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Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, a fun weekly meme created by the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they have a different theme for bloggers to post their top tens about, and this week’s theme is…

Top Ten Favorite New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2012

This one was tough – I read so many new and wonderful authors in 2012 (along with several old favorites). I had to go back and look at their ratings and see how many of their other books made it to my TBR before compiling this list, lol! So, here they are, and in no particular order:

  1. Colleen Hoover
    » I received Slammed as a galley for review, and fell in love with the characters and the writing. I’ve got Point of Retreat already waiting to be read, I’m anxious for Hopeless (her new stand-alone novel), and her 3rd book in the Slammed series is coming out sometime in 2013.
  2. Ruta Sepetys
    » I grabbed her debut book Between Shades of Gray on a whim – I was stuck in an airport for 16 hours due to bad weather and needed something to read to pass the hours. I devoured it, and am looking forward to her next book, Out of the Easy.
  3. Paolo Bacigalupi
    » Originally I was introduced to this author through a book group on Goodreads, Ship Breaker was one of the book selections one month, so I thought I’d give it a go…I was thoroughly impressed and read The Windup Girl a few months later. I’m hoping to read The Drowned Cities, the sequel to Ship Breaker, soon!
  4. Jamie McGuire
    » Beautiful Disaster was another book I received for review (and then won on Goodreads First Reads at the same time). At first I was scared to give it a try because of the comparisons to the Fifty Shades trilogy, but I’m SO glad that I did (it’s so much better than that, it shouldn’t be mentioned in the same sentence)! The second book in the series, Walking Disaster, comes out in a few months!
  5. William Landay
    » I didn’t read too many suspense/mystery/legal thrillers this year, but Defending Jacob was definitely a favorite. According to the ratings on Goodreads, it’s his best work to-date, I’m hoping that he comes up with something in 2013 to knock my socks off again!
  6. Patrick Ness
    » Everyone seems to be talking about his Chaos Walking series, and I discovered the first book in the series by accident at my library. The Knife of Never Letting Go messed with my head so much, I’m desperate to finish reading the series!
  7. Michelle Hodkin
    » It feels like so long ago that I read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, but it was actually pretty recently. It was one of those books that made me NEED to read the next book RIGHT NOW, but I had to wait of course, until it was released. The Evolution of Mara Dyer is sitting on my nightstand right now, waiting to be read!
  8. Erin Morgenstern
    » I think Morgenstern’s The Night Circus is one of my favorite books of all time – with all of the imagery in it, I felt like I was physically there at this mysterious circus. I’ve recommended it to many friends, who all thank me after reading it. I can’t wait to read whatever she comes up with next.
  9. Jay Asher
    » I read Thirteen Reasons Why and it broke my heart – it deals with a very important issue for teens (as well as adults) and I think it is a book every person needs to read. I’ve already picked up The Future of Us, co-written with Carolyn Mackler.
  10. Alan Brennert
    » Moloka’i was another bookclub read, but not the first time I’d heard of the author – I had a couple other books on my TBR shelf (like Honolulu). I will definitely be reading them since reading that one, it was amazing!

Here are the books that I read by the authors above that has put them on my list of authors to watch:

These are only a few of the authors I’d never read or heard of before this year…that list could have easily been double the size. But many of the authors above I know I’ll be reading again in 2013 and probably for years to come! Who are your favorite new-to-you authors from this year?


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Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, a fun weekly meme created by the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they have a different theme for bloggers to post their top tens about, and this week’s theme is…

Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me

So…I hope my friends are reading this…it’ll make it VERY easy to buy me gifts this year. Hint, hint, lol! 😉 Here are a few books that I wouldn’t complain if I received for Christmas (or rather, I’d probably be jumping up and down, completely ecstatic)…and these are in no particular order:

  1. The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress
    » I’ve been itching to read this one since I’ve seen it on multiple blogs…I want to read this steampunk novel SOO bad!!
  2. Promised by Caragh M. O’Brien
    » The final book in the Birthmark trilogy, I can’t wait to find out what happens to Gaia next!
  3. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
    » How can you go wrong with puzzles and riddles inside a virtual reality utopia?
  4. Tilt by Ellen Hopkins
    » It’s Ellen Hopkins, what can I say? Her work is impeccable and the problems these teens face are real, always intricately woven.
  5. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
    » A mystery and conspiracy set inside a bookstore…yep, I’m all in!
  6. Sutton by J.R. Moehringer
    » It’s the cover that’s got me the most interested in this, but I do like historical fiction, and this one sounds terrific!
  7. Unsaid by Neil Abramson
    » I love animals, and just LOOK at that cute face on the cover! The premise of this one sounds really interesting.
  8. One Breath Away by Heather Gudenkauf
    » As a mother, I totally shouldn’t read books like this one, but for some reason I am drawn to them!
  9. Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer
    » Jodi Picoult teams up with her daughter to write this one, it’s YA fantasy and not Picoult’s usual style, but I’m interested to check it out!
  10. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
    » Santa is magic, isn’t he? So, he should be able to bring this book for me a week before it’s release…

My list is kind-of a mish-mash of genres and writing styles, but that’s just the way I like it! How about you – what books do you hope to receive for Christmas, or will you pick up with Christmas cash?

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Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, a fun weekly meme created by the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they have a different theme for bloggers to post their top tens about, and this week’s theme is…

Top Ten Most Anticipated Books for 2013

In 2012 I discovered a lot of new authors because of these “most anticipated” lists on GoodReads, so why not add to the fun and get you all excited about 2013’s upcoming releases? Without further ado, these are what I’m most looking forward to reading (from books I’ve seen to be released so far), and in no particular order:

  1. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
    » Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors, and she has a new book being released on Feb 1, 2013…I will be waiting in line for that one!
  2. Smoke by Ellen Hopkins
    » Another no-brainer for me, it’s the sequel to Burned and is coming in September…it’s so far away!!
  3. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
    » After reading her debut novel Between Shades of Gray, I added this to my pile of must-reads in 2013 as soon as I saw it! We’ll see it hit shelves on Feb 13.
  4. (Untitled) by Colleen Hoover
    » It doesn’t have a name or cover yet, and it doesn’t have a release date, but the 3rd book in the Slammed series is supposed to be published sometime in 2013!
  5. Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire
    » The second book in the Beautiful series, I can’t wait for it to come out in April!
  6. Crash by Lisa McMann
    » The cover of this one caught my eye (haha) – it’s the first in a new series (Visions) and McMann’s other series are wildly popular – I will give this one a go in January and see what happens!
  7. Parallel by Lauren Miller
    » Again, it was the cover that got my attention, but who wouldn’t want to read a book about parallel universes?  It’s coming on May 14!
  8. Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza
    » This is Debra Driza’s debut novel, and it seems like it’s going to be part of a series – watch for it March 12!
  9. Mind Games by Kiersten White
    » I love a good psychological thriller, and this one looks like it’s going to be amazing! It’s set for release on Feb 19.
  10. Rush by Eve Silver
    » Another one that I love the cover, and again a debut author – the aliens are coming on May 14!

Here are the covers for the books mentioned above – well, at least for the ones that have them so far! Gorgeous, right?

There were so many other books that I know others are putting on their lists, but I simply can’t because I haven’t caught up on the series quite yet – but believe me, my list for 2013 is much longer than just these 10, that’s for sure!

What are *you* looking forward to reading in 2013?