For as long as I can remember I have loved to read. There is nothing more thrilling that picking up a good book and getting lost in the pages. I couldn’t tell you how many books I have read in my lifetime; from the colourful picture books of childhood to the gritty crime novels I read now.
I have decided to share with you my top 10 authors… I have really had to sit and think about this post, and it was very difficult to just pick 10, but these are pretty much always my go to authors when I want to read a good book and so I thought I would share these with you.
1. J.K. Rowling
For those of you who know me well, you will know that I am mad about Harry Potter. I am a self confused Harry Potter nerd, even sporting a small Harry Potter tattoo on my left foot. I have read the Harry Potter series, plus all its spin off books, countless times and I love them more and more with each read, and this is why my beloved J.K gets the top spot. I started reading the HP books at about the age of 12, and I really did grow up with these. It is the only series where I can truly say that I felt connected to the characters, they were going through what I was going through (I mean, apart from defeating Lord Voldemort) since we were growing up together.
There is so much more that I could say about this, but I won’t! If you haven’t already read these books (and if not, where have you been) then go and do so. They really are the best!
2. George R.R. Martin
Three words… Game of Thrones. What a series. I don’t think I have ever read anything like it and I’m not sure I ever will again. The only frustrating thing about this series, is that it is not yet finished, and I am starting to think that it never will be.
If you love fantasy, gore and in depth characters then this is the series for you. If you struggle to keep up when reading, then this could be tricky but I would still urge you to give it a go.
3. Diana Gabaldon
This is a new favourite author of mine, and I have my Mum to thank for this one. After about 18 months of her nagging me to read the Outlander series, I finally picked up book 1 and read all of the books that are currently written.
This is a beautiful love story with a bit of history thrown in for good measure. There are some tense bits, but I have come to learn that the main characters are pretty safe which makes for a nice read (unlike GoT where nobody is safe).
4. Jodi Picoult
We are now stepping away from the series and onto single books. I found Jodi Picoult in my late teens and fell in love. The first book I read of hers was The Pact and I fell deep into the Jodi Picoult rabbit hole. I love how she writes about pretty deep subjects – suicide pacts, murder, high school shootings, learning disabilities, religion… the list goes on.
Some of my favourite Jodi Picoult books are House Rules, Nineteen Minutes and Plain Truth. BUT I really do love them all.
If you are looking for a book that keeps you gripped until the last minute, then Jodi Picoult is your gal.
5. Ian Rankin
I started reading Ian Rankin at the age of 15; my careers teacher had a poster for the book Witch Hunt on his classroom wall and I just wanted to read it. I got the book for Easter and never looked back, I still read Ian Rankin 16 years later and I still love the books just as much. In my opinion you can’t beat Scottish (or any British) crime novels and I’m pretty sure Ian Rankin sparked this love.
6. Peter Robinson
Yet more crime, this time set in Yorkshire and featuring Alan Banks. Again I have been reading Peter Robinson since my late teens and I still read them now.
7. Peter James
Peter James is another crime writer; his books are set in Brighton and feature Roy Grace. I do love the Roy Grace novels, I think a pattern is emerging here in that I love crime books.
Peter James has also written other books that don’t feature Roy Grace, one of these being Perfect People which is a pretty chilling book about genetically perfect children and I would recommend not only the Roy Grace crime books, but also Peter James’ other work.
As you can probably see, a pattern is emerging in that I love crime booked and Rankin, Robinson and James are my top choices for crime books.
8. Diane Chamberlain
The first Diane Chamberlain book I read was the Midwifes Confession (and I have re-read this a couple of times since and it doesn’t get old). This book kept me gripped until the very last minute. I have since read a lot of her other work and I have loved each and everyone.
Diane Chamberlain is similar to Jodi Picoult, most books feature a different set of characters and different story lines but she has done some series, one being the keeper of the light trilogy which I loved.
9. Lesley Pearse
The first Lesley Pearse book I read was Belle, which was a gripping story set in the late 1800’s. This was quite disturbing at times, and if you get very upset by violence against women then this probably isn’t the book for you, but if you can get past those pages then this book truly is lovely.
There are other lovely Lesley Pearse books but my favourites have been Belle and Gypsy (although I have read others and enjoyed them).
10. Stephen King
Last and by no means least, Stephen King… what can I say. The king of best up horror. Some of my favourite Stephen King books are Duma Key, Under The Dome, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Misery, Carrie, The Green Mile and The Shining. But as I’m sure you all know there are lots of Stephen King book and they really are all worth a read.
One thing I will say for Stephen King, if you don’t automatically get into a Stephen King book then keep trying. Sometimes they can start slow and seem to take forever to get into, but trust me it is worth keeping with it.
And so there you have it… my top 10. The authors that I will reach for before anyone else. The amazing people who write books that I am willing to re-read over and over again.
I really hope that by reading this, you will discover a new author that you will grow to love.
I would love to know your favourite authors, who knows… you could send me onto a book discovery.