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1. Meredith Duran: I started off this year reading through some of the books on my eReader (a goal that oh so quickly fell to the wayside as new and shiny things grabbed my attention). Meredith Duran was one of those purchases I did while reading romance deals posts and I really enjoyed the story I read, The Duke of Shadows. It made me want to seek out more of her work, which is on my eReader, but I have yet to read book two.
2. Jim C Hines: This author was a unique discovery for me. I knew him from the internet and his blog where he poses like romance novel hero/heroines and fantasy heroines to see how ridiculous the poses are. I found out about his new series through those posts and had them on my to read list for quite a while. Luckily my sister bought them so I was able to finally try out his work.
3. Ruta Sepetys: I have you guys to thank for this one. Out of the Easy was one of the recommendations from the Slumplist and I really loved it. It has made me want to seek out some of her other books or at least I have her on my radar for when her next release comes out.
4. Lev Grossman. I read The Magicians, the first in a trilogy, this year and it was awesome. The two other books in the trilogy are definitely on my Christmas list. :)
5. Jeffrey Eugenides. I read The Marriage Plot on my honeymoon (thought it would be appropriate) and over the summer I read The Virgin Suicides. I liked The Marriage Plot better, but both were good. Hoping to read Middlesex sometime next year.
6. George R. R. Martin. I also started reading A Game of Thrones on my honeymoon after it utterly captured my husband for two straight days. I'm sort of in a slump with the series right now—I put down A Feast for Crows a few months ago and haven't felt motivated to pick it up again—but for the most part I've been enjoying it.
7. Sarah J. Maas. I know I'm late on the bandwagon here but I read Throne of Glass on Memorial Day and then binge read Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire right after BEA. SARAH J. MAAS = my 2014 really. She changed the game for me.
8. Marie Rutkoski: Another author just totally getting me hooked on fantasy this year. I LOVED The Winner's Curse and The Winner's Crime. This trilogy is PHENOMENAL and Marie just has a way with words and shredding my heart!!!
9. Kiersten White: So I read Illusions of Fate and this was my first Kiersten book! I was really, really impressed. Then I read her story in My True Love Gave To Me and loved that. Can't wait to check out the rest of her books!
10. Corey Ann Haydu: Life By Committee just blew me away! Corey is so, so talented and I've loved getting to know her online as well where we've had some really great conversations about life! Definitely an author who I feel is underrated and it is my mission to shout her name from the rooftops!
And Jana's jumping in last minute to add Mary E. Pearson (Kiss of Deception), Abigail Haas (Dangerous Girls), April Lindner (Love, Lucy), and Jennifer L. Armentrout (Don't Look Back).