As a young reader, I was totally committed to my favourite authors, always reading their latest offerings immediately. I once even begged my mum to queue up in Tesco at midnight to get the latest Harry Potter instalment.
I’ve never really had this same commitment to individual authors as an adult. Certainly not the same way I’d idolised Roald Dahl, Jacqueline Wilson and JK Rowling growing up.
But since I left University, I’ve spent a lot more of my time reading for pleasure, so have naturally discovered some fantastic new authors. Here’s a quick round-up of my current favourite storytellers, who’s books I can’t put down.
Sally Rooney – Perhaps an obvious choice, but a necessary one for anybody who loves contemporary fiction. Rooney’s debut novel, Conversations with Friends, was widely praised with her being dubbed “Salinger for the Snapchat Generation.” Her follow-up, Normal People, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, won the 2018 Costa Novel Award and was named Waterstones Book of the Year 2018. Once you’ve read the books, it’s not hard to understand the hype around Sally Rooney – her writing is divine and possibly the best I’ve read in years.
Clare Mackintosh – I love a good crime thriller and nobody has captured my attention quite like Clare Mackintosh. Her debut novel, I Let You Go, is among my favourite books ever. I still remember exactly where I was reading when *THAT TWIST HAPPENED.* I’ve read all of her books since then and they’re all exciting, fast-paced and have kept me up all night. Nothing has quite lived up to that moment in I Let You Go, but her books are still incredible.
Celeste Ng – I bought Celeste Ng’s second book, Little Fires Everywhere, on a bit of a whim during my final year exams. I was browsing for holiday reads and immediately fell in love with the cover. I bought it thinking it’d be a great one to pick up after exams, but I just couldn’t wait that long. I read the entire book one sunny afternoon in the garden, when I definitely should have been revising! Fast forward six months and Celeste Ng’s debut, Everything I Never Told You, became the first book of my 2019 reading challenge and it was equally as brilliant. I can’t wait for the third one.
Angie Thomas – I’m a little bit late to the party with this one, but I purchased The Hate U Give after seeing so many incredible reviews. With so much hype about the book, I was slightly apprehensive that it wouldn’t live up to my expectations. I needn’t have worried though, because I devoured the book in a matter of hours and immediately added Angie Thomas’ second novel, On The Come Up, to my TBR list. I’ve recently finished this and loved it too, giving both books a well deserved 5* rating on Goodreads.
What’s on the top of your TBR pile at the minute? I’d love to get hear your author recommendations!