Top Ten Tuesday #21 – Top Ten New-to-me Authors 2013

Posted 17 December, 2013 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Memes, Top Ten Tuesday / 28 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday #21 – Top Ten New-to-me Authors 2013

This week on Top Ten Tuesday is about the Top Ten authors we discovered in 2013. And wow, I discovered quite a few really good ones! I actually discovered several authors this year. Some released their debut book in 2013, and others were simply authors whose books I hadn’t gotten around to reading yet. I am linking directly to my review if you are interested in checking one of them out πŸ™‚

Top Ten Tuesdays is a fun meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we share our excitement for books, and I really like how this meme makes me think about the books I read, why I read them, and who to recommend my favorite reads to. So, here we go, as usual, my list is in no particular order :

J. A. Huss and her series Rook and Ronin – I read all three books in less than three days, and I stayed up all night to be able to read without interruptions!

David Lomax – he is a YA sci-fi author, and I simply loved his debut The Backward Glass, which involves really cool time travel.

I also discovered Kim Harrison and her awesome The Hollows series, thanks to three of my blogger friends, Brandee, Jaclyn and Robyn. I can’t thank them enough for introducing me to this awesome series, I read the 10 first books in just a few short weeks last summer!

Another debut author I loved in 2013 is Jody Kihara and her novel Switching – which is also a YA novel with time travel, but quite different from the other one I mentioned. Stormi got me to read this one, and I’m very happy she did!

I really enjoyed Joelle Charbonneau’s The Testing, and I can’t wait to read more of her books – two are being released in 2014.

Katie McGarrie blew my socks off with her Pushing the Limits series. This NA series is so well written, and I love the characters she’s shared with us readers.

K. A. Tucker’s Ten Tiny Breaths series is awesome as well – it’s also NA, and very well done.

And of course, I really enjoyed G. R. Reader’s Off Topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt (the link of this one leads to Goodreads – as it really is a book about how Goodreads suddenly deleted hundreds of review a little while ago, and how reviewers felt about that)

After I met Katie Hayoz by chance – she lives in Geneva as well – I bought and read her debut novel Untethered, which is a really good YA paranormal novel, but with no strange creatures in it. It was refreshing to read something quite different from other YA paranormal stories I have read.

And last, but not least, I discovered Tahereh Mafi and her incredible Shatter Me series. The prose is very different and poignant, and it reached into my heart and did something to me.

Thanks for stopping by today, have a terrific Tuesday, and happy reading.

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28 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday #21 – Top Ten New-to-me Authors 2013

    • Katie McGarry is awesome! I am so glad I ‘discovered’ her! She is on my autobuy list now.

      Thanks for stopping by Chrissi.

  1. I’m so thrilled to see a few of my favorite authors on your list, Lexxie. I’m especially giddy since I introduced you. πŸ™‚ There are a few on your list I met just this year as well. And I few I’m dying to meet! It’s that same thing we harp on often…so many good books, so little time.

    Great list! Happy Tuesday…how many more days til your break?!? I hope you’re enjoying your week! I still am working on Fearsome. I haven’t spent as much time on it as I should. But I DID bake today! πŸ˜‰ *hugs*

    • Yes, you are such a book-pusher, Brandee – I love it! You have certainly pointed me in the right direction several times πŸ™‚

      My last day of class / exams is on Friday, then I’ll be off for a while. I have a paper to hand in at the beginning of January, and an exam on the 20th of January. But classes won’t start again until February 17th!!

      Don’t worry about Fearsome, we aren’t in a hurry, are we? Maybe we’ll be able to do a little Facebook chat over the holidays?

      Thanks for stopping by today, I wish I could stop by for coffee and newly baked goodies! *hugs*

    • The Hollows is great, Goldie! It is very rare to find a series that keeps on being excellent even after so many books!

      Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

    • Yes, goosebumps! I agree. And thank you for those wishes, Emily, it makes me giddy to think about new bookish discoveries.

      Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  2. Jessica @ a GREAT read

    Yay for Kim Harrison! Love Kim’s books! She was one of my first adult authors I read and looooove her series still to this day! I keep debating about Shatter Me! Not sure if I will ever get to a conclusion on that one! Heard too many mixed things. Great list!

    Here’s my Tuesday Post

    Have a GREAT day!

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    • Yes, I love Kim’s books as well. So awesome!

      What about reading the free sample of Mafi’s book? Then you will see straight away if you enjoy her prose or not. I know bloggers who didn’t enjoy it, and I can understand that, because it is really peculiar, but I absolutely loved it!

      Thanks for stopping by, Jessica πŸ™‚

    • It’s not the first thing you got me to read, Stormi, some Sabrina Jeffries have found it’s way to my TBR thanks to you as well πŸ™‚

      I agree, finding and trying new authors is an adventure!

  3. I am quite unfamiliar with some of the authors that you’ve mentioned like G.R, Joelle and Katie but the others I’ve grown to know because I’ve read your reviews of their books.

    I agree with you about Katie McGarry, she’s one of the two reasons why I am promoting contemporaries as one of my favorite genres. And I hope that she’ll work double time so that Take Me On will be released early. Hahahaha.

    And re: Tahereh, her Shatter Me series is already on my TBR. I hope her books will work for me.

    Also, I think I mentioned that I’ll be giving the Hallows series a try. But maybe I’ll do it someday when I am not swamped with ARCs anymore. πŸ˜€

    Great post, Lexxie! <3 Thanks for expanding my bookish horizon.

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    • I am trying to read mostly ARCs right now myself, Charlotte, so I completely understand where you’re coming from. I am very happy I’ve been able to push some great books your way, though πŸ˜‰

      I hope Shatter Me will work for you, too, I loved it – the fact that the prose was so different is part of why I enjoyed it so much.

      I’m sure you’ll love the Hallows, but you should wait for a time when you can read several books in the series one after the other – the way I did. It is awesome!

      Thanks for stopping by, Charlotte, and I’m really glad I’m expanding your bookish horizon, just as you help me expand mine <3

    • Oh if you liked the first book, I’m sure you’ll love the next ones as well, Liesel.

      Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚ Happy reading.

  4. I love Kim Harrison’s books! A few of your listed authors are on my TBR list. Looking forward to getting into some of them. Thanks for stopping by earlier. πŸ™‚

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  5. There have been so many wonderful new-to-me authors this year. Ilona Andrews with Kate Daniels. Mary Amato with Guitar Notes, snarky filled with music and emotion (YA). Craig Johnnson with the Walt Longmire series. E.J. Wesley with the Moonsongs series. Debbie Macomber with Starry Night. And Trish Doller with Something Like Normal and Where the Stars Still Shine. It’s a funny feeling to feel so lucky to have found such wonderful books.

    Great list, Lexxie! I haven’t read The Testing or Ten Tiny Breaths yet, but my library just got them! Katie McGarry is just so awesome. I’m a huge fan!

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  6. YAY, I’m glad you have more great books waiting for you at the library, Robyn πŸ™‚

    I agree, it is an awesome feeling to be able to find all these great books. And it’s thanks to friends like you that I keep finding more πŸ™‚

    Thanks for stopping by!

    • Katie McGarry is excellent! There is a little bit of different genres on my list, so feel free to pick and chosse, Lindy πŸ™‚

      Thanks for stopping by.

  7. YAY Micheline! I hope you’ll enjoy all of those. And believe me, I know what it’s like to own books, but still not be able to actually read them!

    Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

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