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Each week The Broke and the Bookish host this fantastic weekly feature that poses different bookish questions.

This weeks topic? Top Ten Favorite New-To-Us Authors We Read In 2012

1. Birgitta Sif with her new picture book, Oliver – Birgitta’s writing is something that, especially in this book, book loving introverts everywhere will instantly relate to, but that wasn’t what captured me. It was her illustrations. She is now one of my absolute favorite author/illustrators and I cannot wait for more from her.

2. Ame Dyckman with her debut picture book, Boy and Bot – Ame knows kids. This was such a powerful debut, one that my own kiddos can’t stop reading and one that I love just as much (if not more).

3. Aaron Reynolds and illustrator Peter Brown with Creepy Carrots! – I’ve seen books from Peter Brown before, but Aaron’s writing was just what Peter’s illustrations were waiting for in my opinion. The combination of the two completely blew me and my kids away. Besides, who could help loving a picture book with a nod to The Twilight Zone?

4. Christopher Edge with his middle grade novel, Twelve Minutes to Midnight – This was the first book I read in 2012 and Christopher’s writing has stuck with me almost a year later. I can’t wait for the sequel!

5. Christopher Healy with his fantastic new series, The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom – Quite possibly my favorite middle grade book ever. Creative characters, humor, adventure and so much more. I can’t stop telling people to read this and the next one in the series that’s coming out in 2013.

6. Adam Gidwitz with his second novel in the Grimm series, In a Glass Grimmly – Whoa! How did I miss the first book in this series last year? I love how Adam Gidwitz reinvented these tales in a way I never would have imagined. Brilliant writing.

7. A.S. King with her YA novel Everybody Sees the Ants – This would be the book that shocked me more than any other book, possibly more than any other. King’s writing was so compelling that even though I hated the first nearly hundred pages I couldn’t help but keep going. I’m so glad I did. I’ve since read two more of King’s novels and I’ve loved them both, so much. This book though, Everybody Sees the Ants, took my breathe away and I still cry over some of the scenes when recounting them to others.

8. Lenore Appelhans with her soon-to-be released novel Level 2 – So excited for Lenore’s book to be out there next year! This far exceeded any expectations I had and I’m thrilled to share it once it’s out.

9. E.M. Kokie with her stunning debut, Personal Effects – Not only is E.M. the most delightful author in person, but her book has a power that can’t be denied. The ending shocked me (a huge accomplishment in and of itself), but made me so happy. Loved it.

10. Julianne Donaldson with her debut Regency Adult Romance, Edenbrooke – I’m a fan of a good romance, especially one that can do everything a romance does without all the graphic stuff most have. Julianne wrote a book that brought me back to the days of reading Jane Austen for the first time, beautiful beautiful writing that has you swooning with every chapter.

Now, your turn! Which were your favorite new-to-you authors in 2012?

If you want more details just click on the title and you’ll be taken to my review or Goodreads.

9 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite New-To-Us Authors We Read In 2012

  1. You have got me so intrigued about Everybody sees ants and I’m super excited to hear you liked level 2 I’m definitely excited for thtat one!

    my TTT

  2. Jennifer says:

    Oh, I can’t wait to read Level 2!!
    I loved Personal Effects, also. I really want to read Boy+Bot…I’ve heard SO much about it!

  3. Cecelia says:

    I did enjoy Healy’s book – it would have been on my list if we were allowed more than 10 picks. Great list – I’ll have to check out some of these picture/MG books!

  4. Wow. Awesome list.

    I need to think about this. I know Kendare Blake is on my list.
    *head scratching*

  5. I’ll have to check out Adam Gidwitz’s books, they sound so good! My TTT list:

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  6. Jenni Elyse says:

    I want to read Edenbrooke. I’ve heard so many good things about it! 😀

  7. PragmaticMom says:

    I loved Heroes Guide to Saving Your Kingdom too! Will have to check out the other books!

  8. Vanessa says:

    The Hero’s Guide sounds fun, and Boy + Bot certainly looks adorable. Thanks for sharing!

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