2 Aug 2012

AAA: Sarah Alderson, author of Hunting Lila: Top 5 Authors’ I Appreciate

Sarah Alderson might have only popped up on the book scene one year ago, but since then she’s been taking the world by storm. So far she’s written and published 4 books - the Lila series, which includes, Catching Suki, Hunting Lila and Losing Lila, along with Fated, the first release in a new series. I had the pleasure of meeting Sarah last year and talk with her regularly on Twitter. I’m thrilled to have her on the blog today and hope you are too! P.S – Losing Lila releases today! Hip hip hooray! *throws confetti* Don’t forget to congratulate Sarah on this fantastic news! Without further ado, the amazing Sarah Alderson!

Top 5 Authors’ I Appreciate...

1. John Green
The opening paragraph of Will Grayson, Will Grayson is one of the funniest opening paragraphs ever written. I adore John Green. He writes books that make me laugh, make me cry and make me appreciate life. What more do you want from a book? If you haven't read The Fault in our Stars then read it. It's my favourite read of the year so far.

2. Becky Wicks
Becky is a fellow Brit author and friend of mine. We're collaborating on a series of comedy romance novels (think Bridget Jones written by Jackie Collins) and have just finished writing our first under the pen name Lola Salt. Becky writes hilarious travel books. She gets paid to live in cool places and keeps a diary of all her escapades when she's there. Her first book Burqalicious was a fascinating expose of Dubai and ex-pat living. Her second book, due out soon in Australia, is set in Bali (Balilicious) and I can't wait to read it because I'm in it! Also I know most the other people in it too. It will be a hilarious antidote to Eat, Pray, Love. I appreciate Becky because every day she makes me laugh till I want to pee my pants and working with her is so much fun.

3. E. M. Forster
E.M. Forster was one of my favourite authors when I was a teenager. I was obsessed with Room with a View. I thought it was the most romantic book ever (apart from the epilogue which destroyed my romantic soul). I still love it. It's so evocative of that era, of a time when women were repressed and forbidden from following their hearts or even their minds. They were told what to think and who to be, as well as who to marry and Lucy Honeychurch fights the system. That kiss with George in the field overlooking Florence...yeah, that was probably the reason I moved to Florence when I was 20.

4. David Mitchell
David Mitchell consistently wows me with his books. I'll always buy whatever he writes. My favourite novel of his is without a doubt Cloud Atlas, though Ghostwritten comes a close second.

5. Morgan Matson
I felt like I needed to include another woman in this list and I really appreciate Morgan Matson. Her debut book Amy & Roger's Epic Detour came out around the same time as my debut novel Hunting Lila and we're both with the same publisher. I absolutely adored her book and eagerly await Second Chance Summer. I love the music she provides as playlists and I love the way she's always really responsive on Twitter. She communicates with fans and is really sweet. I think part of being an author is about acknowledging your fans and readers. So I appreciate that she does that. And I want to see her do really well.

Find Sarah on: Goodreads | Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

A massive thank you to Sarah for her time! I adore Sarah and her books and am sure many of you do, too! Why not take the time to ‘appreciate’ her or if you don’t have a blog, a simple, sweet tweet or Facebook message, will do the job as well. Anything, as long as it spreads the love!

Don't forget to go enter the AAA giveaway! It's open internationally, and there are DOZENS of prizes to be won!


  1. I love guest posts - this one is great! I only knew about John Green, but now I will have to check out the others!

    1. It's a type of guest post... ;D So glad to hear you like it, there are many more to come throughout the month! Have fun browsing the others, especially Morgan Matson who I adore as well! :D

  2. John Green and Morgan Matson!! The only two from her above list that I've read and I ADORE them both. I've only read one John Green novel, (that being TFIOS and OH MY HEART. IS BREAKING), but Sarah totally has me wanting to get Will Grayson, Will Grayson now. I loved Epic Detour aswell! I have Second Chance Summer, which I desperately need to make time to raed.

    I am really intrigued by the epilogue in E.M Forster's novel... I'm kind of a sucker for a tragedy </3

    Loving these posts so far, Becca! AND I LOVE SARAH ALDERSON LIKE CRAZY, TOO!

    1. Same! There the only two authors I know and have read but I love them both. TFIOS is amazing! I loved Epic Detour as well. Have fun reading SCS, and remember to stock up on tissues!


  3. Awesome guest post! You know, I haven't read a single one of those authors, though I do have novels by both John Green and Morgan Matson on my TBR pile. Looking forward to them even more now after Sarah's high praise! :)

    1. I hope you get around to reading them soon! I've only read John Green's The Fault In Our Stars but I loved it. I LOVE Morgan Matson and her books. I hope you enjoy them when you get round to reading them :)

    2. Ugh... will you hate me if I admit to having read none of them either? I PLAN ON FIXING THIS. I have The Fault in our Stars and Looking For Alaska, as well as Second Chance Summer at home. I can't wait!

  4. I absolutely adore Alderson's books too. She has definitely become one of my favourite authors very quickly! Thank you Rebecca and Sarah for sharing a fab post with us! :)

    1. Me two! Sarah Alderson is amazing, I just love the Lila series. And Alex! :D Glad you enjoyed this post :)

    2. Aw, Jasprit, thanks for following! I ADORE Sarah. I mean, her books are amazing, but she is, too! So friendly and, well, AMAZING! :D

  5. I love John Green. He and Patrick Ness are my favorite, period.

    The only other from this list that I'm familiar with his Morgan Matson. Unfortunately I haven't read her books yet but I am having a fit to read Second Chance Summer. I'm having to wait until the library wait list slims down a bit but I will get to it eventually. People really seem to love her!