8 of my auto-buy authors

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, we’re talking about auto-buy authors. The ones whose books we’ll buy/read no matter what they’re about. I only have a handful of authors whose books I’ll read without any hesitation whatsoever, so let’s get into it.

Rin Chupeco
> read: The Bone Witch trilogy
After reading The Bone Witch trilogy, Rin Chupeco has earned herself a spot on my list of auto-buy authors. I’m excited to see what she will bring to my bookshelves next, after creating one of my all-time favorite fantasy series.

Brandon Sanderson
> read: Warbreaker, The Way of Kings, Mistborn #1-4
Is anyone surprised? Probably not. I haven’t actually bought all of his books, but I’m working on it. There are a lot of them, okay, and they’re expensive.

Julian Winters
> read: Running With Lions
It only took Julian Winters one book to end up on this list. Isn’t that completely insane? I adored Running With Lions, which I discovered at YALC last year. I managed to finish this in a matter of hours, even though I was incredibly busy. It was such a lovely book, and I can’t wait to see what he writes next.

Courtney Summers
> read: All the Rage, Sadie
A few years ago, I read All the Rage and fell in love with it. It was so dark, real, and honest which is everything I want in a contemporary read. Last year, I picked up her latest release, Sadie, which ended up being one of my favorite novels of the year. I will get to her backlist at some point, but I’m definitely buying her new releases as soon as possible.

Madeline Miller
> read: The Song of Achilles, Circe
The Song of Achilles catapulted Madeline Miller onto this list, and I pre-ordered Circe as soon as it was possible. The Song of Achilles is one of my all-time favorite novels. I cry every single time I read it. While I didn’t love Circe as much as I did her debut novel, I know I’ll buy and read every single book she publishes.

Leigh Bardugo
> read: The Grisha trilogy, Six of Crows duology
I feel like I’m lying here because I haven’t actually bought her latest release, King of Scars, yet. However, I am planning on purchasing it eventually! I don’t buy new releases immediately after they come out often because they tend to be quite expensive. Either way, I’m interested in reading every single book she ever publishes.

Alice Oseman
> read: Radio Silence, I Was Born for This, Solitaire
I find it interesting that I immediately thought of Alice Oseman for this list, even though I haven’t loved all of her books. Radio Silence was the first book of hers I ever read, which is one of my favorite contemporaries. Before meeting her last year, I bought and read I Was Born For This (which I liked) and Solitaire (which I disliked) as well. I will end up buying Heartstopper at some point in time too.

Jessica Townsend
> read: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, The Calling of Morrigan Crow
If you’ve read my reviews on these books, you’ll know that the Nevermoor series has rekindled my love for middle grade fantasy. I hadn’t enjoyed an MG book as much as these ones in ages. Jessica Townsend has reminded me why I love reading fantasy so much, and where I got started with the genre.


I don’t have 10 authors for you this week, because there aren’t that many authors out there whose books I’d buy no questions asked. I wanted to keep this 100% honest, and not include those whose books I might buy without looking at the description. These are some of my all-time favorite authors, and I can’t wait to read more of their works.

Have you read any of these authors’ books? Which authors are on your list?

Top Nine New-To-Me Authors of 2017 | A Very Late TTT

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. Today, we’re talking new-to-you authors. To be clear, these are not debut authors! I just happened to pick up their works for the first time this year.

 

Cinda Williams Chima //  Seven Realms series // I finally read this series last year! I’d been hearing people rave about it for years… I actually managed to read the entire series last year. I know what you’re thinking. Jolien, a entire year for books is not really much of an accomplishment! But it is for me. I’m really terrible at following up on my series.

Alice Oseman // Radio Silence // This was one of my favorite reads last year, so obviously I had to include her on this list. I’m hoping to read Solitaire this year, as well as her 3rd book which will be released soon. 

Charlotte Brontë // Jane Eyre // Another one that ended up on my favorites list! I’m definitely going to check out more works by the Brontë sisters soon.

Holly Bourne // Am I Normal Yet? // LOVE this book, and love Holly Bourne. Not only is she an incredible writer but she’s incredibly nice as well.

Pierce Brown // Red Rising // Another author I’m definitely keeping an eye on. I’m going to continue this series this year!

 

Courtney Summers // All the Rage // I haven’t read her other backlist works, but this one really blew me away.

Mackenzi Lee // The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue // Mackenzi Lee shot her way into my favorites of the year list with this book. It was so adorable, interesting and funny! In fact, I loved pretty much every single thing about it -and I’ll definitely be picking up her other works.

Sandhya Menon // When Dimple Met Rishi // Another author I’m going to read more of this year! I can’t wait for From Twinkle, With Love. 

Ayisha Malik // Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged // I hadn’t heard much about this book before picking it up, but Ayisha Malik’s work was a pleasant surprise. 


Obviously, I need to expand my author-horizons in 2018 because I could only come up with 9 new authors whose works I truly liked/loved.
Have you read any of these books?
Which authors’ works should I pick up this year?

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’m Dying to Meet

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. This week, we’re talking authors! Here are 10 authors I really, really want to meet.

Becky Albertalli // Read: The Upside of Unrequited, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda // I have read and adored both of her books. Her most recent one however, The Upside of Unrequited, really struck a chord with me. I need to thank her for writing about Molly. 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie // Read: We Should All Be Feminists // I’ve only read her one non-fiction book, which is basically a speech she’s given. But she’s such an inspirational person, I’d love to actually meet her and listen to her talk.

Alice Oseman // Read: Radio Silence // This book… I adored Radio Silence. I really want to read her earlier book, Solitaire. And The Ark, which will be released this year. I’d love to meet her, and get my copy of Radio Silence signed. 

Michael J. Sullivan // Read: Riyria Revelations, Riyria Chronicles // I absolutely adore both of his Riyria series. I ADORE THEM. So I need to meet the creator, okay?

J.K. Rowling // Read: Harry Potter (and Cormoran Strike) // I CAN’T LEAVE HER OFF THIS LIST.

Leigh Bardugo // Read: Grisha trilogy, Six of Crows // Who is surprised? Not me. Probably not you either. 

Anne Bishop // Read: The Others // I adore her Others series. It’s some of the best urban fantasy I’ve ever read. So obviously, I need to meet her.

Scott Lynch // Read: Gentleman Bastard // I need to know how he comes up with these crazy schemes. And when we’re getting Thorn of Emberlain.

Rachel Aaron // Read: Legend of Eli Monpress, Nice Dragons Finish Last, One Good Dragon Deserves Another // LOVE LOVE LOVE HER WORK! I admire her so much. Not only because she has written some amazing books, but also because she successfully self-published some of them.

V.E. Schwab // Read: Shades of Magic // Not only has she created one of my favorite series, she genuinely seems like such a nice person. 


Someone make this happen, please.

6 Authors I Believe Deserve More Attention

I’ve written about books I believe are underrated on my blog today, so why not authors? There are several authors whose works I’ve truly enjoyed, yet I don’t see them mentioned often in the bookish communities. It always makes me so sad. So today, I’m talking about 6 authors I wish more people here talked about

To qualify for this list, I feel like I must have read 2 or more books by said author. I mean, I don’t feel truly comfortable recommending someone if I’ve only read one book they’ve written. What if it was just weird luck, and I don’t like any of the other works? I actually think I’ve read at least 3 books by each of these authors. Let’s get to it!

#1: Michael J. Sullivan

I’ve read: The Riyria Revelations (#1-6) and the Riyria Chronicles (#1-3)
Want to read: Age of Myth
Writes: Fantasy
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I am going to keep talking about Michael Sullivan until I scare you all into reading his books. His fantasy novels are just so amazing. I’ve read so many books about Royce and Hadrian now, as they are the main characters in both series shown above. Yet I still wish for hundreds more stories starring them. 

Synopsis Riyria Revelations #1:  There’s no ancient evil to defeat or orphan destined for greatness, just unlikely heroes and classic adventure. Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, are two enterprising rogues who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the murder of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy that goes beyond the overthrow of a tiny kingdom, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery before it’s too late.

Synopsis Riyria Chronicles #1:  A warrior with nothing to fight for is paired with a thieving assassin with nothing to lose. Together they must steal a treasure that no one can reach. The Crown Tower is the impregnable remains of the grandest fortress ever built and home to the realm’s most valuable possessions. But it isn’t gold or jewels the old wizard is after, and this prize can only be obtained by the combined talents of two remarkable men. Now if Arcadius can just keep Hadrian and Royce from killing each other, they just might succeed.

 #2: Charlie N. Holmberg

I’ve read: The Paper Magician (#1-3), Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet
Want to read: Followed by Frost
Writes: Fantasy (YA)
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I started reading books by Charlie N. Holmberg when I requested her Paper Magician trilogy from Netgalley. I loved the unique magic, and really liked the trilogy. Then I saw her new novel Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet on Netgalley too. It’s about a woman who crafts cakes that influence emotions. Awesome, no? 

Synopsis Paper Magician #1:  Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic… forever. Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined — animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic. An Excisioner — a practitioner of dark, flesh magic — invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.

Synopsis Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet:  Maire is a baker with an extraordinary gift: she can infuse her treats with emotions and abilities, which are then passed on to those who eat them. She doesn’t know why she can do this and remembers nothing of who she is or where she came from. Then marauders raid her town, Maire is captured and sold to the eccentric Allemas, who enslaves her and demands that she produce sinister confections, including a witch’s gingerbread cottage, a living cookie boy, and size-altering cakes. During her captivity, Maire is visited by Fyel, a ghostly being who is reluctant to reveal his connection to her. The more often they meet, the more her memories return, and she begins to piece together who and what she really is—as well as past mistakes that yield cosmic consequences.

#3: Rachel Aaron/Rachel Bach

I’ve read: Legend of Eli Monpress series (#1-5), Nice Dragons Finish Last (Heartstrikers #1) , Paradox trilogy (#1-2)
Want to read: Heartstrikers #2-3, Paradox #3
Writes: Fantasy, Science Fiction
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I have so much love for this author! I absolutely adored her Legend of Eli Monpress series, and none of her other books have let me down so far. 

Synopsis Legend of Eli #1:  Eli Monpress is talented. He’s charming. And he’s a thief. But not just any thief. He’s the greatest thief of the age – and he’s also a wizard. And with the help of his partners – a swordsman with the most powerful magic sword in the world but no magical ability of his own, and a demonseed who can step through shadows and punch through walls – he’s going to put his plan into effect. The first step is to increase the size of the bounty on his head, so he’ll need to steal some big things. But he’ll start small for now. He’ll just steal something that no one will miss – at least for a while. Like a king.

Synopsis Heartstrikers #1:  As the smallest dragon in the Heartstriker clan, Julius survives by a simple code: keep quiet, don’t cause trouble, and stay out of the way of bigger dragons. But this meek behavior doesn’t fly in a family of ambitious magical predators, and his mother, Bethesda the Heartstriker, has finally reached the end of her patience. Now, sealed in human form and banished to the DFZ–a vertical metropolis built on the ruins of Old Detroit–Julius has one month to prove that he can be a ruthless dragon or kiss his true shape goodbye forever. But in a city of modern mages and vengeful spirits where dragons are considered monsters to be exterminated, he’s going to need some serious help to survive this test. He only hopes humans are more trustworthy than dragons…

Synopsis Paradox 1:  Devi Morris isn’t your average mercenary. She has plans. Big ones. And a ton of ambition. It’s a combination that’s going to get her killed one day – but not just yet. That is, until she just gets a job on a tiny trade ship with a nasty reputation for surprises. The Glorious Fool isn’t misnamed: it likes to get into trouble, so much so that one year of security work under its captain is equal to five years everywhere else. With odds like that, Devi knows she’s found the perfect way to get the jump on the next part of her Plan. But the Fool doesn’t give up its secrets without a fight, and one year on this ship might be more than even Devi can handle.

#4: Intisar Khanani

I’ve read: Sunbolt (#1-2), Thorn
Want to read:  Sunbolt #3, The Bone Knife, A Darkness At the Door
Writes: Fantasy, Retellings
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Another author I discovered through Netgalley. I was so surprised by how much I liked her book Sunbolt, although it was incredibly short. The second book in the trilogy more than made up for it though!

Synopsis Sunbolt #1:  The winding streets and narrow alleys of Karolene hide many secrets, and Hitomi is one of them. Orphaned at a young age, Hitomi has learned to hide her magical aptitude and who her parents really were. Most of all, she must conceal her role in the Shadow League, an underground movement working to undermine the powerful and corrupt Arch Mage Wilhelm Blackflame. When the League gets word that Blackflame intends to detain—and execute—a leading political family, Hitomi volunteers to help the family escape. But there are more secrets at play than Hitomi’s, and much worse fates than execution. When Hitomi finds herself captured along with her charges, it will take everything she can summon to escape with her life.

Synopsis Thorn:  For Princess Alyrra, choice is a luxury she’s never had … until she’s betrayed. Princess Alyrra has never enjoyed the security or power of her rank. Between her family’s cruelty and the court’s contempt, she has spent her life in the shadows. Forced to marry a powerful foreign prince, Alyrra embarks on a journey to meet her betrothed with little hope for a better future. But powerful men have powerful enemies–and now, so does Alyrra. Betrayed during a magical attack, her identity is switched with another woman’s, giving Alyrra the first choice she’s ever had: to start a new life for herself or fight for a prince she’s never met. But Alyrra soon finds that Prince Kestrin is not at all what she expected. While walking away will cost Kestrin his life, returning to the court may cost Alyrra her own. As Alyrra is coming to realize, sometime the hardest choice means learning to trust herself.

#5: Amanda Hocking

I’ve read: Trylle trilogy (#1-3), Kanin Chronicles (#1-3)
Want to read: First book in her new Valkyrie series
Writes: Fantasy (YA)
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Amanda Hocking was a suprise/random discovery for me. I really enjoyed her YA fantasy series about the troll tribes, and I’m excited for her new book to be released next year. 

Synopsis Trylle #1:  When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn’t until eleven years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed – a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy’s not sure she wants to be a part of it.

Synopsis Kanin Chronicles #1:  Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes. Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who’s determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. She’s not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden. But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero she once loved – begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?

#6: Danielle L. Jensen

I’ve read: Malediction trilogy (#1-3)
Writes: Fantasy (YA)
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I really enjoyed this trilogy. No, of course it’s not perfect. But it’s about trolls who are cursed, and can’t leave their realm under the mountains. Hey, I spot a theme here! Two of the authors here have written about trolls. I guess I like troll stories?

Synopsis Malediction #1:  For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the mountain. When Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she realises that the trolls are relying on her to break the curse. Cécile has only one thing on her mind: escape. But the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time… But the more time she spends with the trolls, the more she understands their plight. There is a rebellion brewing. And she just might be the one the trolls were looking for…


So these are 6 authors I believe deserve far more attention than they currently do. I’ve really enjoyed the works I’ve read, and as I said, I’ve read more than 3 books by each. Have you read any of these books/authors? Which authors do you think are underrated? 

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Reads from Male Authors in 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. Today’s topic is a favorite-of-2015 list.

I didn’t want to make it into my absolute favorite reads of the year, because I’ll be making a separate post of that without a predefined amount. I don’t want to have to choose a certain amount, just pick out the most memorable ones to me. So instead, I chose the favorite books of 2015 written by a male author. Also, while I made this list, I noticed that I read a lot of books by female authors… I should branch out more.

The Martian by Andy Weir // I’ve mentioned this book several times before so I’ll be brief. This book is captivating, hilarious and so intriguing. Go read it. 

The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles #1) by Patrick Rothfuss // Again, I’ve mentioned this a lot, and I don’t think there are many people out there who don’t recognize this book or author. Epic fantasy tale that’s definitely worth picking up -even though it’s not the easiest to read.  

Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard #2) by Scott Lynch // I have nothing but love for Scott Lynch’s writing. This series is one of my all-time favorites and book #2 was definitely no disappointment. Heists, cons, thieves, pirates and cats. That’s my summation of this book. 

Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard #3) by Scott Lynch // Yes, I am featuring this author and series twice. No, I don’t feel bad about it. Again, book #3, while being really different, was amazing too. Here, you have a dual timeline -AND YOU MEET SABETHA. Finally. 

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson // Brandon Sanderson is the king of fantasy. Or the emperor? I haven’t decided yet. His books are so epic, the world-building is always amazing yet they are so easy to read. Not heavy and easy to grasp. I would really recommend Warbreaker, it’s such a unique story. 

Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations #1-2) by Michael J. Sullivan // Like I said last week, I can’t believe I only started this series this year. It started my love for his writing, and I have continued on reading both of his Riyria series. I would REALLY recommend his books.  

The Rose and the Thorn (Riyria Chronicles #2) by Michael J. Sullivan // From the Chronicles, this is my favorite book so far (not counting the Death of Dulgath, as I haven’t read that). You really get to know more about Gwen and her girls, as well as Royce and Hadrian in the beginning. It’s so interesting because you can really see the character development between this series (the prequels) and the Revelations series mentioned above. 

Half a King (Shattered Sea #1) by Joe Abercrombie // I actually really liked this book. It was different than I expected it to be, but pleasantly so. I haven’t continued on (no clue as to why) but I should really do so soon. It was also my first Joe Abercrombie book. 

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg // A non-fiction book thrown in the mix! I read this in November, and highly enjoyed it. I’ve never really considered my habits before, but I do think I’m (much) more conscious of them now. Very interesting read!

Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan // Of course, there had to be a Rick Riordan book on here. As I’m writing this, this is the only Riordan book I’ve read this year. That’s right, I haven’t read Magnus Chase. I’m so sorry. I REALLY want to, I just haven’t bought it yet…


Those are my picks for this week! Have you read any of these books? Do you have any recommendations for male authors? Feel free to leave a link to your TTT, so I can see more favorites-lists. 

Top Ten Tuesday: New-To Me Authors of 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. This week, I’m talking about my favorite new-to-me authors of 2015

Kristin Hannah // The Nightingale // I actually just read this last week, but it was such a beautiful read. I’ll definitely be reading more of her work soon.

Jojo Moyes // Me Before You // This book. It gives you every possible emotion while reading. I have yet to pick up the sequel, After You, but I’m hoping to do that soon as well.

Laini Taylor // Daughter of Smoke and Bone // I know, I’m so far behind on this author’s bandwagon… I only read Daughter of Smoke and Bone this year, and haven’t continued the series yet. But her writing was just, magical and lyrical. So gorgeous.

Amanda Hocking // Frostfire // I’ve mentioned this series quite a bit already, but I’ll continue to do so as I think it’s highly underrated. I loved it so much. I’ll be reading her Trylle trilogy soon because I’ve already bought a bind-up of them. 

Madeline Miller // The Song of Achilles // If there is one book I mention constantly, it’d be this one. I just can’t say enough good things about it. I cried so hard while reading this. Genuine sobbing, which doesn’t happen to me often. I’m so sad she hasn’t written any more books -aside from a short story. I don’t think she will either. 

Andy Weir // The Martian // I don’t read science fiction often. I don’t know why, but it has never been a genre I gravitate towards. This book however, I absolutely adored. I laughed so hard while reading! And it’s a story about a guy who’s been left of Mars, all alone. Yet it was hilarious, and captivating and even a bit educational. A definite recommend in my books (see what I did there?). 

Patrick Rothfuss // The Name of the Wind // This is quite the book. I will immediately say that this won’t be for everyone. It has quite particular characters, and the way the story is told isn’t conventional either. It’s the current-age-main-character explaining his life’s story to the Chronicler, from the moment he can remember onwards. So it may seem slow to many. But I really enjoyed this style! I still have to pick up the second one though. 

Rae Carson // The Girl of Fire and Thorns // This is one of my all-time favorite YA fantasies. It’s an incredible trilogy, that everyone should read. I will be picking up Rae Carson’s new book soon -hopefully- because I’m intrigued. What else can she create? 

Michael J. Sullivan // Theft of Swords // I can’t believe I only started reading his books in 2015. I genuinely thought I’d started earlier. In this year, I’ve read the 6 books (or 3 bind-ups) of the Riyria Revelations, and the 2 books in his Riyria Chronicles. He has become one of my favorite fantasy writers, and I’ll be picking up Death of Dulgath, book 3 in the Chronicles asap. 

Naomi Novik // Uprooted // Aaaah, Uprooted. How I love you. I was pleasantly surprised by this fantasy novel/retelling. Ever since, I’ve been wanting to read her other series as well, which I think is about dragons and the Napoleonic war? Sounds epic to me.


Those are my favorite new-to-me authors of 2015! Although maybe I’ll discover another in the next weeks. Who knows? Have you read any of their works? Which ones are your favorites? Let me know!