Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish to highlight a top ten list related to book blogging, and to get to know fellow book bloggers.
October 16: Top Ten Favorite Authors In X Genre (Ex- Top Ten Favorite Science Fiction Authors, Top Ten Fave Contemporary YA authors)
Contemporary YA rarely gets the spotlight that it deserves beside all of the dystopian, sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal stuff that’s out there right now. Since this blog is mainly contemporary, I thought I’d assist you by giving a list of my personal favorite contemporary YA authors. Because many authors write in many genres, my focus is on authors who have mainly released contemporary novels.
Since I’m attempting to write shorter posts, I’ll try to do this in two lines or less. In no particular order:
4. Melissa Walker
writes books I wish I had thought of, like the cathartic Unbreak My Heart
(read my review
!), about a girl exiling herself to a miserable summer (but on an awesome boat!) because she cheated with her best friend’s boyfriend, or Lovestruck Summer
, about a girl who is a bit of a snob about indie music, and has to learn to broaden her horizons.
5. Gayle Forman
‘s If I Stay
and Where She Went
have the starkest, most beautiful prose. She basically wiped the floor with everyone else doing the whole life-after-death scenario that’s in so many contemps right now.
6. Abby McDonald writes YA that is awesome and girl-power-y…and manages to sneak in some philosophy, criticism, and issues that make you think. Read Sophomore Switch and remind yourself why you’re a feminist.
9. Cynthia Voigt
– If you haven’t picked up the Dicey series, you’re missing out one of the most heartwrenching and unique family stories ever written. Read Homecoming
, then read Dicey’s Song
, and find out why Voigt is still one of the masters.
10. L.M. Montgomery
– Anne ‘with an E’ Shirley and her awesome ‘Carrots’ hair. And Gilbert Blythe, one of the most awesome YA boys ever. ‘Nuf said.
What’s on your Top Ten this week? Leave me a link, and I’ll come by and comment!