Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which we list our top tens of different topics each week!
This week’s topic is “top ten authors that I’d put on my auto-buy list.”
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I would first like to say a big SORRY to those authors I love dearly and would buy anything of too, but I just couldn’t decide who to list. This was a tough top ten. No hard feelings, okay? Okay! Good. Let’s go… (These are not in any particular order, except maybe for number one.)
1. MICHAEL GRANT
Michael Grant is an author who I will read and buy anything of. In his young adult books, especially that of the Gone series which is one of my favourite series ever, he does not shy away from the dark issues that are present in modern day teenagers such as suicide, depression, eating disorders, alcoholism and the slightly lighter issues such as self-discovery, self-acceptance, self-control, power, and whatever else you believe are important in the young adult age group. Michael Grant has an honest mind, an imagination that transcends levels of understanding. His characters are real and raw. And then you have the mind-blowing amounts of creativity in his works. BZRK is another standout for me in the messages that it delivers.
This reminds me… I should probably find Animorphs volumes that Michael Grant wrote since I may have when I was younger but just didn’t know.
2. JULIE KAGAWA
Ever since I first read The Iron Fey series when they came out I was mesmerised by Julie Kagawa’s ability to transport me to another place such as the Nevernever with her vivid descriptions and fantastical creatures. Those books – and Meghan – were what made me be a supporter of Julie Kagawa. Whatever she writes I will buy as I know I will be forced onto an adventure whether I like it or not. I’m currently reading The Eternity Cure and that’s what exactly there is: adventure.
As Julie is a rockstar on my shelf she has her own rockstar name, Jazza Kags. After that seven figure deal for that yet to be written urban fantasy series which has also been picked up by Universal… how can she not be a rockstar? Right?
3. ANDREA CREMER
I’ve stated many times that I will be reading Andrea Cremer’s upcoming erotica novels set in the Nightshade world… any excuse just to return to that world even if it IS NOT a genre that I read or IS a genre that is on my never-to-ever-ever-ever-go-near-even-if-I-do-work-as-a-bookseller list. Maybe Andrea should be number 1 on this list. I guess she should’ve since I’m being tempted to pick up a dirty erotica book. (hehe!)
But since I began the Nightshade and its follow-ups, especially Bloodrose, I have had an obsession with Andrea. I won’t call it an obsession because that sounds creepy, but there’s this must read everything she writes thing I have with Andrea. At this moment I’m anticipating every book of hers coming out in the next year such as her co-authored book Invisibility with David Levithan, The Inventor’s Secret, start of a speculative, historical steampunk series, and that exciting new book that was announced a few weeks ago, Snakeroot, another book to the Nightshade books from Adne’s point of view. Queue squeeeeeeeeeing. I sincerely hope I get to meet Andrea next year at BEA or SDCC or whatever event I go to in the US (I guess that’d be the same with all these authors besides the ones I’ve already met when they’ve come down to Australia for signings and events).
4. MELINA MARCHETTA
Do I need to say anything? Although I’m not the biggest fans of contemporaries at the moment, Melina Marchetta’s contemps are some that I absolutely adore and even better is her fantasy trilogy The Lumatere Chronicles, which are simply divine.
If there’s an MM book out…
be. buying. it.
5. JAY KRISTOFF
Alright. Fair enough. Jay has only come out with the first book in The Lotus War trilogy, Stormdancer, but you know that feeling that you read something and there’s this magic that happens and you just get addicted to an author’s writing and imagination and world? That’s what I found in Jay Kristoff’s Stormdancer and hope to find in the sequel, Kinslayer, as well as all his future books. Wait, there’s no hoping; I know I will find that.
But I do wonder what Jay is going to write post-Lotus War. Hmmm…. I bet something with way more blood, which I love to read about. More war. More conflict. More death. More destruction. Yes, please.
6. BETH REVIS
I need more explosions in my life and I know that whatever book Beth Revis comes out with that there’ll be explosions in it. Hence why Beth is on this list. Great achievement.
7. JAMES DASHNER
James Dashner’s Maze Runner trilogy just thrilled me and although I still need to read his middle grade books (I have the first of the 13th Reality series) that doesn’t stop me from not putting him on this list. I really am excited for his upcoming YA Eye of Minds.
8. JESSICA SHIRVINGTON
Jess has provided me with a strong heroine to fall in love with in Violet Eden, especially with what she does in Endless. I also have been excited about her upcoming standalone contemporary thriller Between the Lives which I have an uncorrected proof to read. Whatever else Jess comes out with I will buy and read because I want to support this breakout YA Australian author, even though the most well-known Aussie authors are those that write contemporary.
9. CASSANDRA CLARE
Okay. I’ll admit. I have unabashedly not read City of Lost Souls yet, but that’s because I’m holding out for City of Heavenly Fire. But Cassandra Clare has this knack for bringing a fantasy world and mingling it within our own world just like Jo Rowling did with Harry Potter (she should be on this list too but that’s a bit too obvious). I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see Cassandra Clare write something unrelated to the Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices world, and although I said I may ban myself from reading the Dark Artifices series, I might have to take that ban off and read them since I have put CC on this list.
10. BRANDON SANDERSON
If you’re a fantasy fan like I am then Brandon Sanderson may be a no-brainer. His books are full of creativity, imagination and worlds of adventure, intrigue and wonder. I need Stormlight Archive book two… like… now!
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Thanks for checking out my top ten this week.
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