My favourite authors shaped me as a reader and writer. Who are your favourites?
Who Are My Favourite Authors?
I have been a reader for as long as I can remember. That’s thanks to my mom. My dad only reads what has pictures! Books shape childhoods and grow with you as you explore more stories and adventures. These are the best book series and authors that I’ve read from my childhood until now. Do we have the same likes?
The earliest books I remember reading were by authors Dr. Seuss and Robert Munsch. Who doesn’t love a good classic by the literary doctor? We had tons of these books and I loved how colourful and goofy they were. They are the perfect books to learn how to read and explore your own imagination.
Robert Munsch wrote short children’s books that were full of detailed illustrations and fun family stories. I’m not sure if I had a favourite, but in grade 3 me and a group of other kids did perform a little skit of Stephanie’s Ponytail. Everyone in the class got assigned one of his books and I think we performed it for our parents!
When I started reading more chapter books, two of my favourite series were Junie B Jones by Barbara Park and Amazing Days of Abby Hayes by Anne Mazer. Junie is a spunky young girl (the series ranges from kindergarten to grade two I believe) who has to navigate school, crushes, family, and more without getting in trouble. This is hard for her because she is headstrong, honest, and just wants to understand the world.
Abby Hayes is a fifth grader who’s curious, creative, and loves soccer. Throughout the books there are pieces of her journal in it and I loved how the font changed for it and all her little side notes were hilarious. She was unique and a relatable character.
Finding the Mysteries
As I got older and read longer and more challenging books, I discovered some amazing novels – The Spiderwick Chronicles, Sherlock Holmes, and A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Spiderwick by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black was the first fantasy series I ever read. It’s about twin boys and their older sister who move into a new house with their parents. Little do they know, this estate is the home of several fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, and other fantastical creatures. They have to work together to fight off the big monster by the end of the series! The story was so adventurous and fun that I wish there were more than 5 books!
Then there is Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I love the cleverness of this detective series and how timeless the lessons within the books can be. I’m currently reading through all of them again and I can’t believe how much I still enjoy these intellectual mysteries.
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. Three siblings lose their parents and have to suffer through an endless string of bad guardians while trying to figure out the truth of their parents’ past. I love how intelligent the siblings are and how they work together to survive. They always look out for each other and keep moving forward in the darkest days. The dark and twisted journey always kept me guessing!
Sarah Dessen and Michael Robotham are my current favourite authors. Sarah Dessen has beautiful stories in the YA genre about teenagers finding their way in the world outside of high school. Her stories intertwine in the same universe and she always has powerful messages about love, life, and being your best self.
Michael Robotham is the opposite of that. He writes crime thrillers, exploring the darkest minds of criminals (set in the U.K.). He’s my newest author find and I’ve only read a few of his books so far. They are so intriguing with unexpected character back stories and immersive plots. I can’t wait to keep reading his books!
Why Did I Become a Writer?
One of the biggest inspirations for me becoming a writer came from The Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne. In each book, a brother and sister go to their time travelling tree house in the woods by their house. The tree house is filled with books and when they read one, they are transported back in time where they can learn and have adventures. In the first book they go back to the dinosaur age, and had to be super careful!
These books fanned the flames of my love for reading and writing! I want to write books that explore meaningful lessons and bring adventure into the reader. Every story will be unique and spark imagination.
Thank you for reading My Favourite Authors!
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