Thursday, June 14, 2012

30 Day Book Challenge! Day 13: Authors!

For a change of pace, we change our focus from books to the minds and characters who dreamed them up!

Day 13: Who is your favorite author?

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Hands-down, a-hundred-percent, no-doubts-about-it C.S. Lewis! I've already mentioned his writings twice in this challenge - from the Chronicles of Narnia to That Hideous Strength - and I'm anything but sure that he won't show up again! Why is he my favorite? Well, I pretty much love everything about him. His conversational style of writing, his perfectly-expressed thoughts and descriptions, his talent in leading you logically from one point to the next, his understanding and portrayal of deep emotions and feelings that go beyond words, and his general brilliance! This is not, of course, to say that I actually agree with everything he said/believed, but, put simply, I am always challenged and encouraged to view life with "eternal eyes" (that is, in the perspective of eternity) after reading his books. Plus, who couldn't love a guy with quotes like:

"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."

"You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body."

"Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say 'infinitely' when you mean 'very'; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite."

"If I discover within myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world."

See? He's wonderful. What is your favorite book you've read by him? Who is your favorite author?


Red said...

Definitely same here. I've only ever heard the Chronicles of Narnia, but that doesn't mean he can't be my favorite too!
Maybe it just runs in the family...

Emily said...

My fav is either Chronicles of Narnia, or "Suprised by Joy" - of course, those are the only ones I've read all the way through, but I've heard bits 'n pieces of his others works... :-)

Lauren said...

I love that quote by him about souls! Favorite fiction authors: E.P. Roe and Bess Streeter Aldrich (tell me you've read her?!).
Favorite you know, right now I'm in a bit of a G.K. Chesterton obsession. Of course, I don't agree with everything he says either, but on many points he was very wise!

John Griffin said...

It seems I'm a little late for day 13, but C.S. Lewis is definitely my favorite author as well. I've really enjoyed the Narnia series, Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, and Screwtape Proposes a Toast, but I hope to read The Great Divorce and That Hideous Strength. I would highly recommend Screwtape Proposes a Toast as a quick read for anyone who likes Lewis' work. I wish I knew about this blog 30 days ago!

John Griffin

SarahJayne said...

John - I don't think I'd ever even heard of Screwtape Proposes a Toast, but I will definitely look at it! I haven't yet read The Great Divorce or Screwtape letters - but they're on the list! :)