This is a weekly meme hosted by the good folks at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is…
Top Ten Favorite New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2012
I read both the 1st and 2nd book in the Fire and Thorns series this year, and I had the pleasure of meeting Rae Carson twice. She is funny, down-to-earth, and a big Star Wars nerd. I cannot wait for the final book in this series, and I cannot wait to see what she works on next!
If you’re an English teacher, you’ve probably heard the name Penny Kittle a time or two…so had I. But I had never read any of her work or heard her speak until NCTE this year. Blew. My. Mind. I want to be Penny Kittle.
Boy21 is one of my favorite reads of 2012. I’d seen Sorta Like a Rockstar in my school library, but never (still haven’t) checked it out. Boy21 was reviewed with high praises by my friend Sarah as YALove. The book did NOT disappoint. I still want to read Sorta Like a Rockstar and Silver Linings Playlist. They’re on my list for 2013.
Many of my teacher/librarian Twitter friends sing the praises of Jenni Holm and Babymouse, so this summer I checked out the ENTIRE Babymouse series and read them all. So super cute. Jenni also writes touching Middle Grade stories, and she is an all around adorable, nice person.
In the spring, one of my students would. not. leave. me. alone. about reading the Fallen series. So I did. And while the series isn’t exactly my regular cup’o’tea, I’m glad that I read the series because I’ve been able to relate to my (many) students who have read this series or one similar and offer them thoughts and suggestions about what to read next.
If you do not follow Gae on Twitter, you are missing out. She is funny, charming, she will always talk to anyone (especially her fan club), she sometimes sends out swag, AND she does skype visits with classes who read her book! I read The Pull of Gravity after it won a Nerdy Book Club award, and it was fabulous. If you teach Of Mice and Men in class and are looking for a contemporary book to pair, this is it.
I know, I know…how could I just *now* be reading John Green? But it’s true. The Fault In Our Stars was my first John Green book, and I haven’t looked back.
Another author that I’m just getting to is Cassandra Clare. Again, it was a student who was reading the City of Bones series who inspired me to read them as well. I read up to the 3rd book, and I felt that there was enough resolution that I’m content to pause there for a while.
When I heard that there was a graphic novel version of some of the Baby-Sitters Club books, I was intrigued, and when I stumbled upon a copy of the first book, Kristy’s Big Idea, at my local discount bookstore, I had to pick up a copy. I was even more excited when I saw that it was illustrated by Raina Telgemeier, the author of Smile. I’d seen many Twitter friends rave about how much their students loved this graphic novel. Now, Smile and Drama (Raina’s newest GN) are two of the most checked-out books in my class library, AND I’ve gotten a new generation of students interested in BSC. Score 🙂
These verse novels are a hot item in my school library…they’re ALWAYS checked out. So, I hi-jacked them all during the summer so that I could finally read them! They are quick reads that are so applicable to students’ lives; I can completely understand why they love them so much. Luckily, I was able to pick up a couple of copies for my own classroom while at NCTE!
I can’t wait to check out the “new to me” authors on other people’s pages.
Did anyone else “discover” authors who have been around for a while, like I did?