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Top Ten Tuesday: New to Me Authors of 2013
This year I was introduced to Emmy Laybourne by reading Monument 14, and the next day reading the sequel Sky on Fire. I absolutely devoured these books, and read them so quickly I can't tell you were the first on stops and the second begins.
Her books are very well-paced and never drag. If you like teen apocalypse books, I would highly suggest this one.
I read Swamplandia this year, by Karen Russell. Let me just tell you, this book is weird-Weird-WEIRD, but weird is not a bad thing. If you try and describe this book to someone who hasn't read it they may walk away thinking it is a paranormal ghost story, romance, or a story about a dysfunctional family. Honestly, I can't think of an adequate genre to call this expect maybe contemporary magical realism--if that is a thing. This book is strange, but intriguing; magical, but hauntingly real. I admire Karen Russell for being able to paint such a beautiful story, and I plan on reading her other novels in the future.
3. Bob Staake
Bob Staake is now one of my favorite illustrators now. I read a book he illustrated called We Planted a Tree. It was so beautifully done, that I had to google him, and found out that not only does he illustrate books, but he also write some. From there I read, Don't Squish the Sasquatch, Bluebird, and Hello Robots--I was hooked. Bob Staake has such an amazing art style is a mod-retro look and I'm in love with it. He's illustrated for The New Yorker, Havard Business Review, Los Angelos Times, Cartoon Network, MTV, Kellogg's, Sony, and many, MANY others. If you haven't experienced his work yet you need to run to the library and check-out some of his children's books!
By Bob Staake
I discovered Lauren Oliver when I listened to Delirium on Overdrive (free downloadable book and audiobook app available from the library). I enjoyed the story enough to read the second. It's just a run-of-the-mill YA trilogy--Book 1: Obedient girl meets boy, and beings to questions society. Book 2: Girl rebels against society, social norms, and family. I didn't read the 3rd book; I will assume that like many YA trilogies… Book 3: Girl changes society.
Art Spiegelman is perhaps my favorite “New to You Author of 2013”. He is by no means a new author, the book I read by him was published in 1986. As I have said many times on this blog, I am not a graphic novel enthusiast. But Maus, by Art Spiegelman is the best book I’ve read all year, and yes it just so happens to be a graphic novel. This book not only tells the story of Vladek’s life during the Holocaust, but also shows how the Holocaust has effected is relationships years later—especially his son’s. This is a powerful piece of literature. I challenge anyone who thinks graphic novels are a waste of time to read this and reevaluate your opinion on graphic novels.
Joseph Delaney is the author of The Last Apprentice Series also known as the Wardstone Chronicles. Even though these books gear towards middle grade and early high school aged, I love them! They are full of witches, ghasts, curses, spooks, ghouls, and all sorts of creepy things. If you like the spooky without any romance or bad language, I highly suggest Joseph Delaney’s books.
7. John Green
Anyone who read YA books knows John Green—he’s everywhere! He’s on Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, you can’t miss him. But somehow I did, I’d heard of him, but hadn’t read him until the beginning of 2013. O-M-G! There’s a reason why everyone loves him… HE’S FANTASTIC! So, you guys need to hurry up and jump on the John Green bandwagon before his movie, Fault in Our Stars come out.
The first Stiefvater book I read was Shiver, a YA Paranormal Romance. It’s a good choice for Twi-hards, but in my opinion is much, MUCH better book. Later in the year, I read Raven Boys, the first book in the Raven Cycle Series. I don’t know what I expect from this book, but I was very pleasantly surprised. I thought the book was creative and original—which is refreshing for a young adult paranormal book. I haven’t yet read the second book in the Raven cycle series, but I plan to read it.
I am not usually a romance reader—that’s a lie. I enjoy reading about two or three a year. Are the literary masterpieces? No. Do they leave you with some new and value nugget of knowledge? Not really. But they are fun and enjoyable, and I really enjoyed books by Susan Elizabeth Phillips that I read this year. If you are looking for series romances Phillips is your gal!
Yes, I will admit that it took me a little while to jump on this bandwagon, but I’m here now. Roth is the writer of the hot new series, Divergent. YA’s read it! It’s good. I’m current on the second book.