Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. The girls post a new top ten list each week that one of them will answer and everyone is welcome to join in. This week, we’re discussing authors – ones we love so much that we’d buy anything that was written by them, regardless of the genre or what it’s about.
Well, here’s my top ten list!
1. Chris Carter
Anyone who follows me on Twitter (or has ever been to a bookshop with me) will know that I’m a massive fan of Chris and his work. I randomly picked up one of his books, The Night Stalker, on a holiday back in 2010 and I’ve been hooked ever since. I love fast-paced thrillers and his books never, ever disappoint. They’re a bit on the gory side so I know they might not be for everyone, but I love everything he writes and the characters he created in the Robert Hunter series.
2. Sharon Bolton
Another talented crime writer, and another person who excels at genuine page-turners. I fell in love with Bolton’s writing with Now You See Me – something I came across on NetGalley a couple of years ago – and I’ve loved every other books she’s written since. She’s brilliant at creating a dark, eerie atmosphere for her books and keeping you in the dark until the very end.
3. Cat Clarke
Slightly different genre, but another talented writer with a list of unputdownable stories. I read Undone after Jesse’s glowing review at the beginning of last year, and it’s been one of my favourite YA novels ever since. Needless to say, the first thing I did after finishing the book was pop into Foyles and buy all the other books she’s written – she’s that good.
4. Marian Keyes
Marian… where do I even begin? I’ve adored her stories since my teens (I practically grew up with the Walsh family) and I have literally all the books she’s ever written. Her wit and her hilariously flawed characters never fail to make me laugh, just like Marian herself never fails to cheer me up when I’m having a rough day. And not only am I a huge fan of her stories, but I’m incredibly proud of her for her courage and tenacity, and the way she’s dealt with everything she’s been through, from her battle with alcoholism to a suicide attempt and depression. I’ve always admired her for that, and she helped me an awful lot when I was suffering from anxiety and constant panic attacks.
5. Sophie Kinsella
Sophie is another old favourite of mine, who’s been one of my favourite authors for at least ten years now. I still remember reading her first book when I was still at secondary school, and trying not to laugh out loud in public (and failing spectacularly). Her books are always hilarious and always make me cry with laughter, and even though I avoid chick lit as much as I can, I’ve always loved her stories.
6. Erin Lange
Erin Lange’s latest book, Dead Ends, is probably the book I’ve recommended the most in the past year, and it’s still one of my favourite YA novels. I absolutely love her style and the characters she created in her novels, and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.
7. Kevin Brooks
Kevin Brooks made me completely and utterly speechless with his latest book, The Bunker Diary, and just like with Cat Clarke, I loved it so much that I vowed to read his entire backlist, one book at a time. I’ve recently finished Black Rabbit Summer, which was just as gripping as I expected, and I can’t wait to read the rest.
8. Rainbow Rowell
An obvious choice – who doesn’t love RR, seriously? – but I do love her style. As usual, I fell in love with her writing in her latest book, Landline, and started reading her previous books right away. I still need to read Eleanor & Park, but I’m really looking forward to seeing what she comes up with next.
9. Megan Miranda
Another YA writer, and another favourite of mine who I came across on NetGalley. I absolutely loved Fracture – and pretty much everything else she’s written since – and it’s still one of the best debuts I’ve ever read. Funnily enough I’m not a big fan of the genre in general, but I would honestly buy anything she writes.
10. Tana French
French is one of those authors whose stories manage to grab you on the very first page and keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Her style is very different from all the other crime writers I love – much slower paced, I think – but her books are so atmospheric and so incredibly captivating, that I honestly don’t mind. She’s a fantastic writer and I can’t wait to explore more of her books!
Who are your top ten auto-buy authors? Are any of mine on your list too? Let me know! 🙂