Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014

I'm participating in today's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's prompt is:

Top Ten New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2014

Oh gosh, there are so many.  Here are my favorites from this year:

10. Pierce Brown
In addition to Red Rising and Golden Son being spectacular books, Mr. Brown is also really, really nice to his fans on Twitter.  I recommend following him, if you aren't already.  

9. Adelle Waldman
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. is a book that I won't soon forget.  I'm definitely keeping Ms. Waldman on my radar.  She's earned auto-read status with just that one book.

8. Liane Moriarty
Big Little Lies was my first foray into Moriarty's writing, but it certainly won't be my last!  I hear What Alice Forgot is even better.

7. Mary E. Pearson
The Kiss of Deception was a surprisingly delightful fantasy adventure novel, and I am seriously dying because its sequel doesn't come out for about a million years.  (Read: July.)

6. Brandon Sanderson
I can't believe I didn't read this fantasy staple until 2014, but at least I now know that I have several books I'm practically guaranteed to love in my future.

5. Taylor Jenkins Reid
I was pushing After I Do onto everyone around me for weeks after finishing.  Such a wonderful and wonderfully written book.  I want to line about fifty of the library's bookshelves with copies of that book.

4. Benjamin Alire Saenz
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe was probably the most heartfelt book I read in 2014.  Saenz gave me a serious book hangover with that one, and I adore him for it.

3. Cassandra Rose Clarke
The Assassin's Curse and The Pirate's Wish were some of my favorite reads this year, purely because of the spunk those book hold.  I can't believe I haven't read The Wizard's Promise yet.

2. Julianne Donaldson
Though Blackmoore didn't do it for me, I am still in serious book love with Edenbrooke.  I will read anything Donaldson writes.

1. Rainbow Rowell
It started back in February with Fangirl, and my adoration for Rowell has only grown.  Though Fangirl is still my favorite, I consumed Attachments and Landline as if they were heroin-laced chocolate.  Now Rowell is on my auto-read list as well.

What new favorite authors have you discovered this year?


  1. I've only read anything by Rainbow Rowell from this list (though I don't know if she qualifies cuz both E&P and Fangirl I've heard as an audiobook!) but I really want to read Red Rising! I've heard incredible things about it! :)

    Great post!
    ~Fari @ My Little Corner For Books

    1. Red Rising is insane. That series will blow your mind, in a good way. Definitely recommend it. Rainbow Rowell is awesome, too. I actually haven't read Eleanor & Park, though I've loved everything else from her. Especially Fangirl. :)

  2. Ari & Dante was one of my favourite reads this year. I wish I'd included him on my list! I also have Brandon Sanderson on my top ten. :)

    1. Yes! Ari and Dante is SO GOOD. As is anything Brendon Sanderson writes. Glad you like their work!

  3. Oh, I don't know why I didn't mention Cassandra Rose Clarke in my TTT. I read her Assassin's Curse duology this year and enjoyed it so much. Benjamin Alire Sáenz and Brandon Sanderson did make it to my list though. I loved Aristotle and Dante, it was such an incredible book.
    I've been wanting to read Red Rising and The Kiss of Deception but haven't gotten around to it...

    Great list!

    1. Agreed on Ari and Dante and all things Sanderson! CRC is such a fun new author, I absolutely devoured her duology. I definitely recommend Kiss of Deception and Red Rising! Let me know if you do read them, I'm dying to talk about them both.

  4. Argh, I keep hearing how good Big, Little Lies is. I need to read that soon!

  5. I can't get into Sanderon's books. I tried Mistborn, and I couldn't do it. I want to read Steelhart though.

    1. I haven't read Steelhart, but most of his books are pretty lengthy. I understand them being too slow to some. It took me a couple hundred pages before I fell in love with Mistborn.

  6. OOooooooo! I want to hear what you thought of Big Little Lies. I finished it not too long ago.

    1. I finished it a few weeks ago, but I'm having the hardest time writing my review. I feel like there's so much to discuss, but not very much to state in a review-like setting, you know what I mean? This would def be a great one for book clubs, though.


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