Hi readers! Today I decided to do a little list of 10 authors I’ve heard great things about and that I really need to get to. I have such a habit of hearing great things about a certain author’s book(s) and then never picking them up, so here are my top 10 authors I need to read!
Top 10 Authors I Need To Read
1. N.K. Jeminsin
I have heard nothing but amazing things about N.K. Jeminsin’s books, especially her Broken Earth Trilogy. I’ve owned The Fifth Season by Jeminsin for about a year but have been too intimidated to pick it up. Knowing my track record with hyped fantasy books, though, I know I’m going to absolutely love her books, and we need to support more women of colour, especially black women, in SFF!
2. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I have had Adichie’s books on my tbr foreverrrrr. I’ve owned Americanah for a while and I tried to start it about a year and a half ago, but I wasn’t quite ready to read it yet. I’m only just starting to read adult literature so it still intimidates me a little, but I’m very excited to read her books soon!
3. Kit Rocha
Okay, so technically I’ve read one of their books, but I’ve been meaning to continue their books for months and just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I really liked Beyond Shame and have heard nothing but great things about both the rest of this series and also the spin-off series, so I need to pick up more of their books asap!
4. Roxane Gay
Oh, my goodness. Roxane Gay is an author I’ve been meaning to read from for the longest time, and, as usual, haven’t gotten around to. I’ve followed her on twitter for a while and love her reviews on Goodreads. I believe she has valuable insight, so I’m very excited to read some of her work. I already own Not That Bad and Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body so hopefully I’ll be able to squeeze them in some time before the end of the year!
5. Anna-Marie McLemore
Anna-Marie McLemore is someone I’ve been a bit hesitant to pick up. She writes in a genre I don’t usually read: magical realism. Magical realism is very hit and miss with me; I always end up either loving or hating it. I need to be in a specific mood for the type of writing style Anna-Marie McLemore employs, however I’ve read a couple rather whimsical books lately and absolutely adored them, so my faith in how much I’m going to enjoy her books has been restored. I own one currently (When The Moon Was Ours)and I also have Wild Beauty and Blanca y Roja coming in the mail shortly. I’m very much anticipating jumping into them and seeing if I enjoy them as much as I think I will!
6. Jesmyn Ward
Jesmyn Ward is on this list mostly because I discovered her after Sing, Unburied, Sing started gaining some hype. I bought that book on Boxing Day last year and still have yet to read it. Ward has quite a few books on her backlist and I have a feeling she’s going to be an author I really love and admire, so I’m looking forward to reading from her soon!
7. Nalini Singh
Paranormal romance was my jam when I was first getting into YA and it gives me such a sense of nostalgia. Nalini Singh is a paranormal romance writer and I have a feeling I’m going to absolutely devour her books. Singh’s series are quite long and I haven’t binge-read a series in so long and I feel like her books would be perfect for it. I’ve heard nothing but great things about her work and I’m hoping to read all of her books within the next couple of years!
8. K.J. Charles
First and foremost, I love K.J. Charles as a person. I have followed her on Twitter for a while and I really appreciate her reviews on Goodreads. I’ve been meaning to read more queer romance books and K.J. Charles’ name is one that is consistently brought up in recommendations of queer romances. Hopefully I can get to her books soon!
9. Jacqueline Woodson
I have had Brown Girl Dreaming on my tbr for years. I finally got my hands on it a few months ago and (shamefully) have yet to read it. Woodson is another author who has quite a long backlist, and I have a feeling I’m going to want to read every. single. one. Brown Girl Dreaming is also on my End of the Year Reading List so hopefully I’ll be checking her off this list in the coming months.
10. Shari Lapena
Last but certainly not least we have Shari Lapena. Within the last year I’ve started reading more adult mystery/thrillers and Lapena’s name comes up a lot in recommendations. Her books sound right up my alley, and I own two of them already. Next time I’m in the mood for a mystery, I’ll be sure to pick up one of her titles!
There we have the top 10 authors I need to read! Have you read any from the list above? If so, who? And did you like their book(s)? Let me know who some of your must-read authors are!
Thanks so much for reading!