Here is a list of authors who have managed to crack me up, make me cry, snort laugh as if I was half pig-half human and somewhere along the way even infuriate me. There are no better books out there in my mind than the ones that manage to irritate the reader, play with their emotions and make them feel alive! These are the authors whose hard work and dedication made me go all starry-eyed and had me sighing in contented post-read haze (cough-cough). Five clever people who managed to pour it all onto the pages of a book and make all my feels go S.O.S

Here they are!

Note: click on the images to visit their respective Goodreads pages.

Tove Jansson

Tove was a Finnish novelist, painter, illustrator and comic strip author. I grew up reading and loving The Moomin books. What’s not to love? The Moomin are round, white and, even though seemingly without fur, fluffy looking. They are like marshmallows. Seriously smart, lovable, clever and heroic marshmallows. I do not yet own a personal copy of the book, but it’s in my to-buy-list as I most definitely need this book in my bookshelf. It’s simply been too long since I last read The Moomins and I cannot wait to see how I will receive the messages now, on the wrong side of my 20s.

On Goodreads author section it says:

Tove Jansson wrote and illustrated her first Moomin book, The Moomins and the Great Flood (1945), during World War II. She said later that the war had depressed her, and she had wanted to write something naive and innocent. Besides the Moomin novels and short stories, Tove Jansson also wrote and illustrated four original and highly popular picture books.

The feels from the books: comfort, memories from childhood, simple life messages.

My thoughts about the author: This lady, in my mind, was the embodiment of wisdom! I can image her as a gentle, loving person who had a kind view of the world.

Book genre: Children’s, Fantasy, Comics

Daniel Ionson

I have read two very different books from Daniel. After Life which is a Dark Age Fantasy and And the Truth Shall Make You Flee– a philosophical book published under Daniel Jones. His fantasy was flawless and his philosophical musings about truth quite eye-opening!

The feels from the books: After Life took me on a great adventure into a whole different atmosphere and ATTSMYF gave me a whole new perspective on the topic of truth. Reading the latter was like having a positively serious conversation with a positively rational mind and I enjoyed thoroughly.

My thoughts about the author: He comes across as a rational, philosophical and intelligent author. He knows how to write his fantasy in a complicated yet interesting way and he also knows how to write a book that motivates people to think without coming across as a pushover.

Book genre: Fantasy and philosophical

Online: Twitter- @Daniel_author


R.G. Manse

Ah, the mysterious people, beings and places Scotland hides within its borders! The books by R.G. Manse were the highlight of my 2015. I thought I had read it all, I thought there was nothing that could possibly surprise me anymore and how wrong I was. R.G. writes about Frank Friendship and, for me, this character is one of a kind. A gift that keeps on giving! How often do you find a book series and eventually NOT get tired of the main character? It seems impossible to get tired of Frank- he contradicts the society’s norm of an acceptable human being, yet is so lovable that the term “Love is Blind” gains a more powerful footing than ever.

The feels from the books: I definitely felt like a child discovering a new world. The books were a positive surprise of refreshing writing. Laughs, disbelief and twisted realization that your mind is being played with. Fabulous!

My thoughts about the author: Logical, witty, blunt and laugh out loud funny! Brave for writing in a way of not letting genres limit himself, and instead allowing his creative side flow freely and naturally.

Book genre: Fun dark mystery thriller. Also a unicorn equivalent of all genres.

Online: Twitter-  @rgmanse Website- Facebook: RG Manse Fan Page


Erich Maria Remarque

You have heard of “All Quiet on the Western Front”, have you not? If really not, then I am sorry but you have been missing out on a masterpiece. Not to mention “Three Comrades”, “Arch of Triumph” or “A Time to Love and a Time to Die”… Few posts back I mentioned that I grew up reading Remarque’s work. I always referenced him in my school essays. I don’t like war, no one does! But the way he wrote- wow!- it got to me every.single.time.

On Goodreads it says:

The complete works of Remarque are both highly interrelated with his Osnabrück background and speaking thematically of a critical examination of German history, whereby the preservation of human dignity and humanity in times of oppression, terror and war always was at the forefront of his literary creation.

The feels  from the books: Ready to go to war, crying until snot runs down face, heartbreak and wisdom. Camaraderie, friendship and humanity.

My thoughts about the author: I don’t know of course who he was as a human being, and I don’t know how much of himself he put into his books, but it is a dilemma for me whether I would want to get a chance to get a glimpse of his true thoughts or not. Would it break one’s heart for good? Would it mend one’s heart? Essentially, he saw the times of terror and war and yet the messages he portrays in his books are somewhat optimistic, as if his faith in humanity was never lost.

Book genre: Fiction, Contemporary


David Churchill

This author and his historical fiction book “The Leopards of Normandy” was my brilliant find the minute I signed up to Bookbridg. Bookbridgr is like Netgalley, except Bookbridgr sends out paperbacks for reviews, do blog tours and author interviews in UK and Ireland. Anyway, I like history but only when it’s served in a certain manner. It has to be made interesting for me in order to keep my attention. David Churchill took real historical events, mixed in some fictional characters and bam! What a book!

The feels from the book: Excitement, eager to know more about history. very well written with not a single moment of boredom.

My thoughts about the author: Definitely passionate about history, clever fictional characters to carry true historical events. Will definitely check out his future work.

Book genre: historical fiction

Online: Website