1. Kelley Armstrong
Armstrong books are very easy to read and I can go off on an adventure for a day. My particular draw to her was how she builds a history and a world around her characters not only through her novels, but through her short fiction, too.
2. Jim Butcher
I always ask for the new Dresden Files book when it comes out as I know I'm going to enjoy it. No questions asked or answered.
3. Chuck Wendig
The Miriam Black books have more than stunning covers. Good, clear, characterisation, forward momentum, tension, and great vocabulary of expletives. Is it time for Cormorant yet?
4. Margaret Atwood
I first became aware of Atwood when I had to read The Handmaid's Tale for English A-level. I got the best mark out of all my exams, ever, on that paper. Atwood does high-brow speculation fiction like no other and I am always intrigued as to what her next book will be about.
5. Gail Carriger
I fell in love with Soulless because although it is the first book in the series it didn't read like that. It read as if these people had lives outside of this one book. Plus it's a bonus that the voice inside my head reads Carriger's words in a rather posh voice.
6. Audrey Niffenegger
I'm in love with The Time Traveller's Wife and this love means that I will read anything that subsequently follows.
7. Ian McEwan
I like learning about different careers and as an English student I like the meta references. Then to perfect the trifecta, I adore McEwan's often selfish characters who you should hate but can't help reading their stories.
8. Madeline Ashby
I liked learning about a subject that in any other author's hands would have gone over my head. vN was intelligent but accessible with an interesting story and great characters to boot.
9. Emylia Hall
Emylia Hall's debut novel, The Book of Summers, was full of evocative images, which was great for the coldness of last February, and I'm certainly going to get her second book when it is published.
10. Tess Gerritsen
I can always count on Tess Gerritsen books for good mysteries where the perp isn't always obvious.
Who made your list this week?