Hello, my lovely lemons! 🍋 I hope you’re well and that April is treating you nicely so far. I don’t do Top Ten Tuesday posts every week, but sometimes the prompts are just perfect for me and I start making a list immediately. This was one of those prompts. When you get into a reading slump, or read a lot of books from a single series, it can be difficult blogging about books you’ve read. There’s either not a lot to choose from, or you end up sounding repetitive and struggling to find new ground to cover. That’s why I like to find post topics that don’t rely on having read books – like talking about anticipated releases, books I want to read, or just general bookworm things.
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
🍋 Authors I Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To 🍋
1. Madeline Miller
I’m nothing if not a sucker for heartbreak, so The Song of Achilles has been on my TBR for years. I’m also interested in Circe, and have heard nothing but praise for Miller’s writing. I got a copy of the beautiful anniversary special edition of TSOA, so I’m hopeful this is one author I’ll be able to tick off my list soon.
2. Sarah Gailey
Any author who writes about queer librarians in the Wild West has my respect. The same goes for anyone who writes about queer cowboys wrangling hippos. I strongly suspect Sarah Gailey is the only author who has done both of the above. Therefore, the only thing that remains is for me to read said stories.
3. Jennifer L. Armentrout
JLA has been on my radar for a while as I know she’s written a lot of series (I love a good series) but I wouldn’t have said I was particularly planning to read anything by her. Then all the hype surrounding From Blood and Ash came along, and I went and bought a copy. It’s a chunky romantic fantasy, and if I’m going to read anything by an author it may as well be the book everyone’s talking about. (Says the person who still hasn’t read Throne of Glass.)
4. Tessa Gratton
I can entirely thank Melanie @ Meltotheany for this one! I think the first time I interacted with any of Mel’s content was a Goodreads comment on her review of Strange Grace, and it’s been on my TBR ever since. Later I also saw Mel’s review of Night Shine and that went on the TBR too! Both sound like very queer and magical stories
5. Mo Xiang Tong Xiu
MXTX is definitely the most recent addition to this list. When her three hugely popular web novels were officially translated and published in English for the first time, they suddenly popped up everywhere. I saw that there was suddenly a whole table of these books with pretty illustrated covers in my local bookstore, but I didn’t pick them up or even really look what they were. Then as I was happily browsing the internet one day, I spotted an image of all the covers – in a review on Tor.com titled Queer Reading Pleasure. Of course, that immediately got my attention, and the rest is history. I’ve got a copy of The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System just waiting for me to dig right in.
6. Seanan McGuire
While I have technically read work by this author before before (published under the pen name Mira Grant), I’ve yet to actually read a book with ‘Seanan McGuire’ on the cover. And there are SO MANY of her books I want to read. The Wayward Children series has long featured on my TBR, but recently I’ve become more interested in her urban fantasy series InCryptid and October Daye. Catch me starting one of these just as soon as I’ve made it through the urban fantasy series I’m currently entrenched in. (I like to binge.)
7. Meagan Spooner
Now, I can officially say I’ve read (and loved) everything Amie Kaufman has co-authored with Jay Kristoff. And the other person Amie co-authors with is Meagan Spooner. They have two series together that I am really keen to read, These Broken Stars and The Other Side of the Sky. I’m particularly excited for TOSOTS because I’m subscribed to their author emails and they once compared it to Pushing Up Daisies, which was one of my favourite TV shows. (I’m still devastated it got cancelled.)
8. Emily St. John Mandel
While I mainly go for adventurous series, sometimes I’m drawn to something different. And all of Emily St. John Mandel’s books have a very specific different energy to them. Sweeping, quiet yet powerful stories that make you think deeply about things. That’s the vibe I get. I’ll probably start with Station Eleven, a novel spanning decades that follows a travelling theatre troupe wandering Earth in the wake of a devastating flu that wiped out most of the population.
9. Christina Lauren
Until around the middle of last year I didn’t even read romance books, but Christina Lauren had popped up on my radar regardless. Between the fun-sounding blurbs and the recommendation from several BookTubers, there are definitely a few books by this author duo that I’m keen to check out.
10. Ilona Andrews
Since I’ve really gotten back into urban fantasy, I’ve been seeking out recommendations for all the completed backlist series that I’ve missed out on. A name that comes up a hell of a lot is Ilona Andrews, which is actually the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. With several series to go at (have I mentioned yet that I love series??) I’m certain I’ll be checking out books by them soon.
Do you often choose books based on the author? Or are you more drawn to the premise of a story? I’d say initially I go more for the story, but once I find an author I like I’ll stick to them like glue and try to devour everything they’ve ever written. I find going by the author is a good way to ease into books you maybe wouldn’t otherwise read. Feeling confident you’ll enjoy the writing style can really ease you in to an unfamiliar genre. Have you done a post for this week’s T10T? Drop me a link in the comments, I’d love to check it out!