They Can Do No Wrong: My Top 8 (Yes, Only 8) Favorite Authors

leila at the library

I don’t know about you, but there are some authors that can seriously do no wrong as far as I’m concerned.  They’re the authors whose books I always preorder (or buy if I didn’t hear about the new book prior to publication).  So I thought I’d share them with you (in no particular order), so you can go discover how awesome they are and show them some love by buying their books.

  • Jessica Park – This lady is seriously amazing.  I’ve two of her books, Left Drowning and Flat Out Love.  I did a cover reveal for her new book, Clear, although I hate cover reveals.  Why?  Because she’s awesome, and I wanted to show her some love.  Clear is a bit different from her other books (so I hear), but I still bought it.  Because she can do no wrong.  I actually love it when authors step outside their boxes.
  • Diana Gabaldon – Duh.  I’m not at all subtle about screaming my adoration for Diana.  Her books were something my mother and I shared, and now I’m sharing them with my bestie.  And it’s amazing.  Oh, and her books just get better and better.  And while I love the whole Outlander universe, I kinda can’t wait until that story is done.  I’m excited to see what she does next.
  • Lauren Oliver – Her stories are always raw and honest.  I fell in love with her after reading Before I Fall, and she hasn’t disappointed me since.  The Delirium trilogy was an awesome dystopian concept.  She also did an amazing job with her book written for adults, Rooms.  I just finished her latest, Vanishing Girls, and while I don’t often reread books, I’ll be rereading it.
  • Kate Brauning – She’s only published one book, How We Fall, but with that one (and how nice she is), she’s won my undying loyalty.  She just finished the companion novel to How We Fall, and I’m super excited for when it comes out.  Although I don’t know when that’ll be.
  • Lisa Genova – Her books are unfailingly fascinating.  She does an amazing job at putting a face on tough medical issues.  Left Neglected, Still Alice, and Love, Anthony all had me in tears.  I have an advance copy of her latest, Inside the O’Briens, and I can’t wait to get started on it.
  • Courtney Summer – She pulls no punches in her stories.  I mean, everything she writes is raw and real.  I especially love that she wrote a book like This Is Not a Test, which took your usual teen issues and put them into the zombie apocalypse.  Freaking amazing.  I also have an advance copy of her latest, All the Rage, which I’m also super psyched to start.
  • Sherry D. Ficklin – I loved Queen of Somedayespecially the fact that she unabashedly messed with history in order to make her story work.  I can’t help but love a writer who’s willing to sacrifice historical accuracy in such a brazen way in order to tell the story her way.
  • Mira Grant – Talk about a unique take on old tropes.  The Newsflesh trilogy is one of the best (if not the absolute best) takes on zombies ever.  And the Parasitology trilogy is frighteningly plausible.  Plus she’s hilarious on Twitter.  I do have to tell you, though, that I only buy the books she writes as Mira, not those written under her real name.

Those are the members of my posse.  Which authors do you think can do no wrong?  Do you automatically buy their books, or do you actually see what they’re about before making the purchase?  What does it take to make your list?

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Diana is perhaps the only author that would be on my list. I’ve walked away from lots of authors over the years either because the books went downhill or my reading style has changed.

    Terri M., the Director
    Second Run Reviews

    1. Leila

      Totally get that. This is just my current list. I admit it changes every few years.

  2. Julie

    Rachel Vincent makes that list for me 🙂

    1. Leila

      I’ll have to read one of hers.

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