TOP TEN TUESDAY
December 9, 2014
It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014
The top ten new-to-me-authors is one of my favorite categories! This year I ended up binge reading two series in particular that will surely be on this list and somehow those authors instantly became some of my favorites. It’s so interesting to look back and see your life before these books like, “Why did I wait so long to read these!?”
SARAH J. MAAS
The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass # 0.1 – 0.5) – Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) – Sarah J. Maas
Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) – Sarah J. Maas
Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) – Sarah J. Maas
WHY did I wait so long to read Throne of Glass!? It seems so silly now, but really when I first tried it, I was not ready for fantasy yet. I did not love fantasy like I do now (I don’t know how but I totally fell in love with fantasy over these past couple years) and I had actually returned it to the library and decided to try again some other time. Thank goodness I did! I ended up not only enjoying Throne of Glass but binge reading the rest of the series (up to this point) and falling in love with those, PLUS pining for Sarah’s newest book, A Court of Thorns and Roses coming out next year (but I’m already drooling over all those ARCs floating out there)!
Sanderson was another immediate, head-over-heels in love author. I binge read the Mistborn trilogy plus the first spin-off book (technically #4 in the series) and I fangirled HARD. I am totally in love with this series and also can’t wait to read more of Sanderson’s books! Lucky for me, I’m SO late to this parade that I have plenty of books to choose from as far as what I should start next!
I think Emery Lord was a new favorite for tons of people this year with her debut, Open Road Summer, coming out this past spring. I immediately fell in love with the book and went crazy when I got her second novel, The Start of Me and You (which comes out in March but I read in November) from Bloomsbury for review (and general flailing). I love Emery’s writing and she quickly became a favorite of mine! So happy to see her having so much success this year!
Liz Czukas is another author who had a debut release this year and I had a similar experience with her books like I did with Emery Lord’s — I love her debut, Ask Again Later, and had an absolute BLAST reading her second novel, Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless early this fall (it releases TODAY)! Her writing is so much fun and her characters are a blast. I am definitely a fan and she’s a instant preorder author for me all the way! AND I just finished her new adult book When Joss Met Matt (under the name of Ellie Cahill) and I LOVED IT!
Wow, TWO adult fantasy authors on a top ten favorites list. Who could have possibly guessed that a couple years ago, right? I was so heavy into YA and not a fantasy person and the adult fantasy selections that I’ve been reading have been spot. on. for my tastes! I adored The Lies of Locke Lamora and its sequel, Red Seas Under Red Skies. I’m holding off on book three until book four is in sight because I need to space them out juuuust a bit! I don’t want to get ahead of myself. It’s a seven book series!
Two words: DANGEROUS GIRLS. This book absolutely floored me (not to mention it has the added special bonus of BEA memories since that’s when I read it!) and I also enjoyed her second novel (though not related), Dangerous Boys. These mystery/thrillers were so much fun to read and Dangerous Girls was just so incredibly realistic which made it scary. (Thank goodness I didn’t end up in jail when I was in Aruba!!!) Just loved these books.
The Winner’s Curse is not Marie Rutkoski’s first book, but it was the first I’d read from her and I really loved the world and the characters that she created! With visions of the feelings of The Winner’s Curse dancing in my head, I read book two in the trilogy, The Winner’s Crime, the other week and WOW. That was just amazing. I love that it’s a fantasy world but one that doesn’t incorporate a magic system like is traditionally expected. Honestly, I just can’t wait for the last book! (Or, you know… March. When The Winner’s Crime comes out.)
I didn’t quite fall head over heels with This Song Will Save Your Life like some did but I did still REALLY enjoy it. I also read Past Perfect this year which Estelle had gifted to me for Christmas and loved that one too! I will definitely be on the lookout for Leila’s new book coming out in 2015! Can’t wait to see what it’s all about!
I read Dahlia’s debut new adult novel, Last Will and Testament (out TODAY!!!) and absolutely loved it. It was everything I’ve been looking for in a new adult novel and that made me even more excited to get to her YA release, Behind the Scenes (with a companion coming out in 2015)!
HOW how how have I not read anything by Erica yet!? I read Dissonance right before I got to see Erica O’Rourke at an event with Susan Dennard and Sarah J. Maas and I LOVED IT. It was SUCH a “me” book and to hear Susan and Sarah flail about her previous books too… Gah. I will have to read more ASAP!!