Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Top Ten New-to-Me Authors of 2014

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.

In 2012, I compiled a list entitled "Top Ten New-to-Me Authors of 2012." In 2013, I compiled a similar list, but this time featuring authors I encountered for the first time in 2013. I was delighted to see that the ladies at The Broke and the Bookish were bringing the topic back for another year, and I knew I had to participate. Since this prompt asks for authors who are new to me—not new in general—I tried to stick to authors who have been around for a while. However, I read so many debuts this year that it was impossible to keep a few new-to-everyone writers off of this list.

1. Robyn Schneider
Why did I wait until 2014 to pick up The Beginning of Everything? This author's writing is clever and insightful, crafted in a way that distinctly reminds me of John Green's.

2. Ransom Riggs
I am actually glad I did not pick up Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children when it released in 2011 because I doubt I could have waited until 2014 for book two. The wait for book three is hard enough.

3. Abby McDonald/Abigail Haas
Abby McDonald writes bubbly chick lit that overlays serious, thought-provoking messages. Under the pseudonym Abigail Haas, she wrote the mind-bending Dangerous Girls, a political, psychological thriller that kept me up way past my bed time and stressed me out to the point of vague nausea. Both of these styles make her a favorite author of mine.

4. Trenton Lee Stewart
I rarely stray from YA, but this author's brilliant Mysterious Benedict Society series made me crave middle grade like never before. Unfortunately, I doubt I will find any MG novels with equally clever plots or characters any time soon.

5. Jo Knowles
While reading an ARC of the upcoming Read Between the Lines, I was impressed with this author's empathetic insight into characters' lives. I am sure I will see the same style when I read all her other books.

6. Jane Nickerson
I fell in love with this author's ability to craft rich historical settings and build tension at a perfect pace after reading Strands of Bronze and Gold and The Mirk and Midnight Hour.

7. Markus Zusak
I keep telling myself I am going to read all of this author's books. But The Book Thief is so excellent that I am worried the others will not live up.

8. Kendall Kulper
Here begins the debut authors. This writer proves her talent for plot with Salt & Storm, which challenges its characters relentlessly and never lets them take the easy way out.

9. Cammie McGovern
On the surface, Say What You Will looks like a capital I-B Issue Book about disabilities. However, the complex characters are so much more than their physical and mental issues and their romance has a slow, masterful build.

10. Annie Cardi
This author can write a family scene like no other, capturing love and tension and misunderstanding all at once. 

What authors did you encounter for the first time in 2014?

9 comments:

  1. The only book I read on your list was #7 but that was last year. I am very interested in #8 though, I love the cover =)
    Monique @ Mo_Books

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  2. I absolutely LOVED The Mysterious Benedict Society series! I read the first book in third grade and it has been one of my favorite novels of all time for four years. It's one of my go-to novels that I can always fall-back on for a recommendation or a re-read. I'm not as familiar with your other authors, however Salt and Storm is on my TBR list. Some of my first-time authors include Allison Pataki, Kiera Cass, Marissa Meyer, and John Sanford. Anyways, nice choices Emily!:)

    Claire @ Bookworm Reviews

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  3. I added READ BETWEEN THE LINES and THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING. They sound amazing. Great list.

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  4. Im currently reading the Book Theif, and have heard how brilliant it is for ages. And I haven't heard of the beginning of everything but I will definitely check it out!! Here's my TTT

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  5. I still need to read Robyn Schneider, eep! A few people mentioned DANGEROUS GIRLS today. I'd better look into it! And ooh, Jane Nickerson, I still need to read M&MH! Markus Zusak has been on my TBR For.EV.er!!! 2015 MUST finally be the year!!! Great list!

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  6. Dangerous Girls is absolutely flawless and mind-blowing, isn't it?! Abigail Haas would definitely be on my list too.

    And I totally agree about Trenton Lee Stewart. I remember first reading that series for lit class and absolutely falling in love with it. The characters are all so memorable, and I love how we get to solve the puzzles alongside them. :)

    AND MARCUS ZUSAK! 'Nuff said.

    Thanks for sharing Emily, and great picks!

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  7. I still need to read Marcus and Ransom's books! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  8. Last year, my aunt gave me The Book Thief (book) for Christmas and I still haven't read it. Oh, dear! Glad you liked it. :)

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  9. I loved Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper! I really can't wait to read Abigail Haas's books... Great picks, Emily :D

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