Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, she posts an idea relating to books and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own top ten lists.
This week’s topic is “top ten new-to-you authors you read in 2014.” Since I was participating in the First Reads Reading Challenge, I had decided to read 1-25 books by authors whose works I’ve never read before. Clearly it was a good idea – I found at least 10 that I absolutely adore.
1. Cat Winters
In the Shadow of Blackbirds was haunting, atmospheric, and evocative. I haven’t yet read The Cure for Dreaming, but you can be sure that it’s high on my list of priorities.
2. Marissa Meyer
I finally got around to binge-reading The Lunar Chronicles, and now I completely understand why everyone loves them so much – they’re creative, fun, and enthralling. I can’t wait to read Fairest and Winter next year!
3. Marie Rutkoski
If it weren’t for the romance, The Winner’s Curse would have been a strong contender for my favourite read of the year. Despite that, I really enjoyed reading it – to the point where I’ve now moved The Shadow Society and The Cabinet of Wonders towards the top of my TBR pile.
4. Sarah Rees Brennan
I haven’t read Unmade yet but, if it’s anything like the first two books, it’s going to be witty, engaging, and absolutely heartbreaking.
5. Laini Taylor
I binge-read the entire Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, and immediately suffered from the worst bookish hangover. Laini Taylor’s writing is absolutely beautiful, and I can’t wait to read more of it in the future.
6. Michelle Hodkin
I haven’t gotten around to reading The Retribution of Mara Dyer yet, but the first two books were creepy and addictive.
7. Abigail Haas
Dangerous Girls was such a twisted, psychological thriller – and I absolutely loved it. I wasn’t as big of a fan of Dangerous Boys, but there’s no denying that Abigail Haas’ stories can mess with your mind, so I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next.
8. Ruta Sepetys
Out of the Easy was a gritty, poignant read that I really enjoyed. While I may not pick up Between Shades of Gray any time soon (I’m not sure if I’m ready for that kind of heartbreak), I’ll definitely keep an eye out for any future books Ruta Sepetys writes.
9. A.S. King
Please Ignore Vera Dietz was beautifully written, unique, memorable, and heartbreaking. I don’t know why it took me so long to get around to reading it, but it’s firmly placed the rest of A.S. King’s books on my need-to-read list.
10. Liz Czukas
Ask Again Later was absolutely adorable and fluffy, so Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless (which is out today!) is definitely going to be one of my next reads.
Which authors did you discover in 2014? Leave me a list or a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post in the comments below.
There are so many authors that you have listed that I want to read books from really bad. So it’s nice to see that you really enjoyed them!
A.S. King is new to me this year too. I recently read Please Ignore Vera Dietz and I couldn’t put it down. I also really like Marissa Meyer. I cannot wait for Fairest and Winter either! Great list.
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I’m so glad you liked Please Ignore Vera Dietz! The wait for Fairest and Winter feels like it’s going to take forever!
Marissa Meyer is another new-to-me author, but she didn’t quite make my top list. Close tho. 🙂 Here’s my New to Me Authors post.
I’m glad I’m not the only one discovering her books! Thanks for the link. 🙂
Nice list! I love The Lunar Chronicles. Such an awesome series for so many reasons. I also really liked OUT OF THE EASY. I didn’t care too much for BETWEEN SHADES OF GREY because the story felt kind of cold and distant to me — OUT OF THE EASY is the opposite. It’s so warm and vibrant. Glad you enjoyed it as well 🙂
Happy TTT (on Wednesday)!
The Lunar Chronicles is one of my new favourites – such a unique retelling. I’m glad to hear that you love it too! 🙂