Hi! Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam@Thoughts on Tomes over on Goodreads. This week’s theme is: Auto-Buy SFF Authors. Narrowing this down to only 5 felt impossible, unnecessary and cruel – so we’re having a top 6 today! The more authors to gush over the better, right?
Nned Okorafor’s a Nigerian author who writes both science-fiction and fantasy. Not all her books have been 5 star reads for me, but they’ve all been such unique and interesting reading experiences that I know I’ll want to check out anything she publishes in the future. So far I’ve read 5 of her novels including: Akata Witch, a YA fantasy about an Nigerian albino girl who discovers she has magical powers; Lagoon, an adult sci-fi novel about three strangers who are brought together when aliens invade Lagos and Binti, the first novella in a sci-fi trilogy about Binti, a girl who becomes the first of her people to leave her home planet and attend an intergalactic university.
I’ve read seven of Maggie Stiefvater’s books including: The Raven Cycle, a paranormal quartet about a girl who’s been told by her psychic family members that if she kisses her true love – he’ll die and the group of private school boys, known as Raven Boys, she befriends; All the Crooked Saints, a fantasy book about a family with the power to preform strange miracles and the pilgrims who seek them out in their small desert community and Shiver, the first book in a paranormal romance quartet about a girl named Grace who falls in love with a boy who turns into a wolf every winter.
I love books based on myths and legends, and Roshani Chokshi’s books inspired by Hindu myths are the most fascinating and imaginative one I’ve read. I’ve read two of her novels: The Star-Touched Queen, a YA fantasy about a girl, Maya, who’s horoscope promises a marriage of death and destruction, and the companion novel A Crown of Wishes, which follows Maya’s sister as she’s forced to partner with an enemy prince and compete in the Tournament of Wishes.
Katherine Arden’s debut novel is my favorite book of all time, so of course she deserves a spot on this list. She’s only published two books so far and I’ve read both: her Russian fairy-tale inspired debut, The Bear and the Nightingale and it’s sequel, The Girl in the Tower. Her books are the perfect mix of fairy-tale and historical fiction, with a rich, wintery atmosphere.
2. Laini Taylor
I adore Laini Taylor’s lyrical writing style, multilayered characters and opulent world-building. I’ve read seven of her books including: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, a YA fantasy trilogy set in Prague about a war between chimera and seraphim and the blue haired art-student with a mysterious past who’s caught up in it; Strange the Dreamer, the first book in a YA fantasy series about a librarian and dreamer who get to travel to the mythical city of Weep and help untangle it’s mysteries; Blackbringer, a YA fantasy book about a tiny faerie who hunts down devils with her faithful pack of crows and Lips Touch: Three Times, a collection of three magical stories in which a kiss is not simply a kiss, but a catalyst for change.
On my TBR: Muse of Nightmares (October 2nd, 2018)
Catherynne M. Valente is by far my most read author, with 14 books (!!!) on my read shelf. What makes her books so special to me is her beautiful prose, magical worlds and unique story-telling techniques, not two of her books feel the same and yet they’re all so distinctly hers. Some of my favorites are: The Fairyland Series, a 5-book middle grade series about a girl named September and her adventures in Fairyland; Deathless, a mix of adult fantasy and historical fiction inspired by Russian mythology about a girl who sees things other people don’t; Radiance, an alt-history space opera, in which humans have colonized the solar system, about a female director who’s gone missing on Venus and In the Night Garden, the first book in a duology of interweaving tales inspired by One Thousand and One Nights.
Honorable mentions (Authors I’ve only read one book by, but who’s new releases will definitley be added to my tbr): Rin Chupeco, Zoraida Córdova, Stephanie Garber, Heather Fawcett, Aditi Khorana and Lana Popović.