Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the fab ladies at The Broke and the Bookish!

1.  I recently started the Debutante Dropout Mystery series by Susan McBride and I love it!  Sometimes there is nothing better than finding a new mystery series!

2.  For those of you that are contemporary romance fans like I am, you need to read anything and everything by Rosalind James!!  I started the Escape to New Zealand series (um New Zealand and hot rugby players?!) after one of my BFF gifted me the first book and I have devoured all of Ms. James' books since.  Can't wait for more!!

3.  Another new to me author this year is Kristen Ashley and I am sorry I waited even this long to start reading her books!  I am IN LOVE with the Rock Chick series -- so smart, funny and perfect -- definitely the series I laugh at loud the most while reading!

4.  I'm pretty sure everyone participating in TTT today is listing Rainbow Rowell but there's a reason for that -- her books are just that good.  

5.  One author on today's list that I am definitely late to the game on is Cynthia Hand.  I read her Unearthly series this year and could not put it down!  Highly recommend for those that like YA fantasy/para series.  

6.  Another new contemporary romance author that I discovered this year is Julie James!  As an attorney, I typically cringe at books involving the law because they usually get it SO wrong.  However, Julie's FBI / US Attorney series is so, so good and accurate!!

7.  Wendy Higgins!!  Again, I am late to her books but I really love The Sweet Trilogy and can't wait for the last book.

8.  I'm so grateful to the ladies at I Love YA Fiction for turning me on to Nora Sakavic!  The All For The Game series is the most unexpected, raw NA series out there.  Great male POV and no romance but an incredible journey through introspection, guilt, redemption and relationships.

9.  My initial assessment of the first book I read in the Stewart Realty series by Liz Crowe read: "Definitely unlike anything I've ever read! The ending left me more confused than ever but I can't wait to read more.  Very fast paced-- almost too much so but never boring and never gratuitous."  Highly recommend if you want a steamy, frustrating and unique set of interconnected love stories.

10.  I have saved the BEST for last today.  Miranda Kenneally is my favorite author that I started to reading this year.  When I post my favorite books for 2013 shortly, you will see that Things I Can't Forget tops that list.  I am absolutely enamored with the Hundred Oaks series and I believe that everyone should be reading these books.


  1. Nice! Haven't read these, except I did try Cynthia Hand's series. Never got around to finishing it though.

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  2. How nice was this to wake up to? Thank you! Rosalind James

  3. Great list!! I loved Fangirl as well. The Unearthly series has been on my TBR list for a long time, but I haven't gotten to it yet. I'm going to have to add Wendy Higgins and Susan McBride to my TBR list. I love mysteries and Blue Bloods sounds really cute. I have been seeing The Sweet Trilogy on a lot of Waiting on Wednesday posts lately. That must be a good sign.

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  4. I still haven´t read a Rainbow Rowell book..yet, but I have seen it in almost all the TTT that I ´ve visit so far.
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  5. Isn't Catching Jordan great? I loved reading about a sports-focused main character who fit in with the guys--the issue was more her own struggles and aspirations beyond high school. I think that book is so relatable to actual teens too. Fangirl is on my list though I read Eleanor and Park and really liked it.

  6. I am so glad you discovered Julie James! She's a favorite of mine!

    And haha, YES. Rainbow Rowell has been on many lists today (including my own), and for very good reason!

    So many great authors on this list! Miranda Kenneally! Cynthia Hand! Excellent list. :D

  7. So glad to see Miranda and Cynthia on your list. They're both favorites of mine. Rainbow absolutely made my list (and everybody else's) today. I'm glad to hear so much about Wendy Higgins. I'm going to have to read Sweet Evil in 2014 because everybody's loving it!

    Mary @ Mary Had a Little Book Blog
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  8. I LOVEEE both Rainbow Rowell and Cynthia Hand. Their books just gives me all the warm and fuzzies feelings. I think those two will be authors that will become auto-buy for me.

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    Jenn @ Books and Swoons

  9. Thanks for stopping by my TTT earlier! I read Eleanor & Park, but I haven't gotten to Fangirl yet. Everyone raves about that one. I'll definitely add it to my list for 2014.

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  10. Thanks for coming by my TTT. I haven't read many of these authors, but Rainbow made my list as well.


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