Top Ten Tuesday: More Recognition

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic. I’m a huge fan of lists, so this meme is right up my alley! 


This week’s topic is Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition
Most of my picks are authors that a lot of book bloggers recognize, but they’re authors that I think some other readers might be missing out on. Here’s my list, in alphabetical order by the author’s last name:
Gennifer Albin  I LOVED Crewel when I read it last year, and I just think it is such a cool storyline, plus there’s so much more to the story than meets the eye.  I can’t wait to read Altered, and any other books that Gennifer Albin writes!
Lisa Burstein  I’ve read Lisa’s two full-length YA novels and I really enjoyed them.  She’s now breaking into the New Adult genre and I know she’ll do well. If you like YA contemporary, you should check out her books! (My reviews of Pretty Amy and Dear Cassie.)
Ernest Cline  If you like video games, or the 1980s, or both, go read Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One.  I really hope that the movie adaptation of that book actually comes to fruition, and I hope he continues to write more novels!
James Dashner  So, yeah, I know that James Dashner is getting a lot more recognition these days but I still feel like his Maze Runner series is one that a lot of people haven’t yet read.  I really loved that series and can’t wait for the movie!
Terri-Lynne DeFino  Terri-Lynne is actually a friend of my friend, and we read her book, Finder, for my book club.  If you like high fantasy, I really recommend Finder!  I hope to read her other books sometime soon!
David Levithan  Yes, David Levithan is well known to lovers of YA contemporaries, but I still feel like readers of the world at large have yet to discover his beautiful writing.  I recommend The Lover’s Dictionary and Love is the Higher Law, and, well, basically any of David’s books.
Diana Peterfreund  I’ve only read For Darkness Shows the Stars, but I can just tell that Diana Peterfreund is one of those special authors.  FDStS was just so different than all the other YA books I’ve read, and the whole book was just so well done.  I can’t wait to read Across a Star-Swept Sea and all of Diana’s other books!
Amy Kathleen Ryan  I feel like there are a ton of readers out there who would love Amy’s Sky Chasers series (my reviews of Glow and Spark), but a lot of people seem to always compare the series to Beth Revis’s Across the Universe series, and for some reason, some people don’t like that the two series are similar.  I personally love both series.  Yes, they have similarities (people hurtling across space towards a New Earth that they will try to inhabit to preserve the human race), but they are very different stories as well.  I think if you enjoyed the Across the Universe series, you should give the Sky Chasers series a chance.
Melissa West  I don’t know many people who have read Melissa’s debut, Gravity, but I absolutely LOVED it, and this is another one of those books that is more than meets the eye.  The sequel, Hover, comes out next month and I’m so excited!
Scott Westerfeld  So I feel bad because Scott Westerfeld is one of my favorite authors, yet I’ve only read his Uglies series and the Uglies graphic novels (my reviews of Uglies: Shay’s Story and Uglies: Cutters).  But I do think that anyone who likes YA, especially YA sci-fi, should give his books a shot.  I own all of the Leviathan trilogy and I can’t wait to read them, plus all of his other books!
So which authors do you think deserve more recognition?  Let me know, or leave a link to your TTT in the comments, and I’ll stop by your blog!


  1. whyanot

    July 16, 2013 at 6:47 am

    I adored Crewel! Definitely one that needs more recognition! Great list

  2. Lola Reading

    July 16, 2013 at 7:08 am

    I thought about adding Diana Peterfreund to my list! She is definitely an underappreciated author!

  3. Cait

    July 16, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I love David Levithan, glad to see him on your list!

    Cait x

  4. chrissireads

    July 16, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    I've heard a lot about Melissa West. I should try reading her book!

  5. Eveline V

    July 16, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Great top ten! James Dashner and Scott Westerfield their books are amazing :)

    My TTT:

  6. kimberlybuggie

    July 16, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    I've heard great things about Scott Westerfield. Will have to look him up!
    Cool list!

    My TTT

  7. yaescapefromreality

    July 16, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Great list! I loved Crewel and I recently read Altered as well–love Ginnifer Albin! And Hover was a recent WoW for me and I don't think a lot of people are that familiar with Gravity, which I thought was great. ~Pam

  8. Cecelia

    July 16, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Ahhhh! Now I'm worried because I didn't put Diana Peterfreund on my list! I love her new sci-fi books. And everyone I know (the YA readers and non-YA readers alike) has been telling me to pick up READY PLAYER ONE. Sounds like a must-read. Thanks for sharing your list!

  9. Chikadee

    July 16, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Ahh Scott Westerfeld is a must, I love his Pretties series. Read a bit of Dashner, the rest I will definitely check out.

    ka'u hawanawana@

  10. Kimberly

    July 16, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    I almost put Diana Peterfreund on my list, but it seems she's been getting more recognition lately thanks to her newest series. I fell in love with her writing after reading the Secret Society Girl series, which is one of my favorite book series of all time. Glad to see another fan of her work.

    I'm a new follower via GFC! My Top 10

  11. Natalie Natflixandbooks

    July 16, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    I just bought For Darkness a couple of weeks ago, but haven't read it yet. I've been meaning to read Ready Player One for forever, but still need to. Great list! Thanks for stopping by mine!
    -Natalie @Natflix&Books

  12. madbutmagic

    July 16, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Ready Player One sounds like a fun ride – plus I'm guessing it's one of those YA books my boyfriend will like as much as I will (and those are hard to come by, so thanks for the great rec)! -Meg @ Mad but Magic

  13. Krystianna

    July 17, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Great list! James Dashner is one of my favorite authors. I can't wait for his new book!! Thanks for sharing. :)

  14. Bittner

    July 17, 2013 at 4:11 am

    I wish Levithan didn't have to be on this list, but I agree with you. I haven't read any Westerfield yet but I do own Peeps and it is on my list of ones to finish this year!

  15. Bittner

    July 17, 2013 at 4:28 am

    I feel like such an idiot I totally forgot that he wrote Leviathan!!!

  16. fakesteph

    July 24, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    I love Diana so much! She's sweet in person and I LOVED Secret Society Girl. I'm really looking forward to reading For Darkness Shows the Stars.

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