14 of MY Must-read Authors

Happy Friday!!! This week has been a bit busier than usual, but it’s been full of incredible activities that have been good for the soul, so I can’t complain. I got over my cold and got some good rest this week too. We had our first SUPER summery day followed immediately by a day that required me to wear my winter coat…so that’s Canada for ya 😉

Today we’re off to visit with some of our close friends visiting from Ontario and I can’t wait to see them.  I decided to share 14 authors whose books I will always pick up – meaning if they publish something new, I am on it. I haven’t necessarily read every book by these authors yet, but I’m sure I will someday for most of them. I think every reader has an auto-buy author out there – who’s yours?

1) J.K. Rowling – Of course, Harry Potter everything, but I also liked A Casual Vacancy more than I expected to. And she is writing a new children’s book (Best news ever!!!!) I enjoyed the first Cormoran Strike book that she wrote as Robert Gailbraith but haven’t read the rest of the series yet. (More crime/PI/nothing like HP but well written). She is awesome on Twitter and I love that she uses her fame for good.

2) Louise Penny – if you’ve read any other posts on this blog, you probably know that she is one of my favourites and I will follow Gamache to the end of the world. Next in the series comes out in November and all my limbs are crossed that Netgalley gives it to me sooner because it has been a year since I’ve been in Three Pines. (These books get really good around Book 4 – A Rule Against Murder). She was amazing to meet in person and she sends out a nicely personal newsletter every month, which I love.

3) Taylor Jenkins Reid – I’ve loved everything she has written. My least favourite was Forever Interrupted and my favourite is either One True Loves or After I Do.

4) Fredrik Backman – he’s not for everyone, but man I love his writing so much. Beartown and Us Against You are my favourites but I also loved A Man Called Ove on audio. I still have to read Britt-Marie was Here and then I’ll be caught up with him.

5) Katherine Center – I bought 5 copies of Happiness for Beginners and gave 3 of them away. I kept on and I have plans for the last copy. I love this book so much. I also really enjoyed How to Walk Away, her newest book, and The Lost Husband. I need to get at her backlist sometime. Here’s an Instagram post I shared last year in which I attempt to replicate the cover of The Lost Husband:

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6) Rainbow Rowell – I had kind of forgotten about her but I re-read Attachments earlier this year and remembered that I love her books. Except Landline – I didn’t love that one.

7) Dan Brown – say what you will about him, but I love the Robert Langdon books. The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish.

8) Julianne Donaldson – I wish she would write another book because Edenbrooke is unparalleled in historical proper romance, in my humble opinion.

9) Sally ThorneThe Hating Game is so funny, so readable, and SO good. I can’t wait for her next book early next year. She also has an awesome facebook page that she is really active in and I love her as a person.

10) Helen Hoang – The follow up to The Kiss Quotient comes out next year and I’m sure it will be wonderful.

11) Liane Moriarty – I’m dying to read her new book that comes out in November. I have enjoyed her books immensely and I still have 3 left to read. Big Little Lies in particular is a reading experience I will never forget (SO intense) but What Alice Forgot is probably my favourite of hers.

12) Andy Weir – The Martian will probably always be my favourite by him, no matter what else he writes, but I still liked Artemis and these books are a bit outside my comfort zone so I like that about them.

13) Gretchen Rubin – she just has such interesting ideas on habits and life and I love analyzing people’s personalities and figuring out why some things come easier to some people than others.

14) Mariana Zapata – I hope she has a new book coming out sometime soon because it feels like a million years ago that I read Lukov (it was in February, lol).

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