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Tuesday 26 February 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #11 ~ Authors that I'd put in my Auto-Buy list

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! This week is an extremely easy topic for me so I was very excited. I had to actually cull my list down, it was hard to do but I went with the Authors that I don't even think soon as I see a book by them, I don't bother reading the synopsis I just buy it. I just wanted to give special mentions to John Marsden, Markus Zusak, Michelle Zink and Roald Dahl.

This list is in no particular order. Please click on each Author's name to view their book list, courtesy of Goodreads. All bio's are copied from Goodreads unless otherwise stated. 

Top Ten Authors that I'd put in my Auto-Buy list

1. Melina Marchetta

Melina Marchetta was born in Sydney Australia. Her first novel, Looking For Alibrandi was awarded the Children's Book Council of Australia award in 1993 and her second novel, Saving Francesca won the same award in 2004. Looking For Alibrandi was made into a major film in 2000 and won the Australian Film Institute Award for best Film and best adapted screen play, also written by the author. On the Jellicoe Road was released in 2006 and won the WAYRBA voted by teenagers in Western Australia in 2008. It also won the US Printz Medal in 2009 for excellence in YA literature. This was followed up by Finnikin of the Rock in 2008 which won the Aurealis Award for YA fantasy, The Piper's Son in 2010 which was shortlisted for the Qld Premier's Lit Award, NSW Premier's Lit Award, Prime Minister's Literary Awards, CBC awards and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. Her follow up to Finnikin, Froi of the Exiles will be released in Australia in October and the US in March 2012.

2. Cecilia Ahern

Before embarking on her writing career, Cecelia Ahern completed a degree in Journalism and Media Communications. At twenty-one years old, she wrote her first novel, P.S. I Love you which instantly became an international bestseller and was adapted into a major motion picture starring Hilary Swank. Her subsequent novels,  Where Rainbows End, If You Could See Me Now, A Place Called Here, Thanks for the Memories The Gift, The Book of Tomorrow  were also bestsellers along with her collection of short stories,  Girl in the Mirror.

Cecelia co-created the ABC Emmy Award winning TV comedy Samantha Who?, Hallmark's Three Wise Women, and adapted her own novella,  Mrs Whippy, for the stage. Cecelia’s books are published in forty-six countries and have collectively sold over 13 million copies. She lives in Dublin with her family.  ~ Wikipedia

3. Sophie Kinsella 

Madeleine Wickham  (born 12 December 1969) is a bestselling British author under her pseudonym, Sophie Kinsella. Educated at New College, Oxford, she worked as a financial journalist before turning to fiction. She is best known for writing a popular series of chick-lit novels. The Shopaholic novels series focuses on the misadventures of Becky Bloomwood, a financial journalist who cannot manage her own finances. The books follows her life from when her credit card debt first become overwhelming ("The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic") to the latest book on being married and having a child ("Shopaholic & Baby"). Throughout the entire series, her obsession with shopping and the complications that imparts on her life are central themes.

4. Charlaine Harris 

Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over twenty-five years. A native of the Mississippi Delta, she grew up in the middle of a cotton field. Now she lives in southern Arkansas with her husband, her three children, three dogs, and a duck. The duck stays outside.

Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college (Rhodes, in Memphis) Charlaine was writing poetry and plays. After holding down some low-level jobs, she had the opportunity to stay home and write, and the resulting two stand-alones were published by Houghton Mifflin. After a child-producing sabbatical, Charlaine latched on to the trend of writing mystery series, and soon had her own traditional books about a Georgia librarian, Aurora Teagarden. Her first Teagarden,  garnered an Agatha nomination.

Soon Charlaine was looking for another challenge, and the result was the much darker Lily Bard series. The books, set in Shakespeare, Arkansas, feature a heroine who has survived a terrible attack and is learning to live with its consequences.

When Charlaine began to realize that neither of those series was ever going to set the literary world on fire, she regrouped and decided to write the book she’d always wanted to write. Not a traditional mystery, nor yet pure science fiction or romance, Dead Until Dark  broke genre boundaries to appeal to a wide audience of people who just enjoy a good adventure. Each subsequent book about Sookie Stackhouse, telepathic Louisiana barmaid and friend to vampires, werewolves, and various other odd creatures, has drawn more readers. The Southern Vampire books are published in Japan, Great Britain, Greece, Germany, Thailand, Spain, France, and Russia.

In addition to Sookie, Charlaine has another heroine with a strange ability. Harper Connelly, lightning-struck and strange, can find corpses… and that’s how she makes her living.

In addition to her work as a writer, Charlaine is the past senior warden of St. James Episcopal Church, a board member of Mystery Writers of America, a past board member of Sisters in Crime, a member of the American Crime Writers League, and past president of the Arkansas Mystery Writers Alliance. She spends her "spare" time reading, watching her daughter play sports, traveling, and going to the movies.

5. Richelle Mead 

Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time: Georgina Kincaid, Dark Swan, and Vampire Academy.

A life-long reader, Richelle has always loved mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses. She's a self-professed coffee addict and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous.

6. Scott Westerfeld

Scott Westerfeld is a New York Times bestselling American-born author of YA sci-fi literature. He was born in the Texas and now lives in Sydney and New York City. In 2001, Westerfeld married fellow author Justine Larbalestier.

His book Evolution's Darling was a New York Times Notable Book, and won a Special Citation for the 2000 Philip K. Dick Award. So Yesterday won a Victorian Premier's Award and Midnighters 1: The Secret Hour won an Aurealis Award. Peeps and Uglies were both named as Best Books for Young Adults 2006 by the American Library Association.

7. Laini Taylor 

Hi there! I'm a writer of fantasy books for young people, but my books can be enjoyed by adults as well. My 'Dreamdark' books, Blackbringer (2007) and Silksinger (2009) are about faeries -- not dainty little flowery things, but warrior-faeries who battle devils. My first young adult book, Lips Touch, is a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award! It's creepy, sensual supernatural romance. . . about kissing. I am also an artist with a licensed gift product line called "Laini's Ladies."

8. Maggie Stiefvater

All of Maggie Stiefvater's life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you're a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she's tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She's made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

J.K. Rowling (Joanne “Jo” Rowling) is the writer behind the best selling Harry Potter series. The Potter books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, sold more than 400 million copies and been the basis for a popular series of films.

Aside from writing the Potter novels, Rowling is perhaps equally famous for her “rags to riches” life story, in which she progressed from living on benefits to multi-millionaire status within five years. The 2008  Sunday Times Rich List  estimated Rowling’s fortune at £560 million ($798 million), ranking her as the twelfth richest woman in Britain.  Forbes  ranked Rowling as the forty-eighth most powerful celebrity of 2007, and Time magazine named her as a runner-up for its 2007 Person of the Year, noting the social, moral, and political inspiration she has given her fandom. She has become a notable philanthropist, supporting such charities as Comic Relief, One Parent Families, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain, and the Children’s High Level Group. Rowling’s mother died of multiple sclerosis, and because of this she became severely depressed for a period of time.  

Real people are the basis for her characters, including one of her most famous, Gilderoy Lockhart, though she refuses to say on whom he is based.

Harry Potter is her most famous debut, though she has written other books branching off of Potter, including, Quidditch through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them.

In 2012, her novel for adults  The Casual Vacancy  was published. It won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Fiction. 

Rowling has millions of fans and is a household name all around the world, so if you write her a letter, don’t expect her to answer it. Please note that she doesn’t have an email address.

10. Isobelle Carmody

Isobelle Carmody began the first novel of her highly acclaimed Obernewtyn Chronicles while she was still in high school. The series has established her at the forefront of fantasy writing in Australia.

In addition to her young-adult novels, such as the Obernewtyn Chronicles and Alyzon Whitestarr, Isobelle's published works include several middle-grade fantasies. Her still-unfinished Gateway Trilogy has been favorably compared to The Wizard of Oz and the Chronicles of Narnia. The Little Fur quartet is an eco-fantasy starring a half-elf, half-troll heroine and is fully illustrated by the author herself.

Isobelle's most recent picture book, Magic Night, is a collaboration with illustrator Declan Lee. Originally published in Australia as The Wrong Thing, the book features an ordinary housecat who stumbles upon something otherworldly. Across all her writing, Isobelle shows a talent for balancing the mundane and the fantastic.

Isobelle was the guest of honor at the 2007 Australian National Science Fiction Convention. She has received numerous honors for her writing, including multiple Aurealis Awards and Children's Book Council of Australia Awards.

She currently divides her time between her home on the Great Ocean Road in Australia and her travels abroad with her partner and daughter.

Next week @ Top Ten Tuesday

Series I'd Like To Start But Haven't Yet


@MelissaJoLynn_ said...

I love Sophie Kinsella too! She's so funny and her books are the kind you can reread many times and never get bored of them. Great list! My Top Ten Tuesday

InkkReviews said...

woah , lots of great ones here. first off, i know we both have Scott Westerfeld in common, super bubbly . I am also a huge fan of Charlaine Harris , i have read almost all of her Southern Vampire Series ! Love them! I I haven't read tons of Maggie Stiefvater, but i did read her Shiver Series, and i am a big fan! awesome picks, and thanks for checking out my TTT as well! - Katie @ Inkk

Kristin said...

Love, Love, Love Richelle Mead!! I also have Finnikin of the Rock on my kindle and I can't wait to read it. Awesome picks!

Kristin @ Young Adult Book Haven

Anonymous said...

I still haven't read Rowling. :hides in shame: I tried reading Harris, but I just couldn't get into the series.

Jessica @ Literary, etc

Anonymous said...

Ahh, Sophie Kinsella. I used to follow her books quite a bit but sort of tapered off after Remember Me? (though I enjoyed that one). Been meaning to pick up her latest books...maybe one of these days xD

Here's my TTT

Jessica (Peace Love Books) said...

I love Cecilia Ahern and Richelle Mead! JK Rowling and Sophie Kinsella made my list as well! Great list :)

Here's my Top Ten!

Michelle said...

I of course LOVE J.K. Rowling... and Sophie Kinsella too!!! Can You Keep a Secret was hilarious! I really want to read Stupid Perfect World by Scott Westerfield... it looks cool!

Thanks for stopping by My TTT ...and I love your blog it's so pretty!!!

Dragana M. said...

Melina Marchetta, Isobelle Carmody, Maggie Stiefvater, Laini Taylor, Scott Westerfeld, Charlaine Harris & Cecilia Ahern - I still did not read anything by them although I get recs constantly so I hope to give them a chance soon.
I only read (and liked) VA from R.Mead but I hope to try out her other series soon...
Nice list! (And I love your block design & color scheme)

Thanks for stopping by my TTT.
Dragana @ Bookworm Dreams

Pam Pho said...

Great list!

Loni said...

That's a really detailed list (the opposite of mine). I love Kinsella's books and J.K. Rowling. I've read Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series, but haven't given her other books a try.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books said...

Melina Marchetta is a good one! I need to read more of her work. And I promised myself that I would finally read Daughter of Smoke and Bone this year! Great list! :)

Thanks for stopping by my post!

~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

Synchronized Reading said...

Mead and Rowlings :) Definitely! And I've been wanting to check out Harris's books. Your blog is so cute!


elena said...

I definitely agree with Melina Marchetta! Laini Taylor's writing is GORGEOUS too and I always like reading her work just for the words.

Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard said...

Wow! Great list, Angelica! What a great idea to include the bios of the authors you chose. I love Rowling, but a lot of the others are new to me... though I have a copy of Finnikin of the Rock languishing on my TBR shelves somewhere. I will have to dig it out and move it into the current pile! I've also been wanting to try Carmody and read more of Stiefvater's books.

tonile.helena said...

I love your list. Full of such strong and beautiful women! Also, unrelated, your blog is stunning.

Montana @ The Book Belles said...

I really love Richelle Mead's Bloodlines series. Also, I've heard some amazing things about Jellicoe Road, so I really want to read that soon. Amazing list!

Isa said...

Melina Marchetta is my favourite author, I adore her books. I've been wanting to read books by Richelle Mead and Laini Taylor, I've heard amazing things about their writing.

Sana said...

Yay, you also Cecelia Ahern on your list! I just love If I Could See You Now. She rocks! And I've to check out a Marchetta's books now, she seems to be popular (and new to me).

Here's my Top Ten Tuesday post!

Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

~Sara @ Just Another Story said...

Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyy didn't I remember to add Jo Rowling to my list?! I don't care what she writes I will buy it! What was I thinking?!?!?! I am glad you remembered. You have some pretty awesome authors on your list.

Happy Reading.

Unknown said...

Thank you Everyone for taking the time out to read my Top Ten list and to comment. I've come and visited you all and commented back. There are some of you that I couldn't find a Top Ten post for, however, I did try to seek out your posts :(

And if anyone knows how to do threaded comments pls give me instructions so I can reply to each of your comments.


Anonymous said...

Oohh... we do have a lot in common for this week's list.

I've met both Melina Marchetta and Isabelle Carmody (I even got to sit next to Isabelle at a literary dinner back when I was sixteen). They're as lovely as their work is fascinating.

A.M.Y-A said...

Wonderful list! You have a couple here I would have loved to have on mine if it could have been longer!

Divergent Gryffindor said...

Wow, I can't believe someone else besides me knows Isobelle Carmody! None of my friends know about her.. I've only read The Night Gate trilogy, though.. :)
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Annie said...

I love Laini Taylor and Maggie Stiefvater... and of course J.K. Rowling! Great list.

Thanks for stopping by!

Annie @ Tar Heel Bibliobabe :)


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