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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Top is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's topic

Top 10 Authors Discovered This Year

1. Rae Carson - I'm a little late to the party, but I finally read and loved The Girl of Fire and Thorns. I need to finish this trilogy ASAP.



2. Marissa Meyer - I enjoyed Cinder a lot more than I expected, it had emotional resonance despite being a retelling of a very familiar story. Plus she was inspired by Sailor Moon! How cool is that?


3. Victoria Schwab - I read The Archived at the beginning of the year and loved it, leading me to pick up Vicious and enjoying that too. A new favorite.


4. Barry Lyga - I Hunt Killers and The Game are two of my favorite thrillers, evil cliffhanger aside.

5. Veronica Roth - I recently read the Divergent trilogy one after the other and I need to gather my thoughts on it, but on the whole feel positive, even towards Allegiant. Dystopians should have themes of societal criticism, and the trilogy delivered this, though in a flawed and messy way.


6. Alex Lidell - The Cadet of Tildor is an underrated debut novel I read back in February. I want it to get more attention. It read like Lidell was familiar with Tamora Pierce's work but chose to ask different questions about how such a fantasy world would operate. Very interesting.



7. Anne Bishop - I've heard this author's name come up in rec lists for good adult fantasy but hadn't read anything by her until Written in Red


8. Joe Hill - I read the first two volumes of Locke and Key when I decided to start getting into graphic novels  and found them fantastic, then I read NOS4A2, likewise good and very creepy.


9. Karen Russell - Considered an author of literary fiction, Karen Russell's writing has elements of the fantastic that go beyond magical realism. Vampires in the Lemon Grove is a short story collection that has some real gems. I have more mixed feelings about Swamplandia! but enjoyed the writing.


10. Ali Smith - I only read one book by this author but it may be one of the best books I read this year. Artful is part magical realism, part essay, part meditation on grief and loss, and all beautiful. It isn't in my normal comfort zone but the writing is clever and sharp. I found the essays within the overall narrative very informative, it was a book that made me think. 

3 comments:

Ula (Blog of Erised) said...

Neat list! I love Roth and Meyer, the latter made my list as well. Can't wait to start Schwab and Carson.
Happy reading!

Pamela D said...

Great list! I need to read Meyer and Schwab next year.

chrissireads said...

Fab list. I love Veronica Roth!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 New to Me Authors in 2013

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

This week's topic

Top 10 Authors Discovered This Year

1. Rae Carson - I'm a little late to the party, but I finally read and loved The Girl of Fire and Thorns. I need to finish this trilogy ASAP.



2. Marissa Meyer - I enjoyed Cinder a lot more than I expected, it had emotional resonance despite being a retelling of a very familiar story. Plus she was inspired by Sailor Moon! How cool is that?


3. Victoria Schwab - I read The Archived at the beginning of the year and loved it, leading me to pick up Vicious and enjoying that too. A new favorite.


4. Barry Lyga - I Hunt Killers and The Game are two of my favorite thrillers, evil cliffhanger aside.

5. Veronica Roth - I recently read the Divergent trilogy one after the other and I need to gather my thoughts on it, but on the whole feel positive, even towards Allegiant. Dystopians should have themes of societal criticism, and the trilogy delivered this, though in a flawed and messy way.


6. Alex Lidell - The Cadet of Tildor is an underrated debut novel I read back in February. I want it to get more attention. It read like Lidell was familiar with Tamora Pierce's work but chose to ask different questions about how such a fantasy world would operate. Very interesting.



7. Anne Bishop - I've heard this author's name come up in rec lists for good adult fantasy but hadn't read anything by her until Written in Red


8. Joe Hill - I read the first two volumes of Locke and Key when I decided to start getting into graphic novels  and found them fantastic, then I read NOS4A2, likewise good and very creepy.


9. Karen Russell - Considered an author of literary fiction, Karen Russell's writing has elements of the fantastic that go beyond magical realism. Vampires in the Lemon Grove is a short story collection that has some real gems. I have more mixed feelings about Swamplandia! but enjoyed the writing.


10. Ali Smith - I only read one book by this author but it may be one of the best books I read this year. Artful is part magical realism, part essay, part meditation on grief and loss, and all beautiful. It isn't in my normal comfort zone but the writing is clever and sharp. I found the essays within the overall narrative very informative, it was a book that made me think. 

3 comments:

  1. Neat list! I love Roth and Meyer, the latter made my list as well. Can't wait to start Schwab and Carson.
    Happy reading!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Great list! I need to read Meyer and Schwab next year.

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