Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors That Deserve More Recognition

29 Mar

I’ve been thinking long and hard about this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish). Which authors do I love, but don’t see people discussing? Who deserves more recognition?

Some of you might disagree with a few of my choices, but I’ve tried to pick authors who the average reader might be unfamiliar with, that I happen to love.

1. Sarra Manning:
Sarra Manning is like a British version of Sara Dessen, mixed with a dash of Stephanie Perkins. Her Diary of a Crush trilogy in particular is a must-read if you like contemporary YA romance, and hot English boys! I can’t believe more people don’t know who she is!

2. L.J. Smith:
Yes, we all know she wrote the Vampire Diaries series. But she also has quite a few other amazing trilogies under her belt. Her works (along with Christopher Pike) pretty much defined my pre-teen reading years back in the early 90’s. Two of my favorite all time series, written by her are The Forbidden Game, and The Secret Circle (which The CW has optioned as a pilot!).

3. Kelly Creagh:
Nevermore (Kelly’s debut!) is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. It’s long, descriptive, and dark. And features one of the most realistic portrayals of an unexpected high school romance I’ve ever read. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I think it’s amazing, and one of the most well-written YA books out there.

4. N. K. Jemisin:
Single handedly responsible for me reading adult fantasy novels once again. NK managed to create a unique world, with strong female protagonists in a genre that at times, feels like it’s survived on tropes and has been done to death. See The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms to find out what I mean.
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

5. Kim Gruenenfelder:
Author of hands down the most laugh out loud “chick lit” books I have ever read. A Total Waste of Makeup is another of my absolute favorites. Years after first reading it, I’m still cracking up over an especially eccentric character naming their pet elephant “Cinderellephant”.

6. Franny Billingsley:
My Chime review is still to come. But it’s safe to say based on that book alone, Franny is a new favorite. The fact that the book took her over a decade to perfect is evident on every single beautifully written page. Chime is my favorite 2011 read so far, which leaves me shocked that I haven’t heard more people talking about it.

7. Jandy Nelson:
Author of The Sky is Everywhere–a book that most bloggers seem to either love or hate. I’m waiting for the day when Sky breaks through the internet barrier and becomes a worldwide bestseller. I’m also anxiously awaiting the release of her second novel, The History of Luck.

8. Chloe Neill:
Not very widely known outside of die-hard urban fantasy circles, Chloe Neill has the potential to be the next Kim Harrison, and earn a place on the NY Times bestseller list. In the Chicagoland Vampires series, Neill manages to make tired subjects (vampires! werewolves! witches!) and settings (the big city) new again. She also writes one of the best ass-kicking heroines of any series I’ve ever read.

9. Richelle Mead:
Some of you might be wondering what the author of the Vampire Academy series is doing here. Most of my friends who read YA have heard of Richelle. But not all of them have read her adult works. They are in my opinion, even better than the VA series. Only Richelle could make a soul stealing succubus sympathetic. Check out her Georgina Kincaid and Dark Swan series, and prepare to be blown away.
Succubus Shadows

10. Honestly, I can’t pick a #10!

Who are your favorite, underrated authors?


10 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors That Deserve More Recognition”

  1. Julie Brazeal, A Tale of Many Reviews March 29, 2011 at 7:24 PM #

    Nice choices! I adore all of Mead’s work and 100% agree with reading her adult work as well. 🙂

    • Bookshelf Lust April 15, 2011 at 5:56 PM #

      Thank you! Richelle’s adult work = some of my favorite books ever.

  2. Midnyte Reader March 29, 2011 at 7:59 PM #

    Definitely want to read Nevermore and I will check out some Richelle Mead too.

    • Bookshelf Lust April 15, 2011 at 5:56 PM #

      I think you will really like Nevermore. It’s one of my fave 2010 books. It’s so amazingly well-written!

  3. Anne March 29, 2011 at 11:17 PM #

    I seriously considered Jandy Nelson for my list, too, so I am glad to see her here. I will also look into Sarra Manning. I haven’t heard of her before but have many Dessen fans who might be interested. Thanks.


    • Bookshelf Lust April 15, 2011 at 5:55 PM #

      Jandy is so amazing, I only hope she writes more books soon!
      Sarra Manning is the perfect British counterpart for Dessen fans. : )

  4. Joli April 7, 2011 at 6:31 PM #

    Your list is great! I just bought three Sara Manning books this week. I have not read any of her books yet, so I’m really excited to get started reading them.

    • Bookshelf Lust April 15, 2011 at 5:55 PM #

      Thanks! I LOVE Sarra Manning so much. They are such great romances, with the added benefit of “boys with cute accents” making them even better.

  5. Jessica April 11, 2011 at 11:34 AM #

    Richelle Mead is definitely up there in my top 10 fave authors! Another relatively unknown author I really like is Mari Mancusi, author of the Blood Coven series.

    • Bookshelf Lust April 15, 2011 at 5:53 PM #

      I will have to check out Mari Mancusi, I haven’t ever heard of the Blood Coven series. Thanks!

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