Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Contemporary Young Adult Authors

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 we are to list our favorite authors in a particular genre, so I went with my favorite contemporary/realistic fiction young adult authors.  Here they are in no particular order:


1.  Jenny Han- Yes, I'm obsessed. If you haven't read her Summer series, you must.

2.  Sarah Dessen- Simply put, I love her!  The Truth About Forever and Along for the Ride are some of my favorite summertime reads.

3.  Jennifer Echols- Her books are also great for the summer.  I read Such a Rush this past summer and really enjoyed it. For me, her books are always the right mix of some edge, some steam, and a side of seriousness.  

4.  Morgan Matson- She is also one of my favorites. I adored Amy & Roger's Epic Detour and Second Chance Summer is one of my favorite reads of the year.

5.  Stephanie Perkins- I am still swooning over Anna and the French Kiss.

6.  Simone Elkeles- I love her steamy reads, especially Perfect Chemistry.

7.  Gayle Forman - She's one of my favorite authors and without a doubt ALWAYS gets me to cry when I read her novels.  If I Stay is brilliant.

8.  Jessi Kirby- She's one of my newest favorites. I loved Moonglass and have been meaning to read In Honor.

9.  Elizabeth Eulberg- I really enjoyed The Lonely Hearts Club and Prom and Prejudice. I hear Take a Bow is just as good.

10.  Huntley Fitzpatrick- I read this debut author's first novel, My Life Next Door, this past summer and I thought it was great!  She's definitely on my radar!


I will admit that this genre isn't my forte; I tend to read a lot of fantasy/paranormal novels, so if you feel I am missing out on an author or your favorite contemporary read, be sure to share it with me in the comments below. Let me know what you think!

15 comments:

  1. I've been eying some of these authors for a while but I'm not such a realistic fiction fan, not enough dragons and such. :) I might try a few though, maybe next summer...

    My TTT

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  2. Fantastic list.. I really love contemporary romance (ya or not). I haven't heard from all of the authors on your list but I'm definitely interested in looking them up!
    Here's my TTT
    Ashley
    #BookNerd

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  3. I still haven't read the Summer series, but I really want too. They do sound perfect for summer, so maybe next year. ;)

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  4. You have some of my favorites on this list Christina! I need to read more of Simone Elkeles, I've only read Perfect Chemistry but I loved that book so much! I need to read Jenny Han as well, I've heard such great things about her Summer series:) My Life Next Door just grabbed me, I can't wait to see what Huntley writes next!

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  5. I did the same genre, but we only share a few. That said, those of yours that I've read, I've really enjoyed! Great list!

    Check out my Top Ten Favorite YA Contemporary Authors HERE!

    Also, I have a FANTASTIC giveaway of a SIGNED copy Lauren Oliver's new book, THE SPINDLERS, going on HERE!

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  6. Yes to Sarah Dessen! Love her books. Jessi Kirby's Moonglass was fabulous (I also need to read In Honor), and you gotta love Stephanie Perkins writing :)

    Fabulous Top Ten!

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  7. So many good authors :)
    Second Chance Summer and the Stephenie Perkins books are still very high on my TBR list!

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  8. Great list! Love Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson, and really enjoyed the first of Jenny Han's Summer books, too (I still haven't got around to reading the rest!).

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  9. Great list! Stephanie Perkins is on my list as well. I just recently got into contemporaries, so I will have to look into the ones I haven't tried yet. Here is my TTT.

    Vyki @ On The Shelf
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  10. Thanks for checking out my list, guys! I appreciate it. :)

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  11. I read a lot of contemporary YA this summer. Now I am reading a lot of paranormal/fantasy. I love Stephanie Perkins so much! Can't wait to see what she writes next. I have mixed feelings about Jennifer Echols. I love Major Crush. Seriously loved. But I really disliked Love Story. So I am sort of nervous about reading her other stuff, especially the "romantic dramas".

    Here's my TTT

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  12. Great list, Christina! So many of my favourites are on there! I can't believe I still haven't read Dessen, though. Really need to fix that!

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  13. Sarah Dessen is hands down my favorite contemporary author ever. I love her to pieces and buy all her books as soon as they come out. :D

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