1. Ernest Hemingway – An expert on bullfighting, booze, women, and big game hunting.
2. Cormac McCarthy – Get ready for some of the most disturbing reads you can imagine.
3. Haruki Murakami – Murakami is a Japanese writer whose works have been published in over 50 languages. He is described as a modern day Franz Kafka.
4. John Steinbeck – Of Mice and Men, Grapes of Wrath, Tortilla Flat, East of Eden. The list goes on and on.
5. Kurt Vonnegut – Cynical, funny, and weird.
6. Bill Bryson – Bill Bryson stands out on this list because he is the only non-fiction writer, but do not let that discourage you. Bryson’s writings are captivating and mind-opening. Bryson has written books on science, travel, and much more.
7. Douglas Adams – The witty author who wrote the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series.
8. Stephen King – Everything he writes turns into a hit. If you like scary novels, King is your guy.
9. Terry Pratchett – There needed to be some fantasy on this list, and for that we have Pratchett.
10. Roald Dahl – Dahl wrote some of the best children’s books in existence.