Top Ten Tuesday #36: Books for My TBR by Authors I Like

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish but is now managed by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic:

Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

I’ve decided to switch up the topic a bit and will instead list books I want to read by authors whose work I’ve read and liked. (So not necessarily my favorite authors.)

Tempest and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

Tamora Pierce is one of my favorite authors, and I’m currently rereading her early series, the Song of the Lioness quartet and the Immortals series, which are both set in the fictional fantasy world named Tortall and were my favorites as a teen. Tempests and Slaughter was published earlier this year and focuses on the formative years of a character from Pierce’s Immortals series — the mage Numair. Since I’m now rereading the Immortals series, I’d love to work my way to Tempests and Slaughter to see how Numair was before he became a mage.

First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

I read Allen’s Garden Spells a couple weeks ago and loved it so much that I bought its sequel First Frost. I can’t wait to read it. I love Allen’s writing, and I love the hint of magic in her story. I hope it’s present in this one too.

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

Kepnes is one of my favorite authors too. Her thriller novel You, which is told from the POV of a guy who’s stalking a girl, is a favorite. Hidden Bodies is the sequel to You. I’d like to read it to continue with and wrap up the story. I hope it’s just as great. (I bet it is.)

The Stand by Stephen King

With the exception of Carrie, I like all the Stephen King books I’ve read so far. I’m reading his novels in publication order and The Stand is next. I have it on hold at the library, so I’ll most likely begin it in October. Just in time for Halloween.

Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor

I love the cover of this book. So far, I’ve only read Okorafor’s Akata Witch, a YA fantasy novel set in Nigeria that was a lot of fun. Lagoon sounds like it’s more science fiction and is also set in Nigeria. I’m curious.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

I read Ng’s sophomore novel, Little Fires Everywhere, last year and immediately fell in love with her writing. As soon as I was done, I craved more of her storytelling and immediately grabbed Everything I Never Told You, her debut novel, when I was next in a bookshop. I’d love to read it to see if I’ll like her writing and storytelling there too.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

I enjoyed reading Stiefvater’s Raven Boys novels, a YA paranormal series about a group of teens search for a dead Welsh king. I liked the writing in parts of those books, the atmosphere of the setting, and some of the characters. I’m still curious about Stiefvater as a writer and storyteller, so I’d like to try more of her work, especially Scorpio Races, though it seems to be a story that folks either really like or really dislike.

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

Wyrd Sisters is the second novel in the Witches thread of the Discworld series. I read the first one, Equal Rites, last year and enjoyed it, so I’d like to continue with the story. Basically, I want to jump on the Discworld bandwagon because it sounds fun and the world and characters intrigue me.

The Changeling by Victor LaValle

Last year, I read LaValle’s novella The Ballad of Black Tom, which retells H.P. Lovecraft’s short story “The Horror at Red Hook” from the perspective of a Black man. I thought it good. I wasn’t much taken by his writing or storytelling; but, even so, I’d love to try The Changeling because of the hype surrounding it. I’m curious.

Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames

I read Eames’s debut novel, Kings of the Wyld, last year and enjoyed it. I even liked the writing a bit. I’d like to get and jump into this to try more of Eames’s work. I think I might end up a fan. I just really like how he describes certain things in Kings of the Wyld.

Have you read any of these? Let me know which you recommend.

50 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #36: Books for My TBR by Authors I Like

  1. I need to get a hold of Pierce’s Wild Magic books. Since I’ve already read Tempests & Slaughter, that might or might not taint my impression of Numair when I “meet” him as an adult. XD Anyway, I hope you enjoy T&S once you finally get to it!

    This is a neat topic, so much so that I might tackle it on my blog in the near future. But off the top of my head, here are some of my favorite authors and books of theirs I own but have yet to read:

    – Ursula K. Le Guin / “The Beginning Place” and “The Word for World Is Forest”
    – Neil Gaiman / “Coraline” and “Anansi Boys”
    – Nova Ren Suma / “Imaginary Girls”
    – Maria V. Snyder / “Dawn Study”
    – Laini Taylor / “Night of Cake and Puppets”
    – Tamora Pierce / “Trickster’s Queen” and “Trickster’s Choice”

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    1. Wild Magic is a fun a read and I liked Numair’s character in it. I recommend it, but I’m sure her writing in Wild Magic is not to the level it is in Tempest & Slaughter, so best to keep that in mind.

      I totally think you should do the top too 😀
      I’ve never heard of Nova Ren Suma before, so I’m gonna look her up.

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  2. GREAT list!!! If I had actually followed this week’s prompt, I would have had both Nnedi Okorafor and Sarah Addison Allen on my lists, too. 🙂 I love their writing– and both books you selected above are ones I haven’t read yet. How interesting! I wonder if these are just less-well-known books?

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  3. Yeah, let me know what you think of ‘The Stand’, it’s one of my favourite King novels 🙂 I will probably go back and read the novels I don’t know yet in order of publication as well. I’ve been picking them up randomly so far.

    ‘Bloody Rose’ is on my list as well!

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  4. I thought Bloody Rose was a stellar follow-up to KotW and I might have even enjoyed it more than the first book. I also enjoyed Tempests and Slaughter, though it was my first Tamora Pierce book and now I actually want more of her stuff to read 🙂

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  5. I haven’t read any of these!! I think I have the Wyrd Sisters at home, but I find that I need to be in the mood to read Terry Pratchett books. I really like his sense of humour, I just find that it takes me a little bit to get into his world. This is a great list!!!

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        1. I’m not sure because I haven’t read the book yet, but one of my friends is obsessed with the book and I know she likes the series. Plus, the mini-series is King approved (he’s weird about adaptations of his stuff) so it must at least be ‘close’. I’ll have to ask her.

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        2. I will say, The Shining is the scariest book I’ve ever read in my life. There was some first class creepy stuff in there that still gives me nightmares. So I totally get it.

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        3. That was the last one I read. I agree it’s scary, but it wasn’t as frightening as I thought it would be. There’s a short story at the end of the edition of ‘Salem’s Lot I read that scared me even more. It was so creepy.

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  6. I really enjoyed Everything I Never Told You! I put Little Fires Everywhere on my list because I loved Ng’s writing. I hope you get around to reading it soon 🙂

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    1. Same here. It’s her writing that got to me. It made me like Little Fires Everywhere though I thought it would bore me.
      I hope it’ll be a good read for you when you get to it.

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  7. I really liked The Scorpion Races! The book has an atmosphere that reminds me of autumn, so this would be the ideal time to read it. I haven’t read The Raven Boys (yet), but I am really curious. So many people seem to be a fan of the series.

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation! Well, the Raven Boys is perfect for fall too, though I think it’s set earlier in the year (if I recall correctly). It’s not scary, but it has an almost haunting vibe to it that makes me think of autumn. I just love the atmosphere in it. Highly recommend it if you like YA fantasy.

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    1. Thanks! I hope so too. I didn’t know it was a first-contact story. I’ve read the synopsis twice now without really paying attention to it. The only take-away I got is that it’s set in Nigeria.

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