This week we're talking about those authors that we automatically want to go out and buy their next book - regardless of what it's about! The authors that we stalk online for news of their next great book. Here are mine, in no particular order:
1.) Ellen Hopkins - author of Crank, Glass, Fallout, Impulse, Tricks, Perfect, Tilt, and more.
I have read every single one of her books! Including her adult novel Triangles. She is the author who introduced me to the world of novels in verse. I never would have thought that I would like reading in verse, but she proved me wrong! Her writing is beautiful, deep, and her novels are full of gripping, intricate plots. I am eagerly looking forward to her next adult novel, Collateral!
2.) Chris Colfer - author of Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell and Struck by Lightning.
This guy....He is a fabulous actor, singer, dancer, director, and now author (and look how cute he is!). He just has it all! His first book, Landing Stories: The Wishing Spell, which was written for the middle grade audience, was such a beautifully written fairy tale. It just made me feel all warm and happy inside! I am eagerly looking forward to the second book in the series!
3.) John Green - author of The Fault in Our Stars, An Abundance of Katherines, Looking for Alaska, and more.
I think this guy is probably showing up on a LOT of lists! His writing style is so unique. He manages to write books that really punch you in the gut with emotion, but at the same time, he really incorporates a sense of humor. The Fault in Our Stars will ALWAYS be one of my all time favorite books. And because of this, I will continue to stalk John Green for his next great novel!
4.) Jacqueline Woodson - author of Beneath a Meth Moon, After Tupac & D Foster, Feathers, Show Way, and lots more.
I have loved every book I have read by this talented woman! Her books are primarily about young people dealing with difficult situations. She has a beautiful, poetic writing style that I truly enjoy. I still haven't read all of her books, because there are SO many, but I am working on it - and I will be on the lookout for more!
5.) Carrie Ryan - author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth, The Dead Tossed Waves, and Dark and Hollow Places
Though she only has 2 books published so far (with a third coming out this year - YAY!), they were so wonderful, I know that she will be on my "automatic buy" list from now on. These 2 books made me so happy - they are just those wonderful, satisfying romantic kind of stories that just make me happy! I can't wait to read her next book - Isla and the Happily Ever After!
7.) Lauren DeStefano - author of Wither, Fever, and Sever.
I haven't even actually gotten around to reading Unravel Me yet...although I bought it the day it came out! I've been waiting until I have a free and clear couple of days so that I can concentrate on reading it, because I know that if it's anything like the first one (and I've heard it's even BETTER!) then I will not want to put it down! I have never read anything like Shatter Me - it was the most unique and beautiful thing I've ever written. I kid you not - I brought this book everywhere I went and read some of my favorite passages to friends and family. I did a presentation on this book in my YA Lit course, and I brought it to several of my professors. I spread the Shatter Me love, and got lots of people hooked! I am now a lifelong follower of Mafi!
9.) Lauren Oliver - author of Before I Fall, Delirium, Pandemonium, Requiem, and Liesel & Po.
I've loved every book she's written! I love how diverse her writing is...Before I Fall is so different from the Delirium trilogy...the trilogy is classic dystopian, but Before I Fall is more realistic with a little fantasy twist...and now she's also writing for a younger audience, such as with Liesel & Po. What I am super excited about is that I am going to meet Ms. Oliver in just a couple weeks when she comes to my local library for a book signing! WOOHOOO!
10.) Laurie Halse Anderson - author of Speak, Wintergirls, Catalyst, Chains, Forge, Prom, and more.