Monday, June 18, 2012

Authors from A to Z: O

Authors from A to ZAuthors from A to Z is a posting challenge hosted by
Heather at Proud Book Nerd. The challenge is simple: each day for the month of June (except Sundays) share your favorite authors whose last name corresponds to the letter for that day.  
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How I'm participating in the challenge:
This year I am going to try to highlight just one author each day that I am really taken with. If I can't come up with one, it may be a book, a song, or a surprise!

Lauren Oliver is one of those authors that I am fascinated by. I started following her almost two years ago because I loved her blog. It took me a while to read her books because while they sounded cool, they also seemed out of my reading comfort zone (yes, I'm super picky). I made myself read them anyway (eventually) and I became even more of a fan.

Delirium was the first of Oliver's books that I read (my review here). It surprised me because while the theme has a lot to do with love, there was so much more to the story than a romantic relationship. Next came Before I Fall, which is my favorite of Oliver's novels so far (see why here). Again, it was all about relationships as well as the consequences of our actions, complete with a twist that made things out of the norm, and I loved it. Both books were well-written and had a lot of heart. Oliver also writes flawed characters that change and grow and I love that and always wind up rooting for them. I will definitely be reading anything Oliver comes up with, and I can't wait to see what she gives us next.

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