Top 5 Authors you’d Like to Write Like

Hi again! it’s been a while so I thought I’d so another Top 5 Wednesday. Today’s topic is the books we’re thankful for. In honour of NaNoWriMo wrapping up, we are discussing some authors we’d like to write like. Whether its their writing style, what genre they write in, or how many books they manage to churn out a year!

Speaking of NaNoWriMo, I am currently participating so hence why this post is late. Sorry!

Top 5 Wednesday was created over on BookTube by the wonderful Laniey at gingerreadslaniey and run by the lovely Sam of Thoughts on Tomes . Also you can check out the Goodreads page for past and future topics.

All the authors are listed in no particular order. And they’re all amazing and highly recommend that you read their work!


Sharon Kay Penman

I am in awe of this women’s work! They way she is able to add in all the necessary historical details and settings without getting in the way of her story. Also all her books are massive but don’t feel dragged out or weighed down by the page numbers. Penman’s ability to weave in the history and bring characters to life is something I’d like to achieve in my own work. When reading her books she has me hoping that maybe something different will happen and leaves me devastated it plays out like the history and tragedy ensues.


Kirsty Logan

I fell in love with Kirsty Logan’s work from the opening line of The Gracekeepers. Her poses has a poetic beauty and there’s a fairytale whimsy to her worlds that I adore. The way she’s able to mix fairytales with her narrative while given them new life is amazing—especially since I see ‘fairytale inspired’ or ‘fairytale retelling’ and by the book. I am so excited for a new book with is coming out next year. I love the fact that she uses the fairytales and folklore of her Scottish homeland. For me, I would love to be able to write in a lyrical fashion and weave in the folk stories I love.


Lani Taylor

Lani Taylor is a new discover for me, I read her Daughter of Smoke and Bone series earlier this and damn this girl can write! The prose is lyrical and her description are poetic. The world she created in this series is stunning and unlike any that I’ve read before and she has this way of uncovering the world and the creatures slowly revealing more each book. She’s found a way to balance a beautiful writing style with engaging and inventive world building and that this why she’s on this list.


F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald is hands down one of my favourite writers—next year I am hoping to read the rest of his works. His writing is breathtaking and feels effortless. He has a way of creating these deeply profound but succinct character descriptions. The way he built his characters was incredible. They are all deeply flawed human beings who at times frustrate you. His stories aren’t plot driven and it’s his group of very unlike characters that pull you through the narrative. You may not like them but you sure what to know how their lives turned out and if they will pay for their horrid life choices. I hope that I can learn something from his work and be able to create complex and engaging characters.


Conn Iggulden

Conn Iggulden’s Wars of the Roses series is amazing—even if he took the Shakespearian approach to my poor Richard. What makes his work so amazing is that he’s able to make these historical figures feel like fully formed people, like what you get in a fantasy or contemporary novel. All the history is there but it seems to unfold from these characters effortlessly so much so that at times I had to remind myself what genre I was reading. I am definitely going to pick up his other series. I’m interested to see what he’s done with The Huns and the Romans. I would love to be able to make historical characters feel like vivid and like they could jump of the page at any moment.


That’s all for me. Comment down below and let me know if you’ve read any of these or some of the books you’re thankful for.
Until next time, happy reading!

Top Books of 2015

Hi all! I’m here with a late Top 5 Wednesday. This week’s topic is our Top 5 books of the year. This was a hard list to cut down. I read, a surprising, 50 books this year so these was a lot to choose from. I apologise that this post will mostly be me gushing about books I have mentioned here a lot.

Before we get onto the books I would like to mention that Top 5 Wednesday was created over on BookTube by the wonderful Laniey at gingerreadslaniey. Also you can check out the Goodreads page for past and future topics.  Now onto my favourite reads of the year. The books are listed in no particular order.


#5 The Anchoress by Robyn Cadwallader 


This was possibly the most surprising books of the year, in that I didn’t think I would love it as much as I do. This is a debut novel and is set during early Medieval England. The story follows a girl named, Sarah, and her decision to become an Anchoress to avoid facing the death of her sister and the pressure of a proposal. An Anchoress is a holy women who is locked  in a cell – 9 by 7 paces – and who prays daily for the soul of the local villages. The novel also follows her newly-appointed confessor a monk named, Father Ranaulf.

As I mentioned before this novel deals with eavily with questions of faith and gives a fascinating into insight into medieval religious practices. I adored how we follow Sarah as she comes to terms with her faith. This book is stunning and Cadwallader has beautiful and lyrical prose that is just magic.



#4 Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis 


This is a beautiful novel and one of Lewis lesser known works – and one I think he classed as his best work. Now is this a heavy book and quite dense not only in wiring style but in a heavily philosophical themes. But I adore this book. I chose to read this as I wanted to read more myth retellings to help me come to grasps with my own writing project.

Till We Have Face is a retelling on the Greek myth go Eros and Pscyhe. It’s told from the perspective of Pscyhe’s sister, Orual. Orual is a strong, intelligent women who has been cursed with a hideous face – so the tale says. Through Orual telling the story of her sister we questioned religion or ‘gods’ – their injustice to humans, our attitude to them, heresy and our faith. I will list a few quotes I loved so that you can get an understanding on the writing style.

The gods never send us this invitation to delight so readily or so strongly as when they are preparing some new agony. We are their bubbles; they blow us big before they prick us. 

I am old now and have not much to fear from the anger of gods.


#3 The Gracekeepers by Kristy Logan 

The Gracekeepers

If you haven’t read this book I strongly suggest you do. Logan has a stunning lyrical writing style which really helps to make this world she’s created come to life. Inspired by Celtic and Scottish fairytales, Logan has weave together a vivid modern world that doesn’t feel to estranged from out own.

The Gracekeepers is set in a future world where the sea has swallowed up around 80% of the land. So the people are divided into ‘landlockers’ those who live on the small sections of land and ‘damplings’ the people who live out to sea. The story is told from a whole rage of perspectives but we have two protagonists, North and Callanish. North is a dampling and the bear dancer of traveling circus. Callanish is a landlocker and a Gracekeeper. Gracekeepers administer shoreside burials for the damplings.  The way this characters find each other will leave a warm fuzzy feeling in your heart.


#2 The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 



Another circus book that I loved this year. The Night Circus in simple in magic. Morgenstern’s writing is very poetic and visceral – especially when is comes to the scenes in the circus, it feels as though you are these and that you can see these performers, smell the caramel popcorn. Now is this a slow paced story that focus on our two protagonists’, Celia and Marco, as they develop as magicians and also the development of the Night Circus itself. But don’t be put off my that because this is in now way a story that is dull or drags.

The Night Circus is set in Victoria England and starts with a rivalry between two magician’s and a bet they make to see who has the better teaching style. The Circus is developed as the arena where Celia and Marco must battle to see who is the story talent – but not all goes to plan. This is book a perfect for a winter’s night to escape the mundane everyday and find something magical.


#1 The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman 


This was the first book I read in 2015 and one that was hard to beat on the historical fiction front. I am so glad I decided to read Penman this year and if you haven’t and love historical fiction I highly recommend that you do.

The Sunne in Splendour is her first novel and a stand alone. It’s about the Wars of the Roses – the bloodiest period of English history. But follows Richard Plantagenet from when he was a boy, during the middle of these wars, to his Coronation and eventual death. This is a chunky book but is worth every page. Penman beautiful expels the myth surrounding Richard III thanks to Shakespeare and details for more honourable and truthful account of this controversial monarchs life.

This novel is well researched and never reads as though it is a history book. The characters are well developed and they actually feel like really people. I especially loved Edward IV’s character.



If any of these books sound interesting to you, I highly recommend that you pick them up! I promise you won’t be disappointed. Comment down below and let me know your favourite reads of the year.

Seeing as I’m posting this on New Year’s Eve I would like to wish you a wonderful end to 2015 and an amazing new year.

Until next time, happy reading