When I was in hiatus, one of the things I missed most about blogging is making bookish lists. Not surprising because I love lists, and I love books. Now that I’m back, expect lots of bookish lists from me – starting today. This list is for Top 5 Tuesday and hosted by Shanah from Bionic Book Worm. This week’s topic is actually “Top 5 Authors I Need to Read” but I don’t have any new-to-me authors in mind that I want to read. It’s because I’m in a ‘break’ from reading right now. I mean, I have my TBR and I’ll still read but I’ll only read Romance, a genre that makes me relax, and only from authors I already trust. That way, I don’t have to suffer from disappointment and any other emotional ride or things like that.
So anyway, I ended up tweaking this week’s topic a bit. I’m going to share “5 Reread Worthy Authors” instead. But again, only Romance authors because this month, my mind is programmed to think of Romance genre only. Nothing else. I know that doesn’t make any sense but *sigh* welcome to my weird life.
Now, without further ado,
1.) Mariana Zapata
“I’m starting to understand that you can always make time for the things that matter.”
― Mariana Zapata, The Wall of Winnipeg and Me
I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve reread Mariana Zapata’s books. Ten times each maybe. I’m not exaggerating. As most of you know, I’m a fast reader so it’s very easy for me to reread a book. I can just extend my lunch break into two hours so I can finish reading one book, and Mariana Zapata is first on my list of go-to authors to reread. I just love slow-burn romance and her characters are so motivating. Most of them are athletes, by the way, so they’re hardworking and strong-willed. And most of all, they’re so relatable.
2.) Lisa Kleypas
“Mysteries of attraction could not always be explained through logic. Sometimes the fractures in two separate souls became the very hinges that held them together.”
― Lisa Kleypas, Devil in Winter
This author’s books are simply too precious that it would be a shame to experience them only once. So I reread her books once in a while. Lisa Kleypas creates such unforgettable characters, they stay with you long after reading them. I swear my heart still melt whenever I think of Sebastian St. Vincent.
3.) Tessa Dare
“For this moment, there was no before and no after. There was only now, and now was everything.”
― Tessa Dare, The Duchess Deal
I do believe that Tess Dare writes the most funniest characters. I know “most funniest” is grammatically wrong but I want to use both words describing this author’s characters. What’s more amazing is that most of her male characters are grumpy and angsty and yet they make me laugh so hard all the time. And the women are so bold and strong. I just love them. Tessa Dare’s books always put me in a good mood so when I don’t feel like doing anything, I would grab my kindle and read one of her books. And yeah, I don’t own any physical book by this author which is a shame.
4.) Julia Quinn
“I love you,” he said, his voice low and fervent. “I love you with everything I am, everything I’ve been, and everything I hope to be.”
― Julia Quinn, Romancing Mister Bridgerton
Julia Quinn is the first ever Historical Romance author who made me laugh. It’s because she’s the first ever author in the genre that I’ve read. I mean I’ve read Austen, etc. but their books are classic and lacks the fun, humorous element current Historical Romances have. So when I read Quinn’s book, I found it so refreshing. Her “Bridgertons” series is the best and I’ve read them so many times already.
5.) Penny Reid
“This was our beginning. I couldn’t wait for the middle. And I never wanted it to end.”
― Penny Reid, Beard Science
I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again — initially, I didn’t like Penny Reid’s books. I tried reading her “Knitting in the City” series and I wasn’t impressed on the first two books and ended up DNF’ing the 3rd. But then I read her “Winston Brothers.” True the first book didn’t make me a fan but I kept going through the series and the 3rd book finally made me a fan. Not just a fan but a die-hard one. I mean you just have to look at my past TBR posts. Penny Reid is a name constant in my TBR lists.
There you have it guys. Even though I tweaked this week’s topic a bit, still I enjoyed writing this post. It’s like gushing about my favorite books to a friend. Also, even though I mentioned in this post how many times I’ve reread the books by these authors, you won’t find them listed as reread on my Goodreads profile. If I read a book more than once in the same year, it will only be listed as read once but if I reread it the following year, I list it as reread. I just don’t want to mess my read count.
How about you? Are you familiar with these authors? Have you read any of their books? Let’s chat.