Libba Bray

Libba hasn't connected with their friends on Goodreads, yet.

Libba Bray

Goodreads Author

in Montgomery, Alabama, The United States



Member Since
June 2011

What is it about writing an author bio that gives me that deer-in-headlights feeling? It's not exactly like I'm going to say "I was born in Alabama…" and somebody's going to jump up and snarl, "Oh yeah? Prove it!" At least I hope not.

I think what gets me feeling itchy is all that emphasis on the facts of a life, while all the juicy, relevant, human oddity stuff gets left on the cutting room floor. I could tell you the facts–I lived in Texas for most of my life; I live in New York City with my husband and six-year-old son now; I have freckles and a lopsided smile; I'm allergic to penicillin.

But that doesn't really give you much insight into me. That doesn't tell you that I stuck a bead up my nose while watching TV when I was four and thought

The folks over at The Book Cellar is giving away a paperback copy of "The Diviners" and a tote bag, "tote"ally awesome! You have 15 days left from today to sign yourself up for a free copy.
29 likes ·   •  6 comments  •  flag
Twitter icon
Published on December 04, 2013 00:57 • 1,650 views
Average rating: 3.83 · 520,743 ratings · 44,079 reviews · 42 distinct worksSimilar authors
A Great and Terrible Beauty...

3.79 avg rating — 185,313 ratings — published 2003 — 66 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Rebel Angels (Gemma Doyle, #2)

3.97 avg rating — 89,566 ratings — published 2005 — 46 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma ...

3.97 avg rating — 58,607 ratings — published 2007 — 38 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Diviners (The Diviners,...

3.97 avg rating — 51,764 ratings — published 2012 — 49 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Beauty Queens

3.61 avg rating — 43,420 ratings — published 2011 — 3 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Going Bovine

3.65 avg rating — 28,059 ratings — published 2009 — 3 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Lair of Dreams (The Diviner...

4.12 avg rating — 11,102 ratings — published 2015 — 29 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Vacations from Hell

3.50 avg rating — 4,311 ratings — published 2009 — 24 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Before the Devil Breaks You...

4.23 avg rating — 2,706 ratings — published 2017 — 14 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Diviners Exclusive Preview

4.25 avg rating — 212 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Libba Bray…
A Great and Terrible Beauty Rebel Angels The Sweet Far Thing
(3 books)
3.87 avg rating — 333,560 ratings

The Diviners Lair of Dreams Before the Devil Breaks You
(4 books)
4.00 avg rating — 65,534 ratings

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.


October 2017, Libba Bray
"Something diabolical this way comes. The author of Before the Devil Breaks You answers your questions about spooking readers and mucking up magic." ...More

more interviews »

Libba’s Recent Updates

Libba Bray wrote a new blog post
The folks over at The Book Cellar is giving away a paperback copy of "The Diviners" and a tote bag, "tote"ally awesome! You have 15 days left from... Read more of this blog post »
Libba Bray made a comment in the group Ask Libba Bray - Special One-Day-Only GroupAsk Libba! topic
" Maria wrote: "Hello,
I was wondering how much background information you had to do to write the Gemma Doyle series. I was wondering if you based those
...more "
More of Libba's books…
“And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.”
Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing

“People have a habit of inventing fictions they will believe wholeheartedly in order to ignore the truth they cannot accept.”
Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing

“You can never really know someone completely. That’s why it’s the most terrifying thing in the world, really—taking someone on faith, hoping they’ll take you on faith too. It’s such a precarious balance, It’s a wonder we do it at all. And yet..”
Libba Bray


For those who didn't get accepted into Hogwarts, what school/camp is your second choice? Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. RowlingJ.K. Rowling

Camp Half-Blood The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) by Rick RiordanRick Riordan
  727 votes, 31.4%

Screw school--I'm going to Narnia! The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7) by C.S. LewisC.S. Lewis
  292 votes, 12.6%

St. Vladimir's Academy Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1) by Richelle MeadRichelle Mead
  161 votes, 7.0%

Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, #1) by Ally CarterAlly Carter
  150 votes, 6.5%

Shadowhunter Academy Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, #1) by Cassandra ClareCassandra Clare
  87 votes, 3.8%

The School for Good and Evil The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil, #1) by Soman Chainani Soman Chainani
  82 votes, 3.5%

Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1) by Gail Carriger Gail Carriger
  63 votes, 2.7%

Foxfire Academy Keeper of the Lost Cities (Keeper of the Lost Cities, #1) by Shannon MessengerShannon Messenger
  54 votes, 2.3%

Sunnydale High Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus Vol. 3 by Eric PowellJoss Whedon
  51 votes, 2.2%

Shadow Falls Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls, #1) by C.C. HunterC.C. Hunter
  42 votes, 1.8%

  38 votes, 1.6%

Hecate Hall Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1) by Rachel HawkinsRachel Hawkins
  37 votes, 1.6%

The House of Night Marked (House of Night, #1) by P.C. CastP.C. Cast
  36 votes, 1.6%

Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened The Mysterious Benedict Society (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #1) by Trenton Lee StewartTrenton Lee Stewart
  30 votes, 1.3%

Battle School Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet, #1) by Orson Scott CardOrson Scott Card
  27 votes, 1.2%

Mythos Academy Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy, #1) by Jennifer EstepJennifer Estep
  25 votes, 1.1%

School of America in Paris (SOAP) Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1) by Stephanie PerkinsStephanie Perkins
  24 votes, 1.0%

Jedi Academy Star Wars Jedi Academy (Jedi Academy, #1) by Jeffrey BrownJeffrey Brown
  23 votes, 1.0%

Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy, #1) by Charlie N. HolmbergCharlie N. Holmberg
  23 votes, 1.0%

Bloor Academy Midnight for Charlie Bone (The Children of the Red King, #1) by Jenny NimmoJenny Nimmo
  20 votes, 0.9%

Lyle House The Summoning (Darkest Powers, #1) by Kelley ArmstrongKelley Armstrong
  18 votes, 0.8%

Ever After High The Storybook of Legends (Ever After High, #1) by Shannon HaleShannon Hale
  16 votes, 0.7%

Princess Academy Princess Academy (Princess Academy, #1) by Shannon Hale Shannon Hale
  16 votes, 0.7%

Mount Olympus Academy Athena the Brain (Goddess Girls, #1) by Joan HolubJoan Holub
  15 votes, 0.6%

Jade Mountain Academy Moon Rising (Wings of Fire, #6) by Tui T. SutherlandTui T. Sutherland
  15 votes, 0.6%

Sword & Cross Fallen (Fallen, #1) by Lauren KateLauren Kate
  14 votes, 0.6%

Artime The Unwanteds (Unwanteds, #1) by Lisa McMannLisa McMann
  14 votes, 0.6%

Spy School Spy School (Spy School #1) by Stuart GibbsStuart Gibbs
  13 votes, 0.6%

Ever After School Of Giants and Ice (The Ever Afters #1) by Shelby BachShelby Bach
  12 votes, 0.5%

Roke School of Wizardry A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1) by Ursula K. Le GuinUrsula K. Le Guin
  11 votes, 0.5%

Master High School Monster High (Monster High, #1) by Lisi Harrison Lisi Harrison
  11 votes, 0.5%

Spence Academy A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1) by Libba BrayLibba Bray
  10 votes, 0.4%

Axis Institute for World Domination Evil Genius (Genius, #1) by Catherine JinksCatherine Jinks
  9 votes, 0.4%

Princess School If the Shoe Fits (The Princess School, #1) by Jane B. MasonJane B. Mason
  9 votes, 0.4%

Grimm Academy Cinderella Stays Late (Grimmtastic Girls, #1) by Joan HolubJoan Holub
  8 votes, 0.3%

Trident Academy Trouble at Trident Academy by Debbie DadeyDebbie Dadey
  8 votes, 0.3%

Arkwell Academy The Nightmare Affair (The Arkwell Academy, #1) by Mindee ArnettMindee Arnett
  8 votes, 0.3%

Zetes Institute Dark Visions (Dark Visions, #1-3) by L.J. SmithL.J. Smith
  7 votes, 0.3%

The Collegium Arrows of the Queen (Heralds of Valdemar, #1) by Mercedes LackeyMercedes Lackey
  7 votes, 0.3%

Avalon High Avalon High by Meg CabotMeg Cabot
  7 votes, 0.3%

Great Rapscott School for the Daughters of Busy Parents Ms. Rapscott's Girls by Elise PrimaveraElise Primavera
  7 votes, 0.3%

Miss Cackle's Academy The Worst Witch (Worst Witch, #1) by Jill MurphyJill Murphy
  6 votes, 0.3%

Fairy Tale Reform School Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School, #1) by Jen CalonitaJen Calonita
  6 votes, 0.3%

Bunson and Lacroix's Boys Polytechnique Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1) by Gail CarrigerGail Carriger
  6 votes, 0.3%

Dunhammond Conservatory Strange Sweet Song by Adi RuleAdi Rule
  6 votes, 0.3%

Bathory Academy Vamps (Vamps, #1) by Nancy A. CollinsNancy A. Collins
  5 votes, 0.2%

Greenlaw College A College of Magics (A College of Magics, #1) by Caroline StevermerCaroline Stevermer
  5 votes, 0.2%

The Academy Oh. My. Gods. (Oh. My. Gods., #1) by Tera Lynn ChildsTera Lynn Childs
  5 votes, 0.2%

St. Sophia's Firespell (Dark Elite, #1) by Chloe NeillChloe Neill
  5 votes, 0.2%

Stranje House A School for Unusual Girls (Stranje House, #1) by Kathleen BaldwinKathleen Baldwin
  5 votes, 0.2%

Wizard's Hall Wizard's Hall by Jane YolenJane Yolen
  5 votes, 0.2%

The Academy of the Airs Airs Beneath the Moon (Horsemistress Saga, #1) by Toby BishopToby Bishop
  4 votes, 0.2%

Larwood House Witch Week (Chrestomanci, #3) by Diana Wynne JonesDiana Wynne Jones
  4 votes, 0.2%

Winterhaven Haven (Winterhaven, #1) by Kristi CookKristi Cook
  4 votes, 0.2%

Nerine Academy Stray (Four Sisters, #1) by Elissa SussmanElissa Sussman
  4 votes, 0.2%

Dr. Critchlore's School for Minions Dr. Critchlore's School for Minions by Sheila GrauSheila Grau
  3 votes, 0.1%

Academy for Earth Space Command The Planet Thieves (The Planet Thieves, #1) by Dan KrokosDan Krokos
  3 votes, 0.1%

Academy for Monsters Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror (Falcon Quinn, #1) by Jennifer Finney BoylanJennifer Finney Boylan
  3 votes, 0.1%

School of Fear School of Fear (School of Fear, #1) by Gitty DaneshvariGitty Daneshvari
  3 votes, 0.1%

Evernight Academy Evernight (Evernight, #1) by Claudia GrayClaudia Gray
  2 votes, 0.1%

Animalgam Academy Simon Thorn and the Wolf's Den (Simon Thorn, #1) by Aimee CarterAimee Carter
  2 votes, 0.1%

Dunwiddle Magic School Upside-Down Magic (Upside-Down Magic, #1) by Sarah MlynowskiSarah Mlynowski
  1 vote, 0.0%

Cragbridge Hall The Inventor's Secret (Cragbridge Hall, #1) by Chad MorrisChad Morris
  0 votes, 0.0%


Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
Pick-a-Shelf: 2008-11 - Historical Fiction - Post November Reviews Here 51 292 Dec 07, 2008 02:51AM  
Study Buddies: January 2009 - Discuss The Goose Girl 39 127 Apr 14, 2009 07:23PM  
The Next Best Boo...: recs for a friend..HELP! 16 257 May 07, 2009 06:54AM  
Romance Readers R...: This topic has been closed to new comments. May Monthly Challenge: Participants' Lists thread 235 446 Jun 02, 2009 01:29PM  
College Students! : The Results are IN! 31 359 Jul 12, 2009 06:33PM  
48721 Ask Libba Bray - Special One-Day-Only Group — 217 members — last activity Nov 24, 2011 09:28AM
Join author Libba Bray for a special one-day-only discussion of her newest book Beauty Queens! This is your chance to ask the author a question you've ...more

No comments have been added yet.