This Top Ten Tuesday we’re almost sticking with the prompt offered by That Artsy Reader Girl! Except, instead of doing books to get us out of a reading slump, we’re doing authors. Otherwise it turns into sort of a mini-rave session about some of our favorite books, and we already do that enough as it is. These authors aren’t all necessarily sci-fi and horror either. And that’s okay – because one of the things that can pick you up out of a reading slump is reading something outside your normal genres!
Dara Joy – Knight of a Trillion Stars
Dara Joy is sure to present me with a story that is laugh-out-loud funny with loveable characters and moments of pure cheese. – Lilyn
Shirley Jackson – We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Shirley Jackson is always a good read for me. Spending a little time with Merricat and Eleanor always puts me in a good mood. – GracieKat
Kurt Vonnegut – Cat’s Cradle
I usually return to the classics. I love Kurt Vonnegut so books like Cat’s Cradle and Breakfast of Champions are always interesting. – Nico
Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book
Weird and wonderful is my go-to pick me up and Neil Gaiman’s quirky storytelling instantly lifts my spirits. The great part is that he writes for all ages so, depending on my mood, I can read the slightly spooky Graveyard Book to my kids. Or I can go balls-to-the-wall horror and kinkery with the likes of American Gods. Whatever I choose from his repertoire I know I’ll finish the book with a renewed sense of, “Ah, so this is what reading is all about.” – Frankie
Shaun Hutson – Slugs
Shaun Hutson will always get me out of a slump because I know exactly what I’m going to get from him and I know the read won’t tax me too greatly. Some personal faves are Deathday, Slugs and Victims. – Olly
Stephen King – The Dark Tower Series
One author that I’ve returned to multiple times is Stephen King. To be more specific, The Dark Tower series (which I’m currently rereading), The Shining, IT, Revival, and Cujo. – Tracy
Nora Roberts – The Key Trilogy
Nora Roberts knows how to spin an engaging supernatural tale so well that I will actually happily accept the romance without rolling my eyes. – Lilyn
Jane Austen – Mansfield Park
I love Jane Austen. I love all of her books to death but Mansfield Park is my ultimate favorite (then Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion and Emma). There’s always something to find on rereads (or listens, the audiobooks read by Juliet Stevenson are excellent). Her books are a bit hard to describe. They’re not straight-up romances but they’re not goofy comedy either. The wit is there but if you’re not paying attention you might miss it. I have no idea how often I’ve read and listened to them and they still make me smile and chuckle. – GracieKat
J.D. Robb – In Death series
When writing as J.D. Robb in the In Death series, I love Nora Roberts’ seedy, gritty version of New York in the future and the cast that makes up the series. – Lilyn
M.R. James – A Pleasing Terror: The Complete Supernatural Writings
I love classic horror and M.R. James’ writing is wonderfully horrific. It’s atmospheric, rich and, at times, quite funny. – GracieKat
What about you, ladies and gents? Who are your recommended authors? What about their writing style draws you back to them time and again to help you out of a reading slump? (Or even just give your mood a boost.) Talk to us!
GracieKat was the first co-host of Sci-Fi & Scary, Lilyn’s partner-in-crime, and sub-head of the Coolthulhu Crew. She reviews horror books, movies, and games for the site. She also does a weekly Focus on the Frightful feature, and is the site list-maker. She is also in control of the Sci-Fi & Scary podcast which will relaunch soon.
Gracie is also a member of the Ladies of Horror Fiction crew.