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It's funny, I thought this would be a really easy topic to do but I found it harder than I expected! There are a lot of authors where I have loved a series they did but not tried other books they have written yet, series where I've read and loved a couple of books but not finished the series and others where I loved certain books of theirs but hated others. Hmmm, how to choose! I think I might be basing my choices on 'if this author releases new books, do I want to read them?' and including authors that influenced my reading.
1) JK Rowling
This was a no brainer really. Harry Potter is my favourite ever series and what she has done with the Pottermore site for fans is pretty awesome! If only she would would write those prequel novels...I haven't read any of her adult books yet as they are not my favourite genres but I do plan to give them a try.
2) Patricia Briggs
I am a massive fan of the Mercy Thompson series and out of the books published so far, I've given a 3 star, a 4 star and seven 5 star reviews (includes the Homecoming graphic novel). I'm excited for the new anthology and plan to go and give another chance to the spin off series.
3) Kelley Armstrong
I liked the Women of the Otherworld series though I felt that 4 of the books lacked the appeal of the others. However I am still getting very excited over these hardback novellas with new Pack stories that keep coming out and the Otherworld anthologies so join my list Kelley!
4) Jeaniene Frost
The Night Huntress novels kept up such a high standard and the supporting characters were great. Wasn't as keen on the spin off novels but the main series I will go back and read many times! I'll be interested to see what else she is planning!
5) Suzanne Collins
I've only read The Hunger Games but it was such an amazing trilogy and I so wanted to sit up all night to finish them that I had to include her on my list. Will be interested to see if any other dystopian novels come from her pen...
6) Richard Laymon
These books were always fun to read-simple horror stories that are straight to the point and don't get too descriptive. As a student, I could not get enough of reading these books and quite a few are still sitting on my shelves.
7) Stephen King
This was the guy who got me into reading horror and through him discovering how cool vampires and werewolves were! He led me to others like Richard Laymon and two of my all time favourite books 'IT' and 'The Stand' are by this author. Haven't had a great time with a lot of his books but he was an important part of my mid teens and led me to other reading adventures.
8) Enid Blyton
I could not get enough of Enid Blyton when I was a kid and she wrote so many great series...Famous Five, Find Outers, Wishing Chair, Malory Towers, Naughtiest Girl...ooh I loved them all! I spent every summer at the library back then!
9) Philippa Gregory
I was recommended 'The Other Boleyn Girl' by a friend which began my love affair with the Tudors. I loved it and 'The Boleyn Inheritance' so much that I started watching history documentaries, The Tudors tv series and reading many more books. I have found her books hit and miss sometimes but have enjoyed others such as 'Wideacre'.
10) ZA Recht
This was the author who really began my love affair with zombies in print and it is still the best zombie trilogy EVER! I'd always loved zombie films but this series was so awesome that it made me want to read every zombie book out there! Sadly, the author's death means that there will be no more great books from this talented writer.