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