Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, which allows bloggers to share lists of some of our favorite (and not-so favorite) things. This week we’ll be highlighting the top ten authors that are new (to us) that we've read in 2013. I have read so many new authors this year, and it has been such fun going back through them to decide who my favorites have been. This is just a list thus far, as I'm sure I might still change my mind in the two and a half-ish weeks we have left in December! I can't wait to see what authors we might be discovering together - and which ones you can introduce me to! And as always, happy Tuesday and have fun everyone! Also, MAKE SURE TO LEAVE A LINK TO YOUR POSTS SO I CAN VISIT YOU GUYS TOO!!! Without further adieu, the books (it's always all about the books)! :) And the only books pictured by the authors are the ones that I read this year (all of them linked to their Goodreads pages).
Top Ten Best Authors New To Me I Read In 2013 (No Particular Order)
1. Denise Deegan - I'm still not exactly sure how I discovered her, but let me just tell you how freaking glad I am that it happened! Her books are so well-written and full of feels. Great discovery!
2. Jane George - I went searching for circus oriented books and was lucky enough to stumble across Jane's entirely magical Mumbo Jumbo Circus series. I am truly excited to see where she goes next! :)
3. Rachel Alpine - She wrote an extremely important book about speaking up for yourself and the price of popularity with the cost being your individuality - sometimes even more than that. It was gut-wrenching and beautiful, a truly special debut. Can't wait to see where she goes!
4. Robyn Schneider - She has written some other books (I personally have not read them yet though). This year I was introduced to her through a book called Severed Heads, Broken Hearts. One of the funniest, most moving books I read this year. Definitely will be adding her past books onto my to-read list.
5. Leila Howland - I did not think it was possible for me to surprised and taken in by a book that is the quintessential "summer romance" book, but Leila's debut was so much more than that! I think that as long as she stays true to the emotions and realities of her first book, I'll definitely stay a fan.
6. John M. Cusick - Once again, an author that has a couple of other books floating around in the YA world already. I just had never found myself with one of them in my hands before this year. And I'll tell you what, Cherry Money Baby was the best introduction possible to Cusick's unique style!
7. Melissa Landers - Her teen debut is actually not released until February of next year! But I had the chance to read it and I am truly grateful that I did. Intergalactic exchange students, romance, political intrigues and civil rights struggles. And she has a great sense of humor! I only wish I was able to put this in the hands of my friends immediately after I finished it!
8. Cristin Terrill - Time travel is always a difficult concept to carry off! Terrill managed it in her debut novel with grace, and some entirely awesome plot twists. Plus, she wrote better characters (even with some of them being the "same" person) than most YA novels have nowadays. Originality, in a word.
9. Wendy Knight - Battle Unicorns! Those are really the only words I need to describe this tour de force of fantasy fiction for young adults. I will definitely enjoy reading more by her in the future!
10. Ripley Patton - I just finished one of Ripley's books in her PSS Chronicles series in the last couple of days and it was one of the freshest, interesting concepts for a book that I've read in a great while. She has an interesting way with words and the entire story flowed so realistically that I had trouble putting it down. Now I'm jonesing for the next one something fierce!