Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014


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 2014. 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.

1) Erin Lindsay McCabe: One of my very favorite books of 2014 was Erin Lindsay McCabe’s debut novel I Shall Be Near To You. A simply stunning love story set during the Civil War, written with power, grace, and true emotion.


2) Liane Moriarty: I’m thrilled to have discovered this talented Australian writer. In 2014, I read The Husband’s Secret and Big Little Lies, and absolutely want to read more.

big little lies

3) Jamie Ford: I finally read Jamie Ford’s break-out bestseller, The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, and loved it. I’m really looking forward to reading Songs of Willow Frost in the coming months.


4) Andy Weir: The Martian was one of my biggest surprises this year! I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did.


5) M. R. Carey: Just when I thought the topic of zombies was completely played out, along came The Girl With All The Gifts!

girl with all the gifts

6) Patricia C. Wrede: Thanks to reading with my son, I finally caught up with this children’s author who excels at magical world-building! I enjoyed her Frontier Magic trilogy, and I’m currently 3/4 of the way through her Enchanted Forest Chronicles. I’m looking forward to reading more by this author, especially Sorcery & Cecilia, which people have been recommending to me for years.

frontier magic

7) Mur Lafferty: If you like your paranormal fiction on the light and snarky side, then check out Mur Lafferty’s two very funny books, The Shambling Guide to New York City and The Ghost Train to New Orleans. The conceit wears a tiny bit thin by the second book, but I still had a lot of fun with both.


8) Andrew Smith: Grasshopper Jungle was one of the weirdest books I read in 2014 — and I loved it. I haven’t read anything else by this author yet, but I intend to.

grasshopper jungle

9) Alexander McCall Smith: Okay, here I’m extremely late to the party — but I finally read The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, and thought it was terrific! I picked up a stack of books from the series at a used book sale this fall, and I look forward to reading these on and off during the coming year.

no 1 ladies

10) Nomi Eve: Henna House is moving and lovely, and I’m looking forward to reading it again when my book club reads it in 2015.

henna house

I can’t wait to see who I’ll meet in 2015!

Which authors did you discover in 2014?

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27 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014

    • I haven’t read that one yet, although I think it’s one of three that I’ve added to my Kindle and look forward to reading! She’s got such a knack for great dialogue — I was kind of amused (and appalled) when I realized that I’ve actually said some of the things one of her more ridiculous characters said! 🙂

  1. I shall be near to you, The girl with all the gifts and Big, little lies are all on my Kindle just dying to be read! Haha. I have heard great things about those books. Glad that you have enjoyed them as well.

    • I had such a weird time at first reading it, because I didn’t know what it was going to be about and it really threw me for a loop! But I ended up loving it. 🙂

  2. Nice list, quite a range of authors you’ve discovered this year 🙂 I’m starting to see The Martian crop up on a few people’s lists for this week, might have to bump it up my list 😉 I’ve also been curious of Liane Moriarty’s books; I see them everywhere but I’ve never picked them up. Perhaps next year? 🙂

    My TTT

    • Thanks! I don’t know why I didn’t expect to like The Martian, but after getting it thanks to a gift card, I really loved it. Funny and smart, so much fun to read!

  3. Patrica C. Wrede is so much fun. I’ve read 2/4 of the Enchanted Forest books and I have read Sorcery and Cecelia which is also highly recommend!

    I love Andrew Smith, but I’ve only read Winger. Such an amazing book and I SOOOO recommend it.

  4. I do love Alexander McCall Smith – my Dad knew his late brother, through the Scottish farming community. Although I prefer the Isabel Dalhousie series and the Von Igelfeld series (it’s riotously funny!)

  5. Nice list! Liane Moriarty is on mine as well. I loved BIG LITTLE LIES. Now, I must read THE HUSBAND’S SECRET and everything else she’s ever written! Sadly, I never got around to reading I SHALL BE NEAR TO YOU, even though I had it out of the library for a couple of months. One of these days, I swear I will read it. Everyone says it’s excellent.

    Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!

  6. I Shall Be Near To You was pretty amazing. And yay for The Martian and The Girl With All the Gifts! Great picks. 🙂

    • Thanks! It’s pretty cool when I stop to think about how many new (to me) authors I met this year. I’d say this was a pretty great book year, all in all!

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