Must-read Authors to Binge on
Are you an ABR? Not sure what that means? Fair enough. I just made it up. But it stands for Author-Binge Reader: someone who can consecutively read books by the same author. And I don't just mean two – I'm talking hardcore, 7 books in a row, no breaksies. Not to brag or anything, but I can. (I'm super tough like that. I cry in most books I read, but boy, can I binge-read!)
Most people, aka normal people, need a break after two, maybe three. But not me – I’m in it for the long haul. If I find an author I like and they’ve penned 20 books? Great. I know what I’m doing for the next two months. Once I’ve found an author I love, I must read everything they’ve written. It’s a very thin line between psycho and die-hard fan. And as it turns out that line, is the spine of a book.
So if you need some authors to binge on, or you just want a few good page-turners, here are 5 binge-worthy authors. (And yes, I’ve read just about everything they’ve ever written.)
1. Liane Moriarty
If you’ve read any of my other posts, you’ll realise I’m a HUGE LM fan. I love her. She’s an Aussie author (yas Kween) and she’s brilliant. Her book Big Little Lies became a TV series, produced by and starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. (I assume you know that unless you’ve been living under a rock that blocks all data and WiFi for the last 18 months).
All her books are page-turners. It’s very easy to find yourself in a LM vortex. Even my boyfriend’s 65-year-old Uncle ended up on a LM binge. (Yes, you read that right.)
My top 5 Liane Moriarty books:
What Alice Forgot
The Hypnotist’s Love Story
The Husband’s Secret
Big Little Lies
2. Jodi Picoult
Now I know Jodi Picoult isn’t for everyone, but if you’ve only ever tried one of her books, you should try at least one more. They're so different. Yes, there happens to be a lawsuit in a lot of them but it's always a strikingly different theme. She's delved into so many topics: war crimes, autism, racism, suicide, cancer, the list goes on. What I like most is that she presents at least two sides to every story. (I don’t know if you know this, but there are in fact two sides to every story.) Coming at a topic from different angles is always refreshing and often thought-provoking.
(P.S. Most people who've told me they're not a JP fan, have a tried a second book at my nagging insistence and found they liked it.)
My top 5 Jodi Picoult books:
My Sister’s Keeper
Small great things
3. Marian Keyes
Gosh darn it, I love this Irish author! She’s a crack up. Her characters are brilliant – as in LOL brillant. (LOL should be a category on goodreads. I'm going to write to them and tell them that.)
I haven't read her most recent book: The Break. But don't you worry, it's on my list. (I'm just in a Ken Follett binge RN.)
My top 5 Marian Keyes books:
This Charming Man
The Mystery of Mercy Close
Last Chance Saloon
4. Colleen Hoover
I love the Hoover. She's one of the first self published authors to make it on the New York Times Bestseller list. If that isn't an amazing achievement, I don't know what is.
She deals with some hardcore themes but in a way that makes them accessible. It Ends With Us (number 1 below) is even more powerful when you learn it’s based on her mother and father’s relationship.
You will not be able to put her books down – that I promise you.
My top 5 Colleen Hoover books:
It Ends With Us
5. Paullina Simons
Paullina Simons is an author who really mixes it up. She's written historical fiction, romances, mystery, thrillers, crime – you name it. This makes her very easy to binge on as each book is an exciting new treat to unwrap.
(P.S. I cheated a little bit in the list below as number 3 is a trilogy ‒ but I feel like you can’t have a series of three in a list of five. It takes up more than half the list! So I’m sure you’ll forgive me. Eight for the price of five ain't bad.)
My top 5 Paullina Simons books:
The Girl in Times Square
The Bronze Horseman trilogy (just a note that the second book is known by two names: Tatiana & Alexander, as well as The Bridge to Holy Cross)