This is a meme from The Broke and the Bookish. For info about the topics and how to participate, click here.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.
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.
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.