Authors I Should Read

Authors to read

I wanted to participate in last Tuesday’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Brooke and the Bookish) with the topic of “Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling Me That I MUST Read” but unfortunately, I missed it. I fell asleep earlier than usual that night instead of working on a blog post. But I really like the topic so I wanted to do a spin off. Instead of books, I wanted to talk about authors that have been broadly and specifically recommended for me.

Mary Renault – This particular author was brought to my attention when Elizabeth Wein recommended it for Megan Whalen Turner (MWT) fans in her guest post for Queen’s Thief Week. I have copies of both The King Must Die and The Bull from the Sea in my TBR pile.

Dorothy Sayers – Here’s another author who has been recommended several times for MWT fans, especially the books about Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. I’ve read Strong Poison but it didn’t have that much of an impact with him. I do have copies of Have His Carcase, Gaudy Night and Busman’s Honeymoon and I just need to find time to read them.

Connie Willis – I can’t even remember how many people have recommended this author’s time travel books. I’ve had a copy of To Say Nothing of the Dog for a while not but I heard that it would be better to start with the duology Blackout and All Clear.

Simmone Howell – I haven’t read any of this author’s books but I’ve heard that Girl Defective is an amazing Aussie YA novel so I got a copy of it late last year when a friend passed by Singapore from Australia.

Guy Gavriel Kay – So many fantasy fans have recommended this author’s work and I still haven’t read any of his books. I have copies of Tigana and the first two Fionavar books but just haven’t been in the mood for them. Especially Tigana, which is such a doorstopper.

Susanna Kearsley – I’ve seen other bloggers give positive reviews for this author’s books and that has made me curious. My friedn Heidi of Bunbury in the Stacks very kindly sent me a signed copy of The Winter Sea so I can start with that.

Genevieve Valentine – I’ve seen several bloggers (such as Ana of The Book Smugglers and Maureen of By Singing Light) rave about The Girls at the Kingfisher Club on Twitter so I’m very curious about it.

Virginia Kantra – I know my good friend Brandy of Random Musings of a Bibliophile loves Virginia Kantra’s books (which has been recommended by our favorite author Laura Florand). I grabbed a copy of Carolina Man back when it was on sale and it’s just waiting in my Kindle.

Kelly Hunter – Another Laura Florand recommendation! She mentioned that Kelly Hunter is a romance author who has written books with great dialogue, set in Singapore and Hong Kong. She recommended that I start with Wife for a Week, which is the first in a series about the Bennett family. Li of Me and My Books seconded the recommendation when I mentioned it on Twitter.

Joann Sfar – This is actually a bit funny since I found out about this graphic novel author through Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (which I still need to review). The two MCs are fans of his work and that made me curious. I’ve checked in a bookstore here and his books aren’t available in Singapore.

I hope I’ll be able to put a dent on this list before the year ends. I’ll keep the rest of you posted. Care to share authors who would be included in your must read/highly recommended list?

15 thoughts on “Authors I Should Read

  1. You know I wholeheartedly agree with the Kelly Hunter rec!

    I read my first Susanna Kearsley this year, and loved it – I think I’ve read about four so far by now? Have a couple more on my Kindle.

    I really like Sayers as well, but find that I’ve to be in a certain mood to appreciate her stories.


    • Li, I just finished reading Wife for a Week and I really enjoyed it! I look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series, especially the ones set in Singapore.

      Oh what are the Susanna Kearsleys that you’ve read and loved?

      I kind of get the feeling that I need to be in a certain mood to appreciate Dorothy Sayers. But really, so many blogging buddies have raved about her books that I’m willing to try.

      • My first Kearsley was THE SHADOWY HORSES, and I followed up with THE FIREBIRD and THE WINTER SEA, which is slightly out of order as they’re loosely-related. I didn’t realise that, and I’m in two minds about whether it mattered or not – loved all three regardless!

      • Oh I didn’t know that her books are loosely related! I thought they were all standalones. Looks like reading them out of order didn’t affect how much you liked them. So is it okay to start with The Winter Sea?

      • I think that should have been the one I started with 😉 Or perhaps THE SHADOWY HORSES, then THE WINTER SEA (which is SOPHIA’S SECRET in the UK).

        These are her only related books, I believe.

  2. When I was shopping yesterday I nearly bought Tigana and The King Must Die! Ended up going with more kids books though as they’re cheaper. 😛 Plus Tigana’s a bit intimidating to me…might have to see if I can find that one on audio. I still havne’t read Winter Sea either. Her other books keep falling into my hands, so I keep reading others first knowing nothing will probably be as good as Winter Sea (I’m a save the best for last kinda girl).

    • Sigh, if only we lived in the same city, I could lend you my copies of these books! I saw your bookstagram haul yesterday. Tigana really is a bit intimidating because it’s so thick, I have to be in the right kind of mood to read that.

      Oh that’s interesting that you haven’t read The Winter Sea either! What are the ones that you’ve read though?

      • Well, first when I was going to meet her I bought Shadowy Horses, Winter Sea, and Firebird. She suggested I read Shadowy Horses first (because she felt it was the weakest of the 3), so I did. Then I got the audio of The Rose Garden in a sale, and an ARC of Season of Storms fell into my lap so I read those. Now I also have Splendour Falls because it was a Kindle deal, so Winter Sea keeps getting bumped back! (I’m a total save-the-best-for-last kinda girl).

      • Hahaha you’ve read most of her books and you still haven’t read Winter Sea! I need to bump it up. I’m trying to be better about reading books that I have physical copies of since I tend to ignore them in favor of Kindle editions. If I enjoy reading Winter Sea then I’ll probably check out the rest of her books.

  3. For Connie Willis, I’d say start with ‘To Say Nothing of the Dog’, not the other way around. By far my favorite of her books and the easiest to get into. Then ‘Doomsday Book’ and then ‘Blackout/All Clear’.

    • Thanks for the suggestion regarding the reading order! That means I can read Connie Willis any time since I already have a copy of To Say Nothing of the Dog.

  4. I agree with Catherine’s order for Willis’s books. And you need to read them soon. Also Dorothy Sayers. And Virginia Kantra. I would read Sayers first if I were you. 🙂

    I have Girls at the Kingfisher Club checked out from the library now. I’m excited because I’ve heard so many good things.

    • Were you the one who said that Connie Willis mentions Dorothy Sayers in her books? I remember hearing something like that, which is why I got the feeling that I should read Sayers before Willis.

      Let me know what you think of Girls at the Kingfisher Club! I know Maureen loved it.

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