Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013

Posted December 16, 2013 by Bonnie in Top Ten Tuesday / 29 Comments

I discovered some amazing new authors this year; many of them debut novelists even. I had to cheat a little on this one because all of them (plus many more I sadly left out) were deserving of attention.

Did you read any of these this year? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Night Film by Marisha Pessl {My Review}
This one completely captivated me. It was nothing like I had anticipated and that ending left me questioning everything. I couldn’t read a book for days after because I couldn’t stop thinking of it.

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent {My Review}
Burial Rites was so beautifully written and it was Hannah Kent’s debut novel. A heartbreaking and compelling tale, I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for more from this author.

Tampa by Alissa Nutting {My Review}
This one was a strange read for me and completely out of my comfort zone but I was impressed nonetheless. It’s an extremely controversial subject and felt a bit gratuitous at times but the author still impressed me with her writing.

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes {My Review}
This book felt like a nightmare that grabs you and won’t let you free. The Shining Girls was your basic suspenseful mystery with a time travel twist that I completely loved.

Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell {My Review}
Daniel Woodrell created one of the most incredibly and unforgettable heroine’s with Ree Dolly. The story itself is dreary and dismal but is a powerful story of survival.

The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock {My Review}
Completely enthralling yet so incredibly shocking, reading The Devil All the Time felt like I was watching a train wreck yet couldn’t tear my eyes away. Thanks Rory, for making me read this.

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson {My Review}
A strangely twisted tale of a girl given a chance for a re-do after each time she dies. It was captivating seeing what she did with her second chances but the ease the author had with words took center stage.

The Beautiful Indifference: Stories by Sarah Hall {My Review}
I rarely read short stories but something about this one caught my attention. Each story is raw and thoroughly gratifying while possessing some of the most amazing prose.

How to Love by Katie Cotugno {My Review}
This book gave me the worst book hangover ever. I couldn’t pick up another book for days after. It’s a seemingly average contemporary romance tale (and is not even a genre I normally read) but this one completely overwhelmed me in the best way possible.

The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman {My Review}
The Waking Dark is incredibly dark and distressing with one of the most shocking first chapter openers I’ve ever read. YA Horror isn’t quite so common but I’d love to see a tale like this spur more like it.

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales {My Review}
This was an empowering story about finding happiness in life and learning to love yourself for exactly who you are. Incredibly charming. I especially loved how a romance wasn’t at the forefront of this ‘finding yourself’ story.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters {My Review}
A wonderful historical fiction focusing on the Spanish influenza with a gothic (and ghostie) spin. Cat Winters is a debut author whose writing left me breathless.

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29 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013

  1. I’m glad to see How to Love and This Song Will Save Your Life on your list Bonnie. There were so many fabulous authors that I had discovered this year, that I forgot to mention Cotugno. I loved Wasserman’s The Book of of Blood and Shadow last year so can’t wait to read The Waking Dark. Also Night Film I’ve never heard about it before, but books which leave you thinking about it for days afterwards are always my favourites!
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  2. Cait @ Book Love

    I haven’t read any of these authors! How sad! These books look awesome; I will definitely have to add some of them to my TBR list. I also love your blog design! 🙂
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  3. TAMPA was amazing, and I’m totally with you on Leila Sales, Robin Wasserman, and Cat Winters, too. It’s funny, I don’t think I’ve been as wowed by as many books this year, but it’s definitely been a solid one. Are you going to do an overall best of 2013 list? Ours goes up on December 31st!
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