Tuesday, December 11, 2012

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

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.


Anonymous said...

Ready Player One is my next audiobook. I am so excited! I have heard it's great.

Sandy said...

New follower! I'm actually not familiar with any of these, but I'm always looking to find new authors.

Check out my TTT.

Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

Carl V. said...

Just finished listening to the audio book of Ready Player One a few weeks ago. Amazing! I thought perhaps I was the last person on earth who hadn't read it, lol! I'm so glad I chose the audio book as Wil Wheaton makes it all come alive. Great stuff. Definitely one of my favorites of the year.

Space Station Mir said...

Carl V.-I'm glad you enjoyed Ready Player One! Wil Wheaton is so appropriate to voice it-I still have to listen to his audiobook version of Red Shirts by John Scalzi.

Carl V. said...

Although I've already read it I checked the audio version of Fuzzy Nation out of the library the other day so that I could listen to Wheaton's reading of it.