I really have been living under a rock, guys. I seriously did not know it was Author Appreciation week, and honestly, I have been waiting a long time for this kind of event, because authors rock. They are the people who make you fall head over heals for boys who you wish were real. They make you believe in things that others may not believe in. They make you laugh, cry, and squeal.
Authors are superheroes, and they deserve to be commended for their work. This is going to be a really long post, because I have A LOT of authors to appreciate.
I was eleven when my Aunt Mary handed me a copy of Jane Eyre. Ever since then, I have read the book at least one hundred times. The cover is falling off, and the pages are frayed, but Jane Eyre is possibly one of my favorite books, of all time.
I can honestly say that Miss Bronte was the woman who made me consider writing seriously. After reading Jane Eyre, I knew I wanted to be a writer. I knew I wanted to create characters that stuck with you, even after you finished the book.
Jane stuck with me even after I finished the last sentence. She was a character that I identified with, because she wasn't pretty or glamorous or blond or perfect, she was just a young woman, who was smart and timid and she seemed so real to me.
I haven't had a chance to read any more of Miss Bronte's work, but I wouldn't be surprised if all of them were just as great as Jane Eyre. Charlotte Bronte made me see that flaws are beautiful, and that characters who have them, are better than those that don't.
F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
I have a huge literary crush on this man. I checked out a book of short stories written by him from the library, and I have been in love ever since.
The way he uses words, wow, it just blows me away. He makes them seem so beautiful, and he paints the pictures vividly in your head. Wow, wow, wow.
A lot of people say that they don't like his writer, but my goodness, this man could write. You can taste the Jazz Age in everything he wrote.
And not only is he an amazing writer, but he has some of the best quotes known to man. I could tell he was a very wise young man, and if you haven't read anything by Mr. Fitzgerald, go find something by him, to find out what I'm talking about, because I can't explain to you in enough words, why I love and appreciate him.
I really hadn't read a lot of YA Contemporary. Two summers ago, I picked up This Lullaby, and I fell in love with her characters, especially Dexter, who was fun and quirky and just so cute. I have read all of Miss Dessen's books except for two and I have loved every single one of them.
It amazes me how someone can write a story that has nothing to do with vampires or witches or ghost and yet, make it seem so magical.
This girl is bad-ass. Seriously. She finished a novel in six days. Most importantly, she finished a novel in six days that was really kick-ass. Break was one of the best novels of 2009, in my opinion. I read it from cover to cover, and I am telling you, that book kept me up at night, because the way Jonah kept breaking things, the way his life was breaking all around him, just, I don't know, scared me.
And though it doesn't take a lot to scare me, I appreciate Hannah for showing the world that teens CAN write, and they can write pretty damn good stuff.
I really want to be her. The way she writes is awesome. Short sentences that are really powerful and main characters that are so real you can touch them. Parker was a bitch, but she was a lovable, understandable bitch. Cracked Up To Be blew me away in more ways than one. I was crying at the end, and I appreciate Miss Summers because she wrote this book, and I still have to read Some Girls Are, but I know this woman is going to take the world by storm with her punch-in-the-face characters and novels that leave you speechless.
She has such a beautiful poetic way of writing, and not only is she a wonderful writer, but she can paint and play music. Really, that's so awesome. I appreciate her for the way she incorporates all of that into the novels that she writes. I also appreciate her for making Sam, who is sweet and cute and he writes songs, ohmigosh. Okay, okay. I'm calm. And lets not forget James, the sexy main character of Ballad. Thank you so much, Miss Stiefvater.
Other authors I appreciate are Melina Marchetta, who wrote Jellicoe Road, a novel I fangirl over constantly. Joan Lowery Nixon, a woman who wrote a lot of great thrillers and mysteries. Cassandra Clare, who wrote a series that had me on the edge of my seat. It was kick-ass and awesome and I can tell I'm going to be everything she writes, and last but not least, I appreciate Richelle Mead who created Rose, a girl who is not a damsel-in-distress.
There are probably a lot of other authors to appreciate, but I am tired, and I really need to get some sleep so that I don't be crabby in the morning.