Good morning! How are you all doing? If I’m being honest today has been a bit of a rubbish week for me, I just really struggled to find motivation to do anything, to the point I ended taking a day’s annual leave on Friday just so I didn’t have to work. I woke up at my normal time but then fell back asleep and didn’t wake up until after 10am so I guess I needed the sleep!
I’m actually managing to post my Six for Sunday post on a Sunday this time around which I guess is a good start! Sorry if I confused anyone by randomly posting last week’s in midweek! This week we’re carrying on Steph’s read in and weep theme by talking about our favourites! I’m really excited by this prompt because let’s be honest who doesn’t enjoy talking about their favourite things! So read on for some of my favourite authors, books and characters!
Favourite Authors, Books and Characters
I’m going to start of with a bit of a question, how do you all decide when someone falls into the category of a favourite author? Are you the type to have a pretty static list, or does it fluctuate on the regular? I think I fall more into the latter, until the past year or so there was a certain author that would have made my list 99% of the time because the books, they wrote were such a huge part of my childhood, but certain views have made them a no go from now on. There are still some authors where I have read a lot of their books over the years and I would consider some of my favourites but there are also a couple of authors I have discovered in the past year, or even in the past month that I would probably elevate straight into that category despite having only read a book or two by them. In short, I’m not really sure what qualifies someone to make my list of favourite authors, I certainly don’t think I have anything that I would describe as a reasonably static list… I suppose the same applies to books and characters and so for the purposes of this post I have picked six of my current favourites, but if you ask me in another year or so you’d probably get a completely different list… I do think there are definitely a few in the list below that would still feature.
I’m going to start off with a person who has hit to trifecta. Bex is one of my favourite authors, she is the author behind two books I would put right up there among my favourites and that feature two of my favourite characters. I think it’s probably not overly surprising that there is such an overlap when it comes to this for me, I am a very character driven reader. If I love the characters there’s a strong probability that I am going to love the book, and if I love the book the chances are the author of said books is liking to find themselves rising up the ranks of my favourite authors. I read both Viper and Venom in under 48 hours last summer and I am obsessed with the trilogy! I think Marianne is such an interesting character, I’ve loved seeing her develop over the course of the first two books. She’s a strong female character and she’s walking a fine line between two different outcomes, so I’m really intrigued to discover what she decides to do in the final book in the trilogy when it comes out in April! Then we move on to Bronn, I’m not really sure what it is about Bronn that draws me in, but something does along with a number of other people! I’m already debating who I’d want to play him in an adaptation – so I’m ready for Netflix to pick it up! Also bonus points go to Bex for just genuinely being one of the loveliest people! Whatever comes after Vulture I know I’ll be buying it!
Her debut novel The Gilded Ones has only just been released, so is it too early to be putting Namina on my favourite author list? Perhaps but I am anyway… I was lucky enough to have been sent an ARC, so I read The Gilded Ones in January and that’s the impact The Gilded Ones had one me. I really loved the African inspiration behind The Gilded Ones, and I am always here for strong female characters! One of the things I loved most about the book was the central friendship between Deka and Britta, I am always here for women supporting women. I was delighted when Usborne confirmed this was the first in a trilogy, and now like Bex, Namina is on my ‘Buy Whatever She Puts Out There’ list!
One Of Us Is Lying and One Of Us Is Next
I’m briefly moving away from favourite authors and going to talk about a couple of books I would consider favourites. I really loved the Bayview Four that Karen McManus introduced us to in One Of Us Is Lying, they were four wonderful central characters that accompanied a really interesting plot. I really enjoyed catching up with them in the follow up, and I thought the three characters the new plot centred around were also pretty likeable. I’ve already said in this post how much of a character driven reader I am and the central characters in the other two books Karen has released; Two Can Keep A Secret and The Cousins didn’t quite hit the mark for me. I didn’t connect with them in the same way as the Bayview Four did and so while I finished the books I just felt a bit meh at the end of them. Although to give Karen her due she really does do the wow factor in the final couple of sentences well! Currently I have a 50% hit rate with Karen’s books which is why these books make my favourites list but why she’s perhaps not quite on my favourite authors list. I will probably still pick up her next book though!
If you’ve been visiting SWB for a while now, you’ll probably have come across at least one review I’ve posted of Carol’s books. There are quite a few on the blog now! Carol writes both adult contemporary and crime novels, I must confess I’ve not read Carol’s contemporary novels, but I have so much love for her Robyn Carter and Natalie Ward crime series! Both of these series are based around strong female characters, they’re not perfect and they have their struggles but they’re both fantastic at their jobs. You may have noticed by now I love a strong female character! When it comes to crime novels Carol is definitely an auto buy author for me! I currently have the first book in her newest series, An Eye For An Eye to read and I’m looking forward to discovering her latest protagonist Kate Young! Again bonus points for Carol being a genuinely lovely person to interact with!
Abi Elphinstone’s Animal Sidekicks
I absolutely loved Everdark and Rumblestar when I read them! I need to finish Jungledrop as I originally picked it up just as I fell into a massive reading slump, nothing to do with the book and everything to do with Covid’s effect on my mood! One of the things that really stood out for me in all three books (as far as I’ve read so far in Jungledrop’s case) is the wonderful animal sidekicks that accompany her central characters. I love the snark of Bartholomew the monkey in Everdark, Arlo the minature dragon in Rumblestar was simply adorable, and so far I’m loving Heckle the parrot in Jungledrop who just tells it how it is!
Thomas the Tank Engine
I’m finishing off my list with a throwback to my childhood. Thomas the Tank Engine probably had a huge impact on my relationship with reading. I don’t think I met many of the stereotypical little girl traits when I was growing up, I was obsessed with trains for as long as I can remember! I had a Tomy train set growing up, which was probably my favourite toy and I was given a Thomas the Tank Engine annual every Christmas. I remember many a trip to the local library where I would scour the shelves checking for a Thomas book I hadn’t read yet. I even had a cassette with a few Thomas stories on and so many of the videoes! Eventually I was gifted this hardback with the complete collection of the original stories which I still own and is safely stored at my mum’s house! Would I still have been a reader if it wasn’t for these books? Probably but these will always hold a really fond place in my heart!
They were my #SixforSunday! If you’ve taken part leave a link to your post below and I’ll be sure to check it out!