Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors, 2013


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  It's been a while since I last participated, but this week's topic of newly discovered authors had me instantly composing a mental list . As it turns out, new-to-me authors comprised the majority of my reading this year so making this list was no easy task.

Favorite New-to-Me Author of 2013
(in no particular order, click on title for my review if available)

1.  John Williams:  Stoner  was my favorite book of 2013.
2.  Hillary Jordan:  I'm glad my book club selected Mudbound.
3.  Angela Thirkell:  High Rising, the first of her Barsetshire novels
4.  Claire Messud:  The Woman Upstairs was a 5 star novel for me.
5.  Beatriz Williams: A Hundred Summers was a perfect summer read.
6.  Jojo Moyes:  Me Before You certainly deserves all the hype.
7.  David Nasaw:  His Joseph P. Kennedy biography, The Patriarch, is outstanding.
8.  Elinor Lipman:  The View From Penthouse B... now on to her backlist!
9.  Ken Follett:  Fall of Giants kept me turning pages for two weeks.
10. Carol Rifka Brunt:  Tell the Wolves I'm Home is simply amazing.

Have you read any of these authors? Who have you discovered this year?

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43 comments:

  1. I'm so behind - the only one I've read is Moyes.

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    1. Kathy - Your review made me push Me Before You up to the top of my audio pile!

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  2. Only Angela Thirkell. I went back and looked at my reading list and I did read mostly all new authors to me too! Kathleen Kent, Hannah Kent, Morgan Callam Rogers and Kate Chopin were probably my favorites.

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    1. Peggy - I want to read Hanna Kent's Burial Rites next year. Funny how we both read so many new authors this year!

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  3. Jojo Moyes was one of my discoveries this year, too. I just finished reading The Girl You Left Behind and loved it. Another find for me is Sarah Jio.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. Catherine Healey - The Girl You Left Behind is near the top of my wish list now!

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  4. I love that we have two favorites in common -- and that I have eight new authors to discover!

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    1. Audrey - Thirkell and Lipman, right? ;-)

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  5. New to me this year were Beatriz Williams and JoJo Moyes. Others on your list, I have not read, but they sound terrific.

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    1. Pat - It's been a great year for new authors!

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  6. Three of your authors were new to me as well (Williams, Moyes and Brunt).

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    1. Nise' - So many great new authors... I wonder who we'll discover next year.

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  7. I've only read Ken Follett, but Angela Thirkell is worming her way onto my TBR shelves so it's only a matter of time. I love this time of year for the reflection, reviewing and list-making for next year!

    Have a wonderful holiday season!

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    1. JaneGS - This is my favorite time of year as far as blogging goes. Not only do I get a chance to reflect, but reading everyone else's lists has me madly adding to my own tbr!

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  8. I loved Carol Rifka Brunt, Hillary Jordan and Claire Messud, but haven't tried any of the other authors. I need to try to get to as many as possible in 2014 :-)

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    1. Jackie - So good to know we always have next year… I'm adding to my own lists as everyone posts their favorites.

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  9. thank you for stopping by, but mostly thank you for your prayers, you can't know how much I appreciate them. I haven't read any of your books, but I'm putting some on my TBR pile.

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    1. Irene - I'll keep you and your family in my prayers throughout this holiday season.

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  10. Interesting. I've only read two: I did not care for Messud's The Emperor's Children and I couldn't get through Follett's Pillars. I quit at page 600 or so.

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    1. Care - Strange how polarizing The Woman Upstairs seems to be… now I'm learning The Emperor's Children had the same effect on readers. I didn't get very far in Pillars, but really liked Follett's Fall of Giants.

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  11. Excellent list! Hillary Jordan would definitely be on my list for Mudbound.

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    1. Andi - I'm so glad my book club decided to read Mudbound. It might have taken me a few more years to get to it otherwise.

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    2. Same here! And I have When She Woke waiting on my TBR now, too.

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    3. Andi - Mine, too… I understand it's very different from Mudbound.

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  12. I read Me Before You and borrowed the author's next book, The Girl You Left Behind, from the library. Lots of new authors I discover every week!
    Harvee
    Book Dilettante

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    1. Harvee - I can't wait to read The Girl You Left Behind!

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  13. I really loved Wolves and Me Before You, and well, you know how I felt about The Woman Upstairs!!! Ugh!!! Most of the others are already on my list!

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    1. Sandy - Ha! I know The Woman Upstairs was not a hit with you… funny how polarizing that book turned out to be>

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  14. I keep hearing good things about Stoner - you've got me intrigued.
    And well done for getting through a Follett chunkster! Did you read the entire series?

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    1. Brona - Oh, you've GOT to read Stoner. It's been years since I read writing that beautiful! I read Fall of Giants on vacation last January and am considering continuing with Winter of the World next month.

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  15. I'm impressed with your list of new-to-you authors. I'm sorry to say Ken Follett is the only I've read. I really liked his earlier books better than his super long historical tomes.

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    1. Margot - I'm putting off reading more Follett simply because of their length… will have to check out his earlier, shorter work.

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  16. All but Thirkell and Follett are still new-to-me :<)

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    1. Nan - I wish Thirkell's books weren't so hard to find.

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  17. I found Jojo Moyes in many of these lists! I've heard great things about Me Before You. I also want to read Tell The Wolves I'm Home next year (or maybe I can still squeeze it in this year) :)

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    1. 5eyedbookworm - Jojo Moyes certainly deserves to be on so many lists! I read Tell the Wolves I'm home in just a few days… couldn't put it down.

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  19. I've read a lot of Elinor Lipman but not the one you mention. By far my favorite is the first of hers that I read, The Inn at Lake Devine.

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    1. Thomas - On your recommendation, that is next on my list!

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  20. I discovered Jojo too and have read Follet's tome Pillars of the Earth and that kept me reading for more than a month!

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    1. Stacybuckeye - Follett's books are so darn long… that's why I haven't read another one of his novels yet!

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  21. Moyes was new to me, too, this year. Definitely an author I'll be reading again. I haven't yet "met" any of the other authors on your list. Several are already on my plans to read but several others clearly need to be added.

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    1. Lisa - I'm glad Moyes has other books available. Think The Girls You Left Behind will be next for me.

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