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Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2012This is my first time participating in Top Ten Tuesday, but I’m really excited! I didn’t read much before this year, so making a top ten of new-to-me authors is QUITE HARD.
1. Suzanne Collins
So before everyone kills me for this, I wasn’t much of a reader before this year. So yes, I only read The Hunger Games this year. I’m so sorry. Please don’t kill me. But I’m in love with the series and its writing, so obviously Suzanne gets number one for me. (I did read the books before the movie… does that help with you guys not killing me, at all?)
2. Laini Taylor
Daughter of Smoke and Bone (review) blew me away. Seriously. Such flawless writing. I still haven’t gotten my hands on the sequel, but I can’t wait to read it and get swept up in that amazing prose once again. In fact, her writing style was so beautiful that all of her books have found their way onto my TBR pile.
3. Tahereh Mafi
I’m not going to lie, Shatter Me was one of my favorite books to read this year. And Tahereh is made doubly awesome due to the fact that I got to meet her. Of all the authors I started following on Twitter, she’s just so hilarious and awesome as a person. (Don’t forget to check out my interview and giveaway!)
4. Rick Riordan
Just like The Hunger Games, it took me way too long to go read Percy Jackson & the Olympians (reviews). But I think it says a lot that this year I’ve read eight of Rick’s books and two novellas. Rick is just a master storyteller, and while PJO probably falls more in the Middle Grade genre than Young Adult, it’s definitely worth a read. And you won’t regret it.
5. Jennifer L. Armentrout
There’s so many big names to put on this list that I genuinely feel guilty putting Jennifer on number 5. She deserves better. Anyway, her Lux series (reviews) has swept me off my feet. It’s so good. Just so good. Somehow JLA knew exactly how to make a romance to die for. Those books are like my kryptonite. When I start reading I just can’t stop anymore.
6. Brodi Ashton
With Everneath (review), Brodi hit the nail on the head. That was such a beautifully crafted story. Everything worked, despite it containing some elements I usually hate in YA. Brodi just kind of changed my mind about a lot of things regarding my preferences. I’m still dying for the sequel. I just want it so bad.
7. Jay Kristoff
Okay, I haven’t read Stormdancer yet but I feel like I have to put Jay on this list for being so awesome. I really feel guilty not having read the book yet because I was awaiting it so eagerly that I wouldn’t shut up about it and then I was just too busy. It’s basically on the list though for the first book I’ll read during Christmas break. But yeah, Jay was new-to-me as an author, and if you want to see how awesome he is, just read some of his blog posts. They’re hilarious.
8. Veronica Roth
People are probably gasping at Veronica being so far down this list. But that’s a personal thing. I’m the exception to the rule. Apparently I’m one of like two people who didn’t like Insurgent (review). But she still belongs on this list because Divergent, which I also read this year, blew me away and filled the hole left by The Hunger Games. I’m hoping my love for the series will be repaired in the third book. And I should reread the second, because… I could be wrong.
Under the Never Sky was solid (review). A really good read. It missed a few opportunities so it didn’t get the highest rating in my book, but the idea was great. The world building (the few glimpses we got — I want more!!) was awesome. Veronica took some of my favorite kinds of sci-fi elements and created a great love story build up.
10. J.R.R. Tolkien
It’s so awkward to put Tolkien on this list, but this is the first year I successfully read his books. So it counts. And the reason he’s number 10 and not number 3 or something is that while the story in The Lord of the Rings was great, the writing style was difficult. But it was definitely worth the read. (reviews)