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

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is invited to join in and make their own. This week’s Top Ten is Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014.

I’ve read so many new-to-me authors this year it’s hard to decide which to include in this list. To narrow it down to 10, I decided only to include the ones that impressed me so much I’ll probably read everything they ever write. I’m late to the party with some of these authors but I’m ready to embrace all the wonderfulness their books bring now. Let’s get started.

1. Maggie Stiefvater. People have been telling me how wonderful her books are forever and stupidly I ignored them, until recently when I picked up The Raven Boys and LOVED it. Since them I’ve been reading my way through the rest of her books.

2. A.S. King. Are you guys reading her? You should.

3. Sarah Lotz. Read The Three.

4. Andy Weir. The Martian was easily one of the best books I read in 2014. It was funny and smart and terrifying. 

5. Andrew Smith. Ditto for Grasshopper Jungle, one of my top books of 2014.

6. Leigh Bardugo. Why the hell didn’t someone make me read The Grisha
series
 sooner?

7. J.C. Lillis. Words can not express how much I loved How To Repair A Mechanical Heart or how much I love Lillis.

8. Allie Brosh. Because she just gets it. 

9. Emily M. Danforth. The Miseducation of Cameron Post got banned from some schools this year, so you know it’s good.

10. And last but not least, Donna Tartt

That’s it! How about you? Got lists? Links? Please leave them below, I’d love to check them out!

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Top Ten New Series I Want To Start

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is invited to join in and make their own. This week’s Top Ten is Top Ten New Series I Want To Start (new, defined as within the last couple of years).

I’m back. I missed a few weeks, but I’m back. Here’s the list (in no particular order):

1. Talon Series  by Julie Kagawa

2. The Heartland Trilogy by Chuck Wendig

3. Veronica Mars Series by Rob Thomas

4. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater 

5. Stars and Souls Series by Melissa Petreshock

6. Four Sisters Series by Elissa Sussman

7. Archetype Series by M. D. Waters

8. Isla’s Inheritance Series by Cassandra Page

9. Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

10. The Darkness Saga by Kat Daemon

What new series do you guys want to start? (And please drop me a link to your Top Ten list, if you’ve got one!)

Top Eight Books On My Fall To-Be-Read List

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is invited to join in and make their own. This week’s Top Ten is Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read List.

Another Tuesday, another Top Ten post. This week I’ve only got eight books on the list because that’s as far ahead as I’ve planned (I have to leave room for a little spontaneity in my reading life.). Some of the books on this week’s list haven’t been published yet, but will be sometime this fall. Most of the others have been published within the last year, but of course, I’m planning to read all of them before fall is over. As always, you can click on the titles to take you to their Goodreads page for a description, publication date, and other details. Here we go!

1. Robogenesis by Daniel H. Wilson: This is the sequel to Robopocalypse and if you shift your eyes up and to the right you can see on my nifty Goodreads widget that I am currently rereading it in preparation for Robogenesis. This book picks up with humanity trying to rebuild after the end of the war, believing that the enemy is dead. We get to catch up with old characters and meet some new as Archos prepares to start a war that humanity won’t be allowed to win.

2. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel: Another post-apocalyptic scifi thriller. This was just published earlier this month, but I’ve been hearing wonderful things about it forever. Station Eleven is set in the beginning of the collapse of civilization and tells the story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes area, risking everything for art and humanity.

3. Solomon’s Whisper by Sandra Brannan: This is the fifth book in the Liv Bergen Mystery series. I started this series a couple years ago when I won copies of the first three books and I’ve been faithfully reading it ever since.  In this one Liv Bergen is debating whether or not she wants to quit the FBI after the events of the last book put her family in danger. In an attempt to keep her in the FBI, she’s assigned a cold case, the death of her niece.

4. Rooms by Lauren Oliver: Book Birthday Alert! This book comes out today! I love Lauren Oliver. I loved Before I Fall and Delirium (I’m still working my way through the rest of the series though). I have a feeling though this book may become my favorite of her’s. It’s a tale of family, ghosts, secrets, and mystery and it just sounds delightful. It’s being compared to The Ocean at the End of the Lane (one of my favorite books of all time), The Lovely Bones, and Her Fearful Symmetry. I cannot wait to get my hands on it!

5. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey: Oh look! Another post-apocalyptic novel! Looks like my TBR list is developing a theme. This book is the sequel to The Fifth Wave, which I read earlier this year. This came out last week, I believe. Cassie and her friends will be dealing with the aftermath of the 5th wave and trying to circumvent the Other’s goal of exterminating humanity.

6. Landline by Rainbow Rowell: I love Rowell’s books, so I have no idea why I haven’t gotten around to reading this yet. But it has only been out a couple of months. In this book, Georgie’s marriage is in trouble and she finds a way to communicate with her husband, in the past. So, does she fix her marriage before it starts or stop it from happening?

7. Dark Skye by Kresley Cole: This is the 14th book in the Immortals After Dark series and holy hell I just realized I’ve been reading this series for a long time. Each book focuses on a couple, who usually don’t want to be together or can’t for some reason. This book focuses on Lanthe, a Sorceri, and Thronos, a Vrekener, two species that are natural enemies. Thronos and Lanthe loved each other as kids but tragedy struck and turned them into bitter enemies. It’s a typical Paranormal Romance but these books have amazingly well developed characters and an over-arcing story that I just love.

8. The Lost Hours by Karen White: I’ve read some of  White’s other books, the Tradd Street books, but honestly, I didn’t care for them. But that was only because I literally hated every single character in the books. The mysteries those books were about though, were wonderfully formed and well thought out. They were the only reason I kept reading that series. That’s also why I want to read this book. New book, new characters, a new mystery. Bring it.

That’s it! Looks like my fall is going to be filled with apocalyptic worlds, mysteries, ghosts, love, and death. Just the way I like it. What are you reading this fall?

Top Ten Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED To Read More

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is invited to join in and make their own. This week’s Top Ten is Top Ten Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED To Read More.

At last! After skipping a few weeks, here is another Top Ten Post. This post was a bit difficult because when I read and love a book I automatically go find out if that author has written anything else and add those books to my to-read list and then I promptly get on with reading them. I think this list is going to end up being full of authors who haven’t yet written more than one book, but I do think I have ten, so on to the list!

1. Carol Rifka BruntTell The Wolves I’m Home is one of my favorite books in the entire world. Easily top five. If you haven’t read this book, well then you need to go fucking read it right now. I’ll wait. Seriously. I love this book so much I got a quote from it tattooed on my arm. I love this book so much I’m afraid to reread it. I haven’t read more of her books because she hasn’t written anymore (to my knowledge).

2. Daniel H. Wilson: Last year (I think), I read Robopocalypse and LOVED it. I don’t know why I never checked out any of his other books. I do have some marked to-read but I just never got around to them. And now I’m super excited all over again because as I was browsing through Barnes & Noble last week, I discovered a sequel! Robogenesis. So, I’m about to reread the first one (because I need to have it fresh in my mind, you know?) before I take on the sequel. In a month or so I should be able to cross Wilson off my list!

3.  Andy Weir: Like I hope many of you did, I read The Martian and fell a little bit in love with the MC. This book was smart, funny, and a little scary in that oh-shit-that-could-really-happen-way. While I believe he’s written at least one short story (that I haven’t read), this is his only book so far. I eagerly await more wonderfulness like this from Mr. Weir.

4. Erin Morgenstern has also only written one book, The Night Circus. But it is also one of my favorites. So, I really need her to write more books, so I can read them. Look, I just really need everyone to write more books, so let’s get on that. Please and thank you.

5. A.S. King: I’ve heard a lot of praise surrounding King’s books. I’ve had Reality Boy on my to-read list for a while now and I loved Please Ignore Vera Dietz, so I expect King to be checked off this list very soon too.

6. Danielle Steel: It might seem weird that I’ve only read one of Steel’s books since she’s such a big author and has like a hundred out, but her books aren’t really my type. Somehow though, I came to own a couple of them (and I really couldn’t tell you how). I’ve read one of them, Matters of the Heart and I’ve read this book at least three times. It was like a Lifetime movie; I just couldn’t turn away.  Lifetime movies, no matter how horrible, are my kryptonite. And if Danielle Steels other books are like this one, then I need to read them.

7. Nick Cutter: I just finished The Troop and it pulled me out of a reading slump I was in. It was everything I’ve ever wanted and loved about horror. More like this, please.

8. Donna Tartt: I hear only good things about Tartt and I mean ONLY good things. And I’ve read The Goldfinch (who didn’t?) and it’s made me realize I need to read more Tartt. I’m going to get on that soon.

9. Louise D. Gornall wrote a wonderful novel about gargoyles called In Stone and as a rabid fan of the Disney cartoon, Gargoyles, I jumped at the chance to read it. As a former weird little girl and now weird adult, with crushes on non-human things like gargoyles, Louise makes my dreams come true with my new gargoyle boyfriend (sorry, Goliath). I’m just waiting for the sequel to be published and occasionally bugging Louise on Twitter for updates.

10. Julie Hutchings wrote Running Home one of the most unique vampire books I’ve ever read. I’m excited to see what she does with the sequel! And she’s finally FINALLY set a release date for the it, Sept. 26th! She’s also one of the funniest people and a total gross weirdo, so of course, I recommend you read her books and follow her on Twitter.

What about you? What authors are you dying to read more of?

Sidenote: I have got to remember to update this thing more frequently. And I promise it will be with more than just Top Ten Posts (even though they’re so fun to make).