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

top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new topic and you post your top ten responses.

I haven’t done this before but I’ve decided to start. It probably won’t be a perfectly weekly thing, but I’m going to try to do it as often as I have time and interesting answers to the topics.

Here are my favorite authors I discovered this year. This isn’t to say that their books are new, just that I finally found out how awesome they are

Brandon Sanderson

Sanderson’s Mistborn series completely took me by surprise. Probably my favorite books I read this year. His Steelheart was an amazing take on writing an action story that also has substance.

Stephanie Perkins

I loved the Anna and the French Kiss series so much. It was adorable but not completely fluffy–it had meaning and emotional resonance. I’m so sad the series is over, but I’m excited to read more of her books.

Janet Evanovich

The Stephanie Plum series is awesome. They are so much fun to read, and have definitely set the record for most literal laugh-out-louds, but they also leave me thinking.

Holly Black

I’ve only read one of her books, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. This book really surprised me, however. It broke the paranormal mold and told an engaging story with a unique love interest. I want to read more of her writing in 2015.

Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity was incredible. Heart-wrenching. Such a fantastic portrayal of friendship and sacrifice and–oh my god it is amazing. I sobbed. The most emotionally moving story I read this year. I haven’t read the companion novel, Rose Under Fire, yet, but I plan to when I have space in my schedule to cry my eyes out.

David Levithan

Every Day was such a unique and powerful story for me. Every You, Every Me wasn’t my favorite, but I still want to read more of his writing.

Chuck Wendig

I stumbled upon Chuck Wendig’s blog, Terrible Minds, last year, and fell in love. I decided to read his Miriam Black series, not really knowing what I was getting into. Definitely the most inappropriate books I read this year (based on my age) but I loved them anyway. Wendig is a powerful storyteller and has impressive skill with character voice.

Robin LaFevers

I loved the first two His Fair Assassin books, and I’m excited to read the last one. They balance romance and badass-ness well, and I love stories about assassins, so these books are basically perfect for me.

Phillipa Gregory

I read The Other Boleyn Girl and it rocked my world. A powerful story that has stuck with me–especially in my AP European History class. I want to read more of her books, even if they are incredibly long.

Ruta Sepetys

Out of the Easy was such a good story. I loved the main character and the author’s writing style.

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