In the past, I’ve shared some of my favorite contemporary authors who write romance, science fiction, and/or fantasy – mostly skewed towards female or male/female partnership authors – or self-help books. But I never shared many of my favorite male authors or other types of books – books that taught me many valuable life lessons.
That comes from the scared parts of me who fear sharing such an important cornerstone even with close friends and family. I am an absolute nerd when it comes to books and have a love affair with ancient/classic stories (before and during the time of Shakespeare) along with early American authors.
And so, many of my favorite male authors come from these categories. A lot of them still carry memories, so I listen for free on Podcasts or borrow from the library.
If you are interested, here is a short list:
- Euripedes – comedies and tragedies
- Aristophanes – comedies and tragedies
- Homer – Oddessy & Iliad
- Aesop – book of fables
British across many periods
- Bede – Anglo/Saxon mythology or creation stories
- Chaucer – A Knight’s tale and other poems
- John Donne – beautiful sonnets and poetry
- George Bernard Shaw – not usually a fan of politics or plays, but his are short, interesting. I actually did my senior thesis paper on his take of Antony & Cleopatra.
American across many periods
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
- Mark Twain
- Walt Whitman
- Henry David Thoreau
- Robert Frost
Youth (mostly within the last 4 decades)
- Dr. Seuss
- Donald J. Sobol
- Sid Fleishman
- Rick Riordan
As you can see, these books range from fiction to non-fiction, children to adult, and poetry.
What do you think this says about me? And does it bring up any secret parts in you that might want to be heard?
For me, I’m starting to read these books and enjoy them again – this time without the past shading my experience.
Thanks for reading