Top 5 Tuesday: The Alphabet Challenge: Favorite Authors from F to J

This month’s Top 5 Tuesday is dedicated to the alphabet. You can interpret that how you like, according to our host The Bionic Bookworm.

This week we are focusing on the letters F, G, H, I and J. I decided to share five of my favorite books by an author with the last name beginning with those letters – specifically the ones that aren’t already blowing up our RSS feed every week.

Easy enough? Let’s get to it then.

Jasper Fforde is the king of complex stories in a story with wacky details and characters and word play that will make your head spin. If you haven’t read his amazing Thursday Next series yet, start with The Eyre Affair.

I know everyone loves Neil Gaiman, but a lot of people don’t seem to know about this amazing children’s chapter book. Fortunately, The Milk is a fantastic read aloud that our family read in one sitting. It all centers around a dad who went out for milk one morning but is delayed getting back for some pretty fantastical reasons. Laugh out loud funny.

I read The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman with my book club several years ago and was blown away by the story, the writing, the characters – just everything. From goodreads.com:

In 70 C.E., nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived.”

My aunt was actually the one who turned me on to Eva Ibbotson, an amazing children’s book author with a flair for fantasy. This book, Island of the Aunts, is about a magical island that is home to creatures that would make Hagrid’s heart sing.

All’s Faire in Middle School is a graphic novel by Victoria Jamieson that centers around a girl who grows up in a family that works at Renaissance festivals who is starting middle school and finds the transition from home schooling to public school to be quite an adventure.

That’s my list. What would be on yours?

7 responses to “Top 5 Tuesday: The Alphabet Challenge: Favorite Authors from F to J”

  1. Gerry@TheBookNookUK Avatar

    I chose Neil Gaiman and Alice Hoffman for my ‘G’ and ‘H.’ I adore Neil Gaiman’s books and actually do think his children’s books are his best stuff. He has a real gift for throwing you back to the childhood times. Have you read The Graveyard Book? It’s really one of his best I think.

    I also love love love Alice Hoffman. She’s now an auto buy writer of mine. Although I think my favourites so far of her are The Museum of Extraordinary Things and Practical Magic I also have The Dovekeepers and really enjoyed it. Not many people seem to have read that one but I found it to be quietly intense, if that makes any sense at all?! I think its because you know what’s coming but you don’t know the exact fates of the characters even though you know most won’t have a happy ending. I love the complicated female characters and relationships they have and think it’s such an underrated book.


  2. *Flora* Avatar

    Nice list. I’ve got Gaiman for my “N” author next week. 😉
    I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend, Jen.
    Here’s my Top 5 Tuesday Post
    Flora x


  3. Birdie Avatar

    I haven’t read ANY of these authors before. Not even Neil Gaiman.


    1. Jen E @ mommablogsalot Avatar

      I’d recommend all of them!

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  4. evelynreads1 Avatar

    Great list! Some letters were so hard to narrow down!

    My post!


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