There are a lot of phenomenal writers out there.
I’ll be honest – it’s kind of hard to keep track of all of them. Sometimes I read a really good book and promise myself that I’ll read from that author. Alas, I oftentimes, never do.
So today, I thought I’d talk about some authors who I want to read more of – or want to give a second try – because if they caught my attention with a couple of their books, I can at least make the effort to check out a few more.
I’m really sad that I have to put this name on the list but… it’s just been a long time since I’ve picked up anything from Matson.
I used to love her so much, but I’ve tried read The Unexpected Everything three times, and every time, I’m not in the mood for it.
Maybe I’m getting tired of her long contemporaries. Maybe the last book I read by her (Since You’ve Been Gone) left a sour taste in my mouth and I haven’t been able to return. Either way, I’m not ready to say goodbye to her just yet.
I read First & Then by Mills way back in 2016, and lately, I can’t stop thinking about it! It was simple but satisfying, and just really readable. I keep reading glowing reviews for her more recent releases, so that’s even more incentive.
Mills seems perfect if you like your contemporaries with relatively low angst, main characters that are easy to relate to, and love interests who sneak into your heart.
Okay look. I know I’ve done nothing but gush about Alex, Approximately since I read it in June. Have a read anything more from her yet?
… Well, no. But soon! I just bought The Lady Rogue and I plan on reading that in October, because it’s about Vlad the Impaler! Very fitting for Halloween, if I do say so myself.
Bennett’s characters in Alex, Approximately just totally stole my heart. The romance was so well developed and honest and I loved the relationship between the protagonist and love interest so much. I have to experience it again.
I’d also like to note that I currently own not one, not two, not three, but four Jenn Bennett freaking books, and I have only read one of them! That, if nothing else, is my motivation.
C. J. Redwine
Welcome to the first (only) fantasy author of this list. I picked The Shadow Queen by this author on a whim last summer, after it sat on my shelf for close to three years. And I must say, I was so pleasantly surprised by it!
Fantasies are usually a little more difficult for me to get through, but I found this one so compelling and the world really intriguing. Which is why I’m glad the rest of this series is set in the same universe, following different characters.
These two definitely stand out from the rest on the list. (If you didn’t know, Christina Lauren is actually an author duo of two people!). While they are primarily new adult/adult romance authors, I read their YA contemporary romance Autoboyography last year and was shocked by how much I enjoyed it.
To my knowledge, they don’t have any other YA books, but a lot of creators I trust have been recommending some of their adult romances, including The Unhoneymooners, so I want to see if my love for them crosses genres, too!
Shocker, 80% of these authors were contemporary writers. Are you even surprised at this point?
Who are some authors you can’t wait to read books from? Or authors you desperately want to give a second chance? What reservations keep you from doing it? Tell me in the comments! 🙂