Top Ten Favourite Authors

Top Ten Tuesdays

Welcome, welcome, to another mismatched edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and Bookish!

Just to clarify, this is not a list of the authors that I think are the best. I’m pretty sure that I’m not at all qualified (either in reading fodder or writerly knowledge) to judge that. Instead, in this edition of the kind-of-erratic Top Ten Tuesdays, I’m just going to be telling you my favourites. The ones that I would buy on sight. (Well, not just, since that wouldn’t amount to much. But along those lines.)

Crown of Midnight

1. Sarah J Maas Throne of Glass was probably my first real book obsession. I don’t even know what to say about it, but it’s just affected my life in such a way that I feel utterly indebted to Sarah J Maas. I also find it so encouraging how she progressed from writing fanfic and publishing on Fictionpress to becoming a real published author. It gives me hope that someday I can inspire others, too.

eleanor and park us

2. Rainbow Rowell Right, so Rainbow Rowell’s books are not always deep and profound truths. But sometimes, that’s not what I want; sometimes, I just want a book that will make me amazingly and wonderfully happy. Reading her books is like a warm hug and hot chocolate, except with much less effort. ā¤ She also seems like a really cool person – being part of the fandom, and having the courage to switch genres, and just generally promoting fannish stuff. (Also, I own 7 copies of her books, and I don’t even own Landline. THE COVERS AND CHARACTERS ARE JUST SO PRETTY ASDFJKL)

red rising

3. Pierce Brown Okay, I get that he’s only written two books so far, but I really like Red Rising. Although Darrow’s not the best protagonist, I absolutely fell in love with the worldbuilding and the writing and everything.

i'll give you the sun

4. Jandy Nelson The first time I read The Sky is Everywhere, I loved it. It is the only book for which I have stayed up reading late into the night. I haven’t liked it so much on re-reading, but when I read I’ll Give You the Sun it was like falling in love all over again. Her writing style is wonderful, and I love the poetry interspersed. ā¤ (She’s also a poet and editor! How about that?)

the dream thieves

5. Maggie Stiefvater I didn’t like The Wolves of Mercy Falls. I haven’t yet read her Books of Faerie. No, the reason that Maggie Stiefvater is on this list is for just one of her series: The Raven Cycle.

I don’t know why they’re so different to her other books, but they are. For me, they seem like they transcend some of the moulds of YA fiction. The poetic language is beautiful, yes, but the characters are just what brings it to life. I would like to write books like these. The characters feel so compelx and real and there we go again, I’m fangirling! Seriously, though. They’re AWESOME.

the knife of never letting go

6. Patrick Ness Patrick Ness’ books are perhaps more what I would call ‘library’ fiction – they’re the books that teachers are always trying to get you to read, the ones that appear time and time again on lists and awards and whatnot. I haven’t yet read all his books, but the ones I have read – Chaos Walking, A Monster Calls, More Than This, The Rest of Us Just Live Here – have been amazing.

solitaire

7. Alice Oseman Though I liked Solitaire, I think that the book alone wouldn’t have made it onto this list. What I love is how active and supportive with her fanbase she is (check out her tumblr!). She’s possibly the coolest author ever – I mean, she plays piano, writes, attends uni and is an awesome artist? WHAT IS LIFE?? So, yes, I’m very excited for Radio Silence right now.

skulduggery pleasant

8. Derek Landy I have no idea how Derek Landy has managed to write so many awesome books in such a short period of time. They’re hilarious, have an awesome magic system, and the characters are all asdfjkl. I’m somewhat miffed to have missed out attending an event of his, but my friends tell me that he’s a cool person as well.

clockwork angel

9. Cassandra Clare The Mortal Instruments & co. aren’t my favourite books. I don’t know what it is about them, but to me they always feel a little…disconnected. Vain. I don’t know. But I can’t deny the fact that I’m absolutely going to gobble up any more books she releases!

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10. Unpublished authors I’ve met so many wonderful people since starting to blog. It’s opened my eyes to a whole writing community, and I’m honestly just astounded at how many beautiful pieces of writing are free and available to read. There are people who just work so hard at what they do, whether that’s a novel or short stories or poetry or fanfiction, and they really can brighten up my day. šŸ™‚ (Okay, I know that sounds kind of cheesy, but I’M KEEPING THE CHEESE. It’s 100% true.)

Who are your favourite authors? šŸ™‚

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12 thoughts on “Top Ten Favourite Authors

  1. One of my favourite series is the “Time Riders” series by Alex Scarrow. I’m currently reading the final book in the series (overall there are 9) and I really don’t want it to end!

  2. Oh, the last one is so sweet! And it’s so true! There are a lot of great writers out there who aren’t published. We should celebrate their awesomeness more often! Great list! šŸ™‚

  3. Patrick Ness is one of my top three authors. YOU READ THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE ALREADY? Jealous.

  4. I haven’t read some of the authors’ works, but I’m planning to. I believe they’re going to be AMAZING. The interesting thing is, even though I haven’t read their books, I already like them. For instance, Maggie Stiefvater. One day I read an article of her talking about feminism, and I was like “I SHOULD read her books NOW.” And then (naturally), I went on twitter to stalk, uh, I mean, know more about her, and I just completely fall in love with all her stuff, including the fact that she does car racing AND (truely amazing) art AND calls her husband Lover on twitter AND write articles that can make me laugh or learn something.
    Another one is John Green. I’ve only read one of his books, but I love and admire him for the facts that he and his brother do awesome stuff on the internet and talks not only about writing-related things. Not that writing-related things are boring or anything, but it’s just easier to connect when there are other things, you know?
    So if I were to list 10 of my favourite authors, those who does writing AND interact with their fans would make the list first. But then that’s kind of bad of me, because perhaps it’s just me not taking the time to understand and interact with other authors….. šŸ˜›

    1. I get you so much on that! I’ve been introduced to a ton of authors through Twitter. (Maggie Stiefvater is indeed AWESOME.)
      John Green is one cool author, too – I find it amazing how he’s managed to succeed so well in two different fields! It’s just encouraging to see that authors are normal people too. (And not aliens with superhuman abilities.)
      I think this list was more based off my experiences of their books, but I think it’s be interesting to do one on how they interact with their fanbase! It really can change my experience of a book. šŸ™‚

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