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.

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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. ❤ 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)

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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. ❤ (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.


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.

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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. 🙂 (Okay, I know that sounds kind of cheesy, but I’M KEEPING THE CHEESE. It’s 100% true.)

Who are your favourite authors? 🙂

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List

I apologise for the lack of posts! In short, I have a lot of projects and exams at the moment and have basically been freaking out by writing 7k of Simon Snow fanfic instead of attending to my blog, (Yay for procrastination! -_- But, yeah, it’s the first longer project I’ve done in a long time so I’m quite pleased in a way?)

It’s been a little while since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday, but HEY! I am Divergent! I cannot be predicted! I will do link-ups as I please even though it’s not in an ordered way! Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by The Broke and Bookish, and this week the prompt is Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR List.

1. Fairest by Marissa Meyer

I haven’t read it yet… *sighs* It seems to be rather hard to get hold of here, but that’s not really a great excuse. I’ll be trying to read it soon.

2. Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan

It’s a freaking Will Grayson spin-off. Very excited by this. Very. It comes out today.

3. Half Wild by Sally Green

Loved Half Bad, but some reviews complain of the copious amounts Annalise present in the sequel, which worries me slightly. Annalise is rubbish. Gabriel is way more awesome.

4. The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

It looks like a cool book. Cool cover. ‘Nuff said.

5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

(May is totally still spring.) HAVE I TOLD YOU HOW EXCITED BY THIS no okay well here’s a gif to describe how I feel

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6.  The Heir by Keira Cass

The Selection isn’t one of my absolute favourites, but it was a fun read and I’m interested to see if keria Cass can get an more out of the idea. (I’m not going to lie, I felt like The One had a pretty final ending, but ah well. Still excited.)

7.  A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I want to read this one so bad. London! History! Parallel worlds! Plus, both the UK and US covers are simply gorgeous.

8. We All Looked up by Tommy Wallach

I love this cover. It’s work of genius. I don’t really know what the books is about, but I’M TOTALLY ALLOWED TO PUT THIS ON MY LIST FOR THE COVER RIGHT

9. Smart by Kim Slater

If it doesn’t get through to the Carnegie shortlist then I’ll probably read it anyway, because it looks pretty cool. Yeah. Also, I know I’ve said a lot about covers but this one is also rather pretty.

Liars, Inc.

10. Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes

I’m getting strong We Were Liars plus Dangerous Girls vibes from this. Plus more cool covers. I MEAN LOOK AT IT ISN’T THAT CREEPY

So, that was basically about 300 words of me flailing about book covers. If this is now a thing, then I like it. Hopefully you’ll get updates on my fic writing and such, but I might be a bit MIA until next Tuesday, when my last project is due. I’ll see you then! If I make it out alive

(And psst, I got twitter. I’m quite liking it so far?)

7 Terrible Cover Redesigns

I know that people say you should never judge a book by its cover, but it does make a difference. Sometimes, publishers decide to redesign perfectly decent book covers, and it really bugs me. Granted, there are some books that need them, but seriously?? IF PEOPLE LIKE IT THEN YOU SHOULD JUST LEAVE IT AS IT IS. Ahem. Sorry.

7. Harry Potter

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I don’t know if this is version two or three or four or whatever,  but I’ve never really liked it. I mean, they’re not bad, but I prefer the originals. (But some even-newer ones have just been revealed, and I don’t mind those. Oh, and all the new covers are on the left!)

6. The Hunger Games

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I’m a sucker for the more minimal cover art for THG, although it actually isn’t the original design. But I don’t like the new neon ones – they just hurt my eyes every time I walk past them in the bookshop.

5. Eleanor and Park

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When I requested a copy of this for my birthday (I read it on Kindle) I had to specify that I should be bought the US cover rather than the UK one. It’s SO MUCH PRETTIER, guys.

4. H.I.V.E

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I don’t understand why they had to change these and make them glossy, of all things. I hate glossy covers.

3. Holes

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Movie covers are never great, but this one hurt me particularly because the original cover art was so awesome. I bought the old edition from Oxfam the other day, and it was just so…satisfying. Everyone loves a bargain, right?

2. Artemis Fowl

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My friend and I have a personal vendetta against this one; they gave Artemis a goatee in some of them. He looks like even more of an idiot than he is. Plus, he would hate the cheesy tag line.

1. Cat Royal

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No! My eyes! Gloss! AND FACES! NOOOO! I hate it when they put photos of faces on books, and these ones make Cat look much less badass than she is. (By the way, apologies for the weird photo size. :-/ )

Agree with me? Do you have any complaints for cover redesigns?