Authors I Think Are Great: My Nominations for the Top 3 Monthly Contest – Favourite Authors

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This is my entry into this month’s Top 3 contest.

This months topic is FAVOURITE AUTHORS

My Nominations are:

Nomination Number One

John Steinbeck

My Reasons for the Nomination

John Steinbeck’s books became the first “serious” literature I’d gotten into right after my initial reading spurt, which ignited my love for reading and writing while in junior high school. The first of his books that I read was Of Mice and Men. I couldn’t put the book down, as the old saying goes. When I finished it I wanted more, so I read all of his books available in the school library.

After Of Mice and Men, the others amounted to, in order, The Grapes of Wrath, In Dubious Battle and finally, Cannery Row. Reading each of these books matured me on the issues of real-life and real-life struggles.

The Grapes of Wrath showed how tough life was during the great depression and the Dust Bowl days in Oklahoma; so tough that people there had to leave their homes and go west in hopes of finding some kind of work just so they could earn enough to feed their families.

How about a guy that could have had a much better life on his own if he didn’t feel he owed it to the big oaf named Lenny - to take care of him, since he was mentally challenged. Again, it’s just two guys that were forced into migrant labor during the depression. Of Mice and Men is a very sad tale with a very shocking and sad ending.

Later in life I read some criticisms, stating that John Steinbeck was a socialist. At that time in America, being labeled socialist was much more of a put-down than it is today. I’m not a socialist, but after reading the criticisms I mentioned, it took quite a while for me to understand why Steinbeck was called a socialist, and how it was represented in his writing.

I wasn’t alive during the great depression, and as a young man, I had no experience with how the system operated, to be able to tie it into the plight of migrant farm workers during that period of American history. If the atmosphere was anything like today however, I can see why his writing might fit into that persuasion.

The thing that forced Tom Joad’s family to leave the homestead before he got out of jail wasn’t the depression so much as it was the drought conditions. Nothing would grow. That’s nature, not politics. There’s no alternative reason given for why they lost their homes by Steinbeck.

I’ve never really understood in some cases, Steinbeck’s in particular, just why some people are called socialists.

In The Grapes of Wrath, I guess pointing out how difficult it was for farming families in Oklahoma at that time while also pointing out the very real corruption going on, that too could be adopted as a charge against capitalism by socialists. These things made it even harder for those struggling to find work but they were not the primary cause.

I don’t see in these two stories how his writing about that period could be seen as an attack on capitalism. If anything, I got that it was corruption that was being called out. So I’m not sure what it is about these stories, or how they're written, that could be considered an exposure of socialist leanings.

I read something just the other day that implied that someone, (I can’t remember who it was), was a socialist because he had studied sociology in college. I didn’t study sociology as in my major, but I did take the Sociology 101 class as an elective and did well in the class. Does that make me a socialist even though I’m not?

Anyway this is getting a bit long, so I’ll just end this one by saying I never explored further into whether Steinbeck was a real card-carrying socialist, because really, I’m not interested in knowing, nor do I care. I liked his writing - it made an impression on me - and I’m proof that means one doesn’t have to be a socialist to read and enjoy his great works and gain something from doing so.

Nomination Number Two

Stephen Coonts

My Reasons for the Nomination

Stephen Coonts was one of my favorite writers back in the early 2000’s when I was doing a considerable amount of flying for my job, and needing to pick up what I hoped would be an interesting book to read during the flight at the airport bookstore.

I’d often forget to bring anything to read with me. Hong Kong and Saucer are Coonts' two most memorable books that I read from that period.

Hong Kong is one of a series of adventures of a spy-type hero named Jake Grafton. In this one, he is sent to Hong Kong because there’s something fishy going on at the US consulate, his wife gets captured, and he hooks up with some of the people who I think originally banded together because of the Tiananmen Square incident. It’s a very thrilling read and another hard to put down book.

Saucer was one of the most wonderful science fiction-type novels I’d ever read. There’s a flying saucer, but it’s been buried in rock for eons. The hero of the story and the crew with him dig it out of the rock and eventually find it still works. Bad guys show up and the hero and a female test pilot take off with and fly the saucer all over the place.

Saucer is one of the most interesting science fiction-type books I’ve ever read. The story is quite believable, and very entertaining. Coonts is a really great author, in my opinion.

Nomination Number Three

Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

My Reasons for the Nomination

Obviously, I’ve saved the best for last. Mark Twain has to be my favorite author of all time. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are genuine National Treasures, as is the writer himself.

Just thinking back now, while I write about these two stories that are interwoven to some extent, I can still remember how it felt to read these great tales for the first time; how exciting it was, sometimes so much so that, if I was reading while in school, I couldn’t wait to get home and try something I’d read that Tom or Huck did – like making a raft for example - which I never managed to finish.

Anyway, if Mark Twain never existed, I think something important would be missing from American history. He is part of the fabric of America, and as bad as things are today, I just have to think it would be far worse had we never been blessed by this man’s presence.

This wraps up my post on which authors are my favorites among all of the all-time greats.

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Amazing write-ups as always from you mate. Really enjoyed the descriptions and stories of each author and how you can relate to everything they've written along with their history and of course - top choices there!

We've added a new dimension to the contest this year with our leagues now so good luck in all of those!

Thanks @nickyhavey, I saw something about leagues but don't really know what that means yet. I had laptop problems last week, so I was pretty consumed with that for a few days. Am I supposed to join a league?

You don't need to do anything more to join the Top 3 leagues, you are automatically enrolled once you enter with an eligible post.

Glad you managed to sort your laptop out. Sounds painful!

Yes yes yes!!! When you read mine, you'll see I put Steinbeck as a cheeky nod - 'to a god unknown' is one of my fave, fave books of all time!! And Cannery Row. I do love AMerican writing - Hemingway was also a huge fave - I loved his sparse prose, which I also love in Cormac Mc Carthy. Then there were all the black American female writers I didn't mention like Toni Morrison. It was so hard to narrow it down to a top 3!!

I did see your reference, and it is quite a difficult challenge. I would certainly include Hemingway as a favorite of mine. Who can ever forget The Old Man and the Sea after reading it? It's required reading for college writing courses.

Deciding between including classic or current authors isn't easy either, and having to decide between past and present happens a lot in these top3 contests.

I really like your post and how you wrote in a way that you could mention several of your faves anyway! :)

Thanks for these awesome suggestions for our contest this month! We've given you an upvote and logged your nominations, ready for the dpoll - keep an eye on our blog for the dpoll post!

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Great entry for this month @free-reign. I have read and enjoyed books from Twain and Steinbeck but not had the pleasure of Coonts as yet. Saucer is intriguing.

Best of luck with the contest.

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Great writeup @free-reign. I really like your selections of Steinbeck and Twain. I’ve never read Coonts.
I hope 2020 is a fabulous year for you!

Hey hey @redheadpei! Will we be seeing an entry post to the beastly Top 3 contest from you as well? We have introduced a few new leagues now so there's more ways to win some STEEM ;)

Looking forward to seeing which authors have inspired you too!

Hi @nickyhavey and Happy New Year! I will try to get something together. 😊

And you too my friend! Hope 2020 is a great year for you @redheadpei 😃

Thank you @redheadpei! I think probably many won't know Coonts. I first discovered him as I said, in an airport bookstore. I had just finished reading a Dean Koonts book and was looking for another, but I'd read everything they had of his already. I saw the same name, different spelling and decided on that basis to give him a shot, lol. Glad I did! Wishing for a fabulous 2020 for you as well!

Awesome choices @free-reign! I remember reading Steinbeck back in school, as well. I still have my copy of Grapes of Wrath! I think I would agree with you about Twain and his contribution to our culture. I've never read Coonts, but might have to add him to my growing list. This month definitely has me excited about new literary suggestions! Good luck in the contest this round!

Thank you! I think you may like Coonts' writing - he's written a ton of books - and if you like a science-fiction story that isn't too "science-fictiony" and quite believable, take a look at Saucer!

Good luck in this months contest.

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Thank you, and I wish the same good luck for you though you seem to know how to do this contest much better than I probably ever will, LOL! I never think about winning this contest really, as I highly doubt my picks will ever be that popular with the voters. But it's something else I can write about, so it's all good!

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Ooooooh how I enjoyed Of Mice And Men. I had read it a couple of times, one time being in school and I had a project of having to draw two characters and a scene with quote's from the book. I drew Curley and his wife and also drew the forest through which Lennie had to walk through before he died. That was years ago, so I can't even recall if he and George did walk through a forest. I vaguely remember in the movie that Lennie was shot just before a lake.... Ok, this means I need to read the book again lol. It is a sad read and the emotions that come from reading that book are powerful... That feeling of being stuck and not being able to do anything to help, the overwhelming feeling for the poor big guy that is filled with love. OMG I gotta read it again lol.

Thank you for your entry! Well written and very descriptive. Wonderful work you put into this.

I think I was twelve when I read Of Mice and Men, and I can remember how I felt about the characters and what was going on as I read. I remember thinking it was so good when Lennie smashed Curley's hand! Then I felt bad when the puppy got crushed, but understood at that young age he couldn't help it. Or when he unintentionally took the life of Curley's wife.

Reading that book was quite a ride for my first dip into appreciating classic literature. I should read it again too, but my memory of that story is still so vivid in my mind!

I know right! I got excited at that too. It was definitely a roller coaster read. I hope the schools keep that book alive in literature. A strong book to experience.

Ooooh, good choices! I was seriously considering Steinbeck as well for about the same reasons. I've read Of Mice and Men a few times now (my boys read it in school, and I've read it with them), and Grapes of Wrath is an absolute classic.

Thanks, and yeah, I think a few have brought up the point of how difficult it is to pick just 3 authors. When you have a lot of favorites, it's tough. You've seen the old Grapes of Wrath movie I'm sure, with Henry Fonda as Tom Joad & John Carradine as Jim the preacher?

God I hope Hollywood doesn't ever try to remake that movie!

Oh yes, I remember watching that Grapes of Wrath movie in high school. Loved it!

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