The Broke and the Bookish host Top Ten Tuesdays.
Top Ten Favorite New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2012
1. Ian Tregellis
One peek got me not only to read a book (The Coldest War) I'd had no intention of reading, but review it.
2. Eva Stachniak
From way back in January, I knew The Winter Palace was one of the best books I'd read all year.
3. Katherine Longshore
I thought Gilt was so fresh and funny, and it defied both my disappointment with the oversaturation of Tudor fiction and my annoyance with the YA voice.
4. Sophie Perinot
She took less recognizable historical figures and both contextualized them well and made them into real people. Plus, The Sister Queens had very applicable lessons about human relationships, historical and present.
5. Catherynne M. Valente
I thought the first Fairyland book was quirky and adorable, was less enthused with the second, but definitely want to go back and read her adult books now. I've never read anyone who uses language quite like her.
6. Ernest Cline
I don't know how he could top Ready Player One, but I'll always love and respect him for it.
7. R.D. Blackmore
I have a thing for nineteenth century Brits. Lorna Doone is his best known, but I'd read more of his stuff.
8. Barbara Schapiro
The Art Forger grew on me a lot the more I thought about it. I'd read her again just to read about Boston, but her language and themes also have this sort of really enjoyable delicacy and subtlety to them that too few mysteries have.
9. Markus Heitz
The Dwarves is some of the best, darkest fantasy I've read since LOTR. I will definitely be following up.
10. I can't think of anyone else who is honestly a favorite now, so I'll leave one to grow on.