Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite New-To-Me Authors Read in 2012

December 11, 2012 Top Ten Tuesday 25

Happy Tuesday Bookworms! It’s time for our weekly list of Bookwormy goodness with The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is the top ten new-to-me authors I read in 2012. Without further ado…


1. Kent Haruf. If it weren’t for “My Neighbors Are Better Than Your Neighbors Book Club,” I may never have stumbled across Kent Haruf. That would have been a terrible shame- Plainsong and Eventide were beautiful novels.

2. Erin Morgenstern. The Night Circus was super awesome. Magic and mayhem and blood feuds?! Yes please!

night circus

3. Vanessa Diffenbaugh. I can’t overstate how much I adored The Language of FlowersIt was one of those books that makes me happy to be alive and reading!

4. Jeanette Walls. I freaking loved The Glass Castle and Half Broke Horses. I’m a little surprised that Ms. Walls survived to tell her tale, but I’m so glad she did!

5. Max Brooks. Okay people, Zombies are awesome. World War Z was super brilliant. The stuff of nightmares, truly. Anyone out there who enjoys Zombie-lore in the slightest should read this book.

6. Kathleen Grissom. I love historical fiction, and The Kitchen House rocked my socks off. Bare feet all over the dang place!

7. Gillian Flynn. Was anyone in the world not completely blown away by Gone Girl?! Seriously.

8. Markus Zusak. Thanks to a blog contest, I won a copy of The Book ThiefSo freaking good.

Excellent cover art! Death and Liesel are dancing!

Excellent cover art! Death and Liesel are dancing!

9. Neil Gaiman. I decided to read Neil Gaiman because The Bloggess was always raving about him. She wasn’t being hyperbolic. A whole lot of awesome went on in American Gods

10. Betty Smith. Yes, it took me until 2012 to read A Tree Grows in BrooklynDon’t judge me!

What about you, Bookworms? Who are your favorite new-to-you authors this year? Big plans for the new year? Let’s talk about it!

25 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite New-To-Me Authors Read in 2012”

  1. didibooksenglish

    Loved the Book Thief and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Read The Book Thief a couple of years ago and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn eons ago. As for the others anything by Neil Gaiman is in my view along with Gone Girl and The Night Circus. Did you know that The Night Circus was a NaNoWriMo novel. Only genius can come out of writing a first draft the month of November. 🙂

    • Words for Worms

      When I was in high school I had three pretend Australian boyfriends. My Australian Rockstar Boyfriend (Daniel Johns of Silverchair). my Austraiian swimmer boyfriend (Ian Thorpe, aka, the Thorpedo), and my Australian actor boyfriend (Heath Ledger, may he rest in peace!) I would not have shared any of them because I was 17 and without an actual boyfriend. It’s really quite big of you to offer to share Neil Gaiman with me. You. Are. Awesome.

  2. Chewylicious

    ahhhh reading this list makes me want to cry….the day that i have time to read….i’d be so happy! i’ll make sure these will be on the top of my list….rather your entire blog! thanks!

      • Chewylicious

        I should…but I normally can’t focus on the book and do something else at the same time. I have to always be doing 2+ things otherwise I feel like I’m wasting time….I have no idea why I’ve become like that …that’s why lately I can’t even find time to crochet… =*( it’s so sad…I really do love reading so much and I could read for hours on end ….not so long ago….how depressing hahahaa

        • Words for Worms

          Alright. That’s it. Give me your phone number. I shall read to you over the phone! I do all the voices. Accents when appropriate. (I’m mostly joking, but I’m a little crazy and I’d probably do it :))

          • Chewylicious

            hahahahaa ur soooo cute! that’d totally be awesome but i couldn’t allow my friend to do such sweet things! that’s just unheard of! but the gesture made my heart smile <3 xoxoxo what a great way to start the day!

  3. Leah

    I neeeed to read Jeanette Walls! And Neil Gaiman!

    I also read Gillian Flynn and Betty Smith for the first time this year, and I am so glad I did! Gone Girl and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn are amazeballs 🙂

  4. Rhian

    We just read The Night Circus for bookclub and we all enjoyed it, so it was good to see it on your list. I’ve read and enjoyed three books on this list, which means I have at least 7 news books to add to my “to read” list. What are you doing to me?! I have to work you know!

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