Booktube SFF Awards Babble Crossover Topic!
Joke’s on you guys – basically all we read is SFF! Joke’s on us – that makes this topic that much more challenging to answer.
- Tamora Pierce – This answer is HIGHLY driven by nostalgia, and I don’t care. I do and will always own everything this wonderful woman writes in her Tortall universe, and I will bask in the warm cozy feeling I get when reading about her world. Tempests and Slaughter made me cry within the first 5 pages simply because of how it made me feel. My grandmother bought me all of the other Tortall books, and this is the first one I’ve bought on my own since I lost her. NOSTALGIA.
- Victoria/V.E. Schwab – In case you haven’t gathered by our blog name, Victoria is our queen. I will read anything and everything she writes, including her upcoming graphic novel series, The Steel Prince, based on King Maxim’s life. She writes all the books I never knew I always wanted.
- Laini Taylor – Also another one we have in common. Laini’s writing is ethereal and beautiful and ALWAYS sucks me in from moment one. I inhaled the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series and am wistfully awaiting Muse of Nightmares after my dreamy experience with Strange the Dreamer (which Kate reviewed here! -insert linky link-)
- Pat Rothfuss – FIRST OF ALL. If the third book never comes out, I will be okay with it. None of us are entitled to any more work from Pat. He is a person with a life outside of his career, so PLEASE don’t be one of Those People that comes in here with “omg guy, get with it and write the third book plz.” Seriously. Not cool.
BUT ANYWAY. The Name of the Wind is probably one of the best book I’ve read in the last 5 years, and the audio version is also stunning. It is a book that I took my time with, which is sometimes hard for me because of the pace at which I read. Kvothe is a wonderful unreliable narrator, and Rothfuss’s descriptions are out of this world. I haven’t read The Wise Man’s Fear yet because I’m not ready to be caught up yet, but I also LOVED The Slow Regard of Silent Things, which is a novella from the perspective of my favorite character.
- Jay Kristoff – I am a recent convert to the Droog lifestyle, and I will never look back. I’ve only read Illuminae and Nevernight, but Godsgrave is my next read on deck, and Gemina and Obsidio are going to be among my first purchases once I move and set up my shiny new library. (The move is actually happening as this is being posted!) If you want beautiful, artsy prose, Nevernight is for you. If you want an interesting format and space angst, Illuminae is for you. If you want to die a slow death by reading, Jay Kristoff is for you.
- J.R.R. Tolkien – I have a Lord of the Rings problem. At one point, I read the full histories fairly regularly and was pretty up on my stuff, but that time is long gone. As I write this, I’m sitting here staring at my LOTR shelf (yeah, that’s a thing I have) and thinking I need to re-education myself. I just love everything about it, from the lore, to the books, to the characters, to the movie adaptations. I want to absorb every little bit of it I can. I also enjoy the translations that are still being released, Beowulf being a recent favorite.
- Victoria/V.E. Schwab – See Paige’s post above. She’s magical, and I want to be her friend and read all her things.
- Sarah J. Maas – I have 5 copies of A Court of Frost and Starlight coming, as well as four special edition boxes, and that doesn’t count the editions of ACOTAR and Throne of Glass lying around. It’s a lot, and honestly, I keep expecting to grow out of it, but I don’t. My recent re-reads did nothing but stoke the fire of my love even more. For as excited as I am to see what she comes up with once Feyre’s and Aelin’s stories are complete, I’ll be sad to leave Prythian and Erilea behind.
- Marissa Meyer – This one (and SJM for that matter) feeling a little bit like copouts, because I’ve written my freakout posts about re-reads already. However, I still buy her books compulsively, and I’ll always buy her books compulsively. Confession: I haven’t read Renegades yet, but it’s inching closer and closer to the top of my list. I’ll get there eventually!
- Leigh Bardugo – I have no business adding her to my list, because I haven’t read a damn thing she’s written. I just started The Grisha Trilogy on Monday night, in fact. But her books are just SO DAMN PRETTY. I can’t help but have them on my shelf. Even if I end up thinking she’s the most overrated thing to grace a my YA shelf (which she won’t be), I’ll still be grateful for the time they spent gracing my shelf with their gorgeous presence!