Top Ten Tuesdays: New-to-Me Authors of 2014

Trying to get back into the swing of blogging, here’s this week’s Top Ten Tuesday list, as hosted by The Broke & The Bookish, the top ten new-to-me authors I read in 2014 (in alphabetical order, because I just can’t pick favorites).

1. A. C. Gaughen: Even as a huge Robin Hood nerd, I did not expect to like this novel too much, but the characters, plot, and the author’s treatment of Scarlet (and her relationships) have bumped Gaughen up to my ‘buy in hardcover’ list.

2. Elizabeth George: Gritty, honest murder mysteries that don’t romanticize their protagonists’ lives but let you see them as humans. I’ll definitely be reading the rest of this series.

3. Kevin Hearne: Ridiculous but fun urban fantasy, heavy on the Celtic myth. Although Hearne’s female characters leave something to be desired, he’s definitely on my tbr list.

4. Elliott James: Fun snark, plenty of action, and a love interest who is, in fact, a Valkyrie. The Pax Arcana is plenty of fun, so far.

5. Heather Rose Jones: Fantasy set in an alternate 1800s Europe featuring lesbians? You had me at hello.

6. Aimee Kaufman & Megan Spooner: A cool science fiction world with two protagonists

7. Mary Robinette Kowal: Jane Austen with magic? Yes, please.

8. Camilla Lackberg: Scandinavian murder mysteries that sit comfortably between cozy and gritty.

9. Sarah J. Mass: If you read book blogs on a regular basis and haven’t heard of the Throne of Glass novels, get thee to a bookstore.

10. Andy Weir: The Martian is probably the best science fiction novel I’ve read in five years, and his short stories aren’t bad either.