A couple months ago, I wrote a post about which publishing houses I read the most from and which I have the most interest in. My results were basically that I'm a HarperCollins book whore, and while I love a lot of other publishers, I read the most (and have the most interest in) Harper books.
So this got me thinking: within HarperCollins, do I have a favorite imprint? Is there a specific imprint that I'm just really drawn to their books?
I have therefore decided to break down my GR bookshelf full of HarperCollins books into imprints, and I'll tell you how many of them I have on my shelves, whether read or TBR.
Harper Collins / Harper Collins Children's
Total Books: 26
I was actually a little surprised by this one, just because I feel like I don't notice this imprint much. I tend to lump these under the wide umbrella of "Harper Collins," as opposed to thinking of it as a separate imprint.
But "Harper Collins" publishes two of my favorite Harper authors: Amy Plum and Anna Godbersen. For that reason, my average rating of Harper Collins books that I've read is fairly high. This is definitely an imprint that I like!
Total Books: 16
Greenwillow just doesn't have as many books coming out each year as Harper Collins or HarperTeen, but the books they do produce are high quality, I think. I tend to be really drawn to their unique concepts and intriguing voices. And often, Greenwillow books are some of my favorites.
Besides Rae Carson and Cindy Pon, Greenwillow has authors like Bethany Griffin (Masque of the Red Death), Leah Cypress (Mistwood), Heather Dixon (Entwined), and upcoming debut authors Elisa Sussman (Stray) and Alexandra Duncan (Salvage).
Total Books: 8
This small number isn't that surprising to me, considering I've yet to actually read a Katherine Tegan book ever. A lot of them are futuristic sci-fi novels, and I'm not as into those. However, I have quite a few of them on my Kindle, and I intend to dig into this imprint as soon as possible.
Notable Katherine Tegan authors include Veronica Roth (Divergent), Mindy McGinnis (Not a Drop to Drink), Eve Silver (Rush), Jodi Meadows (Incarnate), and Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam (Elusion).
Total Books: 73
HarperTeen is probably the largest YA Harper imprint, so this number isn't surprising either. There's lots of diversity in subject matter and genre, and my ratings have been just as diverse. HarperTeen tends to be hit or miss for me, just because I read so many of them and I read the good ones and not-as-good ones.
Some of my favorite HarperTeen authors are Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me), Josephine Angelini (Starcrossed), Melissa Marr (Wicked Lovely), Lesley Livingston (Wondrous Strange), Susan Dennard (Something Strange and Deadly), and Kiera Cass (The Selection).
Other big authors at this imprint are Kiersten White (Paranormalcy), Aprilynne Pike (Wings), Sophie Jordan (Firelight), Louise Rennison (Withering Tights), and Claudia Gray (Evermore).
Balzer + Bray
Total Books: 20
Let's be real: Balzer + Bray is my jam. I think they have some of the coolest books with the coolest ideas, and their covers are basically the best ever. Like with Greenwillow, I think there's just something really cool about Balzer + Bray, and I tend to really like their books.
Some of the biggest Balzer + Bray authors are Diana Peterfreund (For Darkness Shows the Stars), CJ Redwine (Defiance), Sarah Strohmeyer (Smart Girls Get What They Want), Gretchen McNeil (Ten), and Elizabeth Norris (Unraveling).
Balzer + Bray also has some great-sounding books coming out soon that I'm dying to read, like Snow Like Winter, a high fantasy by Sara Raasch, and Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman, a historical about a German girl who grows up among Nazis and begins to question all she's been taught.
So the data says I'm most interested in HarperTeen and Harper Collins Children's, but those numbers are a little stilted, since those two imprints post the most books.
Of the three smaller imprints, I'm definitely most interested in Balzer + Bray, then Greenwillow, with Katherine Tegan pulling in at the end, mostly because they publish a lot of sci-fi and that's not my favorite genre.
I'd like to do something similar to this post with other publishing houses, but I'm not sure I read enough from other publishers to gather enough data. Maybe I'll try and do it for Simon & Schuster and Penguin. We'll see!
Do you have a favorite Harper imprint?
What is it?
Let me know in the comments!