Top Ten…Thursday?

Usually, it’s Top Ten Tuesday, but I’m running a little behind this week. Over at The Broke and the Bookish, this week’s topic was “Top Ten Authors I’ve Read the Most Books From.” Whew. That’s a lot of capital letters. Beside each author, I included how many of their books I’ve read, as well as my favorite of their collection.

All hail King Rick Riordan = 14 (Honorable mention: The Lightning Thief)

Yes. You read that correctly. Fourteen books. Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, The Kane Chronicles…even a graphic novel adaptation. I’ll read anything he writes. Literally. I read his blog, too.

Cassandra Clare = 10 (Honorable mention: Clockwork Princess)

I read all books in The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series, plus the big ol’ Bane Chronicles. How do you make series plural? Serieses? Serii? The point is, Cassandra Clare is a writing fiend and I love her work. I’m anxiously awaiting the first book in her The Dark Artifices series. But don’t ask me what an artifice is…or to define infernal.

Francine Rivers = 10 (Honorable mention forever and ever amen: Redeeming Love)

I’ve always said my ultimate dream would be to spend a day with Francine Rivers. And by always, I mean since 2010 when I read her work for the first time. The Mark of the Lion trilogy? Beautiful and tragic and genius. The Atonement Child changed the way I look at the world. The Last Sin Eater? Incredible. She will forever be one of my auto-buy authors.

Shannon Hale = 8 (Honorable mention: The Goose Girl)

Another one of my favorite auto-buy authors is Shannon Hale. I read The Goose Girl as a freshman in high school and fell in love with fantasy novels. I really think that that book is what morphed me into a totally different kind of reader. While I love her fantasy books, I also loved Austenland and the movie adaptation is one of my favorite romantic comedies.

J.K. Rowling = 7 (Obviously Harry Potter and the Everything)

The Harry Potter series was a game changer for all of creation. I went to a few midnight book release events and all of the midnight movie premieres. I did not dress up as Hermione, but I thought about it…every time. Kids these days will never understand what it was like to grow up with Harry Potter and the gang.

Richelle Mead = 7 (Honorable mention: Vampire Academy)

I didn’t hate theVampire Academy series, but I read all of the books in record time. They’re entertaining and I loved Rose as a narrator. I also read the first in the Bloodlines series.

Philippa Gregory = 5 (Honorable mention: The White Queen)

I read all but the last installment of The Cousins’ War books, as well as The Other Boleyn Girl simply because of the movie by the same name.

C. C. Hunter = 5 (Honorable mention: Born at Midnight)

I read this series immediately after I finished the Vampire Academy because sometimes I get on a supernatural kick that can’t be tamed.

Sarah J. Maas = 5 (Honorable mention: Throne of Glass

I love, love, love x100342 the Throne of Glass series and I’m figuratively counting the days until the next book is released. I love her writing style and world building abilities. Keep ’em coming, Maas. I’ll keep buying.

Aimee Carter = 5 (Honorable mention: The Goddess Test)

I liked her twist on mythology and I also read her book Pawn. I have yet to read the sequel, but I intend to!

Sneaky bonus = Rainbow Rowell = 4 (Honorable mention: Fangirl)

I feel like it’s worth mentioning that the grand total of 4 happens to include all of her released novels PLUS I read her short story in the My True Love Gave to Me collection of holiday stories. I love her style, I love her voice, I love her characters. All of the love to Rainbow Rowell.

Whose books do you usually reach for? Have you read books by the authors I listed?

Happy reading! – Caitlyn

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated 2015 Releases

Over at The Broke and the Bookish, they post a Top Ten Tuesday topic every week. This week: most anticipated releases of 2015. My top 10 are in no order…simply because I couldn’t put them in order. I tried.

QoS

1. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (The excitement and anticipation is something that I can’t even…) Release date: September 1

winter

2. Winter by Marissa Meyer (I need this book. I need sweet, Lunar Chronicles clarity.) Release date: November 10

sword of summer

3. The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan (AKA the god of mythology. See what I did there? I’m so excited for a new journey with Riordan and the heroes he shares with us. This series centers around Norse mythology, which I don’t know too much about. So I’m looking forward to learning, too!) Release date: October 6

rose society4. The Rose Society by Marie Lu (I really enjoyed Legend and it ended in a way that led straight into this sequel. Ball’s in your court, Lu. Whatcha gonna do?) Release date: October 13

carry on5. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (This one is particularly interesting to me. I LOVED Fangirl and this is sort of a spinoff from that story. Rowell never disappoints.) Release date: October 6

watchman6. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (because LITERARY LEGEND. Also, what is that title? I can’t wait to find out. Literally…I can’t wait. I’m gonna go Google it.) Release date: July 14

kings

7. Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman (I’m all about more fantasy novels. This one looks pretty fantastic.) Release date: August 25

crows

8. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (1. because the blurb says “Game of Thrones meets Oceans Eleven” and 2. because LEIGH BARDUGO.) Release date: September 29

once

9. Once Again: Snow; Beauty Sleep by Cameron Dokey and Liz Braswell (I love fractured fairy tales and classic retellings. This one book contains 2 new twists on classic stories we love.) Release date: November 17

whole new world

10. A Whole New World by Liz Braswell (This is a new series that twists DISNEY stories, also written by the same author as my #9 book!) Release date: September 1

What new releases are you most looking forward to for this year?

Happy reading! – Caitlyn