My Favorite Non WARA Authors J Vincent

I inhale books, always have and hope I always will. Below are my favorite authors. I’ve read or reread (or listened to as I do many audiobooks) them in the last six months. As I set up the list I quickly saw there was a definite warp to what I read. Historicals of course. I didn’t know how to categorize Castle/Krentz since her Arcane series goes from past to present to future. >My kids loved sci fi/fantasy but I wasn’t really into it until I came across Katherine Kurtz in the 80’s I think it was. Lately I’ve been hooked on Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time--now in book 9. It’s the only series I’ve ever felt compelled to read and dread doing so at the same time. Then there are the mysteries I love—in all flavors.

Just a word about nonfiction since I read so much of it. Research material can be very very dry and difficult to plow through but there are some authors who are passionate and write very readable books. Philip Haythornthwaite is one. A good thing with that last name! Most of all I love the writers of the war diaries I read. Kincaid makes me laugh, Tompkinson makes me think, and Julia Page’s biography of Edward Charles Cocks and his death in battle makes me cry.

Sweet Georgian and Regency authors

  1. Georgette Heyer
  2. Mary Balogh’s older Regency works
  3. Joan Smith
  4. Patricia Veryan—all but especially the Golden Chronicles
  5. Barbara Metzger
  6. Patricia Oliver
  7. Ashley Gardner-- Captain Gabriel Lacey Regency Mystery series
  8. Laura Willig’s Pink Carnation Series (Regency spy romance)
  9. Joan Aiken and her sister Joan Aiken Hodge

More explicit Georgian and Regency authors

  1. Jo Beverley
  2. Diana Gabaldon

Jayne Ann Krentz/Jayne Castle/Amanda Quick –especially the Arcane Society

Sci fi/Fantasy

  1. Robert Jordan’s Wheel in Time series -
  2. David Eddings’s Belgariad series
  3. Katherine Kurtz’s Deryni series

Cozy Mystery series

  1. Earlene Fowler’s Benni Harper series
  2. Martha Grimes’ Richard Jury series
  3. Margaret Maron’s Debra Knott series
  4. Laura Childs’ Tea Shop Mysteries
  5. Diane Mott Davidson’s Goldy Catering
  6. Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabodys set in Egypt

More explicit mysteries

  1. J D Robb’s In Death series
  2. Iris Johansen especially Eve Duncan books
  3. Elizabeth George’s Lynley Mysteries
  4. Ann Perry’s the Monk and the Pitt series
  5. Vince Flynn
  6. P D James mysteries
  7. Charlaine Harris’ Lily Bard (Shakespeare) Series (not the vampires stories so popular now)

To all the writers listed above and to our WARA authors—published and unpublished—for all the entertainment you’ve provided. –Thank You!


Reese Mobley said...

Joan, I've not read any of these authors. I guess that goes to show you there is something for everyone! Thanks for introducing them to me.

Joan Vincent said...

Thanks for stopping by Reese. I like hearing other people's favorite authors because it gives me new writers to read!