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Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Top Ten Tuesday: If I Like These Ten Books and Authors, What/Who Else Would I Enjoy?

I'm busy, tired, and already behind on commenting and visiting for past Top Ten Tuesday posts, so I'm going to go rogue today. Instead of giving you recommendations for the prompt—Top Ten Books For People Who Liked Author X—I'm going to ask you for recs instead. It's not lazy; it's brilliant! Another blogger did this recently (can't remember who) and I thought it was absolutely genius, especially for a week when my creative juices just aren't flowing. (I mean, that's just about every week around here, but yeah...).

If you want to join in the TTT fun (and you definitely do), click on over to That Artsy Reader Girl for all the details.

Okay, so here's the idea. I'm going to list ten of my favorite authors who are currently writing books and what I like about their work. Then, I would LOVE it if you would recommend similar books/authors that you think I might enjoy. I'm open to new genres (except for erotica and anything too graphic), but my go-tos are definitely mysteries, thrillers, historical fiction, historical mysteries, general/women's fiction, and family sagas. I tend to shy away from anything too literary or strange or fantasy-y. Non-fiction recs would be awesome as well. Make sense? Alright, put your thinking caps on and give me some great new books/authors to try! 

If I Like These Ten Books and Authors, What/Who Else Would I Enjoy?

- in no particular order; images are of my favorite book by the author or the first book in my favorite series by them - 

1. Kathy Reichs

  • Writes: mysteries/thrillers/crime with a focus on forensic science (Reichs is a forensic anthropologist.)
  • What I like about her books: strong female lead; likable, complex characters; forensics explained in a way that is approachable, but not condescendingly simple; upbeat vibe, edge-of-your-seat plotting, and humor throughout 

  • Writes: historical fiction, family sagas, family secrets novels, dual-timeline 
  • What I like about her books: atmospheric settings, complex family dynamics, compelling plots, clean content, Gothic vibes

  • Writes: mysteries/thrillers/crime for adults and YA; also writes urban fantasy and supernatural novels, but I haven't read any of those (not my genre)
  • What I like about her books: strong female leads, humor, exciting plots, complex characters and relationship dynamics, understated romance as subplots

  • Writes: YA historical fiction
  • What I like about her books: unique settings, vivid historical detail, sympathetic characters, engaging prose

  • Writes: mysteries/thrillers/crime with a bit of a literary bent
  • What I lilke about her books: rich, detailed settings; complex, sympathetic characters; lead character with wisdom and morals; interesting mysteries; easy to sink into

  • Writes: YA contemporary fiction and YA mysteries/thrillers
  • What I like about her books: warm vibe; page-turners; likable characters; twisty mysteries

  • Writes: MG and YA contemporary and (mostly) historical fiction with a focus on the Chinese-American experience
  • What I like about her books: rich, historical settings/details; unique take on known historical events; compelling plots; clean content; engaging

  • Writes: thrillers, psychological thrillers, mysteries, spooky books
  • What I like about his books: creepy without being terrifying; intriguing premises; addicting stories; plots that pull me in and keep me reading fast and furious

  • Writes: historical fiction
  • What I like about her books: upbeat in spite of heavy subject matter; likable, sympathetic characters; strong female characters; vivid historical settings/details; engaging reads; clean content

  • Writes: historical fiction, dual-timeline 
  • What I like about her books: dual-timelines, engaging plots, likable characters, vivid historical settings/details, complex relationships, family secrets, clean content
There you go, ten of my favorite authors who are still writing books. Have you read any of them? What readalikes can you think of for me? What did you do for your list today? I'd truly love to know. Leave me a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor on your blog. I also reply to your comments here (although I've been a *little* slow at it lately).

Happy TTT!

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