Top Ten Tuesday: Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

Posted July 16, 2013 by Kara in Kara, Lyn, Top Ten Tuesday / 32 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic: Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition.

We love them. We worship them. We stalk them. We befriend them.  Our authors.  They’re the hand that feeds us, and the book world is stuffed full of incredible ink slingers.
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Sometimes, we might feel that some scribes deserve a little more recongition and general love from the reading world. This week, Kara and I both share the top ten authors who should be featured more than they are.
Lyn’s Picks
This was one of the hardest topics I have ever written for this meme.  I was honestly in tears, because I felt that there are a lot of authors who are great and are still clawing their way up to the top.  There are authors who are noticed, but deserve a higher rank among spotlighted writers.  Then there are generally awesome people who should be able to fulfill their lifelong dreams and become a well known, or even a full time, author.  To save my own sanity, I shaved my list down to five authors who I feel deserve more credit for their writing.
She has quite a few books, and in exclusive circles, she is known, but I always feel that her books should be bigger than they are.  Her writing is beautiful, and the realism she brings to fantasy makes her one of my favorite authors.  I honestly believe her book Spell Hunter should have more readers.  It rivals another writer when it comes to my my favorite fae universe.
She had a book that won a Newbery Honor, but I feel that her writing is generally overlooked. Her book, Keeper, should have landed on the Newbery list as well.  The writing for the book is sadly overlooked, because it is hard to market a book that leans more towards lyrical and poetic than prose.  Many people and educators do not want to promote her book because of controversial topics and her unique writing style. I wish more people would read Keeper.
This author is so sweet and very down to Earth, and her female heroines are just outstanding and seem almost flesh and blood.  She also writes about the ignored culture of Texas.  We have more than just cowboys.  North Texas hosts a growing comic and sci-fi base that often feels overlooked.  Go to the Irving Convention Center in May, and see the people who flock to the annual comic/sci-fi convention.  There is no room.  Clement-Moore targets this audience in her writing.  Her novel, Texas Gothic, seemed to skate past the general YA crowd, and it makes me very sad on the inside.
Currently, she is a one-time author, but her fictional novel, The Lost Girl, still lands on my list of sweetly depressing books.  I see that quite a few of my GR friends have read this one, but it seems that, in general, this one didn’t quite land on the radar for the majority of readers.  I really hope that the author writes another book, and that more people pick up her debut novel.
I loved And All the Stars.  The novel is one of the most thrilling and heart-breaking books I have ever read, and it seems to be making little noise with readers.  I love her writing, and her love of all things nerdy, and that she can rock a sci-fi novel.  Please read her book.  I plan on reading more from this author as well.
Kara’s Picks

This week’s topic can be interpreted a few different ways. What does ‘deserve more recognition’ actually mean? Do you think the author should have won more awards? Do you wish more people read their books? Do you think they should have been picked up by a major publishing house much sooner? Do they get recognition elsewhere but not in the US? In my case, I cover all those topics in the five authors I have chosen for my Top Ten Tuesday.

1. Lauren Myracle

I chose Lauren Myracle for a myriad of reasons. Not enough people read her books. She should be more popular than she is because she is an AMAZING writer. But also, I do feel she deserved awards for Shine, and though she received a few nominations, that wasn’t good enough. At any rate, she is DEFINITELY my favorite contemporary author and I cannot recommend her stuff enough. If you haven’t read anything by Lauren, you should do so immediately.

2. Karina Halle

Is it any surprise I chose Karina? She’s one of my closest friends, but I can promise you that isn’t the reason I picked her. I LOVE her books. I think she’s incredibly talented, and she recently FINALLY got picked up by a major publisher. That should have happened much sooner, in my opinion. The ball is finally rolling for her, and I knew it would happen eventually (before it did, I used to tell her this ALL the time), but why did it take so long? Also, if you haven’t read her books, you should remedy that. No, they are not for everyone. But if you read one and it clicks with you, definitely read the rest!

3. Ari Berk

I picked Ari because I love his books and not enough people read them. It’s pretty simple. If you read this blog often, you know I regularly bash our readers over the head with his books. And yet enough of you STILL aren’t reading them! If you are a fan of gothic fiction, if you are a fan of epic world-building, if you are a fan of TRULY gorgeous writing, you should be reading his stuff. Death Watch was one of my favorite books of 2011 and it’s still a favorite. Read, read, read!

4. Kay Honeyman

This is all because of The Fire Horse Girl. I loved that damn book. The author has only written one book so far, but not enough people have read her book this year and it’s one of my favorites! I feel like it’s been skipped over a lot for bigger releases, and if you haven’t read this and you like historical fiction, you are seriously missing out! She captures the voice of the MC well and the research was mind blowing. I will definitely read anything this author writes!

5. Lucy Clarke

And this is all because of Swimming at Night, or The Sea Sisters in the UK. It is definitely one the best books I read this year, if not my favorite. I’ll have to wait until the end of the year to determine that, but this author managed to fit all of the things I love into one book: travel, culture, gorgeous writing, and strong characters. What else is there? Oh, and it tugged at my heartstrings. It was her first book, and a little birdy told me that her next novel may be set in the Philippines. I think this author writes strictly for me or something. But again, not enough people have read it and that needs to change fast. This book got a rare 5 stars from me. So you should definitely check it out if you read adult fiction. 

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32 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

  1. Amy

    Great picks ladies!! I loved Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna. I am definitely looking forward to more from her. Also Karina Halle. I have only read one of her books, but I have a bunch of them!

  2. I loved Texas Gothic. I’m reading Spirit and Dust right now. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything by Lauren Myracle although I’m definitely looking forward to the Infinite Moment of Us. Great lists!

  3. I’ve heard a lot of great things about Texas Gothic and Rosemary. I have it on my TBR. I also have Shine by Lauren Myracle on it as well. I guess I need to hurry up and read them!

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  4. Gosh yes, Karina!!! She definitely needs more recognition! I’ll admit that I haven’t read a lot of Lauren Myracle and I’m always torn on what I do read. I wasn’t a fan of Shine but I did like her story in Let It Snow … I’ll have to read more of her stuff!

  5. I liked Texas Gothic, I loved And All the Stars! I’ve seen love for The Lost Girl lately and need to check it out. I’ve been meaning to read Myracle for a while! There are so many authors I need to check out on these lists! I love finding new authors and books like this!

  6. RJ Anderson – I’ve heard only praise for ULTRAVIOLET and QUICKSILVER. When I first started blogging, I’d had the chance to review ULTRAVIOLET, but it expired from NG before I could read it. It’s one of the books I’ve most regretted not getting the chance to read. I’ve seen Texas Gothic & The Lost Girl around a bit, and I still haven’t gotten around to them, though I’ve heard nothing but good things.

    Lauren Myracle – I have yet to read SHINE, but I’m a general fan of how she behaved when the National Book Award people messed up – when they nominated CHIME but had announced her name on accident instead. She was just so classy when they had done her a disservice!

  7. Yay, I’ve read some of these! R.J. Anderson in particular is on my to-read list, and I’ve just gotten my hands on copies of Ultraviolet and Quicksilver. Hopefully I love them as much as everyone else seems to!

  8. Yes yes yes to R.J. Anderson!! I didn’t do this TTT but if I had, he would be near the top of the list. I just love Ultraviolet. I actually haven’t read the other authors, since I’m a huge fail x_x but Lauren Myracle and Sangu Mandana are definitely on my to-read list.

    • Anderson has to be at the top of Favorite Authors list! Her writing always shames me and causes me to worship her! She even responded to one of my posts about one of her books. I love her.

  9. I really want to read some Andrea K. Host, because I’ve heard nothing but praise for her, and a lot of the plots sound awesome. It’s just hard to find the time. I will though! I’ve read half of these authors. Not so bad, yeah?

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