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End-Of-Summer Series 2017: Author Expo

Welcome everyone… to the first End-Of-summer 2017 post!! Today I’m introducing you to my favorite authors, this summer’s favorite books, and some of the logic behind my blogging.

My All-time Favorite Authors (Top 2, but…. it’s complicated)

  1. Cassandra Clare, J.K. Rowling, and Shannon Messenger all share the glorious title of my top author of all time. I can’t pick between them and I’m not going to force myself to! Cassandra Clare has a way of making all of her stories engaging and full of so much detail. I fall in love with all of her characters, without meaning too. I just finished Lord of Shadows (her newest book in her newest Shadowhunter series) which was wonderful, but I’m very sad that I have to wait so long for the next book *sniffle*. I insist on recommending all of her books to anyone high school and above! If you are interested in reading about Shadowhunters, then you should start with City of Bones. Now, of course J.K. Rowling made it onto this list, because Harry Potter will always have a special place in my heart. I don’t think I need to elaborate on that one… I’d been bugged a lot for a few years about this series called Keeper of the Lost Cities. I finally got around to reading it (this was almost three years ago) and… WOW. The characters are wonderful, I love the originality of the story line, and the balance of dialogue and description is very well put together (trying to sound educated), but the plot is what is seriously amazing. Shannon Messenger just has a way of writing that keeps me hooked, which is quite fortunate due to the exponetial growth of each book’s thickness. I haven’t read her other series, Sky Fall, but it’s on my TBR (To-be-Read). I would recommend the Keeper of the Lost Cities books to anyone elementary school and above who is in a reading slump. I’m also really excited to read the next book, which will be coming out in November.
  2. Rick Riordan is my second favorite author. I’ve been reading his books for four years now (wow how time passes) and I just love the wittiness of his dialogue and the humor he brings to all kinds of situations. I also just love mythology, so that’s a plus.

My Favorite Books This Summer (Not by the authors above)

  1. Charlotte Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro: My review for this book will be out in a few weeks, so I won’t spoil it now, but this was such a great book.
  2. The Splintered Trilogy by A.G. Howard: I loved being surprised by this original take on a classic story. My review for it can be read here.
  3. Caraval by Stephanie Garber: This review is also coming out in the next few weeks! I will say now, that this is one of the most interesting books I think I’ve ever read.

So, why haven’t I reviewed any books by most of my top authors?

The answer is simple. I don’t review books by my favorite authors for two reasons.

First, I think that the reviews would be boring. If I wrote a review about, say, Lord of Shadows, it would be really long and at some point fairly early on would turn into a nice big rant about characters, ships, feels, and crazy plot spoilers. Not that any of those things is bad (well, spoilers are), but I don’t think that that is the kind of content that I’m striving towards on this blog.

Second, I think that the reviews would be unhelpful. I write reviews to recommend and give opinions on books, for the fun of it for the benefit of others. It just wouldn’t do if I had nothing useful to say about the book I was writing about.

Of course, this means I’m not sharing great books with you, right? Wrong! That’s what this post is for! *gasp* …And suddenly it all made sense.

Happy Reading! I hope you enjoyed this post! Don’t forget to ask me questions for my upcoming Q & A in the comments!

Mayah XO

Copyright 2017

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