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?


  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

  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

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

  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

  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!

  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!

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

  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. :)

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


Thank you so much for leaving a comment! I love to hear your thoughts, and I read every one. You just became one of my favorite people, so I will try to visit your blog in return.