1. J. K. Rowling – Yes, yes, I know. I’m so late to the game. I read Harry Potter for the first time this year. This past week, actually. I’ll definitely be reading the rest of the series.
2. John Green – I liked The Fault in Our Stars [review] well enough to want to read more by him, and the comments section of my review gave me plenty of suggestions as to what to read next.
3. Maggie Shipstead – Astonish Me [review] was such a great reading experience. I’ll have to check out Seating Arrangements sometime soon.
4. Neil Gaiman – I don’t prefer to read fantasy, but The Ocean at the End of the Lane [review] makes me feel more open-minded about it in the future. I’m glad this was my first Gaiman read.
5. Rebecca Rasmussen – When I read Evergreen [review], I was impressed by Rasmussen’s descriptive setting and her characters. Very satisfying read, and I’ve heard positive things about The Bird Sisters, as well.
6. Christina Baker Kline – The Way Life Should Be [review] hit me at the perfect time; I was craving a lighter, comfort-type read. Then I learned Kline has plenty of backlist to choose from, too!
7. Mary Doria Russell – Ahhhh The Sparrow [review]. Just phenomenal. I loved it so much I’m almost scared to read more by Mary Doria Russell. My expectations are that high.
8. Caitlin Moran – I know a lot of readers had encountered Moran’s writing through her memoir, How to Be a Woman, but she was new to me with How to Build a Girl [review]. Love her boldness!
9. Gene Luen Yang – I blew through my first Yang graphic novel, American Born Chinese [review]. I’ve heard only enthusiastic comments about Boxers and Saints, so next time I’m on a graphic novel kick, I’ll have to remember to reach for it.
10. Mary Roach – On the nonfiction front, I finally got around to reading Mary Roach this year, with Packing For Mars [review]. All of her titles sound fascinating, and her writing style is completely engaging.
Who was your favorite new-to-you author in 2014?