Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 New (To Me) Authors I Read in 2014

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten New (To Me) Authors I Read in 2014. I’ve excluded debut authors from this list, as their works are technically new to everyone.

Book cover for Under the Never Sky by Veronica RossiBook cover for Boy Toy by Barry LygaBook cover for Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff

1. Veronica Rossi – I’d heard such great things about her Under the Never Sky series but never imagined it could live up to the hype. Spoiler alert: it did.

2. Barry Lyga – It’s crazy to think it’s only been a year since I discovered Barry Lyga’s work. During this year I’ve read Boy Toy four times, I Hunt Killers twice, and the subsequent books in the I Hunt Killers trilogy once each. I think I might have a problem.

3. Brenna Yovanoff – Yovanoff is a critique partner of Maggie Stiefvater, who’s one of my favorite authors. Because of this, I was eager to try her books to see if I’d like them as much as Maggie’s.

Book cover for Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie PerkinsBook cover for How I Live Now by Meg RosoffBook cover for Winger by Andrew Smith

4. Stephanie Perkins – I’m so glad I can finally say I’ve read a book by Stephanie Perkins. The fact that I was an Anna and the French Kiss virgin was getting kind of embarrassing.

5. Meg Rosoff  I’d never heard of Rosoff until I read her spectacular book How I Live Now, but according to Goodreads she has quite a few novels under her belt.

6. Andrew Smith – Like Rosoff, I wasn’t familiar with Andrew Smith’s work. And then I read Winger and had my socks knocked off. How did I not know about this author?

Book cover for Notes from the Blender by Trish Cook and Brendan HalpinBook cover for A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook and Brendan HalpinBook cover for Reality Boy by A.S. King

7 and 8. Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin – I put these two together because they collaborated on Notes from the Blender and A Really Awesome Mess, both of which I read in 2014. However, Cook and Halpin also have novels they wrote individually as well as books they collaborated on with other people. I can’t wait to read more from each of them.

9. A. S. King – A. S. King isn’t technically new to me, as I tried and failed to get into Ask the Passengers last year. However, 2014 marks the first time I actually completed (and really enjoyed) one of her books.

Book cover for Don't Look Back by Jennifer Armentrout

10. Jennifer Armentrout – Armentrout is astonishingly prolific, but so far I’ve only read one of her novels. I’m now aware that I have some serious Lux and Covenant reading to do.

5 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 New (To Me) Authors I Read in 2014

    • How I Live Now is kind of a weird book. That’s part of what appealed to me about it, but I can definitely see how others may not love it. And yes, the Never Sky books are amazing! I was never really interested in the series because the blurbs didn’t catch my attention, but I kept seeing the series pop up on TTT lists and finally realized I couldn’t ignore them anymore. I can’t believe I almost missed out on these books!

      Happy TTT to you, too!

      • LOL — I’m glad you wised up! I had the same experience with The Lunar Chronicles series. The cyborg thing put me off, but I kept hearing great things about the series, so I finally gave it a try and surprise, surprise, I loved the books. Thank goodness for friends and other bloggers who “push” books until we pay attention!

  1. How I live Now was really great and scary at the same time. I loved how straightforward the writing was and how frank the main character was about what was happening around her. I haven’t seen the film though, I’m debating on if I want to see it or not actually. Have you seen it?

  2. I tried to read How I Live Now but I guess it was just not for me. I couldn’t get into the stream of consciousness writing style with no quotation marks. But I LOVE Stephanie Perkins. Such cute stories! And I guess I really need to hop on the JLA bandwagon because she is definitely huge in the YA/NA world right now. Great TTT!

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