Recently I read Jennifer E. Smith’s newest release, Field Notes on Love, and made a comment to my husband over dinner about how I have absolutely loved every single book she has written. This made him start trying to figure out if there were any other authors that I enjoyed where I had read all of their books and never felt let down by them. After thinking on it, I decided that my two never let me down authors were Jennifer E. Smith and Gayle Forman.
To me, an author who never lets you down is vastly different from an auto buy author. I could probably spend the entire day creating a list of people who I’ll automatically buy their book upon it’s release (Ellen Hopkins, Cassandra Clare, John Green, Amanda Lovelace…….), but just because I love those authors and will buy anything they write doesn’t mean that I’ve never been disappointed by one of their books. After some encouragement from my husband, this of course led me to Twitter. We just had to know who other readers considered their never let you down authors to be.
A couple of specific things surprised me: 1. the amount of people that responded (thank you!) and 2. how many different authors were given. At the time of this post, people told me about 80 authors, and only 13 of them were mentioned by more than one person. I was definitely expecting to see a lot of repeats for the big name authors, but it was refreshing to see that everybody had their own core set that differed from the next person. There were two people who couldn’t come up with anybody because even their most favorite writers have written things they didn’t enjoy.
For this post I’ll be going over in some detail the authors that were mentioned more than once, and then listing all other authors. Everything has been broken down into genres, so if there’s something you don’t enjoy reading, feel free to skip that section and move on to one you’re interested in! I challenge everybody to find one author they haven’t heard of in a genre they enjoy and give one of their books a shot! Disclaimer: I haven’t heard of or read most of these authors, so I had to rely on Goodreads to help me categorize them. If you see an author in the wrong genre, just let me know in a comment and I’ll get it fixed!
Fantasy is probably my least favorite genre, along with historical fiction. There are some fantasy authors I like, but they are few and far between. Sometimes it feels like I’m the only one that feels this way.
- Victoria Schwab – This was the author tied for first place. I haven’t read anything by her, but I know she writes both young adult and adult novels. I’ve been told that the way you can tell the difference is the young adult is published under Victoria Schwab and adult is published under V.E. Schwab. This Savage Song is the one I feel I’m recommended the most.
- Holly Black – The Darkest Part of the Forest and Coldest Girl in Coldtown are the only two I’ve read by her. They were both enjoyable, but not my favorites. I’m definitely interested in The Cruel Prince since everybody and their dog loves it so much.
- Laini Taylor – I really enjoyed the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy! Strange the Dreamer is on my TBR, but I haven’t read it yet. I’m too nervous that I won’t enjoy it because of how hyped it was.
- Leigh Bardugo – Okay, this is one of the fantasy authors that has my heart. The Grisha Trilogy will always be a favorite and Mal and Alina were meant to be together. It’s the hill I’ll die on.
- Sabaa Tahir – I thought An Ember in the Ashes was pretty good! There hasn’t been a huge urge to continue the series, just because I’m not in a fantasy mood very often, but I haven’t completely written it off.
- Seanan McGuire – This is an author I thought I hadn’t heard of before, but then I realized when writing this post IT’S MIRA GRANT. I love Feed and Deadline so fucking much oh my god. Guess I’m going to have to give something by Seanan McGuire a try now.
Ah, the genre that owns my heart. Both of my never let me down authors fall into this category, and it’s probably what takes up 85% of my bookcases.
- Sarah Dessen – There was definitely no surprise when I saw her name come up several times and that she tied for first with Victoria Schwab. I have read almost everything by her and she was definitely one of my staples in high school. Probably my favorite novel of hers is Just Listen, but really you can’t go wrong with any of them.
- Emery Lord – Y’all are probably going to hate me for this, but I’ve never read an Emery Lord book. Open Road Summer has been on my unread bookshelf for several years, and honestly I can’t really tell you why I haven’t picked it up yet.
- Jenn Bennet – Here’s another contemporary author I haven’t tried, but I do follow her on Twitter and she is so. sweet. Seeing so many people talk about her books has definitely made me want to try one. I recently added Alex, Approximately to my collection and I’m hoping to get to it sooner rather than later.
- Morgan Matson – This author writes some of the cutest books I’ve ever read! The Unexpected Everything is definitely my favorite of hers, though I haven’t read everything so that could change at some point.
- Markus Zusak – Okay, so he doesn’t really fit in this section but I didn’t want him all by himself in his own part, so I’m sticking him here. The Book Thief is probably one of the best known books ever, and for good reason. Don’t stop there though, because I Am the Messenger is also a fantastic read.
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Thank you so much for sticking with me through what I know was a long post! Clicking on any of the above links will take you to the author or book’s Goodreads page so you can find out more information.
So tell me! What author(s) have you found that have never let you down? Or do even your favorites have a dud or two mixed in? Are you going to give any of the above authors a try for the first time? Let me know and let’s chat!
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