Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the awesome people over at The Broke and the Bookish.
Today’s theme is going to kill me and my emotions. TOP TEN AUTHORS. NOOOOOOOOO. To make things easier for me, this list is in no particular order.
Robyn is an evil little elf. She manages to make me both cry AND laugh in her books. TWICE EVEN. But all is forgiven if she continues to write quirky characters in the most exhilarating life situations. How I wish she would write the story of my life…
Megan Erickson is a pioneer (well, at least in my eyes). She introduced me to this sub-genre that I didn’t know existed which is smart NA. Her characters are refreshing and SMART as well as her stories. She certainly deserves more recognition and readers for her work. I mean, SHE’S REINVENTING THE DEFINITION OF NERDY. Love ya, Megan.
Quite possibly my favourite male author of all-time. Michael Grant’s Gone series reminds me so much of my childhood. Where I believed in superheroes and normal kids with kickass superpowers. Those were my kind of thing back then, and it still is.
This woman right here knows how to undo me with her powerful words. If you have not read Monstrous Beauty, then what have you been reading??? I really want to meet her in person (and maybe take her away to my basement and force to write books for my pleasure).
Same with Megan, she’s another pioneer in smart NA for me. What I love most about Pine’s novels is the raw emotions being conveyed by the characters. They make me feel all the feelings. And I think I’ve mentioned this before but I consider her as the Stephanie Perkins of NA. You go, girl.
Earlier last year, I read his monumental novel Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, and let me tell you: I was not myself when I was reading that book. It’s one of those books that cater to every single fantasy you’ve dreamt of in a perfect book. In other words, this is my Quirky Book. I can’t wait to read more of Robin Sloan’s words.
When I look back at my early blogging days, I think of Rebekah Crane. She’s one of the very first authors I’ve interacted with. She’s the first author who quoted one of my reviews for a blurb. She’s the first author I’ve beta-read. She’s my first in everything (though the double meaning sounds explicitly wrong). And of course I LOVEEEEE her books. I’d probably make a shrine for them.
Cruel. Manipulating. Addicting. Trust me when I say I’m describing her books and not a steamy NA novel. Cruel because of the way she treats her characters and the situations they’re put in. Manipulating because you’d think you got everything figured out. And addicting because you don’t want to put her books down.
This author may come as a surprise. It was only after reading The Dream Thieves that I realised how much I love Maggie Stiefvater. I’ve read her werewolf trilogy, Shiver, and even though I wasn’t particularly fond of the story, I was still so invested especially with her characters. The same with the Raven Cycle. And I think that’s her strength: writing unforgettable characters.
Oh Leigh. I have a lot to say to this evil author, but for now I want to say thank you. Thank you for writing the Grisha Trilogy. Thank you for reviving my love for fantasy and its complicated worlds. But most of all, thank you for writing Nikolai Lantsov aka Sturmhond. The YA world is a better place with him.