One of the questions I get asked a lot by friends and some readers is this: Which authors do you like to read?

I get it. As of January 28, 2016, Amazon offers more than 31 million paperbacks, 11 million hardcovers, 3 million ebooks, and 528,000 audio and audible books. Forty-five million five hundred thousand books! No wonder we rely so heavily on friend recommendations.

Outside of the writers who make the best seller lists and the limited bookshelf space at LifeWay or Family Christian Stores, how do you know who to try? Well, today I’m going to help you a little. Here are some of my favorites (in no particular order because I’m not sure I could really prioritize them much better than you’ll find below).

Historical Fiction Authors

This is one of my favorite genres to read, and I have a lot of respect for the authors who do their research. It’s a tough balance to put in period details without cramming hours of learning down a reader’s throat. These three authors not only know their time periods, but write fantastic stories with great characters.

Jocelyn Green: Check out her Heroines Behind the Lines series that takes place during the American Civil War

Diana Brandmeyer: She has several stand alone books, including A Bride’s Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee

Carol Cox: If you enjoy romantic comedy, you’ll definitely want to add this author to your list

Other great historical fiction authors include Melanie Dickerson, Miralee Ferrell, Shelley Gray, and Karen Witemeyer

Contemporary Romance Authors

For some reason I really can’t identify, this genre doesn’t always appeal to me. But I’ve managed to find a few authors I enjoy reading.

Olivia Newport: I first fell in love with her writing when I read Accidentally Amish, but subsequent books continue to bring good stories and characters I want to know.

Janice Thompson: I absolutely love the cast of Italians she’s created for her Weddings by Bella series. Lots of fun!

Other great contemporary romance authors include Katie Ganshert and Jennifer Slattery.

Action, Adventure, and Suspense Authors

To be honest, the novelist I most often seek out when I’m looking for a good thriller is Jerry Jenkins. But, since he’s fairly popular, here are a couple of others I’ve discoved over the last few years.

Joanie Bruce: Full disclosure–this is a friend of mine. But, I honestly love to read her books. Great suspense and solid Christian values.

Bill Myers: Many moms are familiar with Bill Myers’ children’s books (like My Life as … series), but he also writes some incredible books for adults.

Other great action/adventure authors include Terri Blackstock and, as I mentioned above, Jerry Jenkins.

NonFiction Authors

Nonfiction isn’t everyone’s favorite, but I do a lot of learning through books. These folks have written some of my favorites.

Declutter Now!Lindon and Sherry Gareis: Full disclosure–these are friends of mine, but I love their books! Full of biblical wisdom and highly practical! One of the best combinations I know.

Sheila Wray Gregoire: Looking for encouragement or help for your marriage? Definitely check out this author.

James Scott Bell: Many fiction lovers know this name, but he also has out several good books teaching writing techniques.

Other great nonfiction authors include Henry Cloud, Dave Ramsey, Cynthia Tobias, and John Townsend.


So there’s my list. Did you discover a new author to try? Who would you include on your list?

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