Author Recs

As a writer, I'm also required to read a lot. And much of what I read, I have a tendency to enjoy. So, for your pleasure, here's a list of authors I recommend you all try out, along with their genres of choice, age groups, and links to their Goodreads pages. (Please note that all age group/genre information is given only for books I've read by each author.) The one criterion for membership on this list is simple - my average Goodreads rating for their books must be above 3.5 out of 5.


* Ben Aaronovitch (adult urban fantasy)
* Mario Acevedo (adult horror, black comedy, urban fantasy)
* Douglas Adams (adult sci-fi)
* Susan Adrian (YA sci-fi, paranormal, thriller)
* Renee Ahdieh (YA historical, fantasy)
* Gennifer Albin (YA sci-fi, fantasy, alternate history)
* Sherman Alexie (YA humor)
* Mark Alpert (YA sci-fi)
* Steve Alten (adult and YA sci-fi, horror, apocalyptic)
* Gillian Anderson (adult sci-fi, apocalyptic) (yes, THAT Gillian Anderson - as in Agent Scully!)
* Kevin J. Anderson (adult sci-fi, urban fantasy, steampunk)
* Laurie Halse Anderson (YA contemporary, historical)
* Taylor Anderson (adult sci-fi, alternate history)
* Chard Andrews (adult sci-fi, adventure, post-apocalyptic)
* Josephine Angelini (YA fantasy, horror, historical)
* Ksenia Anske (adult and MG fantasy, horror, magical realism)
* Arnaldur Indri├░ason (adult crime, mystery, Nordic noir)
* Mindee Arnett (YA sci-fi, post-apocalyptic, adventure)
* Victoria Aveyard (YA sci-fi, post-apocalyptic, dystopian, fantasy, action-thriller)


* Stefan Bachmann (YA fantasy, sci-fi, horror)
* David Baldacci (adult thriller)
* Leigh Bardugo (YA fantasy, thriller)
* Jennifer Lynn Barnes (YA thriller, crime, sci-fi)
* Sarah Benson (YA supernatural, fantasy, action-adventure)
* Steve Berry (adult thriller)
* Scott Blagden (YA humor, contemporary)
* Erin Bowman (YA dystopian, sci-fi, action)
* Alexandra Bracken (YA dystopian, sci-fi, fantasy)
* M.L. Brennan (adult urban fantasy)
* Sarah Rees Brennan (YA fantasy, romance)
* Peter V. Brett (adult fantasy)
* Zac Brewer (formerly known as Heather Brewer) (YA paranormal, fantasy, contemporary)
* Kevin Brockmeier (adult paranormal, sci-fi, apocalyptic)
* Max Brooks (adult horror, thriller, apocalyptic)
* Terry Brooks (adult/YA fantasy, post-apocalyptic)
* Dan Brown (adult thriller, crime, sci-fi)
* Graham Brown (adult action, sci-fi)
* Pierce Brown (YA/NA/adult dystopian, post-apocalyptic, sci-fi, action)
* Michael Buckley (YA paranormal, sci-fi, dystopian, apocalyptic)
* Jim Butcher (adult urban fantasy, high fantasy, steampunk)


* Chelsea M. Campbell (YA sci-fi, superhero)
* Stephen J. Cannell (adult crime, thriller)
* Rebecca Cantrell (adult historical, thriller)
* Ally Carter (YA thriller, mystery)
* Richard Castle (adult thriller, mystery)
* Joelle Charbonneau (YA dystopian, sci-fi, thriller)
* Brittanie Charmintine (YA paranormal, fantasy, romance, humor)
* Lee Child (adult thriller)
* Lincoln Child (adult thriller, horror, sci-fi)
* Wesley Chu (adult sci-fi, thriller)
* Tom Clancy (adult sci-fi, thriller, action)
* Cassandra Clare (YA paranormal, urban fantasy, sci-fi, steampunk)
* J.R. Cleveland (YA/NA horror, apocalyptic, adventure)
* Ernest Cline (YA sci-fi, action, adventure)
* Eoin Colfer (MG/YA fantasy, sci-fi, action, thriller)
* Suzanne Collins (YA dystopian, sci-fi, action, thriller)
* Michael Connelly (adult thriller, mystery)
* Zoraida C├│rdova (YA paranormal, urban fantasy)
* Michael Crichton (adult thriller, sci-fi)
* Sarah Cross (YA fantasy, fairytale retelling, superhero)
* Blake Crouch (adult sci-fi, dystopian, horror)
* Lindsay Cummings (YA thriller, dystopian, sci-fi)
* Simon Curtis (YA sci-fi, action)
* Clive Cussler (adult action, adventure, sci-fi, historical, thriller)


* Gina Damico (YA supernatural, horror, humor)
* James Dashner (YA dystopian, sci-fi, action, thriller, horror)
* Jeffery Deaver (adult crime, mystery, thriller, sci-fi)
* Guillermo del Toro (MG/YA/adult horror, sci-fi, fantasy, apocalyptic, historical)
* Susan Dennard (YA fantasy)
* Kimberly Derting (YA paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi, thriller)
* Bree Despain (YA fantasy, mythology)
* John Dixon (YA sci-fi, action, adventure)
* Cory Doctorow (YA sci-fi, dystopian, thriller)
* Jennifer Donnelly (YA fantasy, historical)
* Tim Downs (adult mystery, thriller)
* Debra Driza (YA sci-fi, thriller)
* Jack Du Brul (adult thriller, sci-fi, action)
* Corinne Duyvis (YA fantasy, sci-fi)


* Susan Ee (YA dystopian, post-apocalyptic, fantasy, paranormal, sci-fi)
* Kevin Emerson (YA dystopian, post-apocalyptic, fantasy, paranormal, sci-fi)
* Richard Paul Evans (MG/YA sci-fi, adventure, fantasy)


* Christopher Farnsworth (adult paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, historical)
* Nathan M. Farrugia (adult action, sci-fi, thriller)
* Jasper Fforde (adult fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian, alternate history, retellings)
* Joseph Finder (adult thriller, crime, mystery)
* Joseph Fink (adult paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, horror)
* Catherine Fisher (YA dystopian, post-apocalyptic, fantasy, horror, sci-fi)
* Vince Flynn (adult action-thriller)
* Miriam Forster (YA fantasy)
* Jordana Frankel (YA dystopian, post-apocalyptic, sci-fi, action, fantasy)
* James Frey (YA sci-fi, apocalyptic, action, adventure)
* Mark Frost (YA sci-fi, fantasy, adventure)
* Isamu Fukui (YA dystopian, post-apocalyptic, sci-fi, action)


* Claudia Gabel (YA dystopian, sci-fi)
* Neil Gaiman (MG/YA/adult fantasy, horror, paranormal)
* Robert Galbraith (adult mystery, thriller)
B.B. Gallagher (YA/adult thriller, action, sci-fi)
* Stephanie Garber (YA fantasy)
* Kami Garcia (YA paranormal, fantasy, Southern Gothic)
* Tess Gerritsen (adult thriller, mystery, historical)
* T.M. Goeglein (YA crime, thriller, sci-fi, fantasy)
* David Lynn Golemon (adult thriller, sci-fi, fantasy, action, alternate history)
* Chris Grabenstein (adult mystery, thriller)
* Seth Grahame-Smith (adult horror, paranormal, alternate history, fantasy)
* Michael Grant (YA sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian, alternate history)
* Mira Grant (adult sci-fi, post-apocalyptic, horror)
* Ryan Graudin (YA thriller, sci-fi, alternate history)
* Claudia Gray (YA sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal)
* Sally Green (YA fantasy, paranormal)
* Simon R. Green (adult urban fantasy)
* Clay Griffith (adult fantasy, paranormal, alternate history)


* Timothy Hallinan (adult crime, thriller)
* Kersten Hamilton (YA fantasy, paranormal)
* Deborah Harkness (NA/adult fantasy, paranormal, alternate history)
* Rachel Hartman (YA fantasy)
* Pete Hautman (YA sci-fi, historical)
* Rachel Hawkins (YA paranormal)
* Kevin Hearne (adult urban fantasy)
* Heidi Heilig (YA fantasy, historical)
* Gavin Hetherington (YA horror, paranormal)
* Will Hill (YA urban fantasy, paranormal, horror)
* Michelle Hodkin (YA thriller, sci-fi, crime, mystery)
* David Hofmeyr (YA post-apocalyptic, action, sci-fi, thriller)
* Jonathan Holt (adult crime, mystery, thriller, sci-fi)
* A.G. Howard (YA fantasy, retellings, romance)
* Jonathan L. Howard (adult fantasy, horror, black comedy)
* James Byron Huggins (adult sci-fi, horror)
* S.A. Hunt (adult horror, thriller)
* Geoffrey Huntington (MG/YA fantasy, paranormal)


* Justina Ireland (YA paranormal, fantasy, thriller)


* Benedict Jacka (adult urban fantasy)
* Ava Jae (YA sci-fi/fantasy)
* Steven James (adult/YA thriller, crime, mystery, paranormal)
* Catherine Jinks (MG/YA sci-fi, mystery, paranormal)
* Antony John (YA post-apocalyptic, dystopian, fantasy, sci-fi)
* Maureen Johnson (YA fantasy, paranormal)
* Suzanne Johnson (adult urban fantasy, Southern Gothic)
* E.K. Johnston (YA fantasy, sci-fi, alternate history)
* Sophie Jordan (YA dystopian, sci-fi)
* Walter Jury (YA dystopian, action-adventure, sci-fi)


* Julie Kagawa (YA fantasy)
* Lydia Kang (YA dystopian, sci-fi)
* Marshall Karp (adult crime, mystery, thriller, black comedy)
* Amie Kaufman (YA sci-fi, dystopian, romance, thriller)
* Elizabeth Kay (MG fantasy, sci-fi, adventure)
* P.B. Kerr (MG fantasy, paranormal, adventure)
* S.J. Kincaid (YA dystopian, sci-fi, action, thriller)
* A.S. King (YA contemporary, magical realism)
* Stephen King (adult/YA horror, fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal, thriller, crime)
* Dean Koontz (adult horror, paranormal, fantasy, mystery)
* Jay Kristoff (YA/adult sci-fi, dystopian, thriller, action, fantasy, steampunk)
* Kat Kruger (YA paranormal, horror, sci-fi)


* David Lagercrantz (adult thriller, mystery, sci-fi, Nordic noir)
* Laura Lam (YA/adult fantasy)
* L. Jagi Lamplighter (adult fantasy, retellings)
* Mike A. Lancaster (YA sci-fi, dystopian)
* Justine Larbalestier (YA paranormal, thriller, historical)
* Stieg Larsson (adult thriller, mystery, crime, sci-fi, Nordic noir)
* Kathryn Lasky (MG fantasy, historical)
* Mark Lawrence (adult fantasy, sci-fi, post-apocalyptic)
* Theo Lawrence (YA dystopian, sci-fi, romance)
* Harper Lee (classics)
* Dennis Lehane (adult mystery, crime, thriller)
* Jeff Lindsay (adult crime, thriller, mystery, black comedy)
* Robert Liparulo (MG/YA thriller, paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi, action)
* Alex London (YA dystopian, sci-fi, action)
* Pittacus Lore (YA sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian, apocalyptic, action)
* Lois Lowry (MG/YA dystopian, sci-fi, fantasy)
* Marie Lu (YA dystopian, sci-fi, fantasy)
* Lisa Lutz (adult mystery, humor)
* Barry Lyga (YA horror, crime, thriller, sci-fi, contemporary)


* Sarah J. Maas (YA/NA fantasy)
* Jonathan Maberry (adult/YA action, horror, post-apocalyptic, sci-fi)
* Tahereh Mafi (YA/MG sci-fi, dystopian, fantasy, retellings)
* Isaac Marion (YA/NA horror, romance, post-apocalyptic, fantasy)
* George R.R. Martin (adult fantasy)
* Taran Matharu (YA fantasy, action)
* Lynne Matson (YA sci-fi, action)
* Andrew Mayne (adult thriller, mystery)
* Lish McBride (YA/NA urban fantasy, paranormal, humor)
* Seanan McGuire (adult urban fantasy)
* Will McIntosh (YA/adult sci-fi)
* Kirsty McKay (YA horror, thriller)
* Josin L. McQuein (YA dystopian, sci-fi)
* Richelle Mead (YA/NA/adult paranormal, fantasy, romance)
* Shannon Messenger (YA paranormal, fantasy)
* Marissa Meyer (YA fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian, retellings, romance)
* David Moody (adult horror, post-apocalyptic, sci-fi)
* Briana Mae Morgan (YA sci-fi, post-apocalyptic)
* Kass Morgan (YA sci-fi, post-apocalyptic)
* Robert Muchamore (YA thriller, crime, sci-fi)
* Mike Mullin (YA post-apocalyptic, dystopian, sci-fi, survival)
* B.R. Myers (YA fantasy, paranormal, romance)


* Sylvain Neuvel (adult sci-fi, fantasy)
* Jenny Nimmo (MG fantasy)
* Garth Nix (MG fantasy, sci-fi, steampunk, action)
* Elizabeth Norris (YA sci-fi, action, romance)


* Colleen Oakes (YA fantasy, retellings)
* Lauren Oliver (YA dystopian, romance, sci-fi, contemporary)
* Brett Michael Orr (YA sci-fi, dystopian, action)


* Danielle Paige (YA dystopian, fantasy, retellings)
* Emma Pass (YA horror, dystopian, sci-fi)
* James Patterson (MG/YA/adult mystery, thriller, crime, action, sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian)
* J.L. Pawley (YA urban fantasy, sci-fi, action, dystopian)
* Carol Plum-Ucci (YA/NA mystery, thriller, sci-fi, contemporary)
* Douglas Preston (adult mystery, techno-thriller, horror, historical, sci-fi)
* Kalayna Price (adult urban fantasy)
* Charlie Pulsipher (YA fantasy/sci-fi)




* Sara Raasch (YA fantasy, dystopian, action)
* Trent Reedy (YA sci-fi, action, dystopian)
* Brendan Reichs (YA sci-fi, thriller)
* Kathy Reichs (adult/YA mystery, crime, thriller, sci-fi)
* Matthew Reilly (adult action, thriller, sci-fi, historical)
* Morgan Rhodes (YA fantasy)
* Elizabeth Richards (YA fantasy, dystopian, paranormal, romance, horror, sci-fi)
* Kat Richardson (adult urban fantasy)
* Ransom Riggs (YA paranormal, fantasy, horror, sci-fi, adventure)
* Rick Riordan (MG/YA urban fantasy, action, adventure, humor, mythology)
* Jeyn Roberts (YA apocalyptic, sci-fi)
* Jeremy Robinson (adult thriller, action, sci-fi, horror, historical)
* Caleb Roehrig (YA mystery, thriller)
* James Rollins (adult thriller, action, sci-fi, historical)
* Veronica Roth (YA dystopian, sci-fi. action)
* J.K. Rowling (MG/YA/adult fantasy, adventure, contemporary)
* Matt Ruff (adult sci-fi)
* Jennifer Rush (YA sci-fi, mystery)
* Meredith Russo (YA contemporary)
* Jeanne Ryan (YA thriller, action, sci-fi)


* Louis Sachar (MG/YA magical realism, fantasy, mystery)
* Olivia Samms (YA thriller, paranormal)
* Jeff Sampson (YA thriller, mystery, paranormal, sci-fi, horror)
* Brandon Sanderson (adult/YA fantasy, dystopian)
* John Sandford (adult/YA mystery, thriller, sci-fi)
* Alex Scarrow (YA sci-fi, fantasy, alternate history)
* Victoria/V.E. Schwab (YA/adult paranormal, fantasy, alternate history)
* Victoria Scott (YA sci-fi, fantasy)
* Darren Shan (YA horror, fantasy, action, post-apocalyptic)
* Samantha Shannon (YA/NA fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian)
* Neal Shusterman (YA horror, dystopian, sci-fi)
* Mia Siegert (YA contemporary)
* Scott Sigler (adult/YA horror, sci-fi, apocalyptic)
* Adam Silvera (YA contemporary, sci-fi)
* Michael Sloan (adult thriller, crime)
* Alexander Gordon Smith (YA horror, dystopian, sci-fi, action)
* Andrew Smith (YA contemporary, horror, apocalyptic, sci-fi, magical realism, black comedy)
* Lemony Snicket (MG mystery, thriller, adventure, Gothic, sci-fi)
* Taylor Stevens (adult thriller, crime, action)
* Maggie Stiefvater (YA fantasy, paranormal, romance)
* Margaret Stohl (YA paranormal, sci-fi, dystopian, post-apocalyptic, superhero)


* Sabaa Tahir (YA fantasy, dystopian, thriller, action)
* Brad Taylor (adult thriller, action)
* Laini Taylor (YA paranormal, supernatural, urban fantasy, thriller)
* Lex Thomas (YA horror, dystopian, thriller, sci-fi)
* Will Thomas (adult mystery, historical, thriller)
* Brad Thor (adult thriller, action)
* Amy Tintera (YA dystopian, sci-fi, horror)
* Simon Toyne (adult thriller, mystery, fantasy, sci-fi)
* P.J. Tracy (adult mystery, thriller, sci-fi)




* Kimberly Vale (YA fantasy, action)
* John Van de Ruit (YA humor)
* John Verdon (adult mystery, thriller, crime)


* Elliot Wake (formerly known as Leah Raeder) (NA thriller, romance)
* J.L. Weaver (YA historical, fantasy, paranormal, horror)
* Andy Weir (adult sci-fi, survival, action, humor)
* Chris Weitz (YA dystopian, horror, sci-fi)
* Dan Wells (YA thriller, horror, dystopian, sci-fi)
* Robison Wells (YA thriller, horror, dystopian, sci-fi)
* Scott Westerfeld (YA/NA/adult thriller, sci-fi, dystopian, paranormal, alternate history, steampunk)
* Jill Williamson (YA sci-fi, dystopian)
* Daniel H. Wilson (adult sci-fi, dystopian)
* Jake Wizner (YA contemporary, humor)
* Kewona Wolf (YA/NA fantasy, post-apocalyptic, sci-fi)




* Rick Yancey (YA horror, sci-fi, paranormal, historical, post-apocalyptic, dystopian)
* Suzanne Young (YA sci-fi, dystopian, romance)


* Allen Zadoff (YA action, mystery, sci-fi, thriller)
* Jeff Zentner (YA contemporary)

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