Top 5 Tuesday – Top Authors U – Z

Hey Bookwyrms! It’s the final Top 5 Tuesday for March! I’ve had so much participating in Shanah’s (Bionic Book Worm) Top 5 Tuesday! If you’d like to check out the different prompts for March and participate, click here .

This month is extra special because we’re highlighting authors! I’ve decided to go by last name since that’s usually the first thing I see on book spines. But you can choose to go by first or last names. No pressure in these parts.

U: Ngozi Ukazu

Favorite Book: Check, Please! Book 1: #Hockey

Looking Forward to: Check, Please! Book 2: Sticks & Scones

Release Date: April 7th, 2020

I discovered Ngozi Ukazu’s work at an Epic Reads author meet and greet. I loved how she explained some of the behind-the-scenes of creating a graphic novel and to be honest Check, Please Book 1, #Hockey looked so good I just had to read it. I ended up finishing it in one sitting and now I desperately can’t wait until book 2 releases!

V: Ned Vizzini

Favorite Book: It’s Kind of a Funny Story

A friend of mine recommended this book to me maybe five years ago and as soon as I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. Vizzini wrote a timely story about life and depression. He also gave us a peek into what life is like in a mental hospital. When I picked up the book and read the Foreword written by author Rachel Cohn—who was also a friend of his— I realized that Ned was a writer prodigy who struggled with depression. Unfortunately he succumbed to his afflictions and is no longer with us. But I appreciate the art he shared with the world. It’s a Funny Story is still one of my favorite books.

W: Ashley Woodfolk & Jeanette Walls

Favorite Books: When You Were Everything & The Glass Castle

Looking Forward to: The Beauty That Remains

So, like M there are a dozen wonderful authors with the last name W and I wanted to list them all. Alas, I stuck to the two on my shelves that stood out. I’m new to Ashley Woodfolk’s work and did it backwards lol I read her sophomore book prior to her debut. But I adored When You Were Everything and I look forward to reading The Beauty That Remains.

Jeanette Walls was introduced to me the summer before my junior year of high school and is still a favorite. The Glass Castle started out as just a book on the long list of required reading for my english class. But quickly became one of my favorite memoirs. If you haven’t already, I recommend picking it up.

X: Unfortunately I do not have a favorite author whose last name begins with X!

Y: Nicola Yoon

Favorite Book: The Sun is Also a Star

The tricky thing about Nicola Yoon is so far I’ve only loved one book and that is The Sun is Also a Star. I didn’t enjoy her debut novel Everything, Everything as much. But I am interested to see what she’ll be coming out with next.

Z: Ibi Zoboi

Favorite Book: Pride

And finally, as I am typing this, I am listening to the last few chapters of American Street by Ibi Zoboi which is proving to be a new favorite. I very much enjoy Ibi Zoboi’s writing style and her character-driven contemporaries. Pride is one of my top books of 2019 and I have a good feeling that American Street will be on my top books of 2020!

And there you have it! All of my top authors A-Z! I had so much fun participating in these prompts. I re-discovered some favorite authors and books. And also had the chance to check out some new releases. And I can’t wait to participate in April. If you’re interested in participating and would like to see the prompts for April, please click here.

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