Top Ten New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2014
(Feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)
Looking back at my google doc of books read in 2014, I realize that I didn't really test the waters much this year. There are a lot of repeat offenders. Genius offenders :), but repeats none the less. Looks like another reading goal for 2015...meet some new people.
That being said, here are a few "new-to-me" that stand out this year.
Who should I get to know next year?
1) A.S. King
Ask the Passengers
Probably one of my favorites of the year. King's take sexuality, relationships, and family dynamics was refreshing and realistic. I'm definitely going to be checking out the rest of her collection of titles.
2) Alex London
Not only was Proxy a fun book, but Alex London is just a really cool guy. I'm hoping to check out the sequel, Guardian sometime very, very soon.
3) Andrew Klavan
If We Survive
I can't say this was the most well-written book I picked up this year, but it was good, and exciting, and kept me on the edge of my seat from page one. The true sign of a master storyteller.
4) Allen Zadoff
I Am the Weapon
Another great "boy" book that I didn't see coming. In fact, before my assigned reading, I can honestly say that I hadn't even heard of this series or title. Thank goodness for homework.
5) Lauren Oliver
I'm a little late to the Lauren Oliver party, but better late than never! Panic was a thrill ride and a joy to listen to. Lauren was pretty cool and hipster as well at YALLfest, so she definitely makes the list.
6) Matthew Quick
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
A welcoming addition to the world of teen contemporary fiction, taking on the tough subjects and creating compassionate, endearing, and imperfect characters that tug at your heartstrings.
7) Marcus Sedgwick
So I didn't like this particular book, but I do appreciate the way Sedgwick puts words together. He's smart, and he doesn't shy away from assuming his readers are smart as well. I'll be checking out what else he has to offer.
8) Alaya Dawn Johnson
The Summer Prince
A clever, creative voice I would like to hear more from.
9) Christina Baker Kline
Kline has an ease of storytelling in the way she spins words. It's like someone was telling you a bedtime story. The story matter was tough, but familiar and interesting.
10) Carolee Dean
Forget Me Not
A mixture of poetry, prose, and dialogue, Dean's story is equal parts visually and artistically appealing. She offers a fresh, creative take on a well-worn topic.