Wednesday, July 25, 2012

BuccFest Wk 3: Authors and Pubs

Midweek  of week 3 of the Buccaneer Blogfest hosted by Sharon Bayliss and Courtney Young. You can still join by going HERE.

Today's question is: Who are my favorite authors and why?

Favorite Authors:
  • J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter series
  • Suzanne Collins and the Hunger Games trilogy
  • Norman Vincent Peale
  • Leo Buscaglia
  • P.D. James
  • Charles Dickens
  • British Mystery Writers (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, P.D. James, Reginald Hill, Ian Rankin, Will Thomas, Rennie Airth, Bruce Alexander, Steven Booth, Susan Hill, Ruth Rendell, Colin Dexter).

JK Rowling created a magical world. The creatures are awesome, endearing and yes, some are scary. It's full of excitement and friendship and people who care immensely about justice. It's far enough away from our world to not be a stressful read. Plus, wands and magic? Who wouldn't love that?

Suzanne Collins books showed the lifeforce of the human spirit. No matter how bad life got, her characters plunge on ahead. They're brave and strong and survivors. I admire that.

Norman Vincent Peale is the father of positive thinking. His books have helped me and continue to help me when I need a pep talk.

Leo Buscaglia taught a class on love at the University of Southern California. He was another positive thinker so full of love for life and his fellow man. His books always make me feel better.

P.D. James is the queen of british mysteries. And at ninety-two years old, she's still writing - by hand, two hours per day, and still publishing books.

I can't possibly pick my favorite british mystery author, but I adore reading them. I love everything British, from the accent to the double-decker buses and black cabs.

But especially the pubs!

If you read my last post about copyright issues, then you'll know that I'm now using my own photos, like the ones below. So on occasion, I might slip one in that doesn't actually fit the post. The hubs and I totally had fun drinking in these pubs if you're looking for recommendations.

The hubs at Ye Olde
Cheshire Cheese
Charles Dickens was the number one author of the Victorian era, in my book. His characters are unique, unforgetable, and endearing. He took part of the human psyche and pumped it up so that our flaws, thoughts, and even kindnesses are larger than life and hard to miss. His characters are everyman, in a way. Dickens was a proponent of social issues after his father was put in a debtor's prison and he was put to work to help earn money for the family.

And of course, Dickens drank at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese in London. My rump sat in the exact spot as his. Yeah, I felt special.
The Sherlock Holmes Pub

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle paved the way for the rest of the British authors with his Sherlock Holmes series. I am a huge Sherlock Holme's fan. I own the full series on DVD - the one with Jeremy Brett. And yes, I drank in this pub, too.

We drank at the Porcupine pub, too.

As far as I know, no famous authors hung out here.

But I think I could write here. A few drinks to make me happy, and who knows what I could come up with!

No, we weren't on a pub tour,
but by a few happy coincidences,
we ended up at a few.

So who are your favorite authors and why?


  1. Awww really enjoyed your post and being British I love pubs too, although I've never attempted to write while in one, might be something to try though lol. love and hugs Joss xx

  2. I hear you on the PD James being inspiring!

  3. Hi Joss, thanks for stopping by and following. I've never actually written in a pub either - although I did write in the snug at the Lygon Arms in Broadway (Cotswolds). Had a blast there, too:)

  4. Johanna, yes we can all aspire to be like PD James:)

  5. Love your list. I think I need to book a trip to England to try out all the pubs. How fun!

  6. JK Rowling is at the top of my list too!

  7. Millie, I do love English pubs:)

    Rachel, I can't tell you have many times I've watched Deathly Hallows I & II on DVD - once a week since they came out? Pathetic, I know:)


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