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Each week the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish think up a fun theme for the week and participating bloggers around the net join in. The theme for this week is
Authors who deserve more recognition
When I first started to think of this list, I immediately thought of some of the authors I’ve recently been introduced to through their books via Mary like Ally Condie, Beth Revis, Amy Plum, etc. So they’re on my list, but not ON my list. It’s taken me a while to sit and think about some different authors. I even sat in front of my bookshelves scanning titles. Then I went through my Goodreads lists. Finally, I have them. Some of them may be more well-known, but not as commanding as JK Rowling and Stephenie Meyer.
Honourary: Lois Lowry. Yes, I know she’s very well-known, but to me, her writing deserves much more recognition than she has. Yes, she’s more children than YA, but still. I love her. I’ve done numerous book reports and presentations on her works. A Summer to Die is my favourite. I balled my eyes out!
The rest in no particular order:
Melissa de la Cruz is one of the more known authors on my list. She’s the best-selling author of The Blue Bloods series, The Au Pairs series (haven’t read them), as well as a few others and she has a new book Frozen: Heart of Dread coming soon. I’ve devoured The Blue Bloods since right after the first book came out. I’ve waited impatiently each year for the next book and was sad/happy to see this cycle end. Witches of East End is getting ready to come to the small screen and it’s a library book sitting in my stack waiting to be read.
Eoin Colfer again, is probably one of the more well knowns, but also a bit in the obscurity. I fell in love with Artemis back in junior high and flew through his adventures until somehow I missed a publication and have the last two books to read. Artemis Fowl has definitely been a joy to read, and I’ve passed it along to one of my nephews, and can’t wait to share it with my kids. Holly Short is hysterical. I’ve also read The Wish List and The Supernaturalist. Supposedly Artemis Fowl is coming to the big screen and Colfer himself is working on the screenplay, but I haven’t heard any news on progress in a while.
Carolyn Meyer. Let’s face it. I love her books. The Royal Diaries. The ones I haven’t read are on the list to read, just not at the top of the list at the moment. My absolute favourites of hers are Doomed Queen Anne: A Young Royals Book and The Royal Diaries: Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914. I hope my daughter loves her works as much as I did/do.
Ann Rinaldi is another that’s well-known in some circles, but not a huge name. She’s one of THE names in YA historical fiction. My favourite by her is hands down, by far, Time Enough for Drums. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read this book. It’s simply fantastic. I love the American Revolution era and this takes place in the heart of the action. Jemima is a personality to which I can relate. Every book I’ve read, I could barely put it down in order to do other things.
O.R. Melling is virtually unknown to Goodreads apparently. She only has one book listed. I was introduced to this author by my best childhood friend. I loved The Summer King (The Chronicles of Faerie). Then again, I love Irish and Celtic folklore. It’s been a while since I read it, and looks like on Amazon there is a new book in the series so it’ll get added to the to check out library list! (:
Margaret Peterson Haddix is another known and not known author. Or at least it feels that way to me. I’ve loved everything I’ve read. If I had to pick a favourite, I probably would go with Turnabout or Just Ella. I loved the The Shadow Children too, but have a few books to finish.
I really enjoyed Witch Child by Celia Rees and think her other books are under appreciated. I have a few on my to read list that have some how slipped through the cracks over the years. Pirates! has been on my bookshelf for ages and I have no idea how it’s never been read. My mom read it, but some how I skipped over it. The Fool’s Girl is on my Kindle waiting to be read soon.
Kathryn Lasky is more children’s than YA, but I also think her works are under appreciated. I loved all of her contributions to the Dear America and The Royal Diaries series. Her other series look good, and I hope to enjoy them with my children. It’s always nice to have a “reason” to read books that are considered below my interest level. Sometimes you just need a simplistic adventure for a change.
I’ll admit, I haven’t read as much of Judith Tarr’s works as I’d like, but I loved Rite of Conquest (William the Conqueror). Yes, I read it while I was in France in 2006. Yes, I greatly enjoy being a supreme nerd. I am a book and history nerd and I am NOT ashamed! I also enjoyed Kingdom of the Grail, though it’s been a while since I read it. I highly recommend her to historical fiction lovers.
And last on my list is Moira Young. Now, I haven’t actually read any of her books yet, but her debut book, Blood Red Road, was featured at the end of a book I’ve read recently (can’t remember which one) and thought it sounded interesting so I immediately put it on my TBR list.
Okay, so I lied. Another extra: Laura Howard. I haven’t read The Forgotten Ones: Book 1 (The Danaan Trilogy) yet, but I can’t wait to read it and I can’t wait to see where her career goes! (: