joe Hill’s novels, so I can wholeheartedly recommend them. Horns is being made into a movie right now starring Daniel Radcliffe (a perfect casting choice)!

  • softdrink

    Re: 2,3 and 10…hell yes!
    #1 and 8? Hell no. 😀

    • Rory O’Connor

      Oh man, #1? We can’t be blog friends anymore 🙂

  • booksaremyfavouriteandbest

    Phew! I had to scroll down to find John Irving 😉

    Easton Ellis interesting choice – I really liked his early stuff but must admit that Imperial Bedrooms made me sick to my stomach (I guess it’s good writing if it’s that powerful… but really turned me off).

    • Rory O’Connor

      Funnily enough, he was the only one I hesitated to include on the list. Initially, I included Alice Hoffman, but Ellis really does cause me to think more. He might be more appropriately on a list of thought provoking authors because I can’t say I LOVE his work (and some of it actively disgusts me). Hmmm…

  • tlongford

    1. Suzanne Collins
    2. J.K, Rowling
    3. Louise Rennison
    4. Megan Whelan Turner
    5. Terry Pratchett
    6. Douglas Adams (He’s only a little bit dead.)
    7. Meg Cabot
    8. Clive Cussler (Not to be confused with his son, Dirk Cussler, who can’t write to save his life.)
    9. Beth Labonte (You should read her. After all, I read Penelope.)
    10. Melissa Pearl
    : D

  • Karen

    great list!!! found you through “top ten tuesday” – so hello, from a new reader 🙂

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