Top Ten Favorite New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2012

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

For this Tuesday, December 11, here are my top 10 favorite new-to-me authors I read this year in alphabetical order:

1. Richard Castle – I love the network TV series so I had to read the books, too.  I don’t want to know who actually writes these novels but according the producers, it’s someone we already saw on the show.  James Patterson came to mind, but why the heck would he? Hahaha.  Anyway, I read the first three Nikki Heat books this year, and I enjoyed them.  I’m waiting to get my hands on Frozen Heat.

2. Mina V. Esguerra – A Filipino romance author!  She isn’t exactly new to me for I have read one book of hers last year.  This year I dabbled into two of her books.  Her stories are simple and relatable.  No hyped drama, no overreacting characters.  Realistic and interesting people in their twenties and thirties.

3. John Green – He is one author greatly buzzed about in local and international book blogs so I gave him a try early in the year.  I have not gotten through most of his books — I read Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Paper Towns — and I am impressed enough to grab his other books.  I have Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, and The Fault in Our Stars to look forward to!

4. Charlaine Harris – I know she’s behind the successful Sookie Stackhouse series but I haven’t read any of that.  I decided to pick up her non-vampire series, the Aurora Teagarden series, and it did not disappoint.  Ms. Teagarden is a twenty-someting professional librarian who is an active member of a book club mainly discussing non-fiction murders.  What’s not to love?  I am only on the 3rd book in the series and I feel Ms. Teagarden is my spirit animal. 🙂

5. Julie James – I found a new favorite contemporary romance author!  I spent my entire month of May devoted to reading her five books – the FBI/US Attorney series, and standalones Practice Makes Perfect and Just the Sexiest Man Alive.

6.  Sherrilyn Kenyon – I know she has written paranormal serials but I started reading her contemporary suspense/romance book one warm night in April.  I tried the first book in the Bureau of American Defense (B.A.D.) Agency series from my Mom’s TBR pile.  I liked it and I was happy I saw two more books available at home.

7. H.P. Mallory – I became curious with her books after reading posts from one of the book bloggers I follow, Shirley of Creative Deeds.  I tried the first book in the Jolie Wilkins series and I enjoyed it.

8. Marla Miniano – She’s a Filipina chick lit author whose Summit-published books I enjoyed.  One of her books, Fan Girl, is the source of one of my favorite quotes this year.

9. Jennifer Probst – Very easy, enjoyable contemporary romance books!  I tried The Marriage Bargain out of curiosity.  I liked it a lot that I got my hands on The Marriage Trap as soon as it came out.

10. Diana Rowland – I received Mark of the Demon as a giveaway from The Nocturnal Library.  It came highly recommended by the blog so I chose it.  I told a friend that Kara Gillian, the protagonist, reminds me of a paranormal Kate Beckett, the police detective in Castle. 🙂

9 thoughts on “Top Ten Favorite New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2012

  1. I doubt James Patterson writes the Nicki Heat books–they don’t have the right pacing to be one of his. I’ve only read Heat Wave so far, and it was soooooooo bad that I can’t bring myself to finish it (I literally have less than 10 pages left, too, I just…couldn’t do it anymore) or pick up any of the other ones. I do hear that the rest of the books are much better, I just can’t wash the taste of Heat Wave out of my mouth…

    • Hi, stuckinva! Can’t blame you as Heat Wave for me is the weakest in the series. The third one is a little better. Haha, I hope you can tap the will to finish the last 10 pages.

      Thanks for dropping by!

      • I really should…I mean, I made it that far, right? But something just keeps me from doing it….:D

        Have you checked out any of the Derek Storm graphic novels? I kind of want to, but I have a hard time reading comic books (it’s the ooohshiny factor, my eyes keep going all over the page and I just don’t comprehend anything because…oooohshiny)

        • Hahaha, “shiny” indeed. I haven’t checked them out because they are still not available here in the Philippines (or I am not just browsing the section that much?) but I’d really love to flip through one, especially the ones with Clara Strike.

          • that’s the one he based on that FBI agent, right? 😀 I haven’t actually looked through any of them (they tend to be shrink wrapped, dangit!) so I was wondering how they were.

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