Top Ten Tuesday!

Top 10 Favorite Authors In X Genre
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday lets you choose your favorite authors in a specific genre, be it sci-fi, romance, nonfiction….anything that strikes your fancy!
Since I just read an article about how it is believed that there is a lack of “gender balance” in YA lit (in both readers and authors), my list will consist of Top 10 Male Authors in YA That I Have Read Recently (is that too specific?). These are not in any particular order.
  1. Neal Shusterman: I read Unwind and will be starting UnWholly soon. Dark, creepy and completely entertaining.
  2. Will Richter: Thoroughly enjoyed Dark Eyes. Main character is a girl who lives on the streets of New York City. Thriller, mystery. 
  3. David Levithan: I’m cheating a little here, as I have only read a book he wrote with Rachel Cohn. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist rocks. 
  4. John Green: The Fault in Our Stars is an upsetting, wonderful, touching cryfest that I loved. Many, many tissues gave their lives so I could make it through this one. 
  5. Scott Speer: A man writing about angels? Awesome! Immortal City shows the down side to angels when their services become a commodity. 
  6. Lex Thomas: Quarantine: The Loners is a book you will never forget. Violent visuals are tempered by…well, nothing. Looks at what would happen if your high school and its cliques were your entire world. 
  7. John Corey Whaley: Men can definitely write sensitive; Where Things Come Back is a touching book about men and boys finding or losing their way. And a woodpecker. 
  8. Stephen Chbosky: Another “sensitive boy” book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower takes a thoughtful, quiet kid and lets him slowly come to the realization that he is a great person, he’s going to be fine and being a part of life is so much better than watching from the sidelines. Even if it hurts sometimes. 
  9. Neal Gaiman: OK, I have only read one of his books (twice!) but his writing is so vivid and colorful and descriptive. Love love love The Graveyard Book
  10. Jeff Kinney: I realize that he’s more of a middle grades author than YA, but I think his Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are genius. 

10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday!”

    1. I always hesitate to use the word “enjoy” when talking about a book that is so full of violence and has such dark themes. It is thrilling, disturbing, disquieting and thoroughly engrossing. I highly recommend it.

  1. Great list. I’ve mentioned a couple times on my blog about lack of male writers. I think they definitely a slightly different pov that comes from them. Check out JL Bryan. He has a series called the Paranormals. Book 1 is Jenny Pox and it was free on the kindle. I have a review of it on my site.

    1. I’ve seen that book – Jenny Pox. I’ll have to put it on my TBR list. Honestly, I hadn’t read many YA books by men at all – how I was finding what I was reading was pretty meandering, too. Obviously, I’d heard of Perks and Fault in Our Stars, but others I don’t think I’d ever heard of until the Austin Teen Book Festival. Thanks for the comment!

  2. great picks!! so many great ones! and i love that cover for the graveyard book. i own it and read it, but i have never seen that cover! awesome! thanks for stopping by and i hooked up the email thingy on my side bar!
    Katie @ Inkk

    1. I don’t know where that copy came from – it’s the one we have (paperback). It’s my husband’s, so I will have to ask him where he got it. I am now signed up for emails from your blog (thanks for that!). Thanks for commenting! Feel free to follow me on Twitter & on my blog! 😉

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