Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (14): Favorite New-To-Us Authors We Read In 2012


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's topic is:
Top Ten Favorite New-To-Us Authors We Read In 2012

Thanks to joining Goodreads a year ago this month and the book blogging community earlier this year, we both discovered so many incredible authors in 2012. Once again, it was tough narrowing down the list to just ten choices.

  1. Richelle Mead: We finally decided to read Vampire Academy after putting it off for ages, and we were blown away. Just when we thought we'd read enough vampire books, VA and Bloodlines gave us a fresh start with that subject.
  2. Maggie Stiefvater: She excels at writing male characters, especially with The Raven Boys. We're both still thinking and talking about this book and will be for some time.
  3. Melina Marchetta: Whether it's contemporary or fantasy, she creates characters that you'll be thinking about long after you've finished reading one of her books.
  4. John Green: He was Ally's first real introduction to contemporary. She never thought that she would be able to lose herself in a book with no fantasy or paranormal element, but Green's humorous writing truly captures the reader.
  5. Cynthia Hand: An angel series (Unearthly) finally delivers! As two girls originally from Brooklyn, NY, we never thought we'd fall for a cowboy, but we love Tucker!
  6. Gayle Forman: If I Stay and Where She Went are perfect examples of how to write about loss and grief without clich├ęs and mawkishness. Lee can't wait to read Just One Day!
  7. Scott Westerfeld: Ally has never read anything as cool or as intricately detailed as Westerfeld's Leviathan series. The world in which his story takes place is otherworldly yet strangely familiar.
  8. Stephanie Perkins: Lee loves her breezy, engaging writing style and fantastic sense of humor.
  9. Cinda Williams Chima: The Demon King, the only book of hers that Ally has read so far, was perfect! The characters weren't completely good or completely bad, and the story just seemed to tell itself.
  10. Maureen Johnson: We both loved The Name of the Star, a mesmerizing thriller that also manages to showcase some light moments among the dark theme.

Who were your favorite new-to-you authors from 2012? Please link us up!

30 comments:

  1. Me too me too for Richelle Mead and I now a crazy fan! I may have shown up to a book signing wearing "little dhampir" shirt that I made. So many good ones on your list
    marissa
    my TTT

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    1. Ally and I would have happily worn "little dhampir" shirts to a book signing! Great idea! When we finally got around to reading VA at the beginning of the year, we really wanted to kick ourselves for waiting so long to read it.

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  2. So happy to see Marchetta on so many lists. She's been a fave of mine since Alibrandi.

    I still need to read John Green!

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    1. Finnikin of the Rock just blew me away. I went back to the library the same week to grab Jellicoe Road. I ended up buying all of her books; I plan to have a read-a-thon of all the ones that I haven't gotten to yet.

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  3. I just love John Green. Looking for Alaska is a book I think about almost daily, and I read it over a year ago.

    I loved Maggie Stiefvater's wolves series, but I've yet to read anything else she's written. I own all her books though, so that has to count for something!

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    1. Yes, it does, lol! The Raven Boys was such an incredible read; I'd like to check out the Wolves of Mercy Falls eventually.

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  4. So many of these authors are on my TBR list. I haven't read a single thing by any of them, despite owning a few books by Richelle Mead, and Melina Marchetta. Hopefully I can rectify that soon.

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    Delirious About Books

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    1. I think I set a personal record this year for buying books that I just had to own and not reading them. I hope to start off the new year right by reading all of them!

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  5. Great list!
    A couple of these authors are still on my TBR list!
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    Samantha @ The Secret Life of a Bookworm

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    1. I hope you get the chance to check out some of their books!

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  6. You have so many of my favorites on your list! Melina, Maggie, John, Cynthia, Stephanie! I love them all!

    My Top Ten

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    1. I am so happy that I read Cynthia Hand's Unearthly and Hallowed. After struggling to find a decent angel book, I fell in love with this series.

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  7. I have Cynthia, John, Richelle on my list too! I like Maggie Stiefvater too:) ohmygosh The Wolves of Mercy Falls was absolutely beautiful!

    Here’s my TTT

    New follower!

    Cheers!
    Luoqi @ Immerse in a World of Fiction

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    1. I keep seeing Shiver at the library, like it's sending me a message that I need to read it soon, lol.

      Thanks for following!

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  8. I realy need to read the Vampire Academy. It feels like I am the only person who hasen't read it.
    Old follower
    Mt TTT
    http://kimberlysnovelnotes.blogspot.com/2012/12/top-ten-tuesday-1.html

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    1. It's a fantastic series! It took us forever to finally read it, and we were so glad that we did.

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  9. John Green is on my 2013 list. We love Scott Westerfeld around here.

    After all the recommends I've seen for Stephanie Perkins, I am going to have to check out Anna and the French Kiss.

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    1. I was a little reluctant to read Anna because it really didn't look like my type of read, but after also seeing so many rave reviews, I gave it a try. It's such a fun, cute read! I hope you enjoy it, too!

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  10. I'm in the same boat regarding the VA series! It's been on the reading list for too long - hopefully 2013 will bring book 1 my way ;) Same goes for Raven Boys! Hoping to get to my copies of Unearthly & Leviathan before this year's out *crosses fingers* Great list all around Ally & Lee!!

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    1. VA is a must-read, as is the spin-off series, Bloodlines! I also have to read Leviathan; it's a favorite of Ally's.

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  11. John Green was on my list as well. And I am loving The Raven Boys.

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    1. Happy to hear it! We've both been obsessed with The Raven Boys since we read it and cannot wait for the sequel.

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  12. Stephanie Perkins is on my list as well. And there are several on here I already have or want to read. Great lsit! My TTT.

    Vyki @ On The Shelf
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    1. Isla and the Happily Ever After is one of the books that I'm most looking forward to in 2013. I just love how effortless her writing style seems.

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  13. I really want to add John Green to my new authors. Next year seems like the perfect time :) I also had my first 'meeting' with Stiefvater this year. I can't wait to read The raven boys.

    Mel@thedailyprophecy.

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    1. I cannot praise The Raven Boys enough. I loved the story, and the prose was almost like poetry.

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  14. AHHH so many great authors on your list!! John Green, Richelle Mead, Gayle Forman, Stephanie Perkins, Maggie Stiefvater....YES!

    My TTT: http://nightmareonbookstreet.blogspot.com/2012/12/top-ten-tuesday-newbie-love.html

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    1. With several of them releasing new books in 2013, it's definitely going to be another great year for reading!

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  15. I love John Green, and Jellicoe Road, and the Raven Boys/the Scorpio Races. SOOOOO good, and I agree Stiefvater writes male characters surprisingly well (except in Shiver/linger etc). Love your list! Here's Ours

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    1. At first Jellicoe Road confused me a bit with the interweaving storylines, but once I figured out what was going on, I thought it was brilliant. Even after I finished the book, I couldn't stop thinking about it for days.

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