I have had just finished reading the most books I have ever read in one year, except for, maybe, when I was a kid. Not only have I read books by authors that I have already enjoyed, the bulk of what I read was written by people that I just met in 2012. So trying to narrow down my list to only ten authors? That’s crazy. I’m not saying it isn’t doable, but it will be hard. I will limit my choices to the Young Adult genre; otherwise, my list would end up having 5 – 10 books per line. And that’s cheating, right?
You know the drill – these are not in any order. Maybe one day I’ll surprise y’all and go all alphabetical and whatnot, but today, not so much <shrugs>. Now all I have to do is find time to brush up on my German.
- Trish Doller. I found her last year when I read Something Like Normal, and I can’t wait until her next book, Where the Stars Still Shine comes out in the fall.
- Kerstin Gier. She’s the German author who wrote Ruby Red and Sapphire Blue. Believe me when I say that the YA book world can’t wait for the last of the series, Emerald Green, is finally translated and on our shores.
- Stephanie Perkins. She’s just the best at contemporary romance, as seen in Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door. Waiting (not so) patiently for the next (and last <frown>) book in the series: Isla and the Happily Ever After.
- Cassandra Clare. Her style of writing is smart, funny and dangerous. Her girls kick ass, her boys are irresistible (whilst kicking ass) and the stakes are high. Clockwork Princess, the last of her Infernal Devices is out oh so soon; she’s got the first Mortal Instruments movie coming out in August; and her third series, called the Dark Artifices, will be published as well. Yes, please.
- Gayle Forman. I’ve just found her. I read (and loved) If I Stay and Where She Went, both excellent stories that were wrenching, lovely and real.
- Angel Lawson. Last year I read Wraith when it was offered in one of my Goodreads groups as an author requested review (ARR). Loved it. I read all of the books she’s written since: FanGirl, the story of what happens when your greatest dream because a reality; Serial Summer, a romance that takes place amid the search for a serial killer; and Shadowbound, the sequel to Wraith. She’s also sent me a piece about the main male character from Wraith. Can anyone say “prolific?”
- Lauren Oliver. I first read Delirium. It wasn’t my first toe-dip into dystopian fiction, but it was close. The world she created was incredible. Then I read Before I Fall. For some reason, I did not write a review; in those days, oh so long ago (last April) I didn’t always. Of course, Pandemonium followed. Suffice it to say that Lauren Oliver is one of those writers whose words wrap themselves around you and pull you into the pages. Her skill is obvious because her Delirium series is such a starkly different topic than Before I Fall. It’s like impasto on a painting; it adds unexpected depth, detail and a heartbeat.
- Tamara Ireland Stone. I decided the family was going to head to Austin to their fabulous Teen Book Festival last September, so I wisely decided to read one book by each of the authors that were going. All 35. I didn’t quite make it, but I was, thankfully, introduced to this fabulous author who wrote Time Between Us, a touching romance that included my favorite element: time travel. Honestly, she had me at the cover.
- J.K. Rowling. Now, I do own The Casual Vacancy, and as happens, I haven’t read it yet. I know it has received mixed reviews, but I will tackle it at some point. Now, if my pal Jo (“pal” being used very loosely) wrote more middle grade or (YES!) young adult, I wouldn’t think twice.
- A.G. Howard. A brand-new published author, her Splintered is one of the most anticipated books this season. An Alice in Wonderland-related book, the cover alone will make you want to see what’s inside. The twisted, odd, magical story will make you want to sleep with it under your pillow.
As any book blogger knows, wanting to read a book and actually squeezing in the time to read it are two completely different things. I hope that I can read more of the books that these authors have written. They will at least be anchoring my TBR pile!
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