One of the serious benefits of book blogging is that it prompts me to venture outside of my reading comfort zone. I could be very happy simply rereading my current book collection again and again. Instead, I read about my fellow bloggers’ new favorites. Blogging introduces me to the latest releases, new favorite genres, and allows me to connect with fresh genius. Listed below are the best of the crop of the authors I read for the first time in 2012.
Top Ten Favorite New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2012
1. Sarah Prineas (Winterling) – Prineas’ winter fairy tale reminded me of the fantasy adventures that prompted my first interest in genre.
2. Margo Lanagan (The Brides of Rollrock Island) – I expected too much going into the reading experience, so my first Lanagan book didn’t shine as much as promised. I was impressed by the writing, though, and I’ll be back for more.
3. Cath Crowley (Graffiti Moon) – Crowley is a master at writing relationships, and delineating hopes, dreams and the awkward/sweet/angry that is teenage life.
4. Ellen Potter (The Humming Room) – Potter’s retelling of The Secret Garden was, simply put, enchanting.
5. Maryrose Wood (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling) – Oh, how I love funny, clever middle grade!
6. Claire Legrand (The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls) – Again on-trend with my middle grade obsession, this one sent chills down my spine and delighted the child inside.
7. Leah Bobet (Above) – Bobet wrote a complicated, twisty story that combined fantasy and mental illness, and the fact that the concept actually worked in practice was a feat!
8. Geoff Herbach (Stupid Fast) – Felton is, hands down, my favorite character of the year. Herbach is genius.
9. Erin Bow (Plain Kate) – The sorrow and beauty and loneliness of Bow’s first novel snared my heart and then squeezed it dry. I shall read everything she writes.
10. Frank Cottrell Boyce (Cosmic) – A witty, self-aware and nerdy take on sci-fi will get me every time.
Who were your favorite new-to-you authors this year?