Post 300! Favorite Series/Authors Spotlight

I just so happened to notice that this will be my 300th post since moving platforms, and I thought I’d do something a little different and talk about some of my favorite authors and series.  And why I love them so much!  Be prepared to see a range of older publications, some out of print possibly, and newer raging phenomenon.  These are in no particular order as I love them all the same 🙂

Quick note: This turned out to be a huge list!  Because of this I took out any stand alone books and graphic novels.  Hopefully, I’ll build each of those their own individual lists soon 🙂

Seanan McGuire: Had been on my TBR for ages.  Finally picked her up with Every Heart a Doorway.  Found out she was coming to ARCHON, so bought all of October Daye series and read book 1.  Went to every panel at ARCHON and discovered just how amazing she is!  Listened to Indexing and Parasite.  Probably my next binge read.

Laini Taylor: Daughter of Smoke and Bone really spoke to me.  Loved the language and storytelling, and narrator is now a favorite.  Took forever to finish the final book.  Strange the Dreamer made me hopeful for more of her worldbuilding.  Met her a couple of times at ALA.

Tamora Pierce: Tortall was my life in junior high.  First author to be identified as an obsession.  She almost came to my bachelorette party at ARCHON when she was there.  Went to Champaign to meet her in person, and almost lost my SH*T.  Really awesome lady.

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Unicorns of Balinor by Mary Stanton: Scholastic book orders for the win!  Wish this series hadn’t died before we got to the end of the story, but love rereading even now.

Water Trilogy by Kara Dalkey: Scholatic book fairs for the win!  Kinda hated the weird tie-in at the end of book 3.  Mermyds.

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Kingmaker Chronicles by Amanda Bouchet: Felt like my love story, but with Greek gods.  Greek mythology story with great storytelling.  Definitely connected with the characters.

Jim C. Hines: Incredibly funny, but on-point guy.  Started, loved, but haven’t finished the Ex Libris, Stepsister’s Scheme, and Terminal Alliance series.  Really need to get on that.

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Nevernight: Audiobook was great for including the footnotes, which were a fun addition.  Couldn’t believe the levels of storytelling and worldbuilding.  Now to read through the Stormdancer series!

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake: Another series full of great characters and storytelling.  Not done yet, but excited to see where it goes.

Elise Kova: Confession: I’ve only read Air Awakens and first 2 Alchemists of Loom, but I loved them and fully support the author.  She’s so busy and does a great job interacting with fans.  Another one to finish bingeing!

Sarah J. Maas: Late to jump on this bandwagon, but glad it happened.  The emotions are real and genuine for both Throne of Glass and ACOTAR.  ACOMAF hit me in a lot of emotional scars and left me feeling worthwhile, if that makes sense.

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Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan: Giant bat that can you can ride, sign me up.  Sad that we only get three books.  Another lovely author, who’s great with fans.

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull: Read around the same time as Harry Potter and felt like this series could also span generations of readers.  Needs more hype, especially with the sequel series happening.

Patricia Briggs: Love the Mercy Thompson/Alpha & Omega universe.  Such fun, quick reads and Mercy feels like a friend.  Own several other of her books, but haven’t had the chance to read them yet.

Green Rider by Kristen Britain: The only author I will wait 4-5 years in between books and only because each book is exquisite with secondary and tertiary characters, looping story arcs, and everything I could want from epic fantasy.  And soon, I’ll have the wonderful new soundtrack that accompanies the series.

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Queens of Renthia by Sarah Beth Durst: Although I’ve only read the first book in this series, I’ve been very vocal about the fact that it felt written for fans of Tamora Pierce that are now adults, which describes me perfectly.  Enough said.

Ilona Andrews: Kate Daniels was another series on my TBR forever, but when I started I couldn’t stop until finished.  The first Innkeeper Chronicles was also a lot of fun and hope to continue and try out the other series offerings.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard: Loved this book, but still need to finish the other 2 before Bloodwitch arrives.  She is wonderful, open, and truthful.  Everything that she speaks about is timely and genuine.  Also, she is awesome to talk to.

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Woodcutter Sisters by Alethea Kontis: Hoping this series gets to continue.  Love the fairy tale crossovers and characters finding their own way through them.

Shannon Hale: Love, love, love the Ever After High trilogy and wish that that storyline hadn’t just stopped.  Some of her others were hit and miss, but Ever After was amazing as is Princess in Black.

The Ever Afters by Shelby Bach: Another series full fairy tale crossovers and an afterschool programs.  Glad I was able to binge all four books together.  And need to reread again soon.

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau: The best YA post-apocalyptic series, hands down.  Needs to be a movie or tv series, like now.  Please.  No, really.  Please.

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Selection by Kiera Cass: Guilty pleasure reading.  Although, I didn’t care for a few of the characters nor the second series.  The romance was kind of adorable, and it was a quick and easy read.

Rachel Morgan by Kim Harrison: Still haven’t read the last one in the series because I don’t want it to end or be disappointed.  Found my love for demons in urban fantasy because of Al.  Relationships and storytelling were fantastic.

Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer: Best science fiction fairy tale retelling.  Loved the characters, the world building, and the story arcs.  But still haven’t read Winter because I don’t like when series end!

Rick Riordan: Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus are both great series.  Love what he’s doing with other diverse mythologies.  At some point, I need to catch up with Magnus Chase.

Chronicles of Elantra by Michelle Sagara: Despite being several books behind in this series and feeling like it needs to make good on some promises, I love that each book focuses on a different species or section of the world.  Worldbuilding is great.

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Avalon Web of Magic by Rachel Roberts: Apparently based on the idea behind Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders, this was a favorite MG series that I had to wait years to finish due to a change in publishers.  The rebrand was worth it though.

Maria V. Snyder: Although I own all her books, I have only finished reading the original trilogy.  I need to correct this ASAP.  Did finally meet the author last year, and she’s great.

Mercedes Lackey: Arrows of the Queen helped me through some bully problems.  Loved the standalone The Black Swan and all of its greatness.  Own many other books, but haven’t had a chance to read all of them.  The Outstretched Shadow was a great trilogy though and I need to read the sequel series.

Lost Continent by Catherine Asaro: Loved the magic system and characters.  Worldbuilding is also fun.  Fun to reread every few years.

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Firekeeper Saga by Jane Lindskold: One of my absolute favorite series!  Slightly magical animals, speaking to animals, gorgeous animal descriptions, light on the magic early in the series.  Probably my ultimate favorite animal companion fantasies.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling: My grandma read these before passing them on to me.  She even bought and read book 2 while visiting Germany.  So much better than the movies 🙂  But I like those too.

Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was the first book I can remember my favorite librarian recommending to me.  Also had other books in the series read to the class by the teacher throughout middle grade.  Plus, the Christian allegory is fun.

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Acorna by Anne McCaffrey: Unicorns in space, as my husband described it.  Helped me discover that reading books in order for a series really helps clarify things.  One of the first adult series I remember finding and loving.

Horsefeathers by Dandi Daley Mackall: A leftover from my horse phase, found this at a Christian bookfair and fell in love.  Took forever to find, purchase, and read books 5-8 as a young person.

Daughters of the Moon by Lynne Ewing: Before Rick Riordan and Percy Jackson, this was my introduction to Greek mythology in an urban setting.  Or as I like to call it: Urban mythology 🙂  The series ended with book 12, but due to fan demand the author wrote a book 13.  Neither feel good as a series ender though.

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That’s it for this post, number 300 🙂  I hope my musings strike a familiar chord or spark your interest in a new series!

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