Top Ten Favorite New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2012

This week’s installment of a Top Ten Tuesday list is all about Favorite New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2012.

Trying to pick just 10 of anything is going to kill me, eventually. As with last week, these are in no particular order, and are only the ones that catch my eye today, as I put this together. Ask me again tomorrow, and I’ll probably have at least 10 different favorites. I’m including the first book I read by this particular author as well.

James A. Owen — I read and enjoyed Here, There Be Dragons, the first in the The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica series. I will definitely read more of this series.

Jim C. Hines — My first read from Hines was The Stepsister Scheme. It won’t be the last: I’m particularly looking forward to getting around to reading Libriomancer.

John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars. I am now, also, a huge fan of Vlogbrothers on Youtube. Yes, I know I’m way behind the times.

Maggie Stiefvater — If I had just read the synopsis of The Scorpio Races, I would have passed it by, but I read it as part of a challenge last winter, and I’m so glad I did. I loved it, and loved her newest book, The Raven Boys, even more. I’m a bit torn about dipping in to Stiefvater’s backlist, though, because werewolf stories are completely uninteresting to me.

Andrea K. Höst  — And All the Stars was great, and I will definitely read more by Höst.

Sarah Rees Brennan — Brennan’s book Unspoken was another favorite this year, I just hope I don’t forget too much before book 2 in the trilogy arrives in August 2013.

Diana Peterfreund — It seems like a lot of authors retell or extend the Pride and Prejudice “universe,” but Peterfreund’s For Darkness Shows the Stars is a retelling of Persuasion, and I loved it. I even ended up picking up a Peterfreund book at the library, that I had been avoiding because it was about unicorns, and ended up enjoying that quite a bit, too. One of these days, I should actually read Persuasion, too…

Chuck Wendig — I don’t know if this entirely counts, because I’ve been reading his blog for some time, but Blackbirds is the first book of his that I have read. Be warned, Wendig uses a LOT of profanity. And his books are gut punches, not feel good hugs. And I mean that in a good way.

Rachel Hartman — I am realizing that quite a few of my favorite books I’ve read recently feature musicians, and this author’s main character in Seraphina is a very unique musician. Oh, and yeah, it’s about dragons.

Katherine ApplegateThe Only and Only Ivan. One of the best books I read this year.

This was so much harder than I had expected it was going to be. So many great books and authors. I should probably avoid everyone else’s list, because I just know my TBR list is going to grow, and here I was talking about trying to read stuff I already have, rather than looking for new! Yikes!


  1. Tanya Patrice says:

    Ooh almost all of these are new to me, so I’ll have to check their books out. I loved Stiefvater – although I liked The Scorpio Races more than The Raven Boys 🙂

  2. Deb says:

    I totally agree, werewolf stories are totally uninteresting. Will I like all of these then? Or knowing what I like should I check some of them out first?

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