I’ve read some pretty fantastic books this year written by some pretty fantastic authors. I love reading debut novels, so many of the authors featured on my list are debut authors. I’d love to know which “new to you” authors of 2012 are your favorites!
1. Trish Doller–I’ve been raving about Something Like Normal since I read it this spring. It’s a stunning debut and I absolutely CAN’T WAIT until Trish’s new book, Where the Stars Still Shine, releases next year.
2. Matthew Quick–I know his YA debut released in 2011, but I didn’t read one of his books until this year when I read Boy21. This is another book that I rave about on a regular basis. I love Boy21 so much I’m reading it out loud for the second time this year since I have a brand new group of students this trimester.
3. R.J. Palacio–I was late to jump on the “Everyone needs to read Wonder!” bus, but peeps, Everyone needs to read Wonder! I’m so impressed by how Palacio wrote this book and has been able to reach so many readers across age levels. I have sophomores reading Wonder and singing its praises. I’ve been telling teachers I work with to buy it and read with their kids. I will buy R.J. Palacio’s next book without a doubt.
4. Tammara Webber–Sigh…I LOVED Easy. I hope Tammara Webber writes more New Adult novels because I had the worst book hangover after reading Easy. I want more of her books!
5. Jessica Brody–I’m way late on this one! I was asked to be part of the 52 Reasons to Hate My Father blog tour, so I was lucky enough to receive a copy to read. And it was so much fun to read! Since adding it to my class library, a few of my students have requested that I buy more of Brody’s books which I’m happy to do because I want to read all of them.
6. Jordan Sonnenblick–Again, he’s been around for a few years, but only this year have I been aware of his books. I read Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip, and since then I’ve been reading more and more of his books. They’re great as audio and great as a traditional read. His writing is engaging and his stories are heartwarming.
7. Jessica Spotswood–I bought Born Wicked on a whim and then read it straight through. I’m usually hesitant to read historical fiction, but Jessica Spotswood wrote her debut in the best way. Her historical fiction is romantic, magical (hence the witches), and engaging. The language of the time isn’t overdone, but balanced and easy to read. I can’t wait to read the sequel; I wish I didn’t have to wait until this summer!
8. Miranda Kenneally–I’ve read both Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker and love them both. They’re incredibly popular in my classroom which made me eve more excited to find out that Kenneally is signed on to write six more books with Sourcebooks.
9. Rae Carson—The Girl of Fire and Thorns released in 2011, but I didn’t read it until this summer. I love Rae’s writing style and the characters she’s included in this high fantasy trilogy. The sequel, The Crown of Embers, just released this fall and its been receiving lots of rave reviews.
10. S.J. Kincaid–I read Insignia last fall, but it didn’t release until this summer. S.J. Kincaid is an exciting new voice in YA with the Insignia trilogy. It’s exciting and refreshing and full of guy-appeal.