Top 10 Authors of 2014

Happy Thursday! We are almost to the weekend, so keep holding on!  Today I am belatedly (is that a word?) linking up with The Broke & The Bookish for their Top 10 Tuesday. Yes, I'm aware that it's a couple days late, but I just had to join in. Tuesday's post was all about the top 10 new-to-me authors that I've read this year. I've only read thirteen books this year, but most of them are by authors I haven't read yet. Granted, three of them were by the same author.

First author is Veronica Roth. I loved the Divergent series and was so excited for the movies. I just saw a trailer for Insurgent in the movie theater and it looks awesome!

Next we have Markus Zusak with The Book Thief. This book was wonderful and sad all at the same time. It took me a while to get use to the way he writes, with death narrating, but I really liked it!

I read this super sad book, If I Stay, and I criiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeed so much! It was beautifully written. Gayle Forman knows how to tug at your heart strings,that's for sure!

I'm going to be totally honest and tell you that I bought Susan Crandall's book because of the cover. I thought it was going to be a story based around a summer fair. There is a fair in it, but I wasn't disappointed at all when, come to find out, it's about a young white girl traveling with a black woman in the 1960s. Whistling Past The Graveyard was fantastic and I totally recommend it.

I found this girl named Mandy Hale online. I can't remember if I found her on instagram or twitter, but I'm so glad I found her! She's fabulous and I can really relate to her.  She's a blogger and a writer and a fellow single gal! Mandy's book The Single Woman: Life, Love and a Dash of Sass is so great! I have her other book, I've Never Been To Vegas, But My Luggage Has, but I haven't read it yet. I really need to!

Going along the 'non-fiction' line I also read a book about being Paleo. It all sounded really wonderful and I'm glad it worked for Keris Marsden and Matt Whitmore. I did make one meal that was Paleo and it was delicious. I still have the book. Who knows, maybe I'll try it again one day.

I'm not usually into super sci-fi books, but I do have a thing for Vampires. It was only a matter of time before I read this series. Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan together wrote The Strain. I really liked it and read through it pretty fast. There are two more books in the series and I will read them! I have them at home :)

This book was a bit odd, but I did end up enjoying it. Maria Semple is a very interesting writer and I'd like to read more of her stuff. I found it to be an easy read that I flew right through.  Where'd You Go, Bernadette is an interesting story of an OCD mother trying to make her way through life.

I am currently reading What the Lady Wants, by Renee Rosen. I discovered her through a secret Santa swap that I'm participating in with TBTB. When I was looking for her books this one was on her wish list. It sounded so good that I got myself a copy.  I've only read the first chapter so far, but I really like what I'm reading.

Well, that's 9 books and 11 authors. I also read the new Bridget Jones, Mad About The Boy, but Helen Fielding isn't new to me as I've read the first two BJ books. I also read 2 Nicholas Sparks books this year. That means I've read ALL of his books. I hope he releases a new one soon.

I started the Reading Challenge that Good Reads hosts and both last year and this year my goals have been too high and I've ended up lowering them. Maybe 2015 will be better and I'll get more read. I'll stick wtih 20 books again like this year (it was originally 20, but then I lowered it to 15...I'm not sure if I'll hit that).

What did you read in 2014? I would love your recommendations!  

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