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


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013. What fun! I “met” so many authors this year for the first time. Here are the best of the bunch:

Note: If you want to know more about any of the books mentioned here, click on the links to see my reviews.

The River of No ReturnEleanor & ParkThe Rosie Project

1) Bee Ridgway: One of my very favorite books of 2013 was Bee Ridgway’s debut novel The River of No Return. It’s time travel plus historical fiction plus secret societies plus mystery plus romance… seriously, just overall excellent and so worth reading! I can’t wait for the sequel!

2) Rainbow Rowell: 2013 seems to have been the year of Rainbow Rowell! Eleanor & Park got everyone’s attention, and then we all gobbled up Attachments and Fangirl as well. Wonderful characters, wonderful writing!

3) Graeme Simsion: The Rosie Project made me so happy! I happened to read this terrific books right in the midst of a bunch of particularly dark reading choices, and I then went on to pretty much force The Rosie Project into the hands of everyone I know.

Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell, #2)The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next #1)

4) Hilary Mantel: Call me late to the party, but I’d never made time for Hilary Mantel’s award winning Tudor-era books until I went on vacation this past summer. Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies are simply amazing literary accomplishments. And now I know what all the hoopla was about!

5) Jasper Fforde: Another one of those authors that I always thought I’d enjoy, but just never got around to… until this year! I finally read The Eyre Affair, and thought it was great fun. The Tuesday Next series is definitely one I’ll keep coming back to.

Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned (Y: The Last Man, #1)Saga, Volume 1Just One Day (Just One Day, #1)

6) Brian K. Vaughan: I’m just in awe. I love this man’s inventiveness and the skill he uses in laying out a complex story through the medium of graphic novels. Y: The Last Man is one of the best series I’ve ever read, and I really enjoyed the first two volumes in his new Saga series as well.

7) Gayle Forman: I loved Just One Day and Just One Year, and now really want to go back and read her earlier books, If I Stay and Where She Went.

Mrs. Queen Takes the TrainThe Girl You Left BehindThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)

8) William Kuhn: Mrs. Queen Takes The Train is a delight. I look forward to whatever he writes next!

9) Jojo Moyes: The Girl You Left Behind was my first Jojo Moyes book, but it certainly won’t be my last! I’ve recently picked up copies of Me Before You and The Last Letter From Your Lover, and can’t wait to read them both.

10) C. S. Lewis: Talk about old school! Finally, I’ve been to Narnia. After a woefully deficient childhood, this was the year when I made up for what I was missing by reading the seven Narnia books with my son. And even though we probably could have skipped the last one, all in all I’d say the series was a big success for both of us.

Which authors did you discover in 2013?

I can’t wait to see who I’ll meet in 2014!

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30 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013

  1. I’m so glad you caught up with Wolf Hall – I can’t wait for the third book.
    The Rosie Project was so much fun wasn’t it – it’s on my list too 🙂

    • Oh yes, I loved The Rosie Project! I’m really looking forward to the third Cromwell book as well. It was so interesting to me to see how suspenseful the story felt, even though I was reading about historical events and knew how it would turn outl Amazing writing.

  2. Wonderful list Lisa! Yay for Graeme Simsion and Rainbow Rowell 😀 And glad to see Hilary Mantel on your list–like Brona, I’m looking forward to the third novel! 🙂

    I’ve heard so many good things about Moyes’ Me Before You, will also have to check that out in the new year…oh, and Kuhn’s Mrs. Queen Takes the Train is also on my radar as well! So many good books came out this year, so little time…

    My TTT

    • I agree — it’s endless, isn’t it? I just can’t keep up with everything I want to read! It really felt like Rainbow Rowell came out of nowhere this year and just exploded — such great books. This week’s topic is always such a fun one! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  3. I’ve heard such great things about Eleanor and Park, Hilary Mantel, and Just One Day. Hopefully I’ll get to them this year. And I’m glad you got to read Narnia. I agree that the final book wasn’t the best, but everyone should read the series once in their lives. So great you read it with your son! 😀 Happy Tuesday!

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    • I wonder if I might have felt differently about some of the Narnia books if I’d read them on my own — but for me, reading them with my son was a great experience, especially hearing his thoughts and seeing him take the time to puzzle out the relationships, the different worlds, etc. Great fun! Thanks for stopping by!

    • Such wonderful books! I’d recommend holding onto The Rosie Project for when you need a pick-me-up — maybe after reading something really sad or disturbing. It definitely brightened my week! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  4. Brian K. Vaughan is on my list, as well! I haven’t read Y yet, but have read Saga and Runaways.

    I’m really interested in Eleanor & Park and especially Fangirl. I read Rowell’s Attachments, but didn’t love it. Her other books sound more up my alley, though. And you made the River of No Return sound really good!

    • Ooh, let me know if you read any of these — I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts! I want to carve out time for Runaways over the next few weeks (i’m hoping my life will quiet down over the holidays for a bit… ). I really was blown away by Y! Thanks!!

  5. I also discovered Gayle Forman this year and…ended up reading all of her books! So turns out I REALLY like what she writes. I also have never read the Narnia books. I’ve read non-fiction by C.S. Lewis but his children’s books were not ones I grew up reading. I did like the first movie 🙂

    • I liked the Narnia movies too — and my son and I are both of the opinion that The Horse & His Boy would make a great movie, if they ever get to it. I’ve never read any of C. S. Lewis’s non-fiction, though. I’m really looking forward to more Gayle Forman, and I understand she’ll have a new book in 2014! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. I cannot wait to start Forman and Rowell, I heard so many great things about them both.
    I love you read Lewis now. I am just reviewing the books on my blog on Saturdays. 🙂 It was good but the last novel was rather odd.
    Happy reading!

    • Oh, I’ll check out your reviews! My son and I actually had the most fun reading The Horse & His Boy, because it felt the most like a real adventure story. (We think it would make a great movie, too!). Thanks!

    • I have such a hard time with audiobooks in general — my mind wanders terribly. 🙂 I really did enjoy Wolf Hall, but it takes a bit of time to adjust to the language patterns and style that she uses. In print, it’s lovely once you get into the feel of it, but I can imagine that it might be off-putting to listen to.

  7. Rainbow made my list today too, and I’m so glad you love Gayle Forman too. I hope you enjoy If I Stay & Where She Went. If you’re a crier, though, you should definitely have some kleenex. They’re SO emotional! If it makes you feel better, I haven’t been to Narnia! I started reading Magician’s Nephew a couple years ago, but I couldn’t get into it. I think I need to start with Lion, Witch, Wardrobe like everybody else!

    Mary @ Mary Had a Little Book Blog
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    • Thanks for the warning — I’m a total crier when I read, so I’ll be armed with a big box of tissues before I read those Forman books! i guess I’m in good company in terms of missing out on Narnia as a kid — but what I learned this year is it’s never too late! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  8. Rainbow Rowell is on so many lists, she is very deserving of all the attention. I’ve got The Eyre Affair and Shades of Grey on my TBR shelf, I’m excited to read his books next year. It’s so great to see Brian K. Vaughan on your list, I’m loving Saga and I’ve recently started Y: The Last Man. 😀

  9. The Eyre Affair is such great fun! I’ve read the first 3 books in the series and really need to continue next year. Gayle Forman is also amazing! I read all her books in one week ^^’ And I’m glad to see you enjoyed The River of no Return – I’ve been ogling it at the book store for a while.
    Thanks for stopping by earlier this week!

    • Re The River of No Return — I’d say stop ogling and treat yourself to a copy! Just loved it. I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying the Jasper Fforde books — I really do need to read a few more this coming year. Gayle Forman too!! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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