We all have our favorite authors, whose books we’ll instantly buy because we trust them to create a story that will carve a place in our heart… and I can’t be the only one who’s been let down one time too many and who won’t try any book from one author again, can I? (I know I’m not). Today I’m sharing my not-so-secret list (let’s face it, if you’ve been following me on Goodreads these past few years – hello!!!!! – you probably know already) of authors I adore and authors I… do not, lol.
But without further ado, let’s go!!!
For this list I’m focusing on authors I’ve read at least twice in the last 3 years, because if all my favorites enter the game, I’ll need way too many spots! Even with this caveat, it was very hard to choose, and I might have to post again in the near future! Just to say that all the authors of my favorite books aren’t there, far from it (Fonda Lee, Melina Marchetta, Yaa Gyasi, Katherine Arden, Arkady Martine, Alexis Hall, Talia Hibbert, Helen Hoang… so many). I’ve noticed when drafting my list that most of them write either SFF or Romance novels… and I love that for me, to be honest.
- N. K. Jemisin : Her writing is brilliant, her stories so imaginative and I can’t help but fall in love with her characters. I’ll push her books down people’s throats for as long as I live. Favorite book : The Obelisk Gate
- Megan Whalen Turner : Eugenides from her Thief’s series is probably my favorite character of all times, and I will forever reread her books with stars in my eyes. They’re special, okay? Favorite book : The King of Attolia
- Courtney Milan : I’ve enjoyed both her contemporary and historical romances, and now I need more 😭 Favorite book : Hold Me
- Rebecca Roanhorse : I’ve read and really enjoyed two of her books now, and it was enough for me to want to savor her stories forever. It’s just so exciting to find new authors we love, you know? Favorite book : Black Sun
- Last but not least, Sarah Hogle : I don’t know how she does it, but she steals my heart every time and her humor is just – perfect for me. It’s rare that I find romance authors who manage to make me laugh and cry, and I’m obsessed with her books. Obsessed. I’m actually rereading You Deserve Each Other right now because Twice Shy enchanted me and as I said on Twitter, I may end on a never-ending rereading loop. I can’t wait to read everything she writes. Favorite book : You Deserve Each Other
For this list I’ll focus on authors I have read and will never try again, either because their books aren’t for me or because I cannot support them because of their behavior (or a mixture of both).
- Jay Kristoff : the only book I’ve read from him is Nevernight, and I hated it so much that I couldn’t even finish it. I found his style very pretentious and his lack of research is truly unbearable. I’ve been on book twitter long enough to remember how he reacted when a Maori teen challenged his awful representation in Nevernight and since then, I’ve never wanted to try one of his books again. From Stormdancer to Nevernight, readers have been calling him out since 2012 and his flippant answers – when he doesn’t ignore bloggers altogether, or make fun of them – cemented my decision to never support his racist books again.
- Judith McNaught : Once & Always was so horrific to read that I promised myself that I would never try her books again. I don’t care it’s been written in the 80′ – I can’t stand abuse romanticized – I just cannot.
- Sarah J. Maas : I know it’s an unpopular opinion in the book blogging world but her writing and me just don’t mash. I’ve read two books from her and even though I liked one of them, in hindsight it wasn’t that good (for me anyway, not judging!). I just never get the pull to read her books. Not my cup of tea is all.
- Victoria Aveyard : My 1 star review of Red Queen is probably one of my most-liked reviews on Goodreads, and it wasn’t that good, so I guess I’m not the only one who found her debut very cringy and unimaginative. So much girl-hate? Everywhere? Moreover – and I edited my original post because after checking again I’m not sure I can be entirely fair years later, I can’t find the convos I followed then – there was a bit of a controversy regarding Mare’s ethnicity as many readers of color found disingenuous the way Mare was first described as having “olive skin” (tone we know publishing use as a non-committal descriptor in order not to be clear about a character’s ethnicity), was white in the trailers and then described as having brown skin later. Perhaps it’s only publishing being its racist, regular self, but it left a bad taste in my mouth then – I’m always wary of white authors being wishy-washy about representation, because that’s not the representation people of color deserve. It feels like a cop-out and dismissive of the wonderful authors of color who create fabulous well-rounded diverse characters every day.
- Rainbow Rowell : the only book I’ve tried from her is Fangirl, and I couldn’t finish it to be honest. I felt bad for a bit, given how popular her books are, but then I read reviews of Eleanor & Park pointing to the blatant racism inside and ugh, nope. Very happy to have dodged this bullet.