This is a post for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. You can find out more and follow along there!
This week’s TTT post is all about authors who deserve more recognition. This is more difficult than it seems, at least for me. I have so many online friends and we all pass reviews and recommendations back and forth. Don’t get me wrong–this is totally awesome. But it does mean that I assume EVERYONE knows about Author X, when in fact it’s just my little nerdy corner of the internet.
1. Sage Blackwood has only published one book to date, Jinx, but it is ABSOLUTELY MARVELOUS and more people need to read it RIGHT NOW, especially if you like Diana Wynne Jones. I haven’t been hearing a lot of buzz for it, aside from Charlotte and Brandy, which is a pity.
2. I think that Sarah Rees Brennan‘s books may be slowly gaining popularity? I certainly hope so, because I love her writing forever and ever. Although her first trilogy is amazing, and I truly enjoyed Unspoken and Team Human, her short story, “Queen of Atlantis, is my favorite. A wonderful, heartbreaking mixture of mythology and fairy tales and everything I love in 8,000 words.
3. Ysabeau Wilce‘s Flora books are also amazing. Madcap adventures set in an alternate version of 19th/early 20th century California! Fun slang! Nini Mo! But they’re also full of heart–a young girl finding out who she is, amidst a changing world. Bonus: wonderful. complicated relationships with parents.
4. I don’t know why more people don’t know Rachel Neumeier‘s books, because they are the best. Read City in the Lake if you’re a Patricia McKillip fan, and House of Shadows if you want sisters struggling together against the odds. Or The Floating Islands, if you want not one but TWO great school stories. Plus flying.
5. Unfortunately, I suspect most people know Franny Billingsley because of the awful Shine/Chime mixup/disaster/snafu. This is a shame, because her books are creepy and delicious. She often incorporates folktales and old ballads, which I love. Plus, her main characters are just the kind I love–prickly and alone and tender all at the same time.
6. Okay, yes, I know that Elizabeth Wein is pretty well known at this point, and also that I talk about her books all the time. But I’m sticking her on this list for the Aksumite books, which more people–ESPECIALLY Megan Whalen Turner fans–need to read. Plus, the first two, The Winter Prince and A Coalition of Lions, were recently released as ebooks, which means that anyone who’s been wanting to read them and couldn’t find them now has no excuse at all.
7. Similarly, I think some people know R.J. Anderson for her Ultraviolet/Quicksilver duology, which is marvelous and more people should read those too (they’re so different from any other YA sci-fi books I can think of). But I also love her fairy series, which sadly I’ve only read the first two books of (it’s not being published in the US and I still haven’t gotten my act together to order them from the UK). Plus, I love the way she incorporates Christianity into her book, in a way that’s open and free and completely non-preachy.