Top Ten New-to-Me Authors of 2014

So here are the new authors I’ve read this year in no particular order. These guys rock my socks.  As always, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. You can find them here.

1. Rita Williams-Garcia. I think I was in a place where I wasn’t listening to the hype when my Twitter friends read Once Crazy Summer. I found One Crazy Summer on Oyster last week and blew through it and P S. Be Eleven in a few days. OMG, amazing. (Yes, I did.)

2. Emily St. John Mandel. The only way out of the apocalypse is through, right? I love that there’s hope through this story. I’ll admit that I do need to go back and reread it, but I still enjoy what I heard.

3. G. Neri. I read two of his this year, found another on Oyster and need to read them as well. He writes real stories for teenagers — stories that engage some of my more challenging students.  Anyone who can do that is aces in my book.

4. Jacqueline Winspear. Tracie (a.k.a. The Professor) loves Maisie Dobbs. So we listened to the very first Maisie Dobbs book. And while

5. Max Barry. The first book that I got from the Book Riot Quarterly Box was Lexicon. Read the way he asked me to, and I couldn’t handle it. Read it the way I like and I absolutely loved it. I hope we get to listen to this one on our road trip at the end of this year.

6. Tahereh Mafi. My friend Allyn, who I miss talking to dearly, sent me Shatter Me in the mail last year. I didn’t get a chance to read it until this year and I devoured the first two, which I found in ebook on Oyster. I have the third one sitting on my desk in our office just waiting for the end of the semester.

7. Kwame Alexander – I borrowed The Crossover from the library because of the cover. I’d seen it when we went to Albuquerque and thought it might be a good read. The thing I didn’t know before I picked it up: it’ in verse. And awesome. I have a student reading it now via Oyster.

8. Andy Weir. The Martian. I have nothing else to say. Well, except that the student I have who read/listened to it thought it was mind blowing and was routinely pissed when we had to move on to other things in class.

9. Alexandra Bracken. I remember reading The Darkest Minds while laying on the couch in what is now our office, while Tracie worked on something for work. Loved the story. Love the memory. I really want to get to the second book in this series soon.

10. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Read Americanah with the aforementioned Allyn back when we had time to read together. I find stories about the experience of being in the United States by people who are not American to be fascinating. Also, I love her writing, and it gave Tracie and I things to talk about (she read it too).

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