Top Ten Tuesday: My Most Read Authors

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. For this week’s topic, I extracted my Goodreads database, did a pivot table and sorted the numbers to get the top ten:
Author Count - August 2015
Pretty eclectic list of authors right there! I didn’t even know some of the authors above had written that many books. I went and checked Goodreads and the numbers don’t lie.

But that list doesn’t take into consideration the number of books that have been published by the author. For example, there are some authors who have published less than ten books (the cut off for the list above) but I’ve read most, if not all, of those titles. Such as:

Melina Marchetta
Megan Whalen Turner
Laini Taylor
Kristin Cashore
Stephanie Perkins
Erin Bow
Elizabeth Wein (all except her latest)
Julie James (all except her latest)

So that extends my list a bit further than just ten but I wanted to be more accurate. Do we share anyone in our lists? Would you have recommendations for me based on this list of authors?

Ten Authors I REALLY Want to Meet

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Living in Southeast Asia means there aren’t a lot of opportunities for me to meet authors in person. There aren’t that many authors who travel to this part of the world but I was given the chance, there are certain authors I would love to meet in person.

Favorite authors I’ve hosted blog events for:

Megan Whalen Turner (Queen’s Thief Week) – Hands down one of my favorite authors of all time, I would just want to bask in her brilliant presence. No need to even speak or anything like that.

Elizabeth Wein (EWein Special Ops) – I have been an EWein fan since I discovered her Lion Hunters series (years before Code Name Verity came out) and I’ve exchanged emails with her from time to time. She is such an awesome person, I think it would be wonderful to have a face to face conversation with her.

Laura Florand (Amour et Florand) – I don’t know how she does it but Laura is so friendly and responsive to her fans! She’s another favorite author of mine whom I’ve had the good fortune of connecting with online. It would be great to chat with her in person and ask questions about her books and the research that goes into her writing (e.g. traveling to Paris and Grasse and meeting artisan chocolatiers and perfumers).

Melina Marchetta (Marchetta Madness) – Of course I would love to meet the Queen of Aussie YA! Jellicoe Road opened my eyes to the wonderful world of contemporary YA novels, it was the book that convinced me to try more from this genre.

Friendly authors I’ve interacted with through social media and would love to see face to face:
Rachel Neumeier
Andrea K. Host

Authors I would love to attend signings or book events of (they have no idea I exist so I’d be happy with seeing them from afar or getting a book signed):
Robin McKinley
Kristin Cashore
Ilona Andrews
Liza Palmer

Authors I Would Love to Meet

In relation to this topic, I also wanted to enumerate ten bloggers I would be delighted to meet in person:
Holly of Book Harbinger
Angie of Angieville
Nomes of Inkcrush
Janice of Specfic Romantic
Brandy of Random Musings of a Bibliophile
Maureen of By Singing Light
Shae of Shae Has Left the Room
Sandy of Pirate Penguin Reads
Heidi of Bunbury in the Stacks
Flannery of The Readventurer

What about you, who are the authors or bloggers you’d love to meet in person?

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. I love this week’s topic because I feel like I’ve been very lucky in terms of new-to-me authors I’ve discovered this year.

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Laura Florand – I can still remember ordering Laura’s The Chocolate Thief and The Chocolate Kiss from Amazon when I was in the States earlier this year. I fell in love with her Amour et Chocolat series right away and she’s become an auto-buy/auto-read author for me.

Mary Ann RiversThe Story Guy is one of my favorite reads this year and I’m glad I got to follow it up with Snowfall before the year ended. I’m amazed at how much emotion was packed in these novellas.

Ruthie Knox – Another romance author I fell in love with this year! I’ve read most of her backlist and Big Boy and Truly are the ones I liked best. Messy, realistic and complicated relationships make wonderful reads.

Tessa Bailey – If you’re a fan of steamy romance, then I highly recommend this author’s Line of Duty series. They’re so much fun to read.

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Eileen Wilks – I glommed through the World of Lupi series a few months ago and I can’t remember the last time a series hooked me like that.

Vikki Wakefield – Contemporary Aussie YA novels keep blowing me away with how good they are, All I Ever Wanted was no exception.

Rainbow RowellAttachments and Fangirl were both excellent reads even though they’re very different from each other. I really should bump Eleanor and Park up my TBR pile.

Markus Zusak – I really have no idea why it took me so long to read The Book Thief. It was as good as I was expecting and yes, it made me cry.

Andrea K. HostAnd All the Stars surprised me with all its sci-fi goodness and I can’t wait to read more books by the same author.

Brian K. Vaughn – Had so much fun reading the Saga graphic novels that I’ve been recommending it to everyone I know who reads comics. Can’t wait for Volume 3!

I think that’s a pretty good list of authors from various genres. I would gladly go through the backlist of all of the authors mentioned here (even though that may take a while). How about you, who are some of the amazing authors you’ve discovered this year?

EWein Special Ops: A Postcard from Australia

Elizabeth Wein (author of the Lion Hunters series, Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire) is one of my favorite writers of all time. I knew she was in Australia last week because we had this discussion about Aussie coffee on Twitter:

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I found it interesting that Australia didn’t have a version of plain coffee (they say that the closest thing is long black). Anyway, I was working overtime in the office a few hours ago when one of my co-workers handed me a postcard that just arrived. It was a surprise postcard from Brisbane:

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IT’S A POSTCARD FROM ELIZABETH WEIN! As if that wasn’t good enough, her message mentioned that she had the chance to meet Melina Marchetta while she was in Australia. MELINA MARCHETTA as in the Queen of Aussie YA! In case it isn’t obvious, I’m a huge fan of Melina Marchetta, as evidenced by last year’s Marchetta Madness. Ahhh, my brain just about exploded from the awesomeness of EWein and Melina in the same space. I would have run around in circles if I didn’t have to explain myself to my co-workers. Maybe I should have looked into applying for an Australian visa and how much tickets are from Singapore to Brisbane? It was so thoughtful of EWein to send me this. It really made my day. 😀 It’s things like this that remind me of why it’s so much fun to be a book blogger.

Happy weekend, everyone!

Top Ten Tuesday: Auto-Buy Authors

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Look at me, participating in Top Ten Tuesday two weeks in a row. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Tuesday REWIND – pick a past topic you missed or one you want to revisit!” I was bummed when I missed Top Ten Tuesday when the topic was Auto-Buy Authors because I wanted to talk about authors I love. So I’m glad that I get to revisit this topic today. Looking through my list of favorite books, I realize that while I have fallen in love with so many novels, there are only a couple of authors who are auto-buy and auto-read for me. Regardless of what genre they write, these are authors that I get ridiculously excited about. I’ll count down the days, months or even YEARS (I’m looking at you, MWT) until their next novel is released. I’ll pre-order their books and get jealous of other readers who manage to get advance copies. Some are authors I’ve loved for years while others are new discoveries. Here they are, in no particular order:

Megan Whalen Turner

Elizabeth Wein

Robin McKinley

Melina Marchetta

Laini Taylor

Ilona Andrews

Julie James

Sarah Addison Allen

Mina V. Esguerra

Laura Florand

There you have it, folks. My auto-buy authors. I may not have read all of their books, like Robin McKinley’s Deerskin or Laini Taylor’s Days of Blood and Starlight, but I’ve read most of them. And I fully intend to read ALL of their books when I get the chance.

What about you, who are your auto-buy authors? Do we have similar authors in our lists?

Author Love

I’ve mentioned before that although I haven’t read all of Diana Wynne Jones’ books, I’m still a fan. I’m also a huge fan of Robin McKinley and I have copies of most of her books. When Neil Gaiman came here this year, I attended his book signing. So I was really happy to see Neil Gaiman’s tweet the day before yesterday and he even uploaded this picture:

It looks like Neil and Robin visited Diana Wynne Jones! I didn’t even know that they knew each other. Don’t you find it amazing when some of your favorite authors are friends? I think it’s great that they get together in real life. I have a feeling that so much awesomeness occurs when they do. Robin also wrote about the visit in her blog.

What do you guys think of this? Are you fans of all three authors? If you haven’t heard of them, I highly suggest that you look them up and try their books. I recommend that you start with Howl’s Moving Castle by DWJ, The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley and Stardust by Neil Gaiman. 🙂