Writing with coffee and laptop for National Authors Day

Today is National Authors Day and I’m really excited to talk about some of my favourite authors. Most of these are from the last year or so and others I have been following for some time.

Kelley Armstrong

Kelley Armstrong has had me sucked in from the very first of her Otherworld series. This series is a world where each book is a ‘standalone’ for different characters within the world but they all intersect within each other. You get a sense of each character’s background and abilities for how they navigate in their role of the Otherworld. The first novel in the ‘series’ is Bitten.

Armstrong writes middle school, young adult, and adult novels from mystery, fantasy to thriller. She has a great pace for her novels, they never feel too slow, and you get just the right amount of description that you don’t feel you are being oversaturated with words. She is always my go-to author and I read everything that she puts out. Armstrong is definitely one of my absolute favourites for this National Authors Day list.

Colleen Hoover

I found Colleen Hoover in March of 2020 when the world was on lockdown. I flew through every single book she wrote in a matter of a few weeks. Her writing is simple, but she gets you in her clutches real easily with the way she spins her words with romance novels and heart-wrenching storylines.

Before I started reading Hoover, I wouldn’t have said I was much of a romance novel reader. She changed the game for me a little bit in that I genuinely enjoyed reading these novels and wanted more. It helped me break down that barrier of “ew romance” I used to have. I just hadn’t found the right romance novel before reading her books. She has become more insta famous as of late too, getting even more recognition.

Sarah J. Maas

I’m sorry to the haters, but not sorry for those who absolutely love her novels either.

I refused to read A Throne of Glass or A Court of Thorn and Roses (ACOTAR) for so long. It wasn’t until about June of last year that I accepted a recommendation from my friend’s girlfriend that I gave these a try. To be honest, I judged the book by its cover. I love a good cover and if it really wasn’t designed to my liking and very sci-fi looking, I didn’t bother.

To say I devoured A Throne of Glass and then ACOTAR would be an understatement. I had/still have the worst book hangovers from these worlds and novels still to this day. I have probably re-read each series 3 times in the last 18 months. These two series really helped to kickstart my love for fantasy novels again and are the main reason for this blog.

Kristin Hannah

Kristin Hannah is another romance novel writer who I got into from another friend’s recommendation for The Nightingale. I quickly read everything else shortly after. Can you sense a theme here? If I read one novel by an author, I will quickly latch on and devour everything by them.

While Hannah is too descriptive for me at times, I really love the way she writes her characters. I can feel the eras she writes in so fluidly. She tends to jump back and forth between past and present in her novels, but she does it very well.

I was disappointed with her recently release, The Four Winds, but all of her other novels are really great.

What are some of your favourite authors? Are there any I should check out and add to my list? I always want new recommendations!