First impressions are meant to last, especially with books and authors.
I have proven that after I first read a Nicholas Sparks novel, A Walk to Remember, and a Mitch Albom book, The Five People You Meet in Heaven.
Because the first Sparks and Albom novels that I read were both great, these two have become my favorite scribblers since then.
On the other hand, there are also some authors that I will not read again after a not-so-good first read.
Now, here are my top 10 auto-buy authors who like Sparks and Albom, have written awesome novels that made me want to read more of their stories.
I also included the first books that I have read from these authors as well as my top recommended reads from them.
Credits to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting this awesome book meme! ❤
(This list is not ranked.)
1. Alice Sebold
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs
First read: The Lovely Bones
Books read: The Lovely Bones
Recommended: The Lovely Bones
What I love about her: Her unique way in presenting her story. Her so realistic yet so moving description of lost, grief, love and peace.
2. Colleen Hoover
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Humor
First read: Never Never
Books read: Never Never, Never Never: Part Two and Ugly Love
Recommended: Never Never
What I love about her: She knows how to leave you hanging, in a good way. Engrossing, oh yes.
3. David Levithan
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Young Adult, Gay & Lesbian
First read: Every Day
Books read: Every Day
Recommended: Every Day
What I love about him: He can pull-off a seemingly impossible yet gripping premise that will keep you reading until you’re done. His words awake the if’s and how’s of your reading mind.
4. Lisa Genova
Genres: Literature & Fiction
First read: Still Alice
Books read: Still Alice
Recommended: Still Alice
What I love about her: Her expertise in the field of medicine and her in depth knowledge of expressing diverse emotions. She can mix these two and translate it into a beautiful masterpiece.
5. Graeme Simsion
Genres: Fiction, Romance
First read: The Rosie Project
Books read: The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect
Recommended: The Rosie Project
What I love about him: He can create a not so normal but so loveable character. His stories have the right amount of “cheesiness” and quirkiness.
6. James Patterson
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Crime, Young Adult, Romance
First read: Mistress
Books read: Mistress, 12th of Never, The Christmas Wedding, Cross My Heart, First Love, Private L.A. and 1st to Die
Recommended: Mistress and The Christmas Wedding,
What I love about him: He is indeed a master of on-the-edge-of-your-seat thrillers but he can also write touching stories of love.
7. Jojo Moyes
Genres: Romance, Mystery, Fiction
First read: Me Before You
Books read: Me Before You
Recommended: Me Before You
What I love about her: She can make me cry.
8. Lis Wiehl
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Fiction
First read:Face of Betrayal
Books read: Face of Betrayal, Hand of Fate, Heart of Ice, A Matter of Trust, A Deadly Business, Waking Hours and Darkness Rising
Recommended: Heart of Ice and A Deadly Business
What I love about her: Her knowledge in police and investigation technicalities and her expertise in law make her novels thrilling and informative at the same time.
9. Rainbow Rowell
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Young Adult, Romance
First read: Eleanor & Park
Books read: Eleanor & Park and Landline
Recommended: Eleanor & Park
What I love about her: Her imperfect yet relatable characters. Her witty yet compelling storytelling technique. Her books are just so relaxing to read.
10. Paulo Coelho
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction, Biographies & Memoirs
First read: The Alchemist
Books read: The Alchemist, Brida, Aleph, Eleven Minutes, The Devil and Miss Prym, The Winner Stands Alone, Manuscript Found in Accra, The Zahir, Veronika Decides to Die and Adultery
Recommended: The Alchemist, Eleven Minutes and Manuscript Found in Accra,
What I love about him: Genius in writing wise words. Most of his books are spiritually moving.
Yep. I know you know this is coming. 🙂
Of course, Albom and Sparks will be included in this list! ❤
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Sports
First read: The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Books read: For One More Day, The First Phone Call from Heaven, Have a Little Faith: a True Story, Tuesdays with Morrie, The Time Keeper and The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Recommended: Tuesdays with Morrie, The First Phone Call from Heaven, Have a Little Faith: a True Story
What I love about him: Moving. Truthful. Inspiring. May it be fiction or non-fiction, Mitch Albom always has a full-of-sense words that go beyond the pages of his stories. It sinks into your mind and into your heart.
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance
First read: A Walk to Remember
Books read: The Last Song, Three Weeks With My Brother, The Best of Me, The Longest Ride, Dear John, The Choice, Message in a Bottle, The Notebook (The Notebook, #1), The Wedding (The Notebook, #2), The Guardian, True Believer (Jeremy Marsh & Lexie Darnell, #1), At First Sight (Jeremy Marsh & Lexie Darnell, #2), The Rescue, The Lucky One, Nights in Rodanthe, A Walk to Remember, Safe Haven, and A Bend in the Road.
Recommended: Message in a Bottle, Safe Haven, Three Weeks With My Brother, The Longest Ride, The Choice, The Wedding (The Notebook, #2), At First Sight (Jeremy Marsh & Lexie Darnell, #2), and Nights in Rodanthe
What I love about him: Master of love and lost stories. Master of heart-tugging lines. He is that one author that you can love and hate all at the same time. Prepare yourself for that unexpected ending, because he is also an expert in writing surprising twists.
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