Top Ten Tuesday: New Authors


The topic of today’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014.

I read a lot of new authors this year, but most of them didn’t really do it for me. I think a big part of me wanted comfort and familiarity this year. Here are a few new-to-mes that stuck out, though.
208210431. Tana French- I read ALL the Tana French this year. All of it. And I need more.

2. Andrew Sean Greer- The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells really hit me hard on a lot of levels. But I’m not sure his other work appeals to me.

3. Abraham Verghese- Likewise, Cutting For Stone was a beautiful book (though there was one big thing about it that bothered me, I won’t address that here), but I don’t think any of Verghese’s other work would appeal to me.

4. Erin Lindsey McCabe- debut author time. I really, really, really loved her novel I Shall Be Near to You.

5. Jessican Soffer- another lovely debut novel with Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots.

6. Jeff  VanderMeer- the Southern Reach Trilogy was one of the most unusual projects I’ve seen in the publishing world for awhile. I loved the way FSG brought out these books, and though they definitely weren’t the kind of stuff I would usually read, I really enjoyed them.

7. Ann Leckie- There’s a reason this woman is winning ALL THE AWARDS. Ancillary Justice is super innovative, and I expect really good things from her in the future.

8. Emma Donoghue- Donoghue has been on my radar since Room, but Frog Music was the first one I picked up by her. Definitely not a book for everyone, but I found it incredibly compelling and liked the structure of it.

9. James McBride- I really enjoyed the style of The Good Lord Bird and I look forward to reading more from McBride.

10. Daphne du Maurier- How oh how did I make it 29 1/2 years before reading Rebecca? I mean REALLY.






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10 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: New Authors

  1. Great list! I also thought Cutting for Stone was a beautiful book. And guess what? I haven’t read Rebecca yet! I keep seeing it over and over; I really should remedy that situation. 😉 Here’s my TTT. Happy reading!

    • hlmorris85

      I really wish I had discovered Rebecca sooner. Plot-wise I’ve read plenty of stories like it, but something in the writing and execution really awed me at times.

  2. Great list! Daphne du Maurier made my list, too. 😀 I really need to read Ancillary Justice!

  3. Lol I have made it almost 31 years without reading Rebecca, just finished it the other day! 🙂
    Great book and she made my list too! I definitely know I will pick up another book by her in the future! Which one of hers do you think you would read next?

    • hlmorris85

      I don’t know fiction-wise, but thanks to a library book sale I have a biography she wrote of Francis and Anthony Bacon sitting on my TBR shelf. It’s called Golden Lads.

  4. I love Tana French. I put her books in the hands of anyone who will listen to me. I am always happy to hear when someone discovers her for the first time! And now we wait for more. It’s so hard to be patient. Thanks for sharing! ~Megan

    • hlmorris85

      I definitely need to start pushing her on people. She’s just such an incredible writer, even down to the sentence level. I’m really surprised I’d never heard of her before this year, though I guess I’m still new to the genre.

  5. Yay for Tana French! Though I stalled after In The Woods I think because I’ve literally needed a couple years to absorb and get over it. Daphne DuMaurier would have made my list a couple years ago and definitely need to pick up more by her!

    • hlmorris85

      I kind of devoured Tana French and I do wish I’d paced myself, because now I have to wait until whenever she puts out her next book! I feel like they’ll be really great for rereads though.

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