This week I’m participating in a few blogfests to celebrate my favorite books of 2013. Yesterday, I shared my picks for the 2013 YA Superlatives Head of the Class categories and today I’m joining in on The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday.
Today’s topic is Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2013. Of the 46 (and counting) books I read this year, many were authors I hadn’t read before, but whose work I definitely want to read more of.
In no particular order…
Like I said in yesterday’s post, I fell in love with Rowell’s writing this year. Both ELEANOR & PARK and FANGIRL are so beautifully written, with characters that feel so real. I’m excited to read her first book ATTACHMENTS and whatever else she publishes.
Considering how much I love contemporary YA, I can’t believe I hadn’t read her books before this year. I’m not a sports person at all, but I loved CATCHING JORDAN and STEALING PARKER and I’m excited to read her 2013 books, THINGS I CAN’T FORGET and RACING SAVANNAH, soon.
Her debut LOVELY, DARK AND DEEP came out last year but I read it in January. I loved everything about it. Her writing is truly beautiful so I’m excited to see what’s next from her.
BETTER NATE THAN EVER was by far my favorite middle-grade read this year, and one of my favorites ever. It has so many elements I love – musical theater, humor, a NYC setting, plus a charming story. (Read my spoiler-free full review here.) I can’t wait for the sequel!
Back in May, I read I HUNT KILLERS as part of an Instagram YA Book Club. I love a good thriller and this one was especially compelling. I haven’t had the chance to read the sequel, GAME, but I’m excited to check it out along with Lyga’s other books.
She’s another author I can’t believe I hadn’t read considering how many books she’s published. I met her at Book Expo America this year and got an autographed copy of her latest book, THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US. I really enjoyed the book and can’t wait to read her highly-praised novel SHINE sometime soon.
Yes, the Lauren Graham of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood fame. Would you believe that she’s also a talented writer? She is! I absolutely adored her debut SOMEDAY, SOMEDAY, MAYBE. I listened to the audio version, which Graham narrates herself. It’s technically an adult novel but could fit into the New Adult category since it’s a coming-of-age about a 20-something girl. I hope Graham has plans to write more novels, because I will totally read whatever she publishes next.
Holly Goldberg Sloan
My other favorite middle-grade read this year was COUNTING BY 7s, which I’d discovered at BEA. It’s such a sweet story about a girl genius trying to find a family of her own. I loved every moment of it, and want to check out some of Sloan’s other books.
This is actually the pen name for author Abby McDonald that she used for her latest novel DANGEROUS GIRLS. I wrote about this book yesterday, but I’ll just add that I’m so glad I picked this up after hearing so much about it. It was one of the best books I read all year, and I definitely want to read more from Haas/McDonald.
I already gushed about RED yesterday, so I’ll just add that I’m excited to have another funny YA author to read! So many YA books, even within the contemporary category, are very dark. I appreciate those books very much, but my go-to reads are the ones that make me smile. I have a feeling Alison’s next book will do the trick!
What were your favorites new-to-you authors this year?
Tomorrow, I’ll be back with another post for the YA Superlatives blogfest!