{Top 5} Authors I NEED to Read More From!

Today’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is one that I really needed to do for myself, to hold myself accountable. One thing I’ve realized about myself over the years is that I am a new series junkie. Meaning that I will jump from series to series and it will take me ages to finish some of the series that I start.

I don’t mean to do it! There are just so many books out there that I want to read, that dipping each toe into the specific worlds that I’m eager to read feels like the best way to satiate my appetite. That being said, one personal goal I’ve set for myself this year is to finish out some of the many series I’ve read, and this is the post that I’ll return to from time to time to help me ensure that I stick to it! 

{Top 5} Authors I Need to Read More From

{John Gwynne}

Author of The Faithful and the Fallen SeriesJohn Gwynne

If you read my review for Malice, posted earlier this month, you’ll totally understand why this guy tops my list. I absolutely love the world he’s created in The Banished Lands. It’s mystical, it’s magical, and it feels fully alive at all times. John Gwynne especially shines in the way he writes his characters though. Corban, and his sister Cywen, are two of my favorite character’s I’ve come across in recent years. I can’t wait to see where the story takes all of my favorites next.

Not to mention that the 3 sequels to Malice have received rave reviews from pretty much all of my friends. I’m almost done with school at this point, and Valour will be one of the first books I pick up when my finals are done!

{Victoria (V.E.) Schwab}

Author of Vicious; Shades of Magic Series; The Archived series

 I actually started off my book blogging journey by reading and reviewing The Archived in January, and I knew immediately that this was an author I was going to really like. By the time I read Vicious, roughly a month and a half later, I knew I was hooked!

Victoria has such an amazing way with plot. I seriously can’t get enough. The way she’s able to lay the groundwork for the world and the characters out is amazing. She sets the ground rules for her worlds and characters early and subtly and it is only when you’re nearing the end of the journey that all those little moments start becoming clear. I feel like everything she writes is purposeful, and important to understanding the characters and their choices. I loved Victor in Vicious, and was pleasantly surprised by the ancillary characters that surrounded him.

I plan on diving into the Shades of Magic series soon, although that will be yet one more series I’m in the middle of!

{Rick Riordan}

Author of The Percy Jackson Series; Heroes of Olympus series: Magnus Chase Series
Rick Riordan

My inner child is thanking me for this choice. I read and reviewed the first book in the Percy Jackson series, The Lightning Thief, earlier this year and that inner kid nearly cried with joy. I avoided the series for some reason as a kid, and I’m loving it as an adult. I think it probably helps that I have an appreciation for myths and legends, but the first book was the first time I’ve felt a childlike sense of magic since Harry Potter. That’s huge!

I own the rest of the Percy Jackson books, and will be reading the second shortly! Oh, can I also just say how beautiful ALL of his book covers are? They are striking, and colorful and my bank account is the only thing that keeps me from sweeping them all up into my arms when I visit the book store.


{Brandon Sanderson}

Author of The Stormlight Archives; Mistborn Trilogy; And SOOO much more
Brandon Sanderson.jpg

 I see a lot of people in the bookish community ask where to start with Brandon Sanderson’s work – since he’s incredibly prolific. Many usually respond with his Mistborn books, which would probably be a softer start. Cut to me: diving straight into the deep end with The Way of Kings, the first book in his Stormlight Archives series. Brandon has said in interviews that he plans for the series to span something like 10 books, so of course I had to board that train early, right?

I absolutely loved the first book. I don’t think I’ve posted my review for it on my blog (it is on my Goodreads account, and I’ll probably migrate it over here at some point soon). One thing I appreciate the most about Brandon’s work is his world building. Seriously, the stuff he comes up with is incredible!

I’ll be starting Words of Radiance sometime next month. It’s such a long book that I’m really going to need to make sure I clear my schedule for it.

{Leigh Bardugo}

Author of The Grisha Trilogy; The Six of Crows Duology
Leigh bardugo.jpg

Around the end of December 2016, when I was first starting to entertain the idea of starting this blog, I kept seeing Six of Crows everywhere. It seemed like everyone was talking about it, it was on every end-cap and display shelf at my local bookstore. I couldn’t escape its black-dipped pages and striking cover art. So I scooped it up, read and reviewed it and it became one of my first blog posts ever.

Except – and I cop to it right in my review – I was woefully ignorant then and had no idea that Six of Crows takes place in the same world as her earlier Grisha Trilogy. I actually made it a goal to read that series before I read Crooked Kingdom. I’ve finally bought all 3 books in that trilogy, and plan on starting them next month. I really, really loved her characters in Six of Crows. She has a way of establishing characters and making them all unique and easy to love. I can’t wait to meet more of them soon!

What do you think about my choices? Are you like me and constantly starting new series? How do you hold yourself accountable and break that habit? I need help! 

Thanks for reading!



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  1. I have the 1st of the Faithful and the Fallen (not yet read). Have listened to the audiobooks of the 1st couple mistborns, really need to finish that! And have just finished the Six of Crows duology. Need to get onto the Grisha trilogy. Want more Bardugo in my life 👌

    Great picks. Was thinking of doing a similar post to this.

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  2. Dude, props to you for diving straight into Stormlight! Those 1000 pages were worth it eh? Be prepared for the sequel too; it tops the first one for *spoilery* reasons. AND the third one is out in November 🙂 I do recommend The Rithmatist, which a YA book by him and even some of his other Cosmere short stories.

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  3. Leigh Bardugo has become one of my auto-but authors! I’d read anything by her 😀 also Sanderson, Riordan and Schwab are 3 authors that I haven’t read ANYTHING from but really need to get to! People rave about their books all the time and I just really need to read them asap! Loved your list 🙂

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  4. I haven’t read any works from these authors yet, except Rick. But, I’m looking forward to read Victoria Schwab and Leigh Bardugo. Their names are hot in the community and I feel like I’m so behind. I’m gonna check out Brandon and John, too. Their works sounds interesting. c:

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  5. I love Schwab’s Shades of Magic series and have to go back and read all her previous work. I hear so many amazing things about Vicious, which I’m eager to get to this year. Morally ambiguous characters are always so intriguing. Good luck with all of the authors on your list!

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  6. I haven’t read any of these series, but I definitely fallen into this trap. I have so many series I need to wrap up. Sometimes it’s hard for me especially to pick up that last book because I don’t want it to be over. My brother has asked me several times to read the Mistborn trilogy so he has someone to discuss it with. I really need to.

    I hope you get to finish these soon!

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