Tuesday, December 11, 2012

ttt: top ten new-to-me authors of 2012

This week's Top Ten Tuesday on the Broke and the Bookish is Top Ten New-To-Me Authors. It's been a great year for reading, and I'm happy to say that I easily filled the ten slots and then overflowed into three more. So many great books by very talented authors. Can't wait to read more of each and every one of them.

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors of 2012

1. Maggie O'Farrell (I read The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, The Hand That First Held Mine, and After You'd Gone). O'Farrell has quickly become one of my favorite authors. She writes beautifully and I love the way she paces her novels, slowly revealing secrets and trusting the reader to figure things out on their own. 

2. Haruki Murakami (I read Norwegian Wood) He has so many well-loved books that I feel like I've only scratched the surface. I'm hoping to get to The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle very soon.

3. John Green (I read The Fault in Our Stars) I loved The Fault in Our Stars, despite the fact that I'm not much of a YA reader and the idea of a book about kids with cancer immediately turned me off. I love how he handled the sensitive material with humor and honesty. Also, he's a great author to follow on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. He and his brother are famous for their YouTube videos. Plus, he just really seems to care about his readers.

4. Neil Gaiman (I read Coraline, and I also watched the Doctor Who episode he wrote and listened to his fabulous commencement speech). Again, I've only just scratched the surface of this much-loved writer. I can't wait to read one of his adult books soon.

5. Mindy Kaling (I listened to the audiobook of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?). Very funny and the perfect car-ride companion. 

6. Gillian Flynn (I read Gone Girl). The blockbuster book of the year and for good reason. Flynn was brilliant with her twists and turns and overall craziness. I hope her other books are as fun!

7. Liza Klaussmann (I read Tigers in Red Weather). This book lost me at the end, but I loved the lead-up and think Klaussmann's clearly very talented. This is only her debut novel, so I hope she continues to write. I'll definitely look for her in the future.

8. Joe Dunthorne (I read Submarine). Dunthorne is clever and very funny in that subtle, sarcastic British way. I saw him reading at a very small book festival in Greece and he was fantastic.

9. Norton Juster (I read The Phantom Tollbooth). One of my favorite books of the year, for sure. Juster is smart, clever, funny, and basically perfect as a children's book author. Read this book if you haven't, and give it to your children once they're able to read chapter books. It's sure to be a favorite.

10. Douglas Adams (I read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy). Another funny-man. So glad I finally got around to reading him this year.

11. Lionel Shriver (I read We Need to Talk About Kevin). Very adept at creating interesting, dark, despicable characters but in a very believable way. 

13. Donna Tartt (I read The Secret History). Such a dark, brilliant, crazy book. I've heard Tartt's other book (she only has two) isn't as great, but I hope she's continuing to write. Or maybe she should just write the screenplay for The Secret History!

14. David Mitchell (I read Cloud Atlas). I had some mixed feelings about Cloud Atlas, but regardless, I think Mitchell is amazing. Weaving together six different stories, creating historical voices and futuristic tongues, and unique personalities for each main character . . . quite the feat. I hope to read Black Swan Green next year.

What authors did you discover this year? Or who are you hoping to read soon?


  1. Mitchell and Tartt were two new authors for me this year too, although they have been on my radar for a while. I hope Tartt writes a new book soon. She was supposed to have one this year, but it has been delayed.

    1. Ooo thanks for letting me know! I had no idea. I'll have to keep my eye out for it.

  2. Still haven't read The Fault in Our Stars. I'm hoping to get it for Christmas! And I'm with you on having a hard time keeping the list at 10. I did this week, but every week I have a hard time.

    Check out my TTT.

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

    1. I hope you do get it! It's one of those books that's hard not to like. Happy Holidays!

  3. I love David Mitchell. I've read three of his books and they were all great. And he is such a nice, humble guy!

    1. That's so great to hear! Of course books can be great even if the author is a jerk, but I love to hear that authors are kind and humble. I'm hoping to get to "Black Swan Green" soon.


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