I love this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, you guys! I came across a lot of fantastic new-to-me authors this year, most of which have back lists I can now devour. In fact – almost every single author on this list has at least one title I can look forward to getting my hands on. Be sure and let me know if you have an opinion on what I should pick up next from any of these guys!
1.Sarah Vowell. She has published numerous non-fiction books filled with essays based on her travels and experiences dealing with politics and history. Sound boring? I can promise you she is anything but! So far, I’ve only read The Partly Cloudy Patriot, but I seriously can’t wait to pick up more. I love her sense of humor – and her willingness to state her opinion. If you’re a non-fiction fan, she is a definite must read!
2. Daniel Woodrell. I read his 2013 release, The Maid’s Version, and fell in love with his writing style in just a few pages. His depiction of life in Missouri, both in the present and in the past, was full of honesty and color – and written so wonderfully. Sigh, I swoon. I have already been buying up his previous books like an obsessed lunatic – plus, Jennifer Lawrence starred in a movie based on one of them! I foresee a long, happy future with the writings of this man.
3. Rainbow Rowell. Me, you and everyone else on the planet can probably agree on this one, right? I actually didn’t love Eleanor & Park, but my deep and abiding devotion for Fangirl more than makes up for that. Everything about that book is utter perfection, and I could gush about it for hours! Expect it near the top of my best of 2013 list, y’all.
4. Anna Lee Huber. I love historical mystery series a lot, you guys. Especially if they have romantic subplots. The Lady Darby books are just such a series! It’s still pretty new – just two books so far, but I promise that when you pick up The Anatomist’s Wife, it won’t take you long to be nearly as devoted as I am – especially if you’re already a fan of Deanna Raybourn and/or Tasha Alexander.
5. Jo Baker. To put it simply, Longbourn blew me away. I appreciated every inch of the story – from the characters to the plot to the brutal and honest depiction of the servants’ lives. If you think you know the Bennet family? Just wait until you see them from the POV of the people paid to clean their chamber pots.
6. Benjamin Alire Sáenz. I’m keeping this one short and sweet. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is easily one of the best books I have ever read, and I can’t imagine how anyone could disagree.
7. Kasie West. Pivot Point was a wonderful surprise, and one of my favorite YA books of the year. I can’t wait to continue that series and see what else she has in store!
8. Austin Kleon. His non-fiction talks a lot about creativity and how to share and brainstorm ideas – he also writes really awesome newspaper blackout poetry. Steal Like An Artist would make an excellent gift, especially for recent grads!
9. Daniel O’Malley. The Rook was one of the most inventive, complex and interesting books I picked up this year. I need more from that world ASAP! If you like fantasy or paranormals with excellent worldbuilding, this is an author for you.
10. George Orwell. A little late to the party, aren’t I? I read and loved Animal Farm this year, and now I have a couple books of his essays I can’t wait to dive into!