Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Top Ten New-to-Me Authors of 2013

Hosted by the team over at The Broke and the Bookish, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme for list-loving bloggers. Every Tuesday, participants compile a list of their favorite books, authors, or other literature-related things that fall under a certain category.

Today's topic asks bloggers to feature the top ten authors whose books they read for the first time in 2013. Last year, I compiled a Top Ten Tuesday list on the same topic, except I obviously wrote about authors I discovered in 2012, and I loved featuring my new favorite writers so much that I decided to participate again. The prompt's wording implies that the authors should be new to you rather than debut authors who are new in general, so while I could not resist adding a couple debut novelists, my list focuses on already-published writers.

1. John Green
I read my first John Green book in January and proceeded to devour all of his other novels throughout the year (except for Paper Towns, which I will be reading on my birthday, December 21). His appearance on this list is a given.

2. Tahereh Mafi
This lady can write. Her sentences speckle my skin with goosebumps, and giving the Shatter Me series a chance was one of the best bookish decisions I ever made.

3. Kathleen Hale
Based on her twitter feed and her debut novel, No One Else Can Have You, I have come to the conclusion that this writer shares my sense of humor and views about the world. She has a unique style that fits my mind perfectly.

4. Elizabeth Wein
This historical fiction author is a thorough researcher, a talented writer, and a ruthless soul-crusher. And I love her for being all three.

5. Jessica Martinez
I love this author's realistic characters and stories that absorbed me into their worlds.

6. Victoria Schwab
Despite hearing glowing praise from fellow bloggers, I waited until halfway through 2013 to read The Near Witch, and now I cannot wait to pick up this author's other books.

7. Hilary T. Smith
This author has a gorgeously vivid writing style with which I fell in love.

8. Brodi Ashton
This author knows how to build things. She builds on a well-known myth, creating a story that is all her own. She builds a beautiful romance and an inventive world that challenges that romance. I am so glad I finally picked up the Everneath trilogy.

9. Morgan Matson
I know many contemporary YA readers love this author, but I waited until last week to read a book by her. I just finished Second Chance Summer, which is heartbreaking and cleverly written, and I am now desperate to pick up Matson's other works.

10. Trish Doller
After reading Where the Stars Still Shine, I jumped into the Trish Doller fan club and have been partying there ever since.

I love discovering new authors and plan to encounter even more in 2014. Which new writers should I try next year? I would love to hear your recommendations.

30 comments:

  1. I haven't actually read anything by John Green. After I read the spoilers about The Fault in Our Stars, I started avoiding his books like the plague. I loved Trish's Something Like Normal and Where the Stars Still Shine is something I've been meaning to buy since its publication, but still haven't up to now. :|

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    1. Ugh, spoilers are the worst things ever. Like, grounds for ending a friendship bad. I'll be reading Something Like Normal soon, so I'm glad to hear you loved it!

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  2. I discovered both Tahereh Mafi and John Green in 2013, too, but I only have Mafi on my list - a choice had to be made.

    Thanks for stopping by earlier :) Have a terrific Tuesday.


    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Life is so unjust, forcing you to choose between Mafi and Green. How does one even make that choice? Seriously, I want to know.

      No problem! :)

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  3. I'm still going through John Green myself! Good choice...and I LOVE reading a book I'm highly anticipating that I know I'll love on my bday. Happy early bday, too!! You share a bday with my sister <3 Ahh, someday I'll read Tahereh Mafi. SOMEDAY. Might as well wait for the whole series to be out at this point! I'm still dying to read Elizabeth Wein but haven't yet! 2014, ehre I come! I lovee love love Victoria Schwab! So glad you do, too! I loved finding out that Hilary Smith was The Intern...I followed her blog forever! Great sense of humor! I need to catch up on Brodi Ashton next month, whoot! Only read EVERNEATH. Met her twice, though..she's so nice! Will have to check out the authors I haven't read!

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    1. Yes! Birthdays are so much better when amazing books accompany them! Thanks, and happy early birthday to your sister. I didn't know about The Intern blog until after reading Wild Awake, but I now want to go catch up on everything I missed. It sounds like you have a lot of fantastic authors in your stacks for 2014!

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  4. I have only read one of John Green's books and have been avoiding the rest. Are they all so sad? I just don;t know if I can willingly pick up another horribly sad one, ya know?

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    1. They're not all as sad as TFiOS or Looking for Alaska—An Abundance of Katherines is a lot more lighthearted but still remarkably well-written. I recommend giving that one a try if you like John Green's style but not his signature sadness.

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  5. I have not read books by any of the authors on your list. *blushes* That is something I definitely need to fix next year! Starting with Jessica Martinez! :)

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    1. I hope you love Jessica Martinez as much as I do, especially after my twitter spam about Virtuosity!

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  6. Just added Where the Star still Shine to my tbr
    Thanks for sharing and happy Tuesday <3

    Our TTT
    Doris @ OABR

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  7. I will hopefully read The Near Witch by the end of the year. John Green also made it on my list.

    My TTT: http://rachaelc94.blogspot.com/2013/12/top-ten-new-to-me-authors-2013.html

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    1. Do it do it do it! And I want to put John Green on all my Top Ten Tuesdays, but I restrain myself.

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  8. I agree about Victoria Schwab, although The Near Witch is the one book of hers I still need to read. I also should read Elizabeth Wein soon, it's time to have my soul crushed.

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    1. I approve of your attitude toward soul-crushing.

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  9. *leaps up and down screaming for joy* ELIZABETH WEIN!!!! YAY! I absolutely LOVE her books! I was blown away by the awesomeness of Code Name Verity!
    And ohh! Tahereh Mafi! LOVE her writing! It's so beautiful!
    Great list! Glad you've found some new authors this year!
    My TTT

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    1. I KNOW. *flails* They are both too talented for words.

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  10. I still haven't read any John Green, although he's been on my radar for some time. I need to meet him in 2014 I think. The only other author on your list that I've heard of is Elizabeth Wein. There are just so many great books out there to find.

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    1. You do! There are so many great books out there, but there is so little time to read them.

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  11. How did I not know that you just read John Green THIS YEAR? AND Martinez? I mean, I haven't read much of Martinez, but I think of her and I instantly think of you (although that's my fault). Your list has made me incredibly happy though because these are AMAZING authors and you read them this year and discovered them and ahhh, just great.

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    1. Something about this comment strikes me as funny in the best possible way. I love how happy we get about each others' author discoveries.

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  12. Great list! I really want to read some Victoria Schwab and Tahereh Mafi, their books look amazing and I hear such great things. New GFC follower. My TTT.

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    1. Please do—they really are amazing. Thanks for following!

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  13. I read Morgan Matson and Elizabeth Wein this past year too. They are both incredible writers, and I need to check out more from them.

    Lauren from www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

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    1. Me too! I can't wait to read Matson's past and future books.

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  14. I haven't read any of the authors on your list except for John Green, but I do like your list and want to check some of the authors out.

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