Unreliable Narrators & Favorite Authors: Top 5 Saturday

Hi everyone! We made it to the weekend! Yesterday around lunch time, I had gone to the eye doctor and wasn’t able to do much afterwards. But by the evening, I was able to see normalish again and posted my review for Charmed Souls by Abbi Glines!

Today I’m going to be talking about some unreliable narrators (last week Top 5) and some of my favorite authors (this week’s). I was tagged by Mina @ Stacked Reviews to do last weeks Top 5 and honest to goodness it gave me a run for my money because I couldn’t think of anyone (not like I have a clear picture now but we’ll see who I can think of in the time I write this). I posted a list a while back about my auto-buy authors, and I haven’t seen it since it was posted, so I’m hoping that list isn’t jut a repeat of today’s!

Top 5 Saturday is a weekly meme hosted by Mandy @ Devouring Books


  • Share your top 5 books of the current topic– these can be books that you want to read, have read and loved, have read and hated, you can do it any way you want.
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Unreliable Narrators

Most of the books I read seem to have a pretty good narrator because I tend to stick to contemporary and fantasy books (not that they can’t have a bad narrator but hopeful y’all understand what I’m trying to say). I don’t read a lot of suspense/thriller/horror books so this is going to be well me grasping at straws.

Mara Dyer from the Mara Dyer Series by Michelle Hodkin

I’m not sure how many of y’all have read this series and the one with about Noah, but I didn’t quite realize that the first three books were Mara’s account of what had happened to her with the help of some of the other character to fill in the gaps because there are moments that she doesn’t remember. I didn’t think about it until (right now if I’m being honest) because I was reading those books at face value and wasn’t digging. When I read the first book about Noah, I saw that there was a drastic change in the way that Mara is presented (because we were reading as Mara in the first series and now seeing her through Noah’s POV), and it made me wonder who the real Mara is.

Candace from We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Even though this is an older book that a lot of people have read, I’m not going to go into my particular thoughts about this book because I’ve heard it’s best to read this one without much insight. If you’ve read this book, then you know why she’s on this list. After I got done reading this book, my mine was working a hundred miles a minute trying to figure out what in the world I had just read. I had spent hours watching booktube videos (because this was way before I was introduced to blogs), and it didn’t help much to clear my mind because everyone had different thoughts.

Pretty Little Liars MCs by Sara Shepard

Can we really trust any of the things that these characters do since they are the prime suspects for Ali’s death? I’ve only read up to book 7 or 8, but if you were in this situation, you would probably be crossing you T’s and dotting you I’s. I didn’t care for the books because they keep switching between the 4 girls and it was filled with so much high school drama. Plus, they kept doing shady stuff to cover up any thing that could be used against them; it just wasn’t my thing.

Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar

Let me just begin by saying that the book and the show are two completely different things (like pretty little liars). Have I finished either? Nope, I’m half way through the first season of GG and read the first two books, but back to the books. Literally EVERYONE drinks, smokes, and do drugs. Yea… setting up the scene for some reliable characters aren’t we. Plus, there’s the whole gossip girl and trying to maintain their social status that makes everyone act like they’re invincible.

Ok, that is of the characters I can think of right now… I think I did better than I had expected *hahaha*.

Favorite Authors

Like many of y’all, I have a long list of authors that I can read all day long and never get tired of. I keep many of my favorite books and authors one my first bookcase, so if you’d like to see more, click here!

Jennifer L. Armentrout

IDK about y’all but I love an author who is able to write a wide variety of genres for different age groups. I’ve read 13 or 14 of her books, and they all provide a different reading experience. Jennifer has the ability to make me lose all sense of time when I read her books because they suck me in. She makes everything seem so fresh and new from her fantasy books (The Lux and Origin Series) to the mythology ones (Covenant Series) to even contemporary (The Problem with Forever, If There’s No Tomorrow, etc.). All of her books transports me to the stories and make me feel a whirlwind of emotions.

C.L. Stone

C.L. is my favorite RH author probably because The Ghost Bird series with the first RH books I read, but she’s the one who has been able to keep me wanting more with the 12 books that are currently in that series and hanging on to the edge of my seat waiting for the next one to come out. Personally, I’m more invested in the GB series than the Scarab Beetle series, but all of the books I’ve read be her has had me reaching for the next book.

Erin Watt

So, Erin Watt is the pseudonym for the two authors who cowrites these books. I was hooked by Erin’s storytelling and characters by the time I got done reading Paper Princess (which is NA even though it’s listed as YA). Their writing is so raw and gritty and detailed. The content of their stories ranges from grief to living with your godparent to fake relationships with a celebrity.

Sarah Dessen

Sarah has been around for years and is able to keep up with the changing world. Most of her books takes place in the same area, so you can see familiar faces at random times. Her books cover a range of topics from teen pregnancy to abusive relationships to single parents to everything in between. Her books are able to be read by young teenagers to older adults!

Cassandra Clare

I’m going to sound so basic right now, but she really is one of my favorite authors. I started reading her Shadowhunter books 6 years ago, and I’m still in awe with her world and how it continues to evolve and progress. With that being said, I haven’t read Queen of Air and Darkness yet because a) it’s a big book and I don’t have the time to commit to it like I would like and b) it’s the end of TDA series. Cassandra continues to surprise me with her ability to draw me in.

Who are some unreliable narrators that you’ve read or heard about? Who’s some of your favorite authors? Let me know below!

Happy reading until next time,

2 thoughts on “Unreliable Narrators & Favorite Authors: Top 5 Saturday

  1. Oh I love the unreliable narrators grouping! I haven’t read any of those — or seen screen adaptations. But it got me thinking about other unreliable narrators I’ve read. Great prompt!


  2. Pingback: Top 5 Books by Favorite Authors I Want to Read – Devouring Books

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