It’s Tuuuuuesday! And I’m at home today taking care of my Gabby girl – we took her to get spayed yesterday and I was obviously a nervous wreck! So she’s being lazy around the house and I’m sitting here watching over her for any signs up sickness… le sigh. Poor thing. BUT that’s not going to stop me from jumping in on Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted by the lovely folks over at The Broke and The Bookish! The topic this week is Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition, which was actually done originally in March 2011. Now it’s time to name some more! No repeats from 2011, I promise.
1. Chris Wooding – I am in love with his Tales of the Ketty Jay series. You should all read it. That is all.
2. Wesley Chu – He recently released The Lives of Tao and I totally loved it! Such a fun book and an awesome concept. I’m eagerly awaiting the sequel, The Deaths of Tao.
3. Jasper Fforde – Okay, in all fairness Fforde is actually kind of popular. But considering he writes wonderful, quirky novels about a woman who can jump into books and they’re basically a celebration of everything literary, I’m surprised they’re not MORE popular. You love books? Read his Thursday Next series.
4. A.J. Jacobs – He sets himself on outrageous missions (read the entire Encyclopaedia Brittanica, live the Old Testament as literally as possible, etc.) and writes amusing, often hilarious memoirs about his experiences. Jolly good fun.
5. Rainbow Rowell – She’s actually gained a lot of love in the book blogger world thanks to Attachments and Eleanor & Park, but she deserves more! More! More!
6. N.K. Jemisin – I love her Inheritance trilogy (also known as the 100K trilogy) – they’re unique fantasy books and have awesome female characters. And once, her and I debated quite respectfully about gun rights on Twitter and that was cool. Go read The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, like now.
7. Gideon Defoe – His little The Pirates! books are SO goofy and hysterical and they’re just perfect little pick-me-ups.
8. G. Willow Wilson – I just finished Alif the Unseen recently and it was ah-mah-zing. You should definitely read it soon. I’m almost 100% certain it’s going to make my top ten favorite books for this year.
And like I did last time this topic came around, here are some authors that I think are over-hyped:
9. John Green – I’ve read two of his books (well, he co-wrote one of them with David Levithan, who I also think is over-hyped) and they left a lot to be desired. It’s cool that he writes intelligent, witty teens but they’re unrealistically witty and clever, and they’re so very emo-existential-crisis-y and I just can’t handle that.
10. Jennifer Egan – You remember my rant-filled review about A Visit From the Goon Squad, don’t you? GAG.
There we have it! So what authors do you think deserve more recognition? Leave me some good suggestions!