TOP TEN AUTHORS WHO DESERVE MORE RECOGNITION
or in my own version: TRANSLATE THEIR BOOKS ALREADY!
I know that Rainbow Rowell's getting more and more popular nowadays, and she definitely deserves it. Her works are incredible! Eleanor & Park is the first book of her that I read and Attachments was really enjoyable as well. I can't wait for Fangirl & been wanting for a publisher in Indonesia to translate her books.
Katja Millay started her career in publishing industry as a self-published author. If you've read this interview with her over at The Midnight Garden, you might have known the struggle she did to get her books out there until Atria Books picked The Sea of Tranquility to be mass-published. I remember that time when I tweeted that I cried after reading TSoT, and Katja replied saying "Sorry for the tears!" Oh don't worry Ms Millay, the tears meant I've-read-such-good-book-and-it's-so-fantastic-it-made-me-cry.
Oh, you haven't read My Life Next Door? WHY? Why, why, why? Don't you want to get to know my-ultimate-book-boyfriend Jase Garret and his awesome family? I could hardly believe that My Life Next Door was actually Huntley Fitzpatrick's debut novel. The book is light, fluffy and fun, with slightly minor angst. But one book is enough to make me want to read her next novels!
A local publisher have publised some of Simon Elkeles' books and I'm wondering why they haven't published Katie McGarry's books yet. In my opinion, these authors have the same level of awesomeness. Their books are filled with hot boys and mostly deals with tough subjects that will pull your heart inside out from the angst. Angst are good, especially when they're ended with HEA ;)
Honestly, I just read Ms Kirby's book for the first time this year (Golden, that is) followed by another one and was asking myself why I didn't get to know this author sooner. I'm in love with Jessi Kirby's writing style and there are lots of people who praise her books. If you're looking for a coming of age story (and may want to take a break from Sarah Dessen or Courtney Summers), her books will definitely be a good choice!
Ok, call me a cheat cause I actually haven't read Lovely, Dark and Deep but I'M DYING TO READ IT! The reviews I've came across Amy McNamara's first book was mostly positive and I'm sooo interested by the premise of Lovely, Dark and Deep. Also, the cover! Oh my, the cover.
Morgan Matson, Morgan Matson, Morgan Matson! PLEASE, ANYONE, TRANSLATE HER BOOKS so more and more people will get to read the great epicness of Amy & Roger's Epic Detour! I love, LOVE every bit of that book. The playlist, receipts, pictures... That is how exactly a road-trip book should be written! And I just recently finished Second Chance Summer too. Gah. What can I say? Morgan Matson is amazing and I can't wait to read more of her writings.
I think the first YA book I read before the one that actually got me hooked up to YA genre (cough*Twilight*cough) was Looking for Alibrandi. On 5th grade, maybe? There were some parts I didn't understand but I remember how I fell in love with the boy (Jacob?) and the relationship between Josephine and her father. Years passed and I adore Melina Marchetta even more when she came back with a fantasy novel that are equally awesome as her contemporaries! Her books have been translated here, but I don't think there are actually many people who know and read it....
The idea of writing a book about stockholm syndrome from the victim's point of view may not be that special, but would you believe it if I say that the writer had also succeeded in making the readers of the Stolen book to suffer from the syndrome too? Seriously. Read the book and you will not not fall in love with Ty & the Australian wilderness. I do think lots of people have recognized Lucy and her works but none of it have been translated in Indonesia. Why?
Dum, dum, dum... Here it is, the one and only local author on this list. Maria Jaclyn has only written one book (published 2007!) but one is enough to make her my favorite teenlit author. De Buron was light, funny and overall great, I love it even more because the author provided a sketch of Kimly's room. Such a unique idea! It's small but definitely matter for the reader. But unfortunately.... She hasn't written any book since :-( *pouty face* Where have you been and why did you go, Maria Jaclyn? Please come back with a new book, pleaaaaaase.
What do you think? Do any of the author above also made it to your list? Have you seen and meet them in book tours, book discussion or book signing in your place? Do share your links so I could check out your list, too! =)