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 GreenI 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.