Yesterday, I shared that – to my glee – I have some extra room on my fiction bookshelf, and so I’m looking for guidance on what to fill it with.  The ever-wise Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy made an astute comment: “Would love to know more about what you’ve already read, loved, and hated.”  I LOVE Sherman Alexie

So I decided I should do a Top Ten List of my Favorite Novelists, so here, in no particular order, are 10 fiction writers I love enough to keep their work on my shelves and read everything they’ve written.

1. A. S. Byatt – Possession and Elementals are my favorites.

2. Toni Morrison – Paradise is on my Top 10 Books of All Time.

3. John Irving – Owen Meany of course.

4. Marilynne Robinson – Gilead, Home, and now, I hope, Lila changed my life.

5. Salman Rushdie – Midnight’s Children blew me away!

6. Chaim Potok – Everything, absolutely everything, but especially, My Name Is Asher Lev.

7. Sherman Alexie – Loved Indian Killer and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

8. C.S. Lewis – The Chronicles of Narnia will also be my favorite books ever.

9. Zadie Smith – Sigh.  On Beauty.

10. Virginia Woolf – She’s Virginia Woolf. Need I say more.

So with those authors in mind, who else should I read?  Anyone you think I’d absolutely die to get my hands on?  Anyone on this list that you love? Loathe?