|image source: here. edited by me.|
Okay, so this is actually a topic for Top Ten Tuesday, and not for Top 5 Wednesday. However, I couldn't manage to find ten to be listed on this post. This week's topic is to choose Top Ten New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2014. And to be honest, I've been a pretty safe reader for this past couple of years. Because I've had so many disappointing experiences in trying out new authors; and I regretted on spending so much money for that disappointment. So I mostly read books from authors whom I trust, or books that really intrigued me. In the end, I only managed to find 6 authors who are new-to-me this year and left a really good impression. But I'm really really glad to have discovered them this year. Here's the list in no particular order ;)
The first one is the most recent new-to-me author I discovered, and that author is Gillian Flynn! I read Gone Girl and was so mind-blown with her writing and story. I am so glad I picked this book and didn't gave up on it when things seems a bit confusing. I would definitely pick up her other books (which I already own), and very excited for that! Gone Girl's hype was really high back in 2012 when it was just released, and even won the Goodreads Choice Awards in 2012. So I consider myself pretty late in recognizing this author. If you haven't read her books yet, you should try it out, maybe you'll like it too ;))
I read The Book Thief several months ago, and it gave me so much FEELS. And yes, this is my first time reading a Markus Zusak book, and I'm really glad I did. The Book Thief has been a popular book for such a long time, there's even a movie adaptation for it already, and again I've only read it now. But I'm so happy I got the chance to read Markus Zusak's writing this year because he's just amazing. He's got several other books that I may want to try reading in the future.
Who doesn't know Rainbow Rowell? She's going uphill in her career this days with all the books she published. And she's been very productive as well. The first book by her that I tried was Eleanor & Park, and I've had several of her other books I have yet to read. I'm really excited to start reading Fangirl and Attachments, that received a lot of positive reviews (I think).
I just fell in love with James Dashner when he created Minho's character in The Maze Runner trilogy. And The Maze Runner is probably one of my favorite series, because it's so fast-paced, action-packed, and intense. James Dashner is also starting another series; hopefully it will be finished soon so I can marathon the whole thing ;)
The fifth author on this list is Lois Lowry, the author of The Giver Quartet. She's one of the first author to write a dystopian series, and I was so captivated by the way her stories intertwine with each other. At first I thought Lois Lowry is a man's name; and I hope I'm not the only person who thought that way. I don't have any other books by her except The Giver (the rest of the series I read from e-books), but hopefully I'll get the chance to read her writing again.
George R.R. Martin
And the last but definitely not the least, George R.R. Martin! His name skyrocketed when A Song of Ice and Fire series was made into a TV show. Even though his books was published quite a long time ago, it's never too late for popularity. I read the first book of the series this year, and looking forward to continue with it. Hopefully George R.R. Martin will finish the series really soon!
That's it for this post! Have you read any of these authors? Or who are your favorite new-to-you authors this year? ;)