Top Ten Favorite New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2012
Sometimes I feel like a broken record because I always have the same books/authors in my top ten. I know it's the nature of the game though. So for my top ten favorite new-to-me authors, I wanted to pick some authors who either really surprised me or I thought were amazing writers. Even better if they inspired me to read their back catalog! Here is my list:
1. Maggie Stiefvater
I started with The Scorpio Races and loved it. Like, a lot. So I decided to give her books a try. Her Wolves of Mercy Falls series was so much more than I was expecting and I loved her newest book The Raven Boys. Her writing just keeps getting better and better. I want to go back and read her Lament series now. Also, she is only 30! And she's written 6 books! I need to go do something productive now.
2. Lauren Oliver
I finally jumped on the Delirium bandwagon! The exciting plot aside, I thought Oliver's writing was beautiful and I can't wait until Requiem. I also loved Before I Fall. I would love to read her children's novels someday too.
3. Patrick Ness
I loved his Chaos Walking series. I just finished the second and third book this past weekend. The whole series is amazing. Ness is a very inventive and detailed writer. His ability to dissect the choices we make in war really made me think.
4. Ruta Sepetys
Between the Shades of Gray was such a haunting book and so beautifully written. It stayed with me for a long time. Her second book, Out of the Easy, is out next year and I am very much looking forward to it.
5. Markus Zusak
The Book Thief was another book that really got under my skin. Zusak took a very well known subject (Nazi Germany) and found new way to explore it by making Death the narrator. This book still breaks my heart a little when I think about it.
6. Kristin Cashore
I somehow stumbled upon Graceling, loved it and went on to read Fire and Bitterblue. Cashore has an awesome imagination and her books were so entertaining.
7. Stephanie Perkins
I had been reading blog post after blog post on Anna and the French Kiss but it just seemed so YA-ish. But I was so, so wrong. I loved this book and Perkins has a delightful witty sense of humor.
8. Rachel Hawkins
Hex Hall was another series I was very wrong about. I ended up blowing through them in about 3 days. Hawkins has the best sarcastic sense of humor and kept the books from becoming cheesy or over the top. I think that is probably harder to do than it seems.
9. Lisa Schroeder
I only read The Day Before, but it was so poignant. I loved how it was written in verse. I really need to go back and reread some of her past novels.
10. Paolo Bacigalupi
Bacigalupi is another extremely inventive writer. His Ship Breakers is just believable enough that it is kind of scary.