Lately I’ll do this thing where I’ll go on an author kick and just read books on an author’s back list. I did this with Sarah MacLean, Christina Lauren, Taylor Jenkins Reid, and Talia Hibbert throughout the last year or so. These and others have been my favorite authors, so since I’ve been reading a lot of back list and not a lot of new books, I’ve got to thinking there are certain authors who do certain tropes really well, and some authors whose books are all good, but there’s a clear outlier. So here I’m listening my favorite book by my favorite author. I picked authors who I have read at least 3-4 book of their books and only authors who have a back list of at least 5-10 years so that there’s a variety of books to chose from. Alright, let’s go!

  • Christina Lauren | Love and Other Words
    Christina Lauren is a bit hit or miss for me. I like them because when they’re good they’re REALLY good (Josh and Hazel, Love and Other Words)—but some of their stuff is just OK. Love and Other Words is them at their absolute best. It’s kind of cross-over fiction/romance. But it’s very deep and very emotional. The twist also packs the kind of punch that comes with one character being apart for 10 years.
  • Alyssa Cole | A Princess in Theory
    I’ve read quite a few of Alyssa Cole’s books now. One of her historical romance and all three of her Reluctant Royal series and this one is definitely the best. The other two in the royal series have a couple like… things I, personally, find weird. I don’t feel like disclosing what exactly on here, but you can DM me on Twitter if you really want to know. I loved all the characters in this book and it definitely made me want to read other books about them, even if I didn’t end up completely loving the actual books about them.
  • Taylor Jenkins Reid | After I Do
    Taylor Jenkins Reid is another one of those crossover romance/fiction writers and I’m HERE FOR IT. People are gonna get so mad that I said After I Do instead of Evelyn Hugo. While I love Evelyn Hugo with all my heart and it’s a masterpiece—like seriously the execution could not have stuck the landing any harder, it emotionally didn’t hit me in the gut as hard as After I Do did. Reid took the common trope of “second chance romance” and gave it so much heart and depth—a hallmark in all of her books, in fact. It’s the story of two people each trying to give each other a genuine second chance. If you haven’t read Reid’s backlist, you’re absolutely missing something.
  • Adam Silvera | History Is All You Left Me
    You can tell that Silvera put a lot of heart into this book. He has OCD and based a lot of Griffin’s type of OCD on his own. While the characters are flawed, I think that’s the beauty of it. Silvera’s other books always leave me a bit detached from the characters. While I liked the world building in They Both Die At the End, I didn’t feel as much of a n emotional connection. And More Happy Than Not, in my opinion, suffered from the same symptom. Neither have the same emotional punch that HIAYLM does. I think Griffin and Theo, by far, are his strongest characters.
  • Mina V Esguerra | Better At Weddings Than You
    The writing in this book is so sharp and engaging. I bought this on recommendation from some people I saw on Twitter and I loved every minute of it. It’s about two wedding planners who have to plan a wedding together. One is a veteran in the industry and one is a newbie and they have this fabulous dynamic and on page chemistry. I reread every so often just because I like the banter. I’m not a huge
  • Sarah MacLean | Never Judge A Lady By Her Cover
    This is the 4th book in the Rules of Scoundrels series by MacLean and I can say with absolute certainty it’s the BEST. I had my suspicions about this MC (highlight to read spoilers: since reading my second book in the series—I read them out of order—I noticed Chase was always referred to in a gender neutral way and I was like, “Oh, I bet Chase is a woman” and we were rewarded finely with this book) and was so happy to find it was right. It’s only barely hedges out A Lady By Midnight, the 3rd, by a bit. There’s something very freeing and perfect about this last book and you can tell MacLean has really settled into this little group of outcasts.
  • Courtney Milan | Hold Me
    I had a really had time deciding between the last book in the Brothers Sinister series (The Countess Conspiracy) and Hold Me. But in the end, Hold Me is the book I’ll read over and over. A diverse, more inclusive version of You’ve Got Mail, there’s very little not to love about this book. While Milan writes amazing characters, I felt the discussion in this book was so very nuanced and the characters spoke to me much more than the other books by her that I’d read.
  • Talia Hibbert | Wanna Bet?
    I’ve read one other book in this series of standalone (I’m still hoping she writes another one of these) and her Ravenwood series and this is by far the best. It has the snappiest writing, the characters with the most chemistry, the best sexy times, and a friends-to-lovers trope so YEAH. Objectively, it’s the best—at least in my book.

Other favorites I’m just not getting into:

  • Leigh Bardugo | Six of Crows
  • Sandy Menon | When Dimple Met Rishi
  • Nicholas Sparks | The Wedding*
  • Holly Black | The Wicked King
  • Cassandra Clare | The Infernal Devices
  • Rainbow Rowell | Landline
  • Khalid Hosseini | A Thousand Splendid Suns

*I don’t actually love Nicholas Sparks, I’ve moved on from that particular phase in my life. But The Wedding is still the book that I think about from him.