Hello friends, and welcome to Wordy and Whimsical! Pleased to see you! *waves* Today, following the day’s TTT topic (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) Clare and I brought you five-five authors we adore and whose books we never miss. Get ready, folks, because some awesome recommendations are coming your way.
#1: Kazuo Ishiguro
I read my first Ishiguro novel, The Remains of the Day, in 2018, and I was so engrossed by it that I immediately went on a purchase spree. I haven’t yet gotten all of Ishiguro’s novels, and I’ve only read one other by him – Never Let Me Go – but I’m planning on purchasing every. single. book he’s published, or will publish in the future.
#2: Cat Winters
This was a very obvious pick for me, and I’m not ashamed – I’m a huge Cat Winters fan, and I genuinely am already so excited for whatever she might publish in the future. I’ll admit that I haven’t yet read her newest title, The Raven’s Tale, because I’ve seen some mixed reviews around, and I’m SCARED, but I have it, and I’m going to get to it.
#3: Courtney Milan
Oh man, I love Courtney Milan’s novel to the moon and back – they make me so happy and content, and ah, I’m SO SAD I’ve read every single full-length novel she’s published and most of her novellas, too. She’s an incredibly writer who makes you feel what her characters are feeling, and makes you so invested in her stories.
#4: Holly Black
Ah, how I adore Holly Black’s mind! She comes up with the best concepts and always managed to put a unique twist on any story she is writing. The Cruel Prince, for instance, takes place in the fae world, but it’s decidedly different from other fae books I’ve read. Also, her protagonists tend to be at least a touch bad/morally gray, which is always fun to read. Her middle grade and her graphic novels don’t really interest me, to be honest, but The Modern Faerie Tales series is on my tbr, and I can’t wait to read it. Anything new she writes, goes straight to my wishlist.
#5: Libba Bray
The Gemma Doyle books were, as far as I remember, my first introduction into historical fantasy, and I loved every freaking moment of that series! My love for Libba Bray only grew throughout the years, and I can hardly wait for the final installment of The Diviners. There’s still one novel – Going Bovine – I haven’t read by her, but I own it, and I can’t wait to finally dive into it.
#1: Susanna Kearsley
My original auto-buy author basically. She puts out books fairly rarely but they are always amazing and I re-read them over and over. If you like romance and history and split time novels then I highly recommend her books. I’m already impatiently waiting for whatever she writes next!
#2: Simone St. James
I first discovered Simone St James through a giveaway and its still the best book giveaway I’ve ever won (except maybe that time I was five and won all the animal farm books?). She was such a wonderful discovery to make. I love all things spooky and she hits the perfect balance (for me) that’s just short of proper scaring me but still makes it hard to read at night.
#3: Alice Oseman
I first read Solitaire by Alice Oseman after finding it in the recommended section at Waterstones (college Clare’s second home) and from there I just automatically click buy on everything and anything she puts out. Graphic novels included although they aren’t a format I read often. AND I got to meet her at YALC which was just incredibly exciting for me.
#4: Lisa Kleypas
Easily my favourite romance author. I swear her books get even better with every new release. The Wallflowers series is my favourite romance series of all time and I re-read it maybe twice a year. Romance authors tend to release books a lot so this definitely isn’t an auto-buy my bank account appreciates but you know what? Totally worth every penny.
#5: Rick Riordan
You may know this about me but I am wildly into Greek mythology. I studied Classics at college and there is this tiny part of me that cant read the Percy Jackson books without turning into studying somehow. But mostly I just appreciate how much fun Riordan makes every mythology and how effortlessly he writes for young readers. I wish I’d grown up reading Riordan but I’m so glad I can still read his books now.
Who are YOUR auto-buy authors? Rec us all your faves! Have you read any of ours? Do you plan to?