First things first, this is my final post as an OPLTeen Blogger in Residence! I just want to thank everyone for reading my posts. It’s been an amazing experience and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my posts as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them, which was a whole lot.
To close out my residency, I listed some of my favourite authors. Maybe you’ll recognize some of the names yourself or discover some new awesome reads, just in time for summer.
1. Morgan Matson
I’ve mentioned Morgan Matson and her books a few times on this blog, because I love her and her novels so much! They’re the perfect feel good, easy to read contemporary romances that I read every single day. I’ve read all of her books at least twice, and I can’t get enough. My favourite book by Morgan is her debut novel, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, which I’ve now read 4 times.
2. Emery Lord
If you love Morgan Matson, you’ll also enjoy Emery Lord and her novels. Another one of my YA favourites, Emery also writes contemporary YA fiction, but her latest novels also take on some more serious topics, like mental illnesses. Her novels are perfect if you want a light hearted story with just a little bit of edge. My favourite book by Emery is When We Collided, but I still have to read her newest release, The Names They Gave Us.
3. Laurie Halse Anderson
If you’re into deep, thought-provoking contemporary novels about serious issues, you’ll love Laurie Halse Anderson’s novels. Laurie’s novels all tackle serious topics, but they’re so addictive you can’t put them down. She writes about topics that aren’t really discussed but should be in a way that is educational. My favourite novel by Laurie is Catalyst.
4. Jennifer Niven
Jennifer Niven is another author who tackles difficult to talk about topics and makes them into an important novel. Her novel, All The Bright Places (my personal favourite) broke my heart and made me feel a million different emotions but I loved every second of it. Her writing is spectacular and ATBP is also being made into a film soon!
5. Robin Constantine
Yet another author who writes mainly YA romance novels. I love novels with a passion and I always eat them up immediately. I’ve fallen in love with the characters she’s written and even though the premise of her novels may be basic, I still love them. Two of her novels actually take place in the same setting, just with the story of two other characters, which I thought was really cool! If you’re going to read Robin Constantine, I definitely suggest The Promise of Amazing to start off.
That’s it, that’s all. A huge thank you goes out to all of you and I hope you discovered some new authors on this list. Happy reading!
Ottawa Public Library’s Teen Bloggers in Residence are fantastic teen volunteer writers from across the city. They blog about their favourite teen reads and authors, and get writing assignments to cover special teen events happening at the library. Their residency rotates throughout the year. Call-outs for upcoming terms are made through the Teen Blog.