In spite of how much I tend to read, there are actually quite a few authors that I haven’t had the opportunity to pick up yet. There are just so many books out there that I can’t possibly read all of them, right? Thankfully, Bionic Book Worm’s Top 5 Tuesday is here to save the day with this week’s topic of listing off five authors that I need to pick up as soon as possible. I have actually done this list before and still have a few more left from that group to read, so I will be listing off five new authors that I didn’t mention there. If I actually finish all fifteen authors across both lists, I will definitely give an update where I share my thoughts on each of them! For now, let’s see which five authors get a spot on my list of shame this time around!
I actually mentioned Leigh Bardugo in last week’s Top 5 Tuesday because I have several reasons to want to read her books. First of all, her major fantasy world, the Grishaverse, is getting an adaptation that I would really like to watch after reading the books. Secondly, I like to read books from authors in the order in which they wrote them as much as possible. Given that I really want to read Bardugo’s latest release, Ninth House, I need to get to her older works as soon as I can. I’ll start with Shadow and Bone, and I hope that I will have a new fantasy series to fall in love with from there!
I have read a lot of authors that write in the same niche as Kristin Hannah, operating in the female-oriented literary fiction space. Jodi Picoult, Liane Moriarty, and Taylor Jenkins Reid have all produced books I absolutely adore, so I have no doubt that I would enjoy titles penned by Kristin Hannah, as well. I’m not even sure where to start with her, as she has written quite a few acclaimed titles, but I think The Nightingale seems like a good choice, given that I enjoy World War II-era fiction.
I’ve been trying to slowly dip my toes a little more into the science fiction section of the bookstore ever since I read Illuminae a few years ago. I still don’t know a lot about the different sub-genres and intricacies of the genre, but I want to learn more. Given that James S.A. Corey’s series is one of the main science fiction series that I see in the front of any bookstore I walk into, this seems like a great place to start with my attempts to learn more about whether the genre is for me or not.
Admittedly, I don’t read a ton of romance and don’t even know if I actually like the genre or not. Still, my reasoning for reading James S.A. Corey applies to Christina Lauren, as this author duo seems like a great place to start if I want to learn more about the modern conventions of the genre. I kind of want to start with The Unhoneymooners simply because I love the cover, but I should probably do a little more research and not use cover prettiness as my ultimate deciding factor.
Finally, I have been getting into fantasy a lot more this year, and I hope to continue that by picking up something by N.K Jemisin in the near future. Her books just sound so dark and unique, so I can’t wait to see if she lives up to the immense hype around her works. I own The Inheritance Trilogy already, so this will likely be the series that I pick up first, but that may change if I see something else from her available at the library.
That’s it for part two of my unread authors list of shame! I’m definitely excited to dive in and hopefully find a few new favorites in the near future. Are there any authors on this list that I should be prioritizing? Let me know in the comments below!