Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I NEED to Read More From

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, brought to us as always by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish, is the Top Ten Authors We’ve Only Read One Book By .. But We Need To Read More!!! I have 5 adult authors, 5 YA authors, and 2 authors I’m just not sure about. Without further chittle chattle, here we go — !

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 Hester Browne gets a lot of comparisons to Sophie Kinsella, which is what drew me to her in the first place. I read Swept Off Her Feet and enjoyed it … but what can I say? It didn’t sweep me off my feet. (You see what I did there?) I own a few of her others, and I really want to give them a try!
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I can honestly not tell you why I haven’t picked up another book from Jojo Moyes. I devoured The Last Letter from Your Lover, and I recommend it a lot, so I really need to get to moving her other books up on my TBR pile!

NTR.JMoyesThe Fate of Mercy Alban, while not perfect, was still a completely engrossing enjoyable read and had me immediately reaching for her other books.

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I finally picked up Lauren Willig’s Secret History of the Pink Carnation series in September!! (&&what a good time to start it, as The Bubble Bath Reader just started their Pink For All Seasons re-read to get ready for the 12th book being published next year. If you want more info – just click here!)
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I absolutely LOVED Stardust. (The movie also … if you haven’t seen it you totally should check it out, even if you haven’t read the book!) I own about 6 or 7 of Gaiman’s books, so I really just need to get to reading. (He has such an impressive backlist – does anyone have any recommendations for which book I should start next??)

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This one doesn’t really count, because she doesn’t have much of a backlist, and Shadow Scale isn’t being published until 2015. BUT A GIRL CAN DREAM.

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How did Robin McKinley just this year make it on to my radar?? I really enjoyed The Hero & the Crown, and can’t wait to read some of her others!
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Code Name Verity absolutely wrecked me, and that’s the only reason I haven’t read Rose Under Fire yet. (As I understand it, it’s not a direct sequel, but still … if you’ve read Code Name Verity you hopefully understand my hesitation. I mean. That book … wrecked me.) I did love Wein’s writing and storytelling though, so eventually I am going to have to pick up her other books.
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Such a cute fun summer book, with a bit of heart and heavy thrown in. It really endeared me to Huntley Fitzpatrick’s writing, and I’m excited to read other books by her.
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Lola and the Boy Next Door. Isla and the Happily Ever After. ‘Nuff said.
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I *really* enjoyed both of these authors (the one book I’ve read, anyhow), and while I definitely want to give them another go … I just … I’m not sure! They both have a heck of a backlist, and not all of them are really highly rated. There are some authors that I don’t even care what it’s about, I’m reading it because it’s THEM. (Kate Morton, Tana French, you hear me? I’ll read ANYTHING you write. jsyk.) Other authors I can enjoy, but to read anything else I need to be interested in the story. Have any of you read these authors? Do you have any other titles you’d recommend??
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  1. It took me a while to get to Gaiman–he looked a little scary for me, but then I started Sandman, and proceeded through a pile of his books. If you liked Stardust, I’d say Ocean and Graveyard are more similar than the other titles you listed.

    I love McKinley, but The Blue Sword never got on my radar somehow, so I have to fit it in sometime soon.

    Rose Under Fire is a little happier, by the way. If that helps.

    1. I’ve heard really good things about both of those books – I think I actually have a copy of The Graveyard Book around here somewhere …. 😉

      &I’ve heard such good things about McKinley, but her books are so dense (in a good way) that you can’t really just read them without really being into them.

      &&thanks for the heads up on Rose Under Fire, I really do want to read that! 🙂

  2. I still need to try Hester Browne and I’d be interested in more Wendy Webb too!

    I read Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley in… middle school? High school? Can’t remember but I DO remember really liking it! I haven’t read any of her others.

    My problem seems to be finishing trilogies I was excited for! I have Brazen (Katherine Longshore), Sisters’ Fate (Jessica Cahill), Strange and Ever After (Susan Dennard) and Isla and the Happily Ever After (Stephanie Perkins) all waiting to be read! I think I just don’t want them to end, and I’m always afraid of being burned in the last book of a series. Hmm.

    1. This post was actually really hard for me because 9 times out of 10 if I’ve only read 1 book by an author, there was a reason for it. Haha! I tend to binge read authors, as my goodreads challenges show!

      Hester Browne was really cute, but she wasn’t exactly Sophie Kinsella, and that’s what I went in wanting so maybe that colored my views? &&yes to Wendy! I’m a bit of a baby though, and The Fate of Mercy Alban was a littttllleee spooky … so that’s what my hesitation is there. Haha.

      You should just wait for them all to be published and then binge read the series – that’s how I get through! Any series that I don’t binge read is always hard to get back in to (Lunar Chronicles, Scarlet, etc.).

      Thanks for commenting, Morgan!!! 🙂

  3. Thanks for the shout-out about the Pink read-along, Lindsey!

    Also, from today’s list, it appears you and I have similar taste in books. I love finding new blogs to follow 🙂

    1. Of course, Ashley! I love being able to support other people’s blogs and tours and posts and such:) Makes me feel like a little mini bookish cheerleader, haha!

      &&yay!!! Thanks for the follow! Finding people that you can get other book recs out of is pretty much the best. Just followed you on Goodreads also 🙂

    1. :)) Thank you, Anna! Sometimes I find navigating wordpress and the html kind-of tricky so I just make images and upload them in instead. Sneaky sneaky! 😉

  4. The Hero and the Crown is one of my favorite childhood books ever! The Blue Sword is a definite next, especially since it’s kind of a companion novel (like, same world, different timeline) to The Hero and the Crown. Deerskin was also something I loved from McKinley, but it was much darker and more intense, imo.

    And as for Gaiman, Ocean might be more along the lines of Stardust for overall tone (though I’ve never read Stardust yet…though I did just recently get a copy). Neverwhere was my first Gaiman, and it remained the only one I’d read until some years later when I binge-read Sandman.

    1. Thanks for the heads up, Mari!! You’re actually the second person to say to go for Ocean, I think that’ll be my next Gaiman read for sure.

      &&also McKinley!! I really enjoyed The Hero and the Crown – the writing is so poetic! I felt like I lived in that world the entire time I was reading it. (There isn’t a much better endorsement for a book than that!)

      Thanks for the comment!

  5. So many great authors on this list! Robin McKinley is indeed a great find. She has some wonderful books in a bunch of different genres, definitely worth checking out!! I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t read Neil Gaiman yet. I’ve wanted to for a long time, but just keep reading other books instead!

    1. I’m really interested in her Folktales series, that’s a series I’ve heard really good reviews about!

      Clearly I’m not the best for advice on Gaiman books and which to start first … BUT I’m telling you Stardust is incredible, and the movie is just as good. I highly recommend both!

      Thanks for the comment, Melissa!!

  6. I’ve read a few Cecelia Ahern and sometimes she dips her toe into magical realism (If You Could See Me Now, The Gift, A Place Called Here). I generally find all of her stuff enjoyable, and never rate below 3/5, but Love, Rosie and PS I Love You are my favourites so far. The movie of PS was pretty good, but the book is so, so much better!