This is in no particular order. For some reason I don't rate the top ten within themselves:
1. Lucy Knisley- I really enjoyed reading Knisley's graphic novel Relish: My Life in the Kitchen. I liked that there was humor, that there were smaller stories within the bigger story, and that she included recipes.
2. J.K. Rowling- I finally cracked open a Harry Potter book and was pleased to see that I was enthralled with the magic of Hogwarts as I was when I first accidentally saw the movie in college when my roommate had it on. I read the first two books and look forward to reading the rest of the series.
3. Nichole Chase- I read Nichole Chase's short story, On Christmas Hill, for my Holidays Extravaganza and not only did I really like it, but I went and added all her other books to my TBR list.
4. Maureen Lipinski- I loved reading Lipinski's modern-day twist to the story of Cleopatra in Cleopatra Ascending. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more books from her.
5. Tracey Graves Garvis- There is a good reason Hollywood is making a movie of On the Island. It is a story made for the cinema. I just hope the casting doesn't suck and ruin the whole thing.
6. Suzanne Collins- It feels like it has been longer than 9 months since I read The Hunger Games because all I want to do is read them again!
7. Kelly Jones- I loved reading The Woman Who Heard Color. I like that the plot was original and was not like every other book on the market right now. The story flowed and I found myself entranced by the secret art.
8. Lauren Oliver- I had been eyeing Before I Fall on my shelf for months and when I finally picked it up to read, I was not disappointed.
9. Mary Higgins Clark- I would never have bought Where Are You Now? on my own or even thought to look at it in a library. But my sister had borrowed it from my mom last year at Christmas and when she returned it I saw it lying on my mom's table and picked it up out of curiosity to read the synopsis. Brilliant move on my part. I loved it.
10. Jay Dobyns- I saved this one, No Angel, for last because it was a nonfiction memoir. It is about Dobyns' undercover work with the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. I am fascinated with motorcycles (okay, Harleys. I'm a purist.) and bikers. I liked reading about Dobyns time with the HA. It read like fiction, which made it even more enjoyable to read.
What were your some of your favorite new-t0-you authors this past year? I would love to know!