Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers. This week’s topic is “Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014“.
I read (if my maths is right), 32 books by authors new to me this year, but the following eight really stood out to me, so in no particular order…
Andy Weir – The Martian (my review)
M.R. Carey – The Girl With all the Gifts (my review)
Pierce Brown – Red Rising (my review)
Although very different, I loved The Martian, The Girl with All the Gifts and Red Rising for similar reasons – all of them managed to feel fresh and exciting in genres that could easily have felt overdone.
The Martian – Astronaut stuck in space? Could have been Gravity all over again. (It wasn’t, it was a lot, lot better).
The Girl with all the gifts – (Pretty sure everyone by now is aware what this is about but if you’re still blind, skip this bit!) I get told by movie fans on occasion that zombies aren’t cool anymore – M.R. Carey makes them cool, without a shadow of a doubt.
Red Rising – Dystopian. I was so nervous about this one – I love dystopia, but it can definitely get a bit repetitive. Pierce Brown’s dystopia feels completely fresh. I’m coming up to halfway through book 2 now, and I’m still just as hooked on Brown’s world.
Ernest Cline – Ready Player One (my review)
I’m not sure why, but I was convinced I wouldn’t like Ready Player One, and I ended up loving it. It was just a hugely fun, addictive read. I listened to the audiobook on my commute and it’s been my biggest audiobook success so far (Wil Wheaton is great as the narrator).
Deborah Harkness – A Discovery of Witches (my review)
Kristin Cashore – Graceling
Confession: I’d given both of these books a go before, but never managed to get into them and ended up returning them to the library unread. I gave both another chance last year and absolutely loved them.
(Second confession: I think I was partially determined to hate Graceling out of some strange loyalty to Throne of Glass, like I couldn’t like both….I could).
I knew virtually nothing about either of these, but I saw the blurbs and just could not resist. Both were fantastically written, grippingly atmospheric with feisty heroines. What’s not to like?
Who were your favourite new authors this year? Any go straight onto the auto-buy list?