Tuesday 17 December 2013

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors In 2013

1. Fiona Wood. Wildlife was one of my favourite reads of the year, it's such a wonderful, authentic teen novel. Its predecessor, Six Impossible Things, is great too.

2. Neil Gaiman. Yes, until a couple of months ago I had never read a Neil Gaiman novel. As it is I've still only read one. But it was an awesome one.

3. Jackie Kay. I discovered Jackie Kay at the Sydney Wrtiers' Festival earlier in the year and then listened to her memoir, Red Dust Road, on audiobook. It was amazing and I'd love to read some of her fiction soon.

4. Courtney Summers. This Is Not A Test is a fantastic zombie book, but the emotional heart of the story is what has really stuck with me. I'm really keen to read more of Summers' work.

5. Sarra Manning. Adorkable was such a fun read, I loved Mannings' voice, and I really want to read more of her stuff too.

6. Margo Lanagan. Sea Hearts is an exquisite, lovely, whimsical book and I instantly fell in love with Lanagan's writing.

7. Cath Crowley. I love finding new Aussie authors and Graffiti Moon definitely cemented Crowley in my mind as one to watch!

8. Julie Berry. All the Truth That's In Me is one of the few books I've stayed up all night reading. It's brilliant, and the fact that it's written in second person and works so effectively really shows how strong Berry's writing is.

9. Megan Whalen Turner. I loved the world and characters of her The Queen's Thief series - completely addictive.

10. Jessica Shirvington. I avoided Shirvington's first series because I can't stand angel books, but I adored Between the Lives so I want to go back and read what I've missed.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


  1. I haven't yet found a Neil Gaiman that I've loved. Probably just me.

    Here's my Top Ten New-to-Me Authors.

  2. Adorkable is a brilliant read. I really enjoyed it!

  3. I haven't read a Neil Gaiman book either...I need to change that next year. I'm also going to try Sarra Manning, Megan Whalen Turner, and Cath Crowley.

  4. I have This is Not a Test on my tbr but haven't had the chance to read it. Might change that soon =)

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  5. I hadn't heard of a lot of the authors on this list- good list! I enjoy Jessica Shirvington's Embrace series, but I hadn't read any of her other books. And Neil Gaiman is wonderful. Good list!


  6. I don't like angel books either. Dude, I am so glad you read This is Not a Test this year. I have to read Summers' other books, but that one was fantastic. Though I think I would have liked a little more from the ending.

  7. I haven't read any books by Neil Gaiman but I'm thinking of reading one of his books next year. :D

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  8. Reading your list reminded me that I also read my first Gaiman this year too (Unfortunately the Milk for younger readers).
    Lots of rave reviews for Sea Hearts - I must give it a try one day soon. Nice to see lots of Aussies on your list too :-)

  9. Lol so I actually HATED Adorkable with a fiery passion, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE 'You Don't Have to say you love me' so read that. And I remember really liking Guitar Girl when I read that like ten or more years ago. But I also hated Nine Uses for an Ex Boyfriend so I'm sort of split down the middle with her. But I've listened to the You Don't Have to Say You Love me audiobook like three times now, I am so in love with that boy. Especially because he sounds like Neville Longbottom and who doesn't want a good bit of fun with Neville Longbottom and his million fucking points for Gryffindor.

    Apart from that the only other author I've read from that is Neil Gaiman, my favourite is The Graveyard Book, I love that book many, many babies.