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This is a super fun topic!! I've never really thought about these authors as being "new to me". Even though they are. So let's celebrate the awesome finds of this year (and maybe boo a few, 'cause I'm rude).
1. THIS IS MY FAVORITE DISCOVERY EVER. Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. They have DESTROYED ME with their glorious work of art, These Broken Stars. Review coming soon. It looks mostly like this: a;dlskfja;skldjfaklsdjf;kaldsjf;lkasdjf;al!!!!!! a;sdlkfja;sldkfjkla;sj!!! a;dslfjASD;FAW;EIOGHAIW;LJF!
2. Markus Zusak. He also destroyed me. In a much different way than the two women above and probably more long-standing. Anyone who has read The Book Thief will know what I mean. It is, without doubt, one of the greatest pieces of literature the world has seen, or ever will see.
3. *hangs head in shame* John Green. I know, you're all throwing tomatoes and eggs and cabbages at my head. I deserve it. It is true. I had never read John Green before this year. Before like, September. Now, however, I'm definitely officially a Nerdfighter and I don't forget to be awesome, thank you very much.
4. Melissa Jensen. I just ADORE her book The Fine Art of Truth or Dare. It really struck a chord with me, as I was able to connect with Ella perfectly. The story tugged at my heart and made me cry and laugh and all the wonderful things of the world are wrapped up inside it's pages. I definitely want to read all her books now!
5. Kelly Creagh. *glares hatred and fiery darts and evil poison arrows and all sorts of other killing objects* This woman writes with a style I have never read before, steals my heart away like a thief in the night, and then CRUSHES IT. And still I love her...aside from wanting to strangle her for that ending in Enshadowed. All in all, she is freaking brilliant.
6. Leigh Bardugo. I love this woman. I met her at a signing right after Shadow and Bone came out, but I didn't read it until this year...and then proceeded to snatch up Siege and Storm without a moment of hesitation. She is brilliant and her world of the Grisha has inspired me unlike any other.
7. Kimberley Freeman. She writes adult fiction, which I seldom read except for book club. And wowowowowow I was BLOWN AWAY. I cannot even handle this woman's excellence in story-telling. I read Wildflower Hill and will be purchasing it to read again, ASAP. And the rest of her books, since I'm addicted.
8. Sylvia Plath. Oh man oh man this gal is crazzzy. Ummm, no pun intended? I loved The Bell Jar and really cannot wait to read more of her work.
9. *whispers* Michelle Hodkin. Oh GOSH how can I not mention her. I devoured both books, Unbecoming and Evolution in about 4 days. And now. I'm dying. For Retribution. Can someone give it to me NOW?!?!!?!
10. Sarah Ockler. This woman creates such a beautiful story with her words! Bittersweet was my introduction and I cannot wait to read more! I am utterly fascinated by Ockler's stories! :)
All righty...there's my list! What about you all? Who have you discovered this fine year? :)