If you’d have asked me 2-3 years ago who was my absolute favorite author I’d buy any books from, I’d say Cassandra Clare or Sarah J. Maas. However, my reading tastes changed a lot during the last two years and in 2019, both of these authors were featured in my post: “Authors I’m Giving Up On”.
With this week’s TTT (Top Ten Tuesday) topic – Auto-Buy Authors, it’s time to revisit some older favorite authors and highlight some new ones! But because there are not a lot of authors on my, so called, “auto-buy list”, I’d like to talk about Top 10 Authors I’d like to read more of!
Here are my two previous posts about New-to-me authors:
1 – Scott Reintgen
Scott Reintgen grew up in North Carolina, and took full advantage of the fact that he lived on the same street as fourteen of his cousins. It could be a little crowded, but he threw a few elbows and carved out a space for himself as the family storyteller. He enjoyed the role so much that he decided to spend most of college and graduate school investing in the world of literature. This led to a career teaching English and Creative Writing in the great state of North Carolina, where he currently lives with his wife and family. To his great delight, the demand for stories and storytellers is alive and well. As such, he can often be found at local coffee shops laboring over stories that he hopes his family, and fans, will love.
The author of my favorite YA Sci-Fi trilogy – Nyxia, Scott Reintgen knows how to write the most compelling competition ever. His new books – «Ashlords» – is coming out in January next year and I’m dying to get my hands on the ARC of that book. It’s going to have some amazing horse riding competition and not just any horses, but the phoenix horses, gifted by Gods!
“In this year’s Races, eleven riders will compete, but three of them have more to lose than the rest–a champion’s daughter, a scholarship entrant, and a revolutionary’s son. Who will attain their own dream of glory? Or will they all flame out in defeat?“
2 – Rick Yancey
Rick is a native Floridian and a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago. He earned a B.A. in English which he put to use as a field officer for the Internal Revenue Service. Inspired and encouraged by his wife, he decided his degree might also be useful in writing books and in 2004 he began writing full-time.
Since then he has launched two critically acclaimed series: The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, for young readers, and The Highly Effective Detective, for adults. Both books are set in Knoxville, Tennessee, where Rick lived for ten years before returning to Florida.
This might not be the most popular opinion, but I really loved the 5th Wave trilogy by Rick Yancey, and I’d love to read more books from him. I know he also wrote the Monstrumologist series and Alfred Kropp series, but these are his older works and I’d love to see something new and, hopefully, dystopian!
3 – Vic James
Vic lives in London’s Notting Hill, but her life is more action-adventure than rom-com. She studied History and English at Merton College, Oxford where Tolkien was once professor. Relocating to Rome, she completed her doctorate in the Vatican Secret Archives (they’re nothing like The Da Vinci Code), then spent five years living in Tokyo where she learned Japanese and worked as a journalist. She now alternates writing full time with directing documentaries for the BBC.
Vic has scuba-dived on Easter Island, camped at Everest Base Camp, voyaged on one of the last mailboats to St Helena, hang-glided across Rio de Janeiro, and swum the Hellespont from Europe to Asia. But there’s little she loves more than lying in bed till midday with a good book and a supply of her favourite biscuits.
There is one thing I appreciate a lot in fantasy books and that is political intrigue. Vic James Dark Gifts series is a masterpiece of the most intricate and deliciously written political maneuvers. That, mixed in with the interesting magical system and a “dystopian” world, makes the perfect fantasy series.
4 – Mark Lawrence
Mark Lawrence is married with four children, one of whom is severely disabled. His day job is as a research scientist focused on various rather intractable problems in the field of artificial intelligence. He has held secret level clearance with both US and UK governments. At one point he was qualified to say ‘this isn’t rocket science … oh wait, it actually is’.
Between work and caring for his disabled child, Mark spends his time writing, playing computer games, tending an allotment, brewing beer, and avoiding DIY.
I’ve only discovered Mark Lawrence books last month, when I read «One Word Kill» and «Limited Wish», his newest sci-fi trilogy, back to back. I immediately purchased the first two books in the Book of the Ancestors trilogy – «Red Sister» and «Grey Sister» that I need to read asap!
5 – Chloe Benjamin
Chloe Benjamin is the author of THE IMMORTALISTS, a New York Times Bestseller, #1 Indie Next Pick for January 2018, Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, #1 Library Reads pick, and Amazon Best Book of the Month.
Her first novel, THE ANATOMY OF DREAMS (Atria, 2014), received the Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award and was longlisted for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize.
Her novels have been translated into over twenty-three languages. A graduate of Vassar College and the M.F.A. in fiction at the University of Wisconsin, Chloe lives with her husband in Madison, WI.
After reading «The Immortalists» in early 2018, I fell in love with Chloe Benjamin’s writing. Which resulted in me purchasing her other book – «The Anatomy of Dreams» that I haven’t read yet (as most of the books on my shelves ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ) but I’m very excited about it, that also counts, right?
6 – Blake Crouch
Blake Crouch is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of the forthcoming novel, Dark Matter, for which he is writing the screenplay for Sony Pictures. His international-bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy was adapted into a television series for FOX, executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, that was Summer 2015’s #1 show. With Chad Hodge, Crouch also created Good Behavior, the TNT television show starring Michelle Dockery based on his Letty Dobesh novellas. He has written more than a dozen novels that have been translated into over thirty languages and his short fiction has appeared in numerous publications including Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Crouch lives in Colorado with his family.
I’ve been seeing so many positive reviews on «Recursion» – the new book by Blake Crouch! (and I really want to read it!) It will definitely be in my next book haul. «Dark Matter» was my holiday read last year and I finished it in just one afternoon laying by the pool. The concept blew my mind, but it did get a little repetitive by the end, so I’m hoping his new book will be better.
7 – Katherine Arden
Born in Texas, Katherine studied French and Russian at Middlebury College. She has lived abroad in France and in Moscow, among other places. She has also lived in Hawaii, where she wrote much of The Bear and the Nightingale. She currently lives in Vermont.
If you haven’t read «The Bear and the Nightingale» I don’t know what you are waiting for! It’s a retelling of an old Russian folklore / fairy-tale about Morozko, the winter king. And as Robin Hobb said: “A wonderfully layered novel of family roles and the harsh wonders of deep winter magic.”
8 – Gillian Flynn
Gillian Flynn is an American author and television critic for Entertainment Weekly. She has so far written three novels, Sharp Objects, for which she won the 2007 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the best thriller; Dark Places; and her best-selling third novel Gone Girl. Her book has received wide praise, including from authors such as Stephen King. The dark plot revolves around a serial killer in a Missouri town, and the reporter who has returned from Chicago to cover the event. Themes include dysfunctional families, violence and self-harm.
Flynn, who lives in Chicago, grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated at the University of Kansas, and qualified for a Master’s degree from Northwestern University.
My very first review on this blog was for Gillian Flynn’s «Gone Girl». I had so many thoughts on the book that it propelled forward my idea to start my own blog! I read «Dark Places» in 2017 and purchased «Sharp Objects» this year to read it before watching the new TV show.
9 – C.J. Tudor
C. J. Tudor was born in Salisbury and grew up in Nottingham, where she still lives with her partner and young daughter. She left school at sixteen and has had a variety of jobs over the years, including trainee reporter, radio scriptwriter, shop assistant, ad agency copywriter and voiceover.
In the early nineties, she fell into a job as a television presenter for a show on Channel 4 called Moviewatch. Although a terrible presenter, she got to interview acting legends such as Sigourney Weaver, Michael Douglas, Emma Thompson and Robin Williams. She also annoyed Tim Robbins by asking a question about Susan Sarandon’s breasts and was extremely flattered when Robert Downey Junior showed her his chest.
While writing the Chalk Man she ran a dog-walking business, walking over twenty dogs a week as well as looking after her little girl.
Most of my new favorite authors I discovered through NetGalley – I read the ARC of their newest book or debut, fell in love, ran to the store to purchase the finished copy and kept waiting for new books to come out. This happened with Chloe Benjamin, Katherine Arden and also with C.J. Tudor.
Her debut «The Chalk Man» was sent to me through NetGalley last year, but I still purchased the finished copy. I already read her recent release «The Taking of Annie Thorne» and very excited for her new book «The Other People» that comes out in February next year!
10 – Dan Brown
Dan Brown is the author of numerous #1 bestselling novels, including The Da Vinci Code, which has become one of the best selling novels of all time as well as the subject of intellectual debate among readers and scholars. Brown’s novels are published in 52 languages around the world with 200 million copies in print.
The son of a mathematics teacher and a church organist, Brown was raised on a prep school campus where he developed a fascination with the paradoxical interplay between science and religion. These themes eventually formed the backdrop for his books. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he later returned to teach English before focusing his attention full time to writing.
I’ve read all of his books, and Dan Brown is probably the only author whose books I’ll purchase no matter what. I don’t need to know how good they are, what they are about, I’ll just buy them the moment they hit the shelves.