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Top New-to-Me Authors of 2014

Initially I didn't have a draft post for this topic set up which I'll confess surprised me since it seemed a fun topic. Nevertheless I did manage to get a post put together though fortunately not before I realized that instead of debut authors (which was for some reason stuck in my mind), this is actually a topic dedicated to picking out the authors that were new to us this year. Fun, right!?

I read a lot of authors that to many are auto-buys and to me only appealed because of a reemergence in pop culture - authors like Gayle Forman or John Green just to name two. Whether or not they ended up on this list is revealed down below. Let's get started.
 
Hosted by the ladies at the Broke and the Bookish, here's todays weekly topic:
 
Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014

Joanne Bischof

It was such a lovely treat to finally read some of Joanne's novels and thanks to the INSPYs then later with thanks to Joanne asking if I'd be willing to read her latest novella (go buy it if you haven't, friends!). I'm a fan.

Book Reviews:

This Quiet Sky  ǀ  Though my Heart is Torn

Gayle Forman

I know MANY YA bloggers love this author. I only read her book this year prior to seeing the film adaptation and have to say, I actually enjoyed both. The book is one of the easiest, most interesting novels I'm read in this genre.

If I Stay, by Gayle Forman

Katie Gansert

Katie's writing is some of the most sincere, genuine there is in contemporary fiction. She manages to tell stories of real conflict and issues life challenges us with all while approaching things with a nice, lighthearted touch.

A Broken Kind of Beautiful, by Katie Ganshert

Ronie Kendig

My mom and I have a running joke about these books. For the longest time, I didn't read these simply because time got away so soon as my bought copy would arrive in the mail, my mother would snag it. Now (thanks to the INSPYs, again) that I've finally began reading her books, it's  big deal if I read Ronie's latest before my mom.

Book Reviews:

Hawk ǀ Raptor 6

 
Hillary Manton Lodge
 
One of the best "debuts" for a new-to-me author of 2014.
 
A Table by the Window, by Hillary Manton Lodge
 
Lois Lowry
 
Read The Giver prior to seeing the movie (reviews coming).
 
Stephanie Perkins
 
So what if I didn't read a full-length novel from this author. It totally still counts. I now understand the appeal; I adored her short story in My True Love Gave to Me - it seemed like a full-length, well-rounded kind of novella.
 
 
Kathryn Springer
 
Recently finished reading Kathryn's 2015 Zondervan release, The Dandelion Field and wow. I was impressed. Have you read any of her earlier books?
 
Sarah Sundin
 
Loved Sarah's signature WWII novel. It was worth the wait.
 
In Perfect Time, by Sarah Sundin
 
Beth Vogt
 
Beth's 2014 contemporary was absolutely beautiful. Some readers might find the premise too hard to get past (a widow falling for her husband's twin brother), but Beth handled it beautifully! Add it to your Christmas lists if you've not yet read it.
 
Somebody Like You, by Beth Vogt
 
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As always, turning this over to you.
 
What are some of your favorite - or as I added in, some of the most interesting new-to-you authors and their novels you read this year?
 
Let's chat.  

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  1. I forgot that I loved Kate Ganshert's novel! She did such a beautiful job with the characters and their story.
    I will have to check out Kathryn Springer's book.
    Oh, and The Giver is on my list too, though I think I may have read some of her books as a kid.

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    1. Me too, Amanda! Katie is one of my favorite contemporary authors. So good.

      Yay! Hope you enjoy Kathryn's book; it arrives January 2015.

      I hadn't ever read any of Lois' books, but with the movie I figured I'd go for it. :)

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  2. You've got some of my favorites on you list.

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    1. *high five* It's fun to find readers will common favorites. :)

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  3. Great list! Same here about Gayle Foreman: I heard so much about her books from other book bloggers but didn't get around to it until If I Stay hit theatres. Still haven't seen the movie yet but the book was touching. I'm reading My True Love Gave to Me right now but I'm curious to check out Stephanie Perkins' books in the future :)

    My TTT

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    1. Thanks, Lianne. Will be checking yours out today too. Of course. :)

      Gayle's was really good and I agree, the book was touching. I was equally impressed with the film as an adaptation, and I'd love to get your thoughts if/when you see it. :) My True Love Gave to Me is sweet plus I loved the holiday themes. So fun. :)

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  4. Joanne Bischof - Er... You say you're not a fan (of the author I'm guessing)? May I ask why? I took a look at your reviews and it seems that you enjoyed both ''This Quiet Sky'' and ''Though My Heart is Torn''... I've only read Ms Bischof's debut but I found her writing voice poignant.

    Katie Ganshert - Yes, I agree !

    Beth Vogt - I've got my sight on her latest. Thinking of trying it.

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    1. Ooops! That was a horrible mistake Ganise! I DO love Joanne's books and she seems like a wonderful person as well. Ugh. Thank you so much for catching that. I'll blame such an awful error on proofing this post late last night. It works, right!? ;)

      As you say, Joanne's novels are beautiful and I'm eager to see what comes in 2015; I've been told she has more books coming. :)

      Katie - YES! Her 2015 release is top on my priority list for next year. Cannot wait.

      Beth's 2014 novel is beautiful. I was so impressed with it and am thrilled it's gotten some prestigious notice. Good for her!

      ...again thanks for catching my error. And for commenting! :)

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  5. Great list! I'm looking forward to hearing what you thought about The Giver. It was the first dystopian book I ever read, and I've reread it since, but I haven't seen the film yet.

    I looked through my Goodreads list, and apparently I didn't read many new authors this year! I could only come up with four new-to-me authors who really stood out: Becky Wade (I read all three of her currently out books this year and loved them all), Alan Bradley (who writes a quirky mystery series that I started), Marissa Meyer (read the first three Lunar Chronicles books this year and fell in love with them), and Dodie Smith (I've only read one of her books, I Capture the Castle).

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    1. Hi, Kristin! Good to see you. :)

      Thanks; I have reviews for both The Giver film adaptation as well as the book. Hope to post them soon. If not here then on Silver Petticoat. Becky Wade is a brilliant author for her genre! I've enjoyed her novels so very much - and now I got my mother hooked on her stories. Yes! ;) Oooh, Alan's sound good. I like fun mysteries and I *still* must read Marissa's novels. Soon. Once upon a time I saw the film adaptation of I Capture the Castle though I must say I forgot it was a book. :)

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  6. Yes!! Oh my goodness, I love so many of the authors and books you mentioned! Hillary Manton Lodge was a new-to-me author this year and I adored her book. Several others on your list weren't new to me this year in particular, but I do looove their books--Beth Vogt, Katie Ganshert, Joanne Bischof. There are a few on your list I haven't read yet and truly can't believe I haven't. I need to catch up.

    A new-to-me author this year--Katherine Reay. I had her 2013 release right away when it came out, but didn't get a chance to read it until this year. Loved it so much. And Kristy Cambron, oh my word. Talk about a new absolute favorite right outta the gate.

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    1. *high five* Super excited to see so many favorites on all our lists, Melissa. :) Beth is fabulous, Katie has a beautiful prose and of course, Joanne's are just beautiful. What else can be said?! :)

      Katherine! I adore her novels. Both have been outstanding in this inspirational fiction world. Betting that trend will continue to keep up! Cannot wait for her 2015 release. I've not read Kristy's book but I hear nothing but fantastic things! :)

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  7. Oh my! I read so many great new-to-me authors this year! Mary Weber, Kristy Cambron, Jessica Keller, Nadine Brandes, Bonnie Calhoun, Brandy Vallance, Carla Luareano, & Tessa Afshar.

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    1. Awesome list, Alyssa! I still need to read many of these ladies' novels, though those that I did were great. :)

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  8. Funnily enough, I've only read two of the authors you mentioned, Beth Vogt and Stephanie Perkins. I confess to grinning with glee when you first read Stephanie's short story and said you loved it! She has a wonderful personality to her writing, doesn't she? :)

    As for new to ME authors this year, JRR Tolkien (of whom I am now a huge fan! :), Sharon Creech (lovely characters), Victoria Schwab (LOVED her writing!), Lori Benton (so good), Rosamund Hodge (amazing writer!), and many more! As I was looking back over my goodreads list of what I'd read this year, I realized I read a lot of new authors. And was very impressed by most of them. :)

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    1. Stephanie's writing is just... fantastic. I totally understand why everyone gushes about her now. She's got an infectious kind of writing that's tough NOT to enjoy. :) Cannot wait to read her full-length novels, which I do own.

      Good to know you had some memorable reads this year, Kara. I'm glad! That makes a good reading year. Victoria Schwab sounds like a good author; sounds like one I should look into - and even Sharon too. I keep meaning to read Rosamund's, but well, you know how that goes. ;)

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  9. Great topic, Rissi!

    So new-to-me authors this year who I loved include Amy Sorrels, Kristy Cambron, Hilary Manton Lodge, and Carre Armstrong Gardner.

    AND, not to brag or anything, but I have been privileged to have an early read of Katie's 2015 release and it is a stunner. I'm struggling that there are still months and months to go before the rest of the world get to discover how great it is!

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    1. The Broke and Bookish ladies came up with a winner again. :)

      I've not read any of the authors you list, Kara (save for Hilary) but am curious about Carrie's novels as well as Kristy's.

      Bragging is totally welcome as regards Katie's novel. I'm so excited to read it that any comments about it only serve to make me more so! It's one I'm anticipating for sure. Glad you loved it so. I'd expect nothing less. :)

      Thanks for the blog follow, Kara. :)

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  10. I have only read 3 authors' books on this list! However quite a few of them I have wanted to read, but never got around to actually doing it!

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    1. I'm often in that same boat, Laura. Hopefully in 2015 a resolution in our reading life will be to better pace ourselves. I want to be able to read the books on my shelf, but review copies keep me occupied - which is my own fault. Now I need to learn balance. :)

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  11. Great list! Kathryn Springer is one of my favorite authors from Harlequin's Love Inspired line- quick easy reads with a happy ending, but her books always have a depth and punch to them.

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    1. Awesome! I so enjoyed Kathryn's new Zondervan debut, so make sure to look out for that one. You'd probably like it, Heidi. :)

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  12. Ok, Joanne Bischof and Hillary Manton Lodge would definitely make my list, too! Along with Denise Hunter, Tracy Groot, Lori Benton, and Susan May Warren (Eek! I know, how did I go so long without discovering her?)

    A few of these are on my TBR, too, like Katie Ganshert and Ronie Kendig.

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    1. Denise Hunter and Susan May Warren, welcome to the club, Courtney! ;) Hope you continue to enjoy their books.

      As for Katie and Ronie, enjoy whenever the come up on your TBR. Both are equally awesome.

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  13. Love your list, Rissi! Joanne Bischof's Appalachian stories are a favorite of mine - such emotion! Also love Sarah Sundin's WWII novels. I hadn't decided whether to commit to reviewing Kathryn Springer's new book, but you just convinced me. Thanks for sharing, Rissi!

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Carole. It's great to meet you. :)

      Loved Joanne's book(s) as well as Sarah's. They are both deeply emotional and the authors seem to know how to pull the best out of their characters. Enjoy Kathryn's if/when you read it. :)

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  14. I'm going to have to look into these!

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    1. Yay! Hope you find some new favorites, Mary. :)

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  15. Love all of your picks, Rissi! A Table by the Window, In Perfect Time, and The Dandelion Field are a few that are on my TBR so I'm really happy to hear they were good. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Bekah. Had fun with this TTT and am excited about next week's plus my favorites later this month. Always neat to put these together and remember or think about what I've read this year. :)

      Enjoy Hilary's, Sarah's and Kathryn's. I liked each for their own unique reasons. :)

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