Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we feature top ten books or book related stuff according to each week’s topic.
This week’s topic, the top 10 new-to-me authors I read in 2013. This has been a really hectic year for me as I took a major exam, graduated from secondary school, started A Page of Heaven and a whole bunch of other stuff. However, I would also say I’ve read the most number of good books this year as compared to the last few.
Among the amazing books I’ve read in 2013, there were many authors whose works I had never read before. So in no particular order, here’s a list of some of my favorite new-to-me authors. (My reviews of the mentioned authors’ books are linked in the brackets.)
Top 10 New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2013:
1. J.A. Souders (Renegade)
Picking up this author’s debut novel without caring about what the Goodreads reviews said was one of the best decisions in my life. Renegade was gorgeously gory and J.A. Souders automatically hopped onto my list of favorite authors after I read it!
I’ll be truthful and admit I did not enjoy Shadow and Bone as much as I had wanted to but Siege and Storm completely made up for it. If I had any doubts about Leigh Bardugo being an excellent author, the 2nd installment in the Grisha trilogy took them all away.
3. Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass)
Sarah J. Maas created two of my favorite characters of all time – Celaena Sardothien & Chaol Westfall. How can she not be a shoo-in for this list?
4. Kristen Simmons (Article 5)
Usually while reading dystopian novels, there’s more heart-pounding action than feels. But Kristen Simmons decided to give truckloads of both! Article 5 was just so, so lovely and I can’t wait for more books by Kristen Simmons.
Similar to Leigh Bardugo, I did not really enjoy (ok, more like slightly hated for this one) the first book by her that I read. And once again like Leigh Bardugo, I fell in love with the second. Katie McGarry somehow grabbed my heart with Dare You To when I’m usually very skeptical towards contemporary novels.
6. Jennifer E. Smith (The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, This is What Happy Looks Like)
Jennifer E. Smith is the Queen of Excellent Pacing & her books give a similar feeling to having hot chocolate/tea on a winter night or sitting at a breezy pier on a midsummer night. You just get filled with cute fuzziness! Although some may say her books are unrealistic, I think they are brilliantly told unconventional love stories.
7. Diana Peterfreund (For Darkness Shows the Stars)
I will be honest and say For Darkness Shows the Stars wasn’t a very eventful novel but it sure was replete with feels! Diana Peterfreund had me packing and leaving for FEELS-land right from the very first letter between Kai & Elliot.
8. Rick Yancey (The 5th Wave)
Rick Yancey created one of the scariest fictional worlds ever.
So creepy I could’ve peed my pants. Completely brilliant!
9. Amy Tintera (Reboot)
There were such deep characters and crazy action in Reboot I actually wished to be Rebooted too. Who cares if the world sees you as zombies when you’re not actually rotting and come back with superhuman strength? Deliciously bad-ass world that Amy Tintera created!
10. Jennifer Rush (Altered)
Jennifer Rush writes action and romance to die for. Oh, and did I mention how engrossing the mysteries she creates are?
Who are your favorite new-to-you authors read in 2013? Do share by dropping a comment below and happy Tuesday!