I read a lot of popular books. But I also read weird books.
I can’t help it! I don’t have control over this part of me…the part that just needs to read and read and read. I’m curious. I want to live a million lives. Also reading makes me feel smart, which is rather vain, so I’m not admitting that too loudly, okay?
I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for their incredibly awesome meme: Top Ten Tuesday. This is a meme involving lists, peoples. LISTS! I love lists.
This week’s prompt is: Top 10 Underrated Books or Authors
This means I get to tell you about some YA authors you’ve probably never heard of (or have, briefly, because I yap about them) and you get to fume because the reason they’re so underrated is because their books aren’t available everywhere. This really infuriates me. I wish publishers would get their flippers together and make sure (particularly Australian authors) their books are available WORLD WIDE.
1) Steph Bowe
She was published at 16-years-old. Can we take a second?! SIXTEEN YEARS OLD. Freakishly talented, is all I can say. Now she does public speaking for kids all over Australia and wins awards and is all round fabulous.
Her books are awesome too.
2) Dan Wells
I’m guessing you’ve heard of this insanely talented dude, but have you read his books?! At least one of them?! YOU NEED TO. He’s one of those sickeningly talented people who don’t just write in one genre, oh no! He writes everything. So if you’re not keen on paranormal murder mysteries, what about dystopian robotic apocalypses?
3) Shirley Marr
I WISH SHE WOULD WRITE MORE BOOKS. Although, to be fair, she does have a reason she hasn’t published a novel since 2012. She had a baby. Which was probably a wise idea seeing how gorgeous and fabulous she is.
But still! You can’t buy her books in many places. They’re always super expensive. But she writes the best (most unique) contemporaries ever! Murders and snarky (but witty) dialogue and lovable ghosts who quote The Princess Bride?! If you ever get a chance: read her books.
4) T. Michael Martin
He actually hosts the How To Adult vlog series (the VlogBrothers produce it!) and John Green personally recommends his novel. BUT WHY DO I NEVER SEE HIS BOOK AROUND?! (Actually a quick look on Goodreads told me most of my friends hate this book. But don’t listen to them. Listen to me.)
Yes it’s a zombie book, but it’s about a guy taking care of his little brother. Guns. Fighting. Zombies. Some adorable sibling moments. What more could you want?!
5) Rachel Hartman
6) Lene Kaaberbol
7) Melissa Keil
She’s Australian. She’s totally underrated. Life in Outer Space is an incredible book. It’s actually not about space (although there are fabulous Star Trek references), it’s a contemporary about an awkward teen boy who writes. I do so enjoy books about writers who quote Spock.
8) Kirsten Miller
9) Allison van Diepan
10) Sally Green
Now it is your turn!
Cait has read 150 books this year. She feels quite proud of that even though her eyeballs are tired. It’s all research, though! She definitely claims it as WORK research, since she is neck deep in editing her own books with the possibility of throwing them at you in the future. She’ll only throw paperbacks, though, because she’s considerate. Currently she just finished reading FOLLOWERS and cringing at it.