Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013

Posted December 17, 2013 by Debby in Uncategorized

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Wow, I love this topic, because it got me to look back on this year and see how many amazing books I read this year. I was still so much of a n00b at the beginning of 2013, so I had a lot of epic series to get into. Anyway, let’s just get on with it.

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1. Kasie West
I keep going on and on about how much I loved Pivot Point. It is an all-time favorite, and I just loved the skillful storytelling method Kasie Used. Then The Distance Between Us came out in the summer, and I absolutely adored it. Sci-fi, contemporary romance, Kasie West captures my heart every time. So she’s obviously at the top of this list.

2. Sarah J. Maas
I was so late to the Throne of Glass hype, but I’m so glad that I managed to catch up in time for the release of Crown of Midnight. That series is absolutely amazing. One of my favorites, for sure. It really played off of everything I love in high fantasy. And then Chaol… Oh Chaol…

3. Kody Keplinger
At the beginning of this year, I was still very much of the opinion that contemporary realistic fiction / romance was not really something for me. My few experiences with it were not very encouraging. Then I discovered Kody Keplinger. I first read The DUFF, then quickly purchased and read A Midsummer’s Nightmare and Shut Out. I will read anything she puts out. She’s so honest, and the romance is so addictive. I love her writing. My favorite contemporary author, for sure.

4. Marissa Meyer
I’ve had the distinct honor and blessing to read, in one year, Cinder, Scarlet and Cress (check back for the review of the latter on Thursday 😉 ). I absolutely love Marissa’s writing style, characters (asdfjkl;Thorne), and world building. Seriously, this series is amazing and has convinced me to read anything Marissa comes out with.

5. Sarra Manning
Adorkable. Just. Okay? I didn’t fair too well with her other books so far, but how she writes both chemistry and deep emotion still makes her an exciting find as an author.

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6. Leigh Bardugo
Sooooooo yeah, Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm are pretty darn amazing. I love that world with all its magic. And Sturmhond. Yeah.

7. Cristin Terrill
All Our Yesterdays was absolutely one of my favorite reads this year. It was basically exactly what I want from time travel novels. And all the feels. ALL OF THE FEELS GUYS. I cannot even with this book. Now that I think about it, I should give it a reread sometime soon.

8. Samantha Shannon
Meeting Samantha back in September already put her on my list of “oh my gosh these authors are awesome”, but turns out her book is really freaking good as well. I loved The Bone Season, like, a lot. The world building was awesome! I can’t wait for the next one!

9. Lauren Morrill
I freaking adored Meant to Be. It was such wonderful fluff – the kind of writing that just has you giggling and smiling and just totally cheers you up. I’m so glad I got this book because… unf. So many feels.

10. Neil Gaiman
I’m so happy that Neil Gaiman visited the Netherlands in August. He’s one of those authors that was on my bucket list, but I hadn’t really had the deciding push to read him. But after meeting him I did and WOW. His writing is absolutely beautiful. I loved both Stardust and Coraline, and I can’t wait to read more.

Which authors made your list?

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17 responses to “Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013

  1. Sarra Manning’s adult book You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me is an absolute favorite of mine – you should give it a shot sometime! I think it has a great balance of characterization and emotion mixed into the plot.

    Also, I’m glad you discovered The DUFF! Her books are definitely honest and wonderful reads, but The DUFF is definitely my favorite 🙂

  2. Yes to ALL of these even if I’ve yet to read a Lauren Morrill, SJ Maas, Samantha Shannon and Leigh Bardugo book. I’ve read so many awesome books this year that I crossed the ten mark and I don’t even care.

    Kasie West, Marissa Meyer and Cristin Terrill also made my list because FEELS. Gaaah.

  3. Ah, I definitely discovered a lot of the same authors this year(and the ones I haven’t are all on my TBR lists–like Throne of Glass which has sat beside my bed for several weeks now, but keeps getting put off in favor of library books that I have to return soon. Oops?). Kasie West is definitely a new favorite–I love how different her characters & genres all are but there’s still a similar vein of humor and intelligence I feel most, if not all of her characters have. And All Our Yesterdays! I waited much too long to read that book, but it’s one of my favorites of the year. SO looking forward to pretty much anything Cristin Terrill writes next.

  4. Violette

    You’ve got some of my favorite authors there! Leigh’s totally awesome! Not sure about Kasie West but I’m reading Pivot Point soon.

  5. Ugh, Neil Gaiman who is basically your bestie. I still need to read the book I bought by him for the signing, lol. YAY for Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo, I loooooove them. I also love Marissa Meyer. We need to talk about Cress, because HOLY FREAKING FABULOUS BOOK. I still haven’t finished the Bone Season. Ooooops?

    • THAT’S SO TRUE HE IS MY BESTIE. I even forgot to mention that. How dare I. :’)

      Well. So. You know. *sniff* We should. If you want I could hang out tomorrow or Friday evening. Otherwise we can chat at book club. Next two weeks I’ll be working from home, so I won’t be in Amsterdam 🙂

      You should finish The Bone Season. >.> Judith. The ship, Judith. The ship.

  6. I also became a fan of Kasie West this year (although I’ve only read Pivot Point so far) and Cristin Terrill and Samantha Shannon. Oh, and Kody Keplinger! Looking forward to reading more from these ladies!
    I’ve heard good things about Manning. I actually have a Kindle copy of her novel Unsticky, so I hope that I end up loving it.

  7. West and Bardugo won me over this year. I read the first Grishna book last year, but the second book really warmed me up to the author. I hope she writes for a very long time. I also hope to see more from West. I was surprised that I loved Pivot Point so much, and now I want that second book in the worst way.