Top Ten Tuesday: Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish!
1) Terry Pratchett: I was absolutely heartbroken when he passed away last month. I cried for at least an hour. I started reading his books when I was around 14 or so and I loved them so much. I've only read just over half the Discworld books, and I've also read Nation and Good Omens, but really that already makes over 20 books of his that I've read – I've read more books by him than I have by any other author. He was a prolific author, of course. I am so glad and so grateful that he left behind so many wonderful, funny, insightful, poignant books – that having read over 20 books by him, I still have more than 20 books of his that I've yet to read.
2) Neil Gaiman: I started reading Neil Gaiman's books the same time I started reading Pratchett's. I really love Gaiman's writing, and how he plays with mythology and folklore. I love his brand of creepy too! Everything he writes is just amazing: his short stories and his comics and his books for children and for adults. I love them all.
3) David Levithan: David Levithan's queer YA has always been such an inspiration to me! His was the first queer YA I ever got to read and I'll always be thankful for how much he illuminated my life with his books.
4) Laini Taylor: Taylor's prose is so crushingly, soaringly beautiful and I'm dying to read whatever she writes next.
5) Laura Lam: Seriously, I'm so excited for the third book in the Micah Grey trilogy to come out this year! I loved the first two and it makes me really happy that Lam is committed to writing diverse books: reading about a genderfluid, intersex, bisexual protag in a well-written YA fantasy series just floored me.
6) Tom Pollock: I am still trying my best to make all of you read his books!! His books are seriously vastly underrated. He's written one YA urban fantasy trilogy, the Skyscraper Throne series which starts with The City's Son, and the trilogy stars a queer Muslim girl and her female best friend and they both kick ass and are so so awesome. READ IT. Anything this man writes from now on will be auto-buy for me, really.
7) Alan Hollinghurst: Want beautifully written and piercingly insightful literary novels starring gay men set in England? Alan Hollinghurst is your guy.
8) Emily M. Danforth: Danforth has sadly only got one book out so far but that one book is so amazing that she makes it onto my favourite author list anyway. I'm pretty sure that I gush about The Miseducation of Cameron Post all too often already.
9) Jandy Nelson: I reviewed I'll Give You the Sun recently and loved it. Nelson just has the most stunning way with words. Her first book was so amazing too. I really hope it won't be too long before she shares another book with us, but even if it is, I'm sure the wait will be well worth it. Her books are artistic masterpieces.
10) Brandon Sanderson: I really need to read more of this man's books because I have STILL only just read Mistborn! But Mistborn I loved, and I am definitely going to read more at some point! His worldbuilding is just so complex and rich and I love his characters.