Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-You Authors

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the people of The Broke & the Bookish. Today’s topic is about your top ten favorite new-to-you authors that you read in 2015, so here are my top ten in no particular order.

  1. Tahereh Mafi – Her trilogy was one of my favorite trilogies of the year and I just really liked how she explored Juliette’s character and showed exponential growth with her, plus her writing style is just very poetic and lovely.
  2. Sabaa Tahir – Her debut novel was epic and it really was worth the hype, in my opinion. She writes strong characters and is able to really paint a picture of the setting without overkilling it.
  3. Renee Ahdieh – Her story was a retelling of a classic, and though I have not read said classic, her story was different and breathtaking. I really want to know more about Shazi and all the others and what happens next.
  4. Brandon Sanderson – Though I haven’t finished the books I’m currently reading by him yet, his writing is still very powerful and engaging. The stories he writes are incredible and the worlds themselves are breathtaking and different.
  5. Mary  E. Pearson – Her story captivated me and drew me in, especially the audiobook version. Though I may not have gotten the full “surprise” at the end, it was still an awesome tale of a strong heroine, two very different guys, a loyal friend, and so much more.
  6. Ilona Andrews – A new discovery thanks to Sanaa from InkBonesBooks, this is a long urban fantasy series that’s become one of my favorites. As this tale is written by a husband-wife team, I can sometimes pick out the subtle differences in the writing, but it’s still a good series.
  7. Becky Albertalli – Her writing style is so fun, but serious, too, and I just really enjoyed her book.
  8. Nicola Yoon – Her debut story was really lovely and just really showed that you can’t live your life by not doing anything – you have to do something!
  9. Laini Taylor – Her writing is so beautiful and the stories she tells are just as equally beautiful. Her trilogy has definitely captured my heart and has become one of my favorite trilogies, even though I haven’t finished the third book yet.
  10. Maggie Steifvater – When I first dove into The Raven Boys, I really just felt that it was such a unique and interesting read. I haven’t read paranormal in a while, but I think that Steifvater really captured the essence of paranormal. Her characters are all unique and the situations themselves hold a sort of magical realism, which was incredible.

So these are my top ten favorite new-to-me authors that I read this year. The stories are all unique and entertaining and I highly recommend any and all of them to you out there who are interested in reading books by them.

What about you? Who are some of your favorite authors and why? Let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books to Read If You Like These Popular Books/Authors

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday, as hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is all about those popular books and authors that we all know and love (or don’t love) and some book recommendations to go along with those books/authors. So, here are books you might like if you like these popular books/authors:

  1. The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green – Everyone and their mother has probably heard of this book by now. It was hugely popular for years, especially last year when the movie came out, so here’s my recs for something that’s similar, heart-wrenching, romantic, and awesome:
    1. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight” by Jennifer E. Smith – This title is forever long, but it was a cute contemporary with star-crossed lovers who, against many odds, ended up meeting and coming together.
  2. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli – This book went wildly popular when ti was released earlier this year and I think that it was rightly so. And sticking on the theme of diversity, you might like these books if you like Simon:
    1. None of the Above” by I.W. Gregorio – This book is all about a girl who is intersex and doesn’t know it until after a painful first sexual encounter with her boyfriend. It opens your eyes to a world of people who have this condition and how many handle it.
    2. My Heart and Other Black Holes” by Jasmine Warga – A trigger warning of suicide, this book deals with mental illness and how two teens make an agreement to commit suicide together on the same day, but can they go through with it?
  3. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare – Everyone and their mother knows about this series, too, right? Well, it’s an urban fantasy story with Shadowhunters, demons, warlocks, and a fight between good and evil.
    1. The Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews – This is an adult urban fantasy series, and it’s similar in that there is magic in the world that we know, but the circumstances and location are entirely different.
    2. Stardust” by Neil Gaiman – Though this is more on the magical side than the others, there are still elements of real world understanding and happenstance that take place in this book and I think it’d be a great read for someone who enjoys subtleties and more plot.
  4. Shatter Me” by Tahereh Mafi – This is a trilogy that gets better with each book, and definite character growth takes place in it. What I recommend is:
    1. The House of the Scorpion” by Nancy Farmer – This is one of my favorite all time books because not only did it introduce more mature themes at a younger age for me, but the story was different and rich, the characters were empowering and strong as time went on, and the world building was great.

Now those are really all the ones I can think of at the moment that I can recommend and all that.

Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts? Let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Really Want to Meet

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s topic is top ten authors you REALLY want to meet. Like, seriously, you’d do almost anything to meet them.

1. Sarah J Maas. Okay, I know, it’s becoming almost predictable at this point. But really, I hear how awesome and sweet and funny she is and real life and I’d really just love to meet her and thank her for writing such amazing books.

2. Cassandra Clare. She’s written some fantastic books that many people love and I am one of those people. Her writing inspires me and I’d love to be able to thank her for it.

3. J.K. Rowling. I figure I’d want to talk to the woman who brought such an inspiring and engaging series to the world and how her process went and just talk to her about it. I know she’s done a bunch of interviews and stuff explaining it, but I’d want a more personal conversation about it, you know?

4. Rainbow Rowell. I love her books and the subtle yet significant romances she writes and I’d love to discuss her process and thoughts behind them all. And just overall bookish things and other things in general.

5. Neil Gaiman. I’d love to meet him and talk just about anything with him. He seems like he has a lot of insight on many things and I’d love to hear his opinions on a variety of topics.

6. Mary E. Pearson. She seems like such a nice person and I’d just love to meet her and have tea with her or something.

7. Laini Taylor. She seems quirky and silly and I’d love to talk with her on how she writes and how she came up with the stories she’s told and just have a good time, you know?

8. George R.R. Martin. Yup, I’d want to meet him and ask him why he likes to kill off every character ever. But I’d also want to discuss fantasy worlds and politics and how might different worlds run and flourish and stuff like that.

9. Becky Albertalli. I’d want to talk about how she came up with her story and how her past experiences helped her to write it and if it was based off of anyone she knew. And snack on Oreos. Yes.

10. Garth Nix. I haven’t even read his books yet, but I want to meet him because he seems so snarky and funny. His books are kind of the grandfather of modern YA fantasy, so it would be cool to discuss where he came up with the idea and how he feels having written it and stuff like that.

Who are some of your top authors you’d love to meet? Let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday: All Time Favorite Authors

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people of the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is all time favorite authors. That’s right, from childhood to now, who are your top ten favorite authors?

1. Sarah J Maas. I mean, c’mon, did anyone not expect to see her on here? She definitely makes the list for having such awesome storytelling skills, kickass female heroines, and just cool stories overall.

2. Cassandra Clare. Again, was this a surprise? She’s one of my writing influencers and I just love her storytelling and the plots she comes up with. Great writing mind, plus we’re from the same state. xD

3. Mary E. Pearson. She wrote on of my favorite books (that has just been made a favorite recently) and she’s also one of the first authors to ever respond to me via social media. So yes, she definitely makes my top ten. She seems like a sweet lady and I hope to meet her one day!

4. Neil Gaiman. His writing style is beautiful and I just love the stories he comes up with. I haven’t read many books by him yet, but I’m slowly making my way through. He has a great mind and creative genius and he’s definitely another role model for my own writing.

5. Nancy Farmer. She wrote one of my favorite books of all time, so she had to make this list. Though I’ve never read the sequel or anything else by her, I really enjoyed her storytelling and just how she explained so much in a given space.

6. Laini Taylor. She wrote a fantastic series (which I’ve only read the first book of so far) and has a great writing style. She makes me love love and want to know more about the world that she wrote about. Plus she has awesome pink hair.

7. J.K. Rowling. Even though I haven’t completed the Harry Potter series for the first time, I still really have enjoyed the series thus far, plus I love the movie adaptations. She invested so much into those books and I feel that she definitely deserves to be on my list.

8. Becky Albertalli. Definitely a new favorite author after reading her book. She has a no-nonsense writing style and I love the way she used her knowledge and past experience with teens to write the book. Fantastic.

9. Stephenie Meyer. During the height of Twilight I’d say she would’ve been my #1 favorite author, but now I just reflect back on those times in high school and it’s definitely more of a nostalgic feel than anything.

10. Rainbow Rowell. I’d consider her among my favorite authors. She’s good at writing books that connect you to the characters and think of your own past with certain situations that happen in the books. At least that’s what happens with me. Plus her style is unique and I really like it.

I just realized I only have one male author on my list. Wow.

Anyway, those are some of my all time favorite authors! I honestly am not surprised most of them have stemmed from recent years, but hey, it happens.

Who are some of your favorite authors? Let me know!

Auto-Buy Authors

I got this idea from Raeleen over at padfootandprongs07, and I just had to chime in with my own picks.

We all have our own favorite authors whose works delve into our souls and make a home there. Some authors more than others, and even though we may not like all of their works, we still manage to buy every single thing that they put out.

These are auto-buy authors.

Of course I have mine, too, but I didn’t really realize they were auto-buy authors until I saw Raeleen’s video.

So, let me go over some of the authors whose books I get no matter what.

  • Sarah J Maas – I love her books so much! If you haven’t been around my blog to figure that out by now, then where have you been? Her writing is fun and engaging, drawing the reader in to the world around her/him. Maas writes fantastic worlds and stories with unforgettable characters who are relatable and oh so fun. I currently own four books, including a novella bind-up, by her.
  • Kiera Cass – When I discovered the Selection series, I wasn’t sure that I was going to like it at all. But once I got into it I was sucked in by the romance and wonder of it all. Seriously, I really loved the trilogy as a whole, and I even got all of the novellas of the series that are out thus far. I currently own six of her books, three of which are novellas, with one novella on pre-order.
  • Cassandra Clare – I. Love. Her. Writing. Seriously, her writing style is beautiful and awesome and very engaging, bringing the reader in to the story where we get to know the characters, their problems, and how they try to figure it all out. Clare is one of those writers whose writing and books I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of. She’s definitely an author I look up to as a writer myself. I currently own twelve books written (and coauthored) by her, including novellas.
  • Laini Taylor – I fell in love with her writing upon reading “Daughter of Smoke & Bone” and how she is able to make a story and characters that touch my heart in so many ways. She has a great writing style and the way she weaves her story is one that truly is magnificent. I currently own two books by her (and I’ll be getting the third soon).
  • Neil Gaiman – He is a fantastic writer who has had many years working on the craft. I love, love, love his writing and how his voice as an author is so strong. He’s great at writing fantastically twisted stories with characters that you either hate or love, but that’s really the beauty of his writing. I really want to delve into more works of his for sure. I currently own four books by him.

So though there are only five authors on here, those are really the authors that I feel deserve these spots on this list as of this current moment. As I continue to read more and experience more authors’ works, I’m sure that that’ll change and expand. I love these authors so very much, and if I ever had the chance to meet them in person I’m sure I’d thank them profusely for creating works that have not only inspired my own writing, but for showing me that there are so many wonderful possibilities out there to imagine.

Accompanying video: Auto-Buy Authors

Who are some of your auto-buy authors? Let me know!