Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly book discussion with a new topic every Tuesday hosted by Shanah of Bionic Book Worm. It’s each blogger’s job to pick five book-related things (though you’re welcome to pick things from other media, if necessary) that fit the topic.
March is a theme month for Top 5 Tuesday! This month’s theme is authors from A to Z. Each week, each blogger needs to name a handful of authors in alphabetical order. You can use first names, last names, or a mix of both. For today’s post, I’ll be using only last names to list authors for letters F through O.
I forgot to do this post last week. I’ve been very preoccupied with moving preparations. Sadly, due to the COVID-19 outbreak and mass closures, my move is being postponed. But this week I’ll be combining last week’s Top 5 Tuesday and this week’s. So technically, this is a Top 10 Tuesday. You’re welcome.
Yes, the late, great Carrie Fisher absolutely counts as an author. She penned three memoirs, two of which I’ve read and enjoyed. She’s also written a couple novels. I miss her so much and she will always be my princess. ♥
Gaiman is a titan of modern fantasy. Though I’m a Gaiman newbie, I’ve already found books of his I consider to be all-time favorites (namely, Neverwhere). I can’t wait to start working my way through the rest of his backlog.
Hodkin’s books are very polarizing, but I’m a huge fan of the Mara Dyer trilogy. I love that Mara is an unreliable narrator. Unfortunately, I’m not a fan of the spin-off series starring Noah Shaw but you can’t always win.
Ito is the king of horror manga. I read Uzumaki last month and the body horror is WILD. I’ve already bought Tomie and Gyo and am so excited to get to them. I started reading Tomie earlier this month, but wasn’t in the mood. I think I might save them both for spooky season.
Look, it’s no wonder why Jeminsin is an award-winning author. She’s a master at creating unique worlds and mythologies. Yes, I’ve only read The Fifth Season, but I know this to be fact. Jemisin is one of the best writers currently working in adult SFF.
I have quite a few authors I could’ve chosen for the letter K, but I went with Kuang because I feel like she’s the most underrated. She is a new voice in adult fantasy, but writes like a seasoned pro. I love The Poppy War so much and absolutely cannot wait for the finale.
Lu is one of the best YA authors writing today. Even though I don’t love all her books, she comes up with such unique ideas. The Young Elites is my favorite series of hers. Adelina’s descent into villainy is *chef’s kiss*.
Muir is another polarizing choice. Readers either love or hate Gideon the Ninth. I love it because it’s basically a sci-fi gothic horror with lesbians. It’s weird in the best way. I have a Harrow the Ninth ARC and have started it, but right now I’m prioritizing another book.
Okay, so I’ve only read one Patrick Ness book but it’s one of the few books I’ve read where I truly felt seen. The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a beautiful and painful depiction of anxiety. I don’t know that I’ll ever read another book by Ness, but this book means so much to me.
Anyone who writes cute lesbian graphic novels is a great writer in my book. Plus the art style is adorable! I read Roadqueen: Eternal Road to Love last year and loved it. She’s got a few others, but the one I most want to read is My Very First Vampire Blood Drive. As you know from my undying love for Carmilla, lesbian vampires are my brand.
Can you think of any more authors whose names (first or last) begin with any of these letters? Let me know in the comments! Let’s discuss some of our favorites!
So, because I was supposed to be moving across the country today, I am currently without a job. If you’re willing and able, please consider donating to my Ko-fi. I know I’m far from the only person out of a job during this pandemic and I stand in solidarity with those of you out there in the same boat. If you decide to donate (literally any amount is appreciated), I will be eternally grateful.