Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors That Deserve More Recognition

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  I'm excited to participate; after all, I make lists FOR EVERYTHING!  This week's topic focuses on authors that we feel deserve more recognition.

Jenny Han
1.  Jenny Han- This is staring to get a little weird (I know!), but I can't get enough of Jenny Han.  I connect with her more than any other young adult author out there. I just finished We'll Always Have Summer and I hung on every word.  She's my favorite. I want to re-read the entire series again and marinate in its awesomeness.  Seriously.

2.  Beth Hoffman- I like to add some variety and hit up adult fiction from time to time and I really enjoyed Saving CeeCee Honeycutt.  Beth is not only a fantastic writer, but such a nice person.  I can't wait for her next book!

3.  Stephanie Perkins- I loved Anna and the French Kiss and fell in love with her writing style. It also made me want to travel to Paris immediately; I wouldn't mind being there right now!

Susan Beth Pfeffer
4.  Jennifer Donnelly- She is a new to me writer and I wish I read her novels sooner. Revolution was outstanding and there's no doubt that she's a talented author.

5.  Beth Fantaskey- How fun was Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side? I loved it and this story had me laughing out loud.

6.  Susan Beth Pfeffer- She's the author of the Last Survivors series and as far as I'm concerned, anyone who can get my husband to read is a genius!

7.  Carol Lynch Williams-  She writes powerful novels and The Chosen One is definitely one of my favorites.

Sarah Dessen
8.  Sarah Dessen- Ok. So you are probably wondering why I included her since she usually receives a lot of recognition; however, I am constantly surprised by how many book bloggers haven't read Dessen and how many of my students haven't even heard of her! Needless to say, I'm a huge fan.  

9.  Morgan Matson- I loved Amy and Roger's Epic Detour! I am big on road trips and traveling, so it was right up my alley. I thought Matson's writing style was engaging and the scrapbook format of the book was a lot fun.

10.  Kate Morton- The Distant Hours was hauntingly beautiful; why don't more people talk about her? As an author, she took me by surprise and instantly became one of my new-to-me favorite adult authors.

So, what authors do you think deserve more recognition?  I was going to include some classic authors, but then I thought that might get too confusing, so I kept it fairly current.  Let me know what you think!


  1. I definitely agree about Jenny Han! I've only read The Summer I Turned Pretty but I loved it! Beautiful writing, I woner if she has anything planned for afte rthe summer series :)

  2. Fantastic list! I agree with you about Beth Hoffman, Morgan Matson, Stephanie Perkins and Jennifer Donnelly especially (though they didn't make my own list). I haven't posted mine yet but it does include a blend of YA and non YA authors too.

  3. James Phelan with his 'Alone' series, starting with 'Chasers' and Neil Shusterman with 'Unwind'. Everyone should read these :-)

  4. I've heard of most of these authors, but I haven't read many of their books. A lot are on my wish list, though.
    I can't wait to start reading The Last Survivors series - it sounds so great! I have the first book sitting on my TBR pile.
    I'm ashamed to say that I haven't read any Sarah Dessen! Which book of hers would you recommend reading first?

    Books of Amber

  5. Wow! What a fantastic list you have! I totally agree about Jenny Han. I had never heard of her until the Twitter buzz about The Summer I Turned Pretty. Same thing with Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

  6. Love Jenny Han, Sarah Dessen and Stephanie Perkins! I'll definitely have to check out the other authors books,

  7. Great list...as usual. ^_^ Some I know, some I don't (and will investigate further). A familiar "face" (and of course I totally agree on) would be Beth Hoffman, such a nice lady, a great author too. Thanks for sharing....happy reading!

  8. Some of these authors are on my TBR list, so I am glad to hear that they are awesome and worth reading!!

  9. Beth Fantaskey! I totally would have added her if I could have done a top 20! Also, I almost put Sarah Dessen on mine... so many people have been saying they haven't read her books!!

  10. Great list. I love Stephanie Perkins, Jennifer Donnelly, and Sarah Dessen. There are some authors I haven't heard of on your list and I can't wait to check them out.

  11. What a wonderful list, full of promise for my own TBR list and for my students as well. I;m already familiar with a few of the authors, but as a ninth grade English teacher and action-reader myself, I am always on the hunt for terrific reads appropriate for the younger set as well as adults and your ideas look to be a perfect match!
    I'm your newest follower: thanks!

  12. Defienetally dessen, great list

    The Book Mystress

  13. I have to look out for Jenny Hans books. Thanks for sharing this.

  14. I've heard of a few of these just because they've become popular recently although I can't say I would know the author (except Sarah Dessen) unless you mentioned the book (Anna and the French Kiss) too.

  15. Wonderful list - Kate Morton has been getting some buzz on many of the blogs I read as people are seeking her out -- obviously I need to, and soon!

  16. I need to read Jenny Han, I've heard her books are amazing but I haven't had a chance to pick on up. And Anna and the French Kiss just blew me away, I'm so in love with that book! can't wait for more from Stephanie!

  17. I loved Revolution and not that many people have read it. It was one of my favorites books that I've read this year.

    This was a really good post, I'm glad I read it!

    New follower :)


  18. Great list, must add some of these to my tbr list, stop and see mine.

  19. I agree with so many authors that are on your list! I'm surprised by the lack of people who haven't read Dessen either.

  20. Great list. I am scrambling to write these down as we speak(or type).

  21. Good list. I've never heard of Jenny Han. I really like The Chosen One.

    Check out my post here: http://hawthornescarlet.blogspot.com/2011/03/top-ten-tuesday-check-um-out.html

  22. YES! Totally agree with Morgan Matson and Stephanie Perkins! I still have yet to read J. Donnelly even though I own a ton of her books!

  23. Great list! i haven't read a lot of these authors' books yet. my mom really likes kate morton's books.


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