As usual Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is Favorite New Authors of 2013. I'm taking that to mean author's I've read this year which I'd never read before, so most of these people have been around for a while, I just hadn't really gotten to them before this year.
Sara Shepard: She's been around for a few years now, but I just started reading her Pretty Little Liars series this year. They're so good! I just want to sit and read through all of them at once, but I'm trying to intensify the mystery by not allowing myself to do that. It's really really hard though. I'm on the 3rd one Perfect and I can't wait to see what happens next!
Rainbow Rowell: Anyone who can do this list and not put Rainbow down either read Attachments when it came out last year or has yet to read anything by her. She is a phenomenal writer, and I'm so excited to keep working my way through her books.
Gene Luen Yang: I can't believe it's taken me this long to read American Born Chinese. I'm pretty privileged to be a white girl growing up in Montana, and this book reminded me of how it feels to be different. I think people sometimes look down on graphic novels, but I find it more difficult in a lot of ways from a writing standpoint because all you write is dialogue--you have to demonstrate the rest through the art itself, and Yang does a phenomenal job of really making an important story shine.
Erin Morgenstern: She's not marketed as a young adult author, but her book The Night Circus can be enjoyed by readers of about 14 and up. It's a fantastic tale and she really created an amazing world in the circus. I would really recommend reading it.
Jay Asher: Thirteen Reasons Why left me actually speechless. I cried. I wanted to share it with everyone. It's so relevant as to how the "tiniest" of things can really build up and create a wave. It's the whole idea of every drop fills the bucket, but in a completely heart-wrenchingly depressing way. I just got The Future of Us, so I'm excited to see what else Asher has in store.
Allie Brosh : Hyperbole and a Half has been around the internet for a while now, but Brosh just released a collection of her amazing comics and paper form. I really only began seeing her comics online this year, and when the book came out, I bought it on its release date, which hasn't happened in a while. It was well worth it. I find Brosh's ability to connect sadness and humor outstanding. Definitely check out the link on her name which leads to her blog. It's well worth a little visit. Of several hours.
Honestly it was a little hard for me to come up with 10 new authors this year, so some of these last 4 (okay 5, whatever) are maybe not my favorite or they write actual children's books (which I read fairly consistently for work).
Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl: I read Beautiful Creatures earlier this year before the movie came out. I enjoyed it, but I didn't feel the need to go get the sequel immediately. I do have it on hold at my work and will likely read it eventually, but I just wasn't enthralled by the story. It was interesting, and I'm intrigued to see where it's headed.
Karma Wilson: (and frankly Jane Chapman) Karma writes and Jane illustrates a series of children books about a group of woodland friends. Bear Snores On might be my favorite. If you have any little people to read with or give a book to, I would definitely recommend this series.
Holly Hobbie: Toot and Puddle are the cutest books! This is another kids series, but it is well worth the read. They also apparently have a show but I love the books so much.
Jillian Larkin: I read Vixen earlier this year, and I enjoyed it, but I haven't quite gotten to the rest of the series yet. They are on my to be read list, hopefully soon!
Have you read any of these authors? Which authors are on your list? Let me know in the comments!