I should just say up front that getting this list down to 10 authors was incredibly difficult because I read more new to me authors this year than I ever have before (thanks to my fellow bloggers’ great recommendations)!
Top Ten New to Me Author Discoveries
*I did not include debut authors since they are new to everyone, not just to me. And, I honored my favorite debuts of 2014 last week!
Bittersweet is another of my all-time favorite beach reads and I recommended it to all my friends this past summer, most of whom said they couldn’t put it down.
Natchez Burning had me flying through 800+ pages of Civil Rights violence…and I can’t wait for the second book in the series (The Bone Tree…coming in 2015)!
While Florence Gordon wasn’t one of my favorite books of 2014 (I did like it, though), I adored Morton’s tight writing style. I will absolutely read his next book.
The “24”-style structure of The Accident had me on the edge of my seat. I promptly added The Expats to my TBR list…now I just need to get to it!
Reunion was a slump-buster for me and I loved Pittard’s irreverent writing. This is one of my most recommended books of the year.
I loved that My Salinger Year was more a coming of age story than a story about the man himself and Rakoff’s humor, irony, and appreciation for the ridiculous really sold me.
Tom Rob Smith
I liked The Farm a lot (though it won’t make my Best of 2014 list) and it made me want to read Smith’s Child 44 Trilogy, which I hope to make time to at least start in 2015.
Emily St. John Mandel
With Station Eleven, Mandel made me love a post-apocalyptic story, which is not usually in my wheelhouse.
I don’t have words for The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry…just an absolutely perfect book.
Who are some of your favorite new to me authors of 2014?