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Top Ten Authors I am Thankful for in this World!
1. Harper Lee. As a fellow Alabamian, she makes me proud. She might have published only one novel, but look at what that novel did for the world. Amazing.
2. J. K. Rowling. I am grateful for the whole experience of reading the Harry Potter novels, for having been involved in the fandom (and still am), and for the knowledge that books still bring people together in ways that (oddly enough) defy language. Most of all, I thank Rowling for Snape. :)
3. Ann M. Martin. I am grateful to her for so many wonderful books that helped make me such a voracious reader as a child. BSC forever!
4. Charles Dickens. I am grateful to Dickens because, even in his darkest plots, he manages to give his heroes dignity, humanity, and purpose. XO, Little Jo.
5. Elizabeth Gaskell. THANK YOU FOR MARGARET HALE AND JOHN THORNTON.
6. Augusta Webster. For "Medea" and "Circe." For "The Snow Waste" and "Jean d'Arc." For leaving behind poems so brutal that they still draw blood.
7. Shakespeare. Genius acknowledged, but I love you for finally getting it right in Antony and Cleopatra, even if most people don't know it.
8. Augusta Evans Wilson. I don't always love your novels, but reading and writing about your work has given me so many opportunities.
9. Donna Tartt. For making me do something I have never done with any other book: read one page at a time just to draw out my reading experience of The Secret History.
10. Anne Rice. For making me think and for writing Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt. I'm often not happy with what people do with and to religion most of the time, but that novel is pure and gorgeous. It expresses what is beautiful: faith, love, and the power for good.