Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013

Posted December 17, 2013 by Kara in Kara, Lyn, Top Ten Tuesday / 11 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013
It is the fun part of the year, where we get to look back on 2013, take a deep breath, and say: “Damn that sucked.”

But there are some happy parts of 2013. For example, nice, shiny new authors to stalk love.

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Because we think you are fetch, authors.

Kara and Lyn share their top new author crushes read in 2013


Kara’s Picks
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Author: Marisha Pessl

Why? Night Film was probably my favorite adult book of 2013. So creepy, excellent writing…there are no words in the English language to describe my love. It’s a cinematic experience that I could not recommend more.

Author: Carrie Mesrobian
Why? Sex and Violence was a dark horse hit for me this year. I expected to like it, but not as much as I did. Dark YA? Not really my thing. I guess it is now. This author is one to watch.

Author: Helen Maryles Shankman
Why? I sort of expected The Color of Light to be like Twilight for adults. But it was so much more than that. A powerful romance, a journey through a classical art school, vivid characterizations, and a fairy tale portrayal of New York City that made me fall in love.

Author: Trish Doller
Why? Where the Stars Still Shine was set in my home state, and it captured it in such a way as to make it seem like the setting was fictional, but it wasn’t. Everything is real, except for the characters, and they seemed like they were. Fell in love with this one from the first page.

Author: Lucy Clarke
Why? Swimming at Night was a book that affected me in more ways than I can count. For someone who has never had a sister, you would think that wouldn’t be the case, but the journey of both the protagonists was heartfelt and emotional. I wanted to know both of them, travel to the places they went to. This book broke my heart and put it back together again.
Lyn’s Picks
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Author: Kelley York
Why? Suicide Watch is making the list for me for one of my top choices of the year.  York was also very kind and supportive in my review of her book when I talked about my past experience with such an ordeal. I love her characters and I love how she uses her writing to help heal and educate.
Author: Ellen Potter
Why? The Humming Room touched my heart as well as my love for retellings on old classics. I also find her cover art work top notch.
Author: Mike Mullin
Why? Not only is he awesome, but Ashfall was one of my most exciting reads this year.
Author: Marcus Sedgwick
Why? I want to erase my memory and reread Midwinterblood a hundred times. 
Author: Claire Legrand
Why? This author popped me with not one, but two wonderful books in 2013 (The Year of Shadows and The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls). I also had the wonderful honor of meeting her and breaking my personal code to never hug. She’s so sweet and a real professional, and I am thankful to have her on my list.
What authors made your “new to you” list for 2013? Let us know in the comments!

11 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013

  1. Ugh. I still need to finish Night Film. I was just too brain-fryingly busy this semester to read such an involved story, but I HAVE to know how it ends. The Color of Light and The Year of Shadows both look great, I’ll have to check them out as well. I cracked up at Lyn’s no-hugging rule. Great lists, ladies!

  2. Considering your love of Night Film I’m definitely checking out the others on your list, Kara.
    I’m so glad you loved Ashfall, Lyn! It’s one of my favorites, ever. Was my first introduction to post-apocalyptic books which was the best way I could’ve gone I think. Very eager to read Midwinterblood and The Year of Shadows too!
    Bonnie @ For the Love of Words

  3. Kara, I’m so excited you discovered Trish this year! Although I had read – and enjoyed – her debut last year, I don’t think I truly fell for her writing until And the Stars Still Shine, which really IS just such a perfect little novel. Carrie Mesrobian is also an astounding novelist and I can’t wait to see what her sophomore novel will bring. I plan to read Night Film – eventually – and Swimming at Night, both of which sound really interesting.

    Lynn, I love Mike Mullin and cannot WAIT for the final installment in his Ashfall trilogy to release. I also have plans to read Marcus Sedgewick’s work soon since I’ve heard so much about them this past year. Wonderful list, ladies! 🙂

    • I want to read the next Ashfall book. I hope the Kindle edition goes on sale soon. Mullin really held his own in his debut book.

      Sedgewick is amazing. I am going to try to read White Crow before the first of the year.

    • So am I, Keertana. I really thought both of those contemporaries were brilliant and I am definitely trying to read more of that genre in 2013. Yeah, please do read the other two. I definitely feel Swimming at Night was overlooked by just about everybody and it was brilliant. For me anyway.

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