My favourite books by authors I’ve read multiple books from

Happy Friday, gals and pals!

Today I’m talking about some of my favourite books by authors I’ve read multiple books from. I thought it would be fun to talk about what books I did or didn’t like, especially if I loved one book by the author. For this, I didn’t include series, and only when the books were comparable (i.e. Ngozi Adichie and Walls had two books, but one was fiction and one was non-fiction and that felt like a weird comparison).

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Markus Zusak: I am the Messenger vs. The Book ThiefI am the Messenger, for sure. Honestly, I don’t love The Book Thief as much as everyone else seems to. I thought it was fine, but nothing special. I do want to reread it sometime soon, though. That being said, I think I am the Messenger would still win.

 

Donna Tartt: The Goldfinch vs. The Secret History: The Goldfinch. The Goldfinch was one of the only books I read during this two-year reading slump, so I’m forever grateful to it for that. I really enjoyed The Secret History, too, but not as much as The Goldfinch.

 

Ruta Sepetys: Salt to the Sea vs. Between Shades of Gray: honestly, I think this might be a tie, but Between Shades of Gray currently wins. I read Between Shades of Gray eight? years ago. So it’s been a while since I’ve read it, to say the least. But I remember loving it so much. I really enjoyed Salt to the Sea, but not nearly as much as Shades of Gray.

 

Tamora Pierce: Beka Cooper vs. Daine: Beka, 100%. There’s just something about Beka. Don’t get me wrong, Daine is super badass and wonderful too. But I read all three Beka Cooper books and loved all of them, whereas I only read the first of Daine’s series.

 

Celeste Ng: Everything I Never Told You vs. Little Fires Everywhere: both are 5 stars, but Everything I Never Told You was (IMO) infinitely better. It’s just,,,, such a great book? It’s so good? I love it more than almost any book I’ve ever read.

 

David Levithan: Every Day vs. Boy Meets Boy: Every Day, even though I know it has it’s issues. I just didn’t get along with Boy Meets Boy, though I definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a cute, gay, YA book.

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Sophie Kinsella: Confessions of a Shopaholic vs. The Undomestic Goddess: The Undomestic Goddess, though Shopaholic is great too, and the movie is adorable. There are just so many iconic parts in Goddess. The chickpeas, mainly. It’s been ten years since I read that book, and I still remember the chickpeas.

Rupi Kaur: milk and honey vs. the sun and her flowers: the sun and her flowers, for sure. If you read milk and honey and disliked it, I highly recommend trying the sun and her flowers. It’s much more mature and real than Kaur’s debut.

Ann Brashares: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants vs. My Name is Memory: honestly, I think My Name is Memory. I have absolutely zero memory of The Sisterhood, whereas I remember large parts of My Name is Memory. It’s such an underrated book, and I think everyone should read it.

John Green: my favourite of his is Looking for Alaska, and the others are more or less tied. Honestly, other than Looking for Alaska, I think his books are just fine. They’re not terrible, but they’re also not great. I have this theory that whatever John Green book you read first will be come your favourite by him.

Neil Gaiman (not including Good Omens because that was co-written): my favourite is either Stardust or The Graveyard Book. American Gods just took me 5ever to read, whereas I blew through the other ones.

Lauren Oliver: Delirium vs. Broken Things vs. Before I Fall: Before I Fall, then Broken Things, then Delirium. Idk what it is about Delirium, but it really does not work for me even though the concept is so interesting. I reread Before I Fall almost every year, and even though it’s not the greatest, I still love it.

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So, those are my favourite books by authors I’ve read multiple books from! Have you read any of these? Do you agree with me on any? Do you disagree? Let me know!

Ally xx

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21 thoughts on “My favourite books by authors I’ve read multiple books from

  1. i’ve read some of the individual books you’ve mentioned but not the pairing unfortunately. Interesting to see you prefer Goldfinch to Secret History which I really enjoyed. I do have Goldfinch on my ereader but its very very long isn’t it??

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    1. The Goldfinch is SO LONG but definitely worth it, in my opinion. I honestly just love Tartt’s writing, so I’d read just about anything she writes. I also think I was just a bit more interested in the Goldfinch, compared to the Secret History. I read the Goldfinch in about five days, despite how long it is, whereas it took me over a month to read the Secret History.

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    1. Oooh interesting! I think that’s how I feel about I am the Messenger tbh 😂 though I do think I read The Book Thief at a weird time in my life and didn’t fully appreciate it.

      I read Between Shades of Grey first, too, and loved it so much. But I read it around the time 50 Shades of Grey was released, so I couldn’t tell people I loved it because everyone got confused 😂

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  2. This is a fun idea for a post! I agree about preferring The Graveyard Book over American Gods — AG took me ages to read, too. (I didn’t like the book Stardust at all, though, even though (or maybe because?) I love the movie.) I haven’t read multiple non-series books by the other authors you’ve listed, though, so I can’t compare my thoughts on your other choices.

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    1. Thank you! American Gods took me ages to read, too. And I feel like the book and movie for Stardust work better if you don’t consider them the same, you know? I’d watched the movie and then read the book ages later, and only realised after that the movie was an adaptation. So I feel like that helped my enjoyment?

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      1. It probably did! I watched the movie of Stardust in the theatre, and then went looking for the book because I loved the movie so much. And it was NOT the same, yet I was expecting it to be. You’re right, that is probably a huge part of why I reacted so poorly to the book. Oh well.

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  3. Awesome post, Ally! I adored the Book Thief, but I still have yet to read I am the messenger! I swear, that book must have been on my tbr for a solid 5 years. Hopefully I’ll get to it soon! I love the Graveyard book from Gaiman, so I can absolutely see how it’s one of your favorites of his! I’ve only read Broken Things by Lauren Oliver, and it frankly, wasn’t too appealing to me. I’ve been a bit hesitant to check out the author’s other works, but maybe I’ll pick up Before I Fall some day! ❤

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