Authors I’ve discovered in 2012: A top ten list

This week’s top ten list: “Top Ten Favorite New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2012” (as hosted by The Broke and The Bookish). This guarantees that there will be no mention of John Irving, Richard Russo, or Stephen King – after this sentence of course. I’ve discovered several new authors and “met” a few bloggers who I have happily been able to discuss books with (this, of course, guarantees my to be read pile will never actually get under control). Here are ten of my favorite authors I’ve discovered in 2012 (in no particular order):

10. Daniel Woodrell
9. Douglas Nicholas
8. Adam McOmber
7. Amber Dermont
6. Carol Rifka Brunt
5. Liza Klaussman
4. Lance Weller
3. Patrick Sommerville
2. Patrick deWitt
1. Sara J. Henry

Who is your favorite discovery of 2012?

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  • C.S.

    I LOVE Tell the Wolves I’m Home! Definitely a great read- made my list too.

    • Rory O’Connor

      It’s one of two books that made me cry this year (the other being a A Fault in our Stars).

  • annabelsmith

    Patrick deWitt is also on my list!
    I enjoyed reading your linked reviews and have found a few I’m sure I’ll enjoy – especially This Bright River and Tell the Wolves I’m Home.

    • Rory O’Connor

      They are both very good (of course!). The latter is very sad though, but absolutely worth reading!

  • Bekka (@PrttyDdlyRvws)

    I wrote my post ahead of time, but if I hadn’t I definitely would have included Daniel Woodrell. Winter’s Bone was the singular most powerful book I read this year. I can’t believe I waited so long to read it. Confession time – I only read it because I saw Jennifer Lawrence was in the movie. I’m terrible, I know, but hey, at least it got me to read it!

    An aside: my best friend is related to Adam McOmber. So random. I don’t really read that genre, but knowing that I decided to add it to my TBR.

    My TTT

    • Rory O’Connor

      Random, but awesome. I’m not related (or know anyone) related to anyone of literary note, how fun. And Jennifer Lawrence is amazing in that movie. I watched the movie first too, I didn’t even know it was a book until I saw the “based on…”.

  • Lucy

    I haven’t read any of these yet, but several are on my wish list. Especially Tell the Wolves I’m Home. Winter’s Bone is such a great movie, and I’m interesting in seeing how the book compares.

    • Rory O’Connor

      It truly is a wonderful adaptation, they did such a good job translating the story from page to film. If you like the movie, you’ll like the book!

  • booksaremyfavouriteandbest

    Can’t wait for Tell the Wolves I’m Home (based on your rec!). It’s in my summer holiday reading stack.

    • Rory O’Connor

      I can guarantee (well, almost) that you have two good upcoming books. Empire Falls is better, but both are good!

  • christinasr

    You made me add several books to my already completely out of control wish list … I hadn’t heard of most of these books before. I’ve added your blog to my reader – we seem to share a love for King and Irving 🙂

    • Rory O’Connor

      Thanks! Though it was more difficult to create my list without my go-to authors 🙂

  • Sophie Saunders (@Sophie_Alto)

    Ooh, I’ve heard so much about Winter’s Bone! God, every time I come on here I end up with more books on my “to Buy” list haha

    • Rory O’Connor

      Excellent! Winter’s Bone is definitely good for anyone who likes darker fiction. So totally not for you, it can’t compete with Chuck Palahniuk’s cheeriness 🙂

  • Lianne @

    Great list! I can’t remember if I read Patrick deWitt’s The Sisters Brothers this early year or late last year but that was an intriguing novel; I’d love to see it adapted as a movie 🙂

    Here’s my TTT for this week 🙂

    • Rory O’Connor

      It was one of my first reads this year (a Christmas gift last year). I’d like to see it adapted to, the dialogue reminded me a bit of O Brother Where Art Thou? which is one of my favorite movies.

  • Bonnie (@missbonnie13)

    I haven’t actually read any of these yet but several are on my TBR list now. The White Forest, Winter’s Bone, Tell the Wolves I’m Home, and Something Red are all books I plan on getting around to eventually. Glad to see them on a favorite list of 2012! Gives me high hopes they’ll be fantastic. 🙂
    My Top Ten Tuesday!

    • Rory O’Connor

      They are! Happy reading, if you like historical fantasy, Something Red is particularly amazing.

  • Jen Pace

    haven’t read any of those authors… is winters bone what the movie with jennifer lawrence was based off of?

    • Rory O’Connor

      Yes it is, they did a really good job with it.

  • Lisa

    I loved Tell The Wolves I’m Home! Can’t believe I left this author off my list!

  • Becky@cardigans Coffee and Bookmarks

    This list makes a nice break from the endless YA contemporary realism I’ve been seeing, lol. I haven’t read any of these yet, but most of them are on my tbr list. I saw Winters Bone without realizing it was a book and I keep meaning to read it. Shameful, I know. Thanks for sharing! Here’s Ours

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