Here are the rules:
- Credit Alex for the idea and link back
- Post at your own pace, do as many or as few letters as you want
- Post your favourite authors, books and characters (ABCs) for a particular letter of the alphabet
For some reason, I thought “E” would be a hard one, but it’s only hard if I try to find authors with last names that start with E. Instead, I’m breaking my last name rule and using authors whose first names start with E. There are also a lot of characters whose names start with E, which surprised me!
Authors Beginning with E
Edith Pattou: I read East a long time ago and remembered liking the story, but a recent reread of it along with its sequel, West, made me fall in love with the story even more. I appreciate Edith’s careful attention to detail when she rewrote East of the Sun, West of the Moon. Rose is one of the best YA characters I’ve read in a long while. Her resilience is admirable.
Emery Lord: So far, I’ve only read two books by Emery Lord, but both were great. She has a knack for getting to the heart of bigger issues while keeping the story fun and full of relationships beyond just romance. I look forward to reading more of her books soon.
Emily Bain Murphy: The Disappearances is one of my all-time favorite books. The story swept me away to the point I had to stop reading at moments just to remember to breathe. Almost two years later, I’m still awestruck by Emily’s story and I cannot wait to read her future books!
Emma Mills: YA contemporary isn’t my first choice for a read, but I make an exception for Emma Mills’ books. She has this ability to write fantastic characters that come across as actual teenagers and her books are always full of hilarious moments.
Books Beginning with E
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia: I read this book in one sitting. As I’ve said, contemporary isn’t my favorite genre, but this was one of the more recent books that made me rethink giving contemporary books a chance. If you are a creative person in any category, read this book. It explores creativity and the creative process in such a powerful way.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: I knew reading this book would be incredible, but I am continually blown away by Sabaa’s books. An Ember in the Ashes is a diamond among the rough of YA fantasy books these days.
Emma by Jane Austen: Emma is my favorite Jane Austen book because Emma is my favorite Austen heroine. Her matchmaking shenanigans are highly entertaining, but I love how Emma grows and changes over the course of the book, learning with every mistake she makes how to be a better person. Also, Mr. Knightley… my favorite Austen hero.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card: I don’t remember when I first read Ender’s Game, but I know it blew my mind. The concept, the attention to detail, Ender’s character… this science-fiction legend is a legend for a reason. I need to read the sequels someday…
Characters Beginning with E
Edmund Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis: Edmund’s story is so important, even more important than Lucy’s. Yes, she found Narnia, but Edmund’s part is the crux of the entire story and gives me so much hope. “But even a traitor may mend. I know one that did.”
Elric Brothers from Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa: Fullmetal Alchemist is one of the first manga series I read and it has a special place in my heart. The Elric Brothers are incredible, and I honestly can’t choose which one I like better because they would be nothing without the other. They go through so much, give up so much, and grow so much over the course of the series, and it’s fantastic.
Ender Wiggin from Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card: As a friend of mine once said, Ender Wiggin is the coolest six year-old ever. It’s true, though. While he doesn’t seem like six through most of the story, Ender does incredible things for someone so young. I’m astounded.
Eowyn from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien: This list would be incomplete without the Shieldmaiden of Rohan, Eowyn! One of the best (if not the best) female characters ever created, Eowyn’s story is much more than being the woman who killed the Witch King of Angmar. It’s about the healing that comes after, about the anger and rage she learned from, and about the ability to move past your grief to do good in the world again. I love her.
Eustace Clarence Scrubb from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis: Like Edmund, Eustace’s character is so important to the series. His character arc makes me want to weep, and I will never be over the moment when Aslan helps him transform from being a dragon. Eustace, you definitely deserve more recognition.
What books, characters, and authors do you love that being with the letter ‘E’?