Top Five Tuesday – A-Z Authors

A new Top Five Tuesday, the prompts are created by Bionic Book Worm. This month’s topics are A-Z authors, this week it’s U-Z, these were definately tricky! I hope you are all safe and well in this strange time.

W: Alison Weir

Weir writes some of the best historical fiction out there, she is also a historian which is probably why she’s so good! Her Six Tudor Queens series is so brilliant. The books are written almost as acurate as biographies, I feel as if I really know the Queens and what they went through. If you are interested in the Tudors I strongly recommend her.

W: Katherine Webb

I read The Legacy a while ago and loved it. It’s set at a gorgeous old house, sisters Erica and Beth used to spend their summers their as children. One summer the girls’ cousin goes missing which tears the family apart. The sisters return as adults and are flooded with memories. This is my favourite style of book, set in an old house with a mystery surrounding it. I’ve got Katherine Webb’s other books on my tbr list and I’m excited to get to them.

W: Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson was one of my favourite authors as a child, her characters were always relatable and brilliant in their own way. It makes me nostalgic just thinking about them! My favourites were probably Midnight, The Diamond Girls and The Lottie Project. I haven’t read them in a long time but I love the memory of them.

Y: Heather Young

I haven’t yet read any of Heather Young’s books, but The Lost Girls is in my tbr list. The book begins in 1935 in Minnesota. Emily goes missing at only six-years-old, her mother never recovers and stays at the lake house for the rest of her days, hoping her daughter will come back. Emily’s sisters also stay with their mother. One of the sisters writes down the events of that summer sixty years later, before she dies, she leaves her notes and the lake house to her grandniece, Justine. I love a historical mystery so I’m really looking forward to reading this.

Z: Markus Zusak

The Book Thief is one of my favourite books ever, the way it’s written with Death as the narrator is so clever. It is set in Germany during WWII, we follow Liesel who has been fostered by a couple because her mother couldn’t look after her. Liesel wants to learn to read and tries to teach herself using a book she found at her brother’s graveside, The Gravedigger’s Handbook. This story is powerful and beautifully written.

I hope you are all safe and well in this strange time, take care.

Top Ten Tuesday – Auto-Buy Authors

I do have a collection of authors that I have to read everything they’ve ever written!

1. George R.R. Martin

This man though….he’s honestly a genius. I’ve read all of A Song of Ice and Fire and the first part of Fire and Blood which is about the Targaryen kings and queens. I’ve got Nightflyers waiting on my bookshelf which is a completely different genre from ASOIAF. It’s set in space in the future and I’m really looking forward to reading it.

2. Kate Morton

All of her books are stand alone but they all have a similar style. Set in different times but centred around the same place, usually an old house. The characters are so well written and I always form a strong connection to them. I love Kate’s descriptions of the houses and the different time periods feel real. I’m reading the Clockmaker’s Daughter at the moment which goes from 1862-2017 and lots in between but every time we switch there’s a different feel to the chapter, I don’t know how she does it. I’m always eagerly awaiting her next book!

3. Kate Atkinson

I first discovered Kate Atkinson when I read When Will There Be Good News? which is part of her Jackson Brodie series, he’s a private detective but the books aren’t so much focused on the crimes in them, more about the characters and how they’re affected. I read the rest of the series and when Life After Life came out I was bowled over with the incredible writing and depth of this book, it’s so beautiful and covers the theory of parallel worlds but not in a super sci-fi way. I recently read Transcription which was again historical fiction and I loved it.

4. Nicci French

Nicci French is actually a husband and wife duo! Their books are crime/psychological thrillers and some of them are super scary. I can’t stand scary films but these are different they’re full of suspense. The Frieda Klein series is really good, Frieda is a psychologist who consults with the police and seems to attract trouble. I’ve still got two books left to read from that series and then I’m going to tackle all the ones I haven’t yet read.

5. Laura Andersen

I’ve read her first trilogy The Boleyn Trilogy which is written as if Anne Boleyn had given birth to a son, she survived Henry and her son and daughter are heirs to England. It’s great historical fiction with a twist, the new characters who are friends of the Prince and Princess are Minuette and Dominic all four of them are true friends and have to try and navigate court life together. I’ve started the second trilogy which is set twenty years after the first, I can’t wait to read the rest. I really like Andersen’s style and choice of genre!

6. Lucinda Riley

I am loving her series of The Seven Sisters, every book tells the story of one of the D’Apliese sisters on the journey to discover where they were born. They also flashback to characters in history of each place, so far we’ve discovered Brazil and Norway! I really enjoy reading about the sister’s dynamics, I only have two sisters but they still reminded me of us a little bit! I’m really excited to read the rest of the series.

7. Ian McEwan

I read Atonement for the first time years ago and fell in love with it, since then I’ve read Sweet Tooth which is set in England during the Cold War, Solar and The Children Act. I love how all his novels are completely different, I’ve got all of his older ones on my TBR list and the newest one about robots!

8. Katherine Webb

Webb’s style is similar to Kate Morton, based in the past with ties to the present. The Legacy was the first book I read by Katherine Webb and I was completely hooked. Her others look just as intriguing, The Unseen is next on my list, it’s set in the early 1900s in a small village in England, when two strangers show up and change the town forever.

9. Stephen Fry

I’ve been reading Stephen’s books about Greek Mythology, the way he ties them all together is so clever. Mythos was great, I used to love learning about the many Greek Gods and Goddesses at school but I had forgotten how funny they were. I’ve started Heroes and there’s a third book still to come!

10. J K Rowling

Although we haven’t had anything from Rowling for a while and despite the epic disappointment the was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (which wasn’t written by Rowling), I would probably still read anything she writes. After Harry Potter we had the Casual Vacancy about a small town, it’s residents and their complicated relationships and biases, I really enjoyed the book, I might re-read it soon.

So there they are, who are your must buy authors?