Just because I am sure you can't wait to read the end of the list, here are the authors I've loved and still love.
We continue with the beloved Southern writers.
13. Kate Chopin: The Story of an Hour, The Awakening
14. Eudora Welty: I love her name about as much as I love her writing style.
15. John Grisham: He may not be considered a true Southern writer, but he's John Grisham!
16. Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird
17. Billy Clark: from my region of Kentucky and the guy who writes circles around my county's favorite son, Jesse Stuart
Now, we have the final section.
18. Beverly Lewis: Her innocent Amish novels get me every time.
19. LaVyrle Spencer: I read every one of her novels (multiple times) and each one promised me that my prince would find me.
20. Catherine Marshall: Christy and Julie. Meeting God at Every Turn revolutionized my own faith journey.
21. Michael Connelly: The Brass Verdict.
22. Nevada Barr: Her heroine, Anna Pigeon, is a national parks ranger who tends to the needs of tourists while surviving murder attempts. I want to be Anna Pigeon. Well, maybe not the attempted murder...
23. Lisa Scottoline: I spent one vacation walking around Philadelphia pretending to be her characters. Really.
24. Elinor Lipman: I'm thinking of moving in right next door to her just so I can be the first one to buy each of her books. They're that good.
and, finally, my all-time favorite novel:
25. Annie Proulx: The Shipping News
That's it! You made it to the end :)