What I’ve Been Reading (The Good Stuff)

Yesterday I introduced you to some really fabulous well-known authors and their social media/blogging platforms. It was easy and fun and I like easy and fun, so today I’m sharing some of my favorite YA authors and their books.


I read a ton of YA literature, and most of it is mediocre at best. These are a few (not exhaustive) who rise to the top. The good stuff.


Kristin Cashore, author of Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue. Her worlds are interesting, her characters are fun, and her romance turns traditional gender roles on their heads in a way that I find delightful–imagine strong, interesting, sexy male characters who treat their love interests with genuine respect and admiration. It’s hard to find, even in fiction, but Cashore delivers. The stories are well-told page-turners directed at a young adult audience but with enough energy and depth to entertain any reader. Cashore is young (younger than me by THREE YEARS), which is a good reason to hate her for her success, but I can’t bring myself to do it. She’s wonderful. She also blogs, much more regularly and apparently effortlessly than I do. Maybe I *can* hate her, even if it’s just a little bit.

Michelle Hodkin, author of the Mara Dyer series. Delightful and funny person who also writes page-turner novels. If Twilight turned you off of paranormal YA romance… well, Hodkin will turn you back on again. If Twilight did not turn you off of paranormal YA romance then please stop talking. Find something to read and keep reading until you develop taste. Hodkin is also young but I can’t hate someone I’ve had coffee with, especially if I’ve examined her boobs for chocolate. Hodkin gets a pass. The third book in the Mara Dyer series comes out later this year.

John Christopher, author of The Tripods series. I have no idea whether Christopher is delightful or funny, and he is certainly not young. I’ve never had coffee with him and never seen his boobs. He died two years ago at the age of 89. But I can tell you that his books are very, very much worth the read. They’re the rivetingly well-told story of a world ruled by giant machines, written before stories for young people were labeled as “YA.”

128px-Montreuil_-_Salon_du_livre_jeunesse_2012_-_Ransom_Riggs_-_002Ransom Riggs, author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City. The first is a must must must read book. The second came out in January and I haven’t gotten to it yet, mostly because I only realized today that it’s even out. But DON’T WORRY. As soon as I realized my oversight, I placed a hold request on it at the library. Disaster averted. Miss Peregrine’s Home is one of the most interesting and innovative YA books I’ve read. Riggs wrote the story around a bunch of weird old photos he collected, which are reprinted throughout the book. Creepy but not scary, a wonderful and delightful read. Riggs also has a great sense of humor and is married to the MOST ADORABLE woman ever, Tahereh Mafi (and no, I don’t know how to pronounce that), who also writes books, none of which I’ve gotten to yet (hm. I wonder if they’re available through the library… hold on a sec… … YES. Awesome). Together they are like the modern literary world’s cutest couple. He has a blog.

What are you reading?

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