Every reader has a list of authors that they’ll read no matter the book. When an author’s writing style or their commitment to a setting grabs you, it rarely lets you go – and I love it! Whether it’s a comfort read on those days that are a bit rubbish or a way to transport you into another world, there’s something magical about being so confident in an author’s ability to wow you and it got me thinking about which authors do that for me.
My reading tastes have broadened a lot over the past few years and I’ve developed a love for more genres and authors, meaning that skimming this list down to a handful was difficult. But without further rambling, here are my favourite go-to authors whose books I’ll pick up with no hesitation!
I fell in love with Alderton’s writing in her first book, Everything I Know About Love, and haven’t changed my mind. My love only grows while reading her first fiction book, Ghosts, and I even went to the lengths of setting up a free month trial for The Times’ website so that I could devour all of her Ask Dolly columns – if that’s not commitment, I don’t know what is. I’m always on the look out for any more book announcements and I already know I’ll be picking up whatever it is that comes next.
My love for the Winternight trilogy is well known on this blog and I stand by it. Never before has an author made me dream of living in 14th century Rus with snow piles up to your chin and the patriarchy in full force but Arden has, many times over. I’m now planning to make a start on her middle grade series (which sounds spectacularly spooky!) while keeping an ear out for any new projects. To tide me over, Arden posts some fantastic Winternight content over on her twitter which delights me every time!
Now, I’m well aware that Ephron is no longer with us but it doesn’t stop me scouring the internet in the hopes of finding a book of hers that I haven’t come across before. I adored I Feel Bad About my Neck and have Heartburn waiting impatiently on my shelf but it’s never enough. Luckily I recently discovered Wallflower at the Orgy which is a compilation of her column pieces which should fill the gap for now!
Sarah J Maas
I recently (finally) got around to reading A Court of Thorns and Roses and can absolutely understand the hype around this author. I then pretty much straight away devoured the sequel and have become invested in the anything to do with the characters – even to the point of ordering fancy fan art dust jackets! I have the Throne of Glass series and Crescent City waiting on my shelves but I already get the feeling that I’ll thoroughly enjoy anything that Maas puts out.
Another author whose praises I sing all the time for the Once series and one I recommend to absolutely anyone who’ll listen. We’re due the final instalment of the aforementioned series later on this year and I’m practically rabid for it. Unfortunately the rest of his writing is aimed at a much younger audience which, while great for those lucky readers, isn’t really for me. I look forward to the day when there’s a little bookworm in my life so we can read them together!
I devoured Jackson’s debut, A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, snatched up it’s sequel and am not so patiently waiting for the third instalment. I’m thoroughly enjoying this series and I love Jackson’s writing style. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for what comes after this YA thriller series is wrapped up – I have high hopes!
Now, Maniscalso is a new addition to this list as I absolutely loved her latest book, Kingdom of the Wicked, when I read it last year – add to that my excitement at seeing I could pre-order the sequel, Kingdom of the Cursed, and you could definitely say I’m obsessed. I have yet to read any of her other books but based on what I have read, I’ll be getting to them sooner rather than later!
Another new addition as Meaney is an author that I only discovered last month when I read Bad Habits but I enjoyed it so much that I’m already desperate for more. After a quick bit of digging, I’ve discovered three other titles that will tide me over for now! 🥳
Who are your all time favourite authors? Are any of them on this list? I’d love to know!
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