Top Ten Author Duos I Want to Co-Write Together

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week, they post a new Top Ten topic and other bloggers respond with their own lists. 

Hey guys! I love this week’s TTT topic, but I couldn’t come up with ten, so I went with five (which since there are two authors each kind of make it ten…?).

  1. Rachel Hawkins and Ally Carter
    • I love both of these authors because of their ability to create hilarious characters and ridiculous plots. Together, they would be unstopable–as in, I’m not sure that I could stop laughing.
  2. Susan Vaught and Patrick Ness
    • Both of these authors write powerful plots with moving social commentary. Ness’s writing is stronger with fantasy, and Vaught’s style is more centered in modern-day issues. Honestly, I don’t think I could get through this make believe book without crying, but I know I would also be deeply moved.
  3. Erin Morgenstern and Maggie Stiefvater
    • Both of these authors create the most gorgeous, fantastical worlds and some of the most memorable characters that I’ve ever read. Putting them together would create a fantasy-writing powerhouse that I would knock people over in a bookstore to get to.
  4. Sarah J Maas and Kristen Cashore
    • Another fantasy powerhouse, but this one is more badass. The heroine that these two women would create would be a butt-kicking, but emotionally aware protagonist that I’d probably love forever.
  5. Brandon Sanderson and Libba Bray
    • I love both of these authors, but I’ve always felt like Sanderson’s writing needs more social commentary, which Bray rocks at. Together, they’d create some incredible story. I don’t even care what genre it would be, because both of them have written in multiple genres and I’m fairly certain they can do anything.

Which authors would you want to co-write together? Do you agree with my pairings? Happy Tuesday!

Top Ten Authors I’ve Read the Most Books From

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week, they post a new Top Ten topic and other bloggers respond with their own lists. I take part in this meme when I have something to say for the topic and I remember what day it is.

This topic is strange for me because I reread my favorite books so often. It feels like I’ve read dozens of book by my favorite authors, but most of the only have a few books that I’ve read three or four times each. For this topic, I’m only counting the first time I’ve read a book, so these authors don’t necessarily match my favorite authors, just the ones I’ve read the most books from.

  1. Janet Evanovich — 16 (ish) books

The Stephanie Plum series started off great and should have ended before it went off the rails. It was humorous and fast-paced and above all, fun, but every book was the same. Evanovich’s formula for creating best-selling action novels works, but after sixteen of the same story, I got tired of the repetition. It also bothered me that the romance never went anywhere; it was one step forward, two steps backward, and I wanted Stephanie to get over herself already.

2. Meg Cabot — 11 books

I’ve read All-American Girl, When Lightning Strikes, all six Mediator books, and all three Abandon books. The Abandon trilogy was definitely my favorite, but everything Cabot writes is fun to read.

3. Ally Carter — 10.5 books

I love Ally Carter so much. Seriously, she’s my comfort food of books. The Gallagher Girls series got me hooked on her ridiculous stories, and her Heist Society series sealed the deal. The novella that brings both series together (Double Crossed) was PERFECT. Her newest book, All Fall Down, wasn’t as good as her other books, but I’m always up for another Ally Carter book.

4. P.C and Kristen Cass — 8 (ish) books

The House of Night series started off strong. I loved the unique paranormal world and the eccentric cast of characters. The series started to unravel as it went on, and in my opinion it should have ended around book six. I say I read 8-ish books, because I don’t actually remember how far I got into the series before I quit.

5. Micheal Buckley — 8 books

At the end of my time reading middle grade books, I picked up one of the last great MG series I would ever read (at least so far): The Sister’s Grimm series. I loved the magic of the series and the complex plots that didn’t act like children were too young for creepy stories. My little sister is reading them now, and I’m glad that it seems like she’s enjoying them as much as I did when I was her age.

6. Libba Bray — 6 books

Libba. Freaking. Bray. She’s incredibly diverse–with the stories she tells and the characters in those stories. I’ve read her Gemma Doyle trilogy (my favorite), Beauty Queens (my other favorite), Going Bovine (my least favorite), and The Diviners.

7. Brandon Sanderson — 6 books

I’ve fangirled about Sanderson so much on this blog that is goes without saying that he is on this list. He’s amazing. The Mistborn trilogy, both Reckoners books (Steelheart and Firefight), and the Mistborn companion, The Alloy of Law–all of them were amazing. I want more time in every world that Sanderson creates, more conversations with the characters he paints.

8. Richelle Mead — 6 books

I loved the Vampire Academy series. Six books long, it had a powerful and captivating plot, with swoon-worthy romance and complex world-building.

9. Patrick Ness — 5 books

I love everything I’ve read by Patrick Ness: the Chaos Walking trilogy, A Monster Calls, and More Than This. His story-telling abilities are unparalleled. Chaos Walking is my favorite story of his.

10. CC Hunter — 5 books

I read the Shadow Falls series a while ago, and I enjoyed the playful paranormal plots. I haven’t read the spinoff series, but I might pick it up if I was ever in the mood for good old-fashioned paranormal romance.


What authors have you read the most? Do we share any most-read writers? What other books by these authors should I read?

The Would You Rather Book Tag

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Thank you so much to Skylee at The Night Girl for tagging me in the Would You Rather book tag!

Would you rather only read trilogies or standalones?

I think I would rather read trilogies because you get to spend more time with the characters, explore more of the world (if it’s fantasy), and get a more complex plot. However, I hate reading trilogies (or series of any kind) if all three books have not yet been released. I’m crazy and any time I read a new book in a series, I have to reread the previous books, so by the end of a trilogy I’ll probably have read the first book three times, the second book twice, and the last book once, which even I admit is weird. So I’d say trilogies, as long as I can read all three books back-to-back.

Would you rather only read male or female authors?

I’ve never really cared who writes the books I read. Debut, indie, male, female, old, young, black, white–I care about the story. But most of the authors I end up reading are females, so I guess that’s my answer. (As a side note, of my all-time favorite authors, they are split half and half between males and females, so it’s not like male authors don’t work for me.)

Would you rather shop at Barnes and Noble or Amazon?

Wow. I dedicated an entire blog post to this question. But the tl;dr version is this: if I know what books I want to buy, Amazon is convenient. If I’m looking to discover new books, it has to be an actual bookstore (if that is Barnes and Noble or a local store, I honestly don’t care).

Would you rather books were made into TV shows or movies?

Neither? Book-to-screen adaptions have never really worked for me. No matter the format, part of the book will always be lost. (I discussed this in a TTT recently.) I love watching TV, but the books I read are special to me because of how they were written and I don’t hunger for them to crossover.

Would you rather read only 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?

Five books a week. I spent a blog post talking about this at the beginning of summer, but after power-reading eight books in two weeks, I’ve come down on the side of reading quickly rather than slowly. The story is so much more powerful when read all at once, instead of spread out across a lot of days.

Would you rather be a professional author or reviewer?

AUTHOR. I like reviewing books, but being a published author is my dream (and not the kind of dream that never comes true–I really think I could do it).

Would you rather be a librarian or a bookseller?

Bookseller, for the simple reason that I haven’t been to a library since elementary school. I have nothing against libraries or librarians, but I like collecting books myself (“I have to give them back?” five-year-old me asked my grandmother). If I worked in a bookstore, I could still recommend books to people and fangirl about my favorites with fellow readers, but I would be more in my element than if I were a librarian.

Would you rather read only your favorite genre, or every other genre but your favorite?

I don’t know my favorite genre. It’s a tie between fantasy and contemporary. I wouldn’t mind only reading fantasy books, however, because of the diversity of characters, worlds, and plots that the genre encompasses. Only reading chicklit would get old very fast, though I would miss the genre if I cut it out entirely.

Would you rather only read ebooks or physical books?

PHYSICAL BOOKS.

…not sure why I feel so strongly about that


Since this is a very popular tag and I’m not sure who has been tagged and who hasn’t, I’m not tagging anyone in particular.

Basically, I’m tagging all of you amazing people! 

 

Balancing Blogging and Writing (Second Draft Journal #2)

I’m starting a series of posts called my Second Draft Journal. It’s nothing fancy, just a collection of posts inspired by and following my progress as I write the second draft of my novel, Devil May Care. I’ll talk about everything from writer’s block to character development, but today I’m focusing on how being a blogger affects me as a fiction writer.

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ever feel like this?

I love being a blogger. I like that it is an easy outlet for writing and that I get to be a part of a reader/writer community.

However, as I’m working on my second draft of my WIP, I can’t help but notice that when I’m blogging, I’m not writing fiction. If I have a random pocket of time, I am much more likely to sit down and write a blog post (like this one) than commit myself to Devil May Care. Blogging is easier for me, and I can do it while watching TV (I’m rewatching an episode of Psych right now). If I’m writing my WIP, I’m really working hard to make my fiction writing strong. And that takes a lot more focus, energy, and commitment.

Especially during summer, focus, energy, and commitment are not exactly my bywords. Television multitasking is much more my style. So here’s my question: am I blogging too much, sort of using it as an excuse to avoid fiction writing? Where is the balance between blogging and writing?

I like that blogging gives me a break. If I have actually written during a day, blogging is a nice break that keeps my mind thinking about writing but also lets me relax. Blogging has helped me develop a conversational writing tone and pushed me to go outside my comfort zone occasionally. Blogging has an element of instant gratification and real-time feedback, which my WIP (which I keep fairly private) lacks. Blogging and fiction definitely work together positively in my mind, sort of a left/right brain interaction.

If you ask me if in five years, I’d rather be a successful blogger or a published fiction author, I’d say an author 100%. But I also know that I don’t want to stop blogging, and I like that I’ve kept myself committed to three posts a week.

Going forward for the rest of my summer (I only have like six weeks left! *crying*) I am going to try to make sure that however long I spend blogging, I match with fiction writing. Will I be able to do it every day? Probably not, to be honest. But I have to find a balance, and this seems like a good starting point. Does this mean I might have less blog posts, might read a few less books? Yes. But sometime  soon (eventually) I’m going to have to prioritize my fiction writing, and this summer is the right time.

What is the relationship between blogging and writing? To you writers out there, how do you balance your time blogging and your time writing?

Top Ten All Time Favorite Authors

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week, they post a new Top Ten topic and other bloggers respond with their own lists. I take part in this meme when I have something to say for the topic and I remember what day it is.

I’ve fangirled over all of these authors before, so I’m going to keep this post short. Besides their names, I’ve included the covers of some of my favorite of their books (or poems).

In no particular order…

  1. Libba Bray
  2. Patrick Ness
  3. Megah Whalen Turner cover queens thief covers
  4. Susan Vaught
  5. Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Ally Carter
  7. Maggie Steifvater
  8. Brandon Sanderson
  9. Kristen Cashore
  10. Sarah J Maas

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2014

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new topic and you post your top ten responses.

I haven’t done this before but I’ve decided to start. It probably won’t be a perfectly weekly thing, but I’m going to try to do it as often as I have time and interesting answers to the topics.

Here are my favorite authors I discovered this year. This isn’t to say that their books are new, just that I finally found out how awesome they are


Brandon Sanderson

Sanderson’s Mistborn series completely took me by surprise. Probably my favorite books I read this year. His Steelheart was an amazing take on writing an action story that also has substance.

Stephanie Perkins

I loved the Anna and the French Kiss series so much. It was adorable but not completely fluffy–it had meaning and emotional resonance. I’m so sad the series is over, but I’m excited to read more of her books.

Janet Evanovich

The Stephanie Plum series is awesome. They are so much fun to read, and have definitely set the record for most literal laugh-out-louds, but they also leave me thinking.

Holly Black

I’ve only read one of her books, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. This book really surprised me, however. It broke the paranormal mold and told an engaging story with a unique love interest. I want to read more of her writing in 2015.

Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity was incredible. Heart-wrenching. Such a fantastic portrayal of friendship and sacrifice and–oh my god it is amazing. I sobbed. The most emotionally moving story I read this year. I haven’t read the companion novel, Rose Under Fire, yet, but I plan to when I have space in my schedule to cry my eyes out.

David Levithan

Every Day was such a unique and powerful story for me. Every You, Every Me wasn’t my favorite, but I still want to read more of his writing.

Chuck Wendig

I stumbled upon Chuck Wendig’s blog, Terrible Minds, last year, and fell in love. I decided to read his Miriam Black series, not really knowing what I was getting into. Definitely the most inappropriate books I read this year (based on my age) but I loved them anyway. Wendig is a powerful storyteller and has impressive skill with character voice.

Robin LaFevers

I loved the first two His Fair Assassin books, and I’m excited to read the last one. They balance romance and badass-ness well, and I love stories about assassins, so these books are basically perfect for me.

Phillipa Gregory

I read The Other Boleyn Girl and it rocked my world. A powerful story that has stuck with me–especially in my AP European History class. I want to read more of her books, even if they are incredibly long.

Ruta Sepetys

Out of the Easy was such a good story. I loved the main character and the author’s writing style.