Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Top 10 Tuesdays: Ten New to Me Authors of 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is sponsored by The Broke and The Bookish.  As with my post two weeks ago, I again had a hard time limiting this list to 10.  So I tried to pick authors that weren't necessarily debut authors as much as possible.  Now, I'd pretty much heard of these authors, I mean I work at a bookstore, and I follow many blogs where people have read them, but they are "new" to me.

  1. Julie Kagawa - Believe it or not, I'd never read any of her books, even after I got to meet her at BEA 2012, it took me until this year to actually begin reading her books.  And now, I'm devouring them!  So glad that there are more out there for me to read.
  2. Gabrielle Zevin - This is another author I got to meet at BEA.  And I had one ARC sitting at home, and then I got the 2nd in the series at BEA.  They sat on my shelf until this past January, but when I picked up All These Things I've Done, I found one of the most original stories, with some really great truths in it.  And I was hooked, and totally in love with this series.
  3. Stephanie Perkins - I'd been hearing all over the internet how great the book Anna and the French Kiss was.  But when I read the blurb about it, it just didn't really sound like my type of book.  I'm not really into contemporary romance fiction for teens usually.  But I got a free copy at the Romantic Times Convention this past May, and so I ended up reading it, and falling in love with it.  
  4. Kiera Cass -  Of course I'd seen the beautiful cover of The Selection.  And I'd purchased a copy of it with a gift card I'd won from another blog. But it sat on my TBR shelf until right before the Romantic Times Convention, when I heard she was going to be there, I had to read it before I met her.  And now I too love this series!
  5. Gretchen McNeil - Another author I'd heard so much about.  And I'd wanted to read Ten after I'd seen all the hype that went around before it was published.  She was another author that appeared at the RT Convention, and I got a couple of her books free there.  So far I've read Ten and 3:59, both of which I enjoyed.
  6. Aprilynne Pike -  Another book that I'd always seen and loved the cover of was Wings.  But I wasn't sure if I liked books about fairies.  This is another book I got free, and again, really enjoyed it.  Now I need to move on in that series.
  7. Kendare Blake -  Another book that I'd seen everywhere it seemed, and that had a great cover was Anna Dressed in Blood.  I got a copy of this earlier this year, and read it, and was hooked.
  8. Marcus Zusack -  I finally got around to reading The Book Thief when I saw a preview for the movie and it looked really good.  And I wasn't disappointed at all.  Loved it!
  9. Katie Alender - Another series that I'd seen and been interested in was Bad Girls Don't Die.  I got the first two books at a Scholastic Book Warehouse sale.  And I really enjoyed the first one, the second one was good too, not as great, but still good.
  10. Kerstin Gier - Another book that I'd seen a beautiful cover on and been interested in was Ruby Red.  When I got an ARC of the 3rd book in the mail, and I had been able to purchase the first one for pretty cheap, like $1.99 or something, I knew it was time to read it.  And I loved all three of them!!!!