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Top 10 Tuesday (23) – Auto-buy Authors


This is a weekly meme hosted by the good folks at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is…

Top Ten Authors That I’d Put On My Auto-Buy List

Tom Angleberger — My son absolutely loves the Origami Yoda series. Add to that the Horton Halfpott and Fake Mustache, and it seems that Tom Angleberger can do no wrong when it comes to writing!

Gayle Forman — Gayle’s books seem to hit you right in the heart and rip it apart. Mia’s tragedy in If I Stay? Adam’s heartbreak in Where She Went? My copy Just One Day is out on book loan, and I can’t wait for the companion, Just One Year.

Libba Bray — The Gemma Doyle series (A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, and The Sweet Far Thing)  is one of my favorite series, with the perfect blend of fantasy and historical fiction. I absolutely loved Beauty Queens. Not to mention, Libba is absolutely amazing when presenting or speaking. Definite auto-buy.

Lauren Oliver — It seems that Lauren has amazing range when it comes to writing. She has the Delirium series, Before I Fall, two middle grade books, and just finished her first adult novel. When I see new books from her, they always go on the TBR list.

Matthew Quick — Q has recently and very quickly become one of my most favoritest writers. Boy21 was one of my top 3 books last year, and I can’t keep that or Sorta Like a Rockstar on my shelves. I picked up Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock in November at NCTE, and I haven’t even had a chance to read it because it’s been passed from boy to boy in my 9th grade classes! I can’t wait to see what else Q has up his sleeve.

John Green — I’m sure he’ll be on a lot of these lists, and it might be a “cliche YA” entry, but if John Green is writing it I don’t mind reading it!

Matt de la Pena — I had a couple of Matt’s books before seeing him speak at ALAN, and I always thought to myself, “I need to read those soon.” After hearing his powerful message, I went straight back home to read Ball Don’t Lie and Mexican Whiteboy. Anything he writes I will be buying and sharing with my students!

A.S. King — Powerful messages in Ask the Passengers and Everybody Sees Ants have resonated with my students. I have her older titles on my list to add to my classroom library AND school library, and I can’t wait read her next book.

Raina Telgemier — Graphic novels are HUGE in my classroom, and some of my students’ favorites are written by Raina: Smile, Drama, and The Baby Sitters Club graphic novel adaptations.

Laurie Halse Anderson — Laurie is one of the queen bees of YA authors. Speak and Twisted are two of the most checked-out books in my classroom library, and many of my girls have been touched by the starkness of Wintergirls. Students who “don’t like historical fiction” because it’s “boring” are drawn in by Fever 1793 and the Seeds of America series. It’s gotten to the point where the magic words are, “It’s written by Laurie Halse Anderson.”


Top 10 Tuesday (22) – Favorite Characters in X Genre


This is a weekly meme hosted by the good folks at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is…

Top Ten Favorite Characters In X Genre

For today’s topic, I decided to list my favorite characters from specific genres. I compiled this list pretty quickly, so these are some of my favorites off the top of my head!

Historical Fiction – Jo from Little Women; Cassie Logan from Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Sports – Felton from Stupid Fast; Finley from Boy21

Paranormal – Noah Shaw from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer; Sophie Mercer from Hex Hall

Realistic Fiction – Kelsey Finkelstein from Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters

Fantasy – Po from Graceling

Dystopia – Day from Legend

Sci-fi/Retelling – Scarlet from Scarlet

Steampunk – Deryn Sharp (aka MR. Sharp) from Leviathan

Adventure – Kat Bishop+Hale from Heist Society

Graphic Novel (it’s really a format, I know!) – Babymouse from the Babymouse series