Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly feature hosted by the fantastic blog The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Authors New to Me in 2014. This year was my first official year delving into the world of blogging, and thus I was exposed to SO many new authors for the first time, so there’s a lot to choose from. Below you can find my ten favorites in no particular order, along with a link to my review of my favorite book by them!
1) Rainbow Rowell– It was love at first *read* when I picked up Fangirl this spring. I was obsessed. I could not put it down. I didn’t want it to end. It pained me to return it to the library. Since then, I’ve read Attachments and Landline (which I adored) but Fangirl is still the one I hold nearest and dearest to my heart. Rowell knows how to write characters.
Check out my review of Fangirl here.
2) Michelle Hodkin- The Mara Dyer trilogy took me through emotions I didn’t even know I had. I don’t think I’ve ever been so terrified and in love with a series at the same time.
Check out my review of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer here.
3) Rosamund Hodge- Her ability to write beautiful, sexy, heart-breaking fairytale adaptations is amazing, and she writes stand alones! I am SO excited to read more by her!
Check out my review of Cruel Beauty here.
4) Jandy Nelson- I’ll Give You The Sun was my most emotional read of the year, and she’s unafraid to really explore the full extent of teenage experiences, good and bad.
Check out my review of I’ll Give You The Sun here.
5) Gillian Flynn- While I’ve only read Gone Girl so far, I’m so impressed by her ability to weave such an intricate tale of deceit and intrigue. I’m hoping to pick up her other two novels soon!
Check out my review of Gone Girl here.
6) Marissa Meyer– Starting the Lunar Chronicles series was one of the best decisions I made all year. And the fact that she’s influenced by Sailor Moon is fantastic!
Check out my review of Cinder here.
7) Abigail Haas- Dangerous Girls gutted me. I couldn’t even think about picking up another book for days. I’d vote her author most likely to give me a book hangover.
Check out my review of Dangerous Girls here.
8) Leigh Bardugo– The Grisha trilogy. Need I say more?
Check out my review of Siege and Storm here.
9) Susan Ee- The Penryn and the End of Days series is one of my favorites, and I love the unique approach she takes with the overdone angel genre. I wish her books got more love, as they’re truly fantastic!
Check out my review of Angelfall here.
10) John Steinbeck- Ok so I had *technically* read of Mice and Men years ago in high school (and hated it) but reading East of Eden this spring was like a re-awakening. Steinbeck is fantastic. He can tell a multi-generational story with such finesse.
Check out my review of East of Eden here.
Did any of these authors make your list? Let me know in the comments!
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is one of those books I want to read thanks to blogging and really need to get to it soon.
I really, really loved it. It seems to be a book that readers are really polarized on though- they either love it or hate it!
I loved the Mara Dyer trilogy! I loved Dangerous Boys and Dangerous Girls. Both brilliant books. You’ve read some great authors this year!
I haven’t read Dangerous Boys yet (I know! It’s crazy!) but I’m waiting to have a chunk of uninterrupted time because I really want to savor the experience!
Rainbow Rowell, Marissa Meyer’s and Susan Ee were new ones for me too! Although, if I had to pick which I enjoyed most, I’d pick Susan Ee! I LOVE her prose with the series 🙂
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Her prose IS wonderful! I can’t believe this next book is going to be the last in the Penryn and the End of Days trilogy, but I can’t wait to see more from her!
You should read Jandy Nelson’s previous novel The Sky is Everywhere. It’s da bomb!
I really want to get to it soon! I’m so impressed by her prose style!
Great list!!!! I just recently read Fangirl. Not really sure what I think of Rainbow yet but still 😀
If you’re iffy about Fangirl I’ve heard a lot of good things about Eleanor and Park as well!
Rainbow Rowell made it to my list too! And I’m glad you enjoyed Mara Dyer. It’s one of my favorites!
I think the Mara Dyer trilogy is my top pick for series I’ve read in 2014!
Great list! I also love Rainbow Rowell. Do you have Eleanor & Park on your to-read list? I thought it was just as good as Fangirl- that is, GREAT. 🙂 Here’s my TTT. Happy reading!
I do have Eleanor and Park on my to-read list (It just hasn’t made it’s way into my hands yet!) I’ve no doubt that it’s going to be fantastic!
Like you I totally devored all Rainbow Rowell had to offer once I read that first book by her. Such a talented writer!! My first was Eleanor & Park which I read on a plane to Germany and then stayed up late the next several nights to read Attachments and Fangirl. Needless to say I was very tired that trip but so worth it!
My TTT is here.
She’s brilliant. Her voice is just so strong across all of her works and so distinctive, I can’t get enough!
This was my first year blogging books too! It’s amazing how many books I didn’t even know existed are out there.
I loved Cinder and Meyer made my list too! I have plans to read Mara Dyer and Gone Girl, but probably not this month. (year yikes)
I’m reading World After right now! Nice list! 🙂
Blogging has seriously exposed me to so many new authors and novels, which I’m eternally grateful for! It’s crazy knowing that there’s only a few weeks left and then all of my reads will be “next year” which makes me anxious because there’s so many 2015 releases that are just going to pile up my TBR even higher!
I haven’t read Leigh Bardugo yet, but I really need to get to Shadow and Bone (I already own it!). Rainbow Rowell made my list too, and all I’ve read by her is Attachments!
Oh I think you’ll really love Shadow and Bone, and Fangirl by Rowell as well! Funnily enough, Attachments was probably my least favorite by her (though I still loved it) but for so many people it’s their favorite!
Amazing list. Totally agree with Rainbow Rowell. Fangirl had me hooked and within a day I had devoured it all! Loved Attachments too! Leigh Bardugo also made my list; loved the Grisha trilogy – such a unique fantasy story! Great list 🙂
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My TTT 🙂
Have you heard that she’s coming out with a Simon Snow book?!
Nice list of books!! I love John Steinbeck’s novels!! My favorite one so far is East of Eden. 🙂 Here’s my TTT for the week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2014/12/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-new-to-me.html
East of Eden is fantastic, I totally get why it’s such a classic!
Well we certainly have Marissa Meyer in common! 🙂 Just wanted to stop by and say that I love your blog 😀 <3
Aw thank you so much!!! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
You welcome! 😀 Whenever I get bored I start searching for new book blogs to stalk 😛