Tuesday 10 January 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I Wish Would Write Another Book

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's is a fabulous one - ten authors, either debut ones, those taking a break, or those who are sadly no longer with us, who you'd love to write a new book.

I've tried to leave out any authors who've got newAs confirmed on Goodreads/Amazon etc, or have told me a bit in interviews about the stuff they're working on. So that explains the lack of people like Curtis Jobling, Gillian Philip, Savita Kalhan, Will Hill, and Ellie Irving, despite me being desperate to read the next books by all of them. Order is just the order in which they sprang to mind.

1. Megan Miranda - Yes, I've got someone whose debut novel was published last week on here. But what a debut - chilling, beautifully written, and completely gripping, I'll definitely be on board for her second when it comes along.

2. Robert Cormier - Sadly not to be, as Cormier passed away 12 years ago. I always found him hit-and-miss - there's some books, like I Am The Cheese, which I couldn't get into at all - but given just how incredibly powerful his best stuff was, I'd be happy to take the risk there. The Chocolate War and The Bumblebee Flies Anyway are still two of the best books ever written for young a dults, in my opinion.

3. J K Rowling - I want to know what happens next! Come on, JKR - another 7 books about Albus Severus would suit us fine...

4. Irfan Master - Master's debut last year, A Beautiful Lie, was one of my favourite historical YA books for a long time. Set in an India rapidly approaching Partition, he told a wonderful story in a perfect setting. I definitely want his next one!

5. Ann Kelley - Having thought Kelley's Koh Tabu was fantastic and incredibly thought-provoking, I got really excited when I saw she had a new one called Lost Girls on Goodreads - only to read the synopsis and find out it's Koh Tabu being published under another name. Fingers crosses there's an actual new one around the corner...

6. Celine Kiernan - While the Wereworld series is keeping my need for high fantasy going, if the author of my other favourite epic fantasy sequence of recent years wanted to release something new I'd be thrilled. Especially if it was anywhere near as complex and wonderful as the Moorhawke Trilogy.

7. Susan Cooper - Speaking of high fantasy, my all time favourite YA sequence is still The Dark Is Rising. Having written a number of other wonderful novels, and picture books for younger readers, I believe Susan is enjoying a well-earned retirement now - but one more book by her would be an absolute dream.

8. Deborah Hautzig - Hautzig has written a huge amount of books, but most were for young children. Given how phenomenal her two YA books, Second Star To The Right and Hey Dollface were, I've always though it was a real shame she never wrote a third YA novel. (And a fourth, and a fifth, and a sixth...)

9. Jandy Nelson - Not sure whether she belongs on this list or not; there's a History of Luck listed on Goodreads and Amazon but it's audio only and there are very few details available, so I won't get my hopes up. Because if there is another one coming from the author of the phenomenal The Sky Is Everywhere, perhaps the most heartbreakingly beautiful book of the last few years, my hopes will be sky high!

10. Shehan Karunatilaka - I'll throw in an adult author here. Chinaman, Karunatilaka's gorgeously written, lyrical, and bittersweet tale of the greatest Sri Lankan cricketer you never saw, was an absolute gem of a book. Count me first in the queue when it comes to his next book!


  1. Susan Cooper is one of my favorite authors too. Nice list. kaye—the road goes ever ever on

  2. I haven't heard of most of the authors on your list but I'm definitely going to have to check them out. Soon.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!!

  3. Yeah JK rowling is amazing she could write about walking toast and entertain me!