One thing we bookworms love to say is: “Oh I love this author so so so much they are my absolute FAVOURITE!”
This is generally a huge lie.
Not just because we bookworms are quite devious at calling multiple authors “my favourite” behind each other’s backs — but also because we often say it before we’ve read all their books. Ergo how can we know for sure they are a favourite??
But it can’t really be helped, okay?!
There are so many books. How are we supposed to fit them all in and still have time to devote in learning how to make caramel truffle cupcakes as we should???? It’s a hard life we lead and if you want to weep softly, you may. *
I have a lot of favourite authors. Have I read ALL their books??? Ummmmmmm…no. I feel mildly bad about this. Like can I really say that this author is the BEST OF ALL THE 13 GALAXIES if I haven’t read everything they’ve written?
Short answer: well obviously I can say whatever I darn well please.
Shorter answer: I am a bucket of guilt.
Shortest answer: *CRISIS*
Today I’m listing 10 authors I claim are my FAVOURITES but I haven’t read all their books. Yet. Like, just give me time, you impatient grasshopper. I’ve been working on the secret to immortality since 1844 and I feel so very close now. And also I get stuck in this cycle of tremendous fear that I won’t like a book I’m highly anticipating and then the world will dim, the sun will die, my left elbow will give in, and cake will taste less sweet. ** Hence some of these books are the fault of pure procrastination.
You may now refer to me as the Procrastination Queen. Thank you.
* But not on my shoulder, you lettuce leaf. What do you think this is? I am a Slytherin and have a fierce aura to uphold for goodness sakes.
** Truest horror story.
1. MAGGIE STIEFVATER
If you’ve been on my blog for 2.3 minutes you will have probably gleaned the fact that MAGGIE STIEFVATER IS MY MOST FAVOURITE AUTHOR OF EVER. I know the “so who’s your favourite author” question strikes fear into the heart of many. But I genuinely have an answer. I know right?!? What mad world am I. But I just love her books SO FREAKING MUCH.
Also I haven’t read them all.
This dark dark world we live in.
To be honest…I’m not that interested in her Pip series?? The first book was cute but there were no ghosts or people bleeding out of their eyes and that’s what I’m here for SO. I will read The Anatomy of Curiosities soon though!! LIES. BUT PROBABLY SOON. (I actually don’t own it which is 100% of the reason I haven’t read it.) And obviously I will read All The Crooked Saints the moment it’s published and falls into my hands. Please. Any time??? PLEASE.
2. VE SCHWAB
Oh hello to my SECOND favourite author of all the moons. I can’t even begin to describe how much I adore her books…or how freaking frustrated I am that I CAN’T FIND HER OLD ONES. They seem to be out of print everywhere???? And I also protest at how freakishly expensive her books are in general. I paid like $8 more for Our Dark Duet than I Would for any other YA hardcover.
I have no excuse for The Unbound…and I’m just waiting for my copy of Our Dark Duet to arrive. But I CAN’T FIND THE NEAR WITCH ANYWHERE. And the Everyday Angel books just continually blow my mind that they exist. I mean we all start somewhere with writing but: what.
3. CASSANDRA CLARE
Okay I admit: sometimes I lose my mind a little with how amazing the Shadowhunter world is. I mean, you try writing 39839 books and TYING THEM ALL TOGETHER. She is a such writer goals. Such magic. Such amaze. And also, coincidentally, she is another author I am such a huge fan of that sometimes I lay on the carpet and just howl because shadowhunters. Also Mark Blackthorn. MARK.
Oh yes. Discussing books…so moving forward.
(MARK MARK MARK)
I have no no no excuse for Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. Ugh I disgust myself with my need to do other things than read all day. Also I don’t think I want to read the rest of the Magisterium series? It felt like a Harry Potter rip off and also I CAN’T SPELL MAGISTERIUM WITHOUT HELP. #rude
4. RICK RIORDAN
I know some people are tired of the Percy Jackson world, but me? HAHAAHA, HECK NO. I’m still thoroughly obsessed like the 13 year old I truly am inside. * And I would be 500% okay if he just kept writing spin offs off of spinoffs off of spin offs. (Try saying that 5 times fast and not passing out, I dare you.) Still waiting on a Nico one…
* PROOF that a good book knows no age boundaries. I also ate a 13 year old, so…you know.
I actually didn’t like the Kane Chronicles, which bewilders me too. And there are SO many short stories in Percy Jackson’s world that ahquhahuqah I’m never going to read them (mostly because I refuse to pay several dollars for like 40 pages). AND DID YOU KNOW RICK RIORDAN HAS AN ADULT BOOK??? BECAUSE I DIDN’T.
5. MINDY MCGINNIS
Okay so she doesn’t have a lot of books out but ohhhh are they incredible. I mean, all two of them that I’ve read. The blurbs and covers are kind of unappealing (I’M SORRY BUT IT’S TRUE) but both times I’ve read a McGinnis book I’ve had the kind of SLAM YOUR FEELS WITH 9 FRYPANS AND 12 DOZEN EGGS * feeling, which is great, by the way. Highly recommend.
* I just made this sound like a breakfast order but (a) breakfast is important, and (b) THEY’RE STILL SO GOOD OKAY. JUST TRUST ME.
It’s pretty bad that I just want Given to the Sea for the epic cover, isn’t it?
6. DANIEL HANDLER
AKA say hello to LEMONY SNICKET!! You wouldn’t even believe how devastated I was to learn Lemony Snicket had a boring normal author name too. Like way to go to go for crushing my childhood, Mr. Handler. 95% of my trust issues are because of you.
Anyway, obviously I am a #1 fan. Look at my entire sense of warped humour.
Okay now I know what you’re thinking. And it’s either (a) “I could really use a lemon meringue pie right now” because don’t we all think that constnatly or (b) “are you a little bit obsessed with this author”. Hopefully you were only thinking the first because ME TOO. As for the second:
7. PATRICK NESS
I have this odd relationship with Ness books in which I love them so so much and am also PETRIFIED OF THEM. All his books I’ve read get 4 or 5 stars from me and yet just say “Manchee” and you’ll reduce me to a huddling pile of tears and betrayal in the corner.
I LOVE HIS BOOKS BUT THEY HURT.
I am keen to finish the Chaos Walking books for sure. Once I stop crying. And I’d like to try his adult books! He also seems to have 50 billion short stories in different anthologies but the person interested in short stories is: not me.
8. NEAL SHUSTERMAN
You know that moment when you’re like “YES I LOVE THAT AUTHOR!” only to look them up on Goodreads and find 9389729 books you never even knew existed? Yeah. I’m…having that moment. I feel a bit bashful. But I absolutely adore the three books of his I have read. Like all the stars and my feels are on the floor. THAT COUNTS FOR SOMETHING, RIGHT???
I mean…what have YOU done with your life. Because clearly Neal Shusterman never stops writing. I don’t even think I’ll ever read all these though?? Yes I am a snob, but the older look ones don’t appeal. I’d like to read the Everlost books though! And finish off the Unwind series….still traumatised from the first book and it’s been like three years. BUT WHATEVER.
9. DEREK LANDY
These books are so FUNNY. Like the kind of laugh out loud funny that has you snorting like a deranged penguin in your room and leaves your family quietly listing you for sale on etsy. THEY’RE GOOD BOOKS! So obviously I should’ve read them all!! Particularly since I own most of the Skulduggery Pleasant books and the sequel to Demon Road.
Oh do you see those limp arms waving feebly from underneath that ominous pile of books? That’s me.
I DON’T HAVE TIME TO READ ALL THE THINGS I WANT TO READ. THIS IS FRUSTRATING.
Also sometimes he publishes 2 books a year and I feel this isn’t fair on my attempts to catch up. I’m trying, seriously. Can’t we all pause a minute and take a nap.
10. RAINBOW ROWELL
Rainbow Rowell will forever have my respect forgiving us the glory that is Fangirl. And therefore the adorable cinnamon scone glory that is Simon and Baz. But seriously, Cath is like the #1 best fangirl/writer/introvert of EVER. Most of the time YA characters are out slaying mountains and eating steak and being bloody…and like that’s awesome but not relatable. Cath, however, ate peanut butter in her dorm room for like 3 weeks to avoid a cafeteria. #relatable
Have I actually made an effort to read her adult books? Have I?
This is because I’m actually still a child. See aforementioned miles and miles of Lemony Snicket books. BUT I WILL SOMEDAY. Because I truly do like her style! Even though I secretly * think Eleanor and Park is a bit overhyped.
* SHHH IT’S A SECRET. I just broadcasted it to 3,000 of you or whatever but #secret.
The conclusion we can draw?
Cait proclaims undying love probably far too early — but LIFE IS SHORT. And if I want to call an author my favourite, I shall. Although I still do feel bad for not having read everything they’ve put out. (Except Neal Shusterman because let’s agree 39898 books is ridiculous.) (And amazing.) Clearly I just have to read more and faster and never sleep again. Excellent plan. I shall begin immediately.