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Today’s topic for A Month of Favorites at Girlxoxo, Traveling with T and Estella’s Revenge is to do the Top Ten Tuesday meme at The Broke and the Bookish.

The Top Ten Tuesday topic is:  Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014.

The Secret Lives of Codebreakers by Sinclair McKay

Sinclair McKay. I read The Secret Lives of Codebreakers before our England trip and I’m currently reading The Lost World of Bletchley Park in advance of the movie The Imitation Game. Our visit to Bletchley Park was one of my favorite days in England.

Slated by Teri TerryTeri Terry. The YA trilogy that began with Slated hit the spot when I was looking for some lighter reading set in England.

The Occasional Diamond Thief by J. A. McLachlanJ.A. McLachlan. I don’t read much science fiction, but I loved the worlds and characters in Walls of Wind and The Occasional Diamond Thief. I hardly knew I was reading science fiction because I got so caught up in the story.

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen SimonsonHelen Simonson. I haven’t reviewed it yet, but I enjoyed Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand that I recently finished.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel JoyceRachel Joyce. Judith of Leeswammes’ Blog recommended The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry when I mentioned an interest in Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. I ended up reading about Harold Fry first.

Doomsday Book by Connie WillisConnie Willis. I read Doomsday Book while in England and really enjoyed both the near-future Oxford setting and the time-travel back to the plague years. Blackout is high on my To Be Read list.

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal HurstonZora Neale Hurston. I’m kind of embarrassed that she’s a new author to me, but I hadn’t read her before our book club picked Their Eyes Were Watching God. Our book group doesn’t read many classics or repeat many authors, but Dust Tracks on a Road is on our list for this year, so I guess I wasn’t the only one pleased to discover this author.

London Under by Peter AckroydPeter Ackroyd. I had stacks of his books checked out of the library at one point, but I only got to two of them: Newton and London Under. I hope to get to more in 2015.

Quicksilver by Neal StephensonNeal Stephenson. It took me forever to read Quicksilver, but I couldn’t stop reading it. I took Cryptonomicon to England with me and read that much more quickly (helped along by an 8-hour plane ride. I haven’t reviewed it yet, but I enjoyed it. Anathema is on my physical TBR stack, but the library is going to want it back before I get to it, so I’ll have to make another run at that one. These books are a bit like climbing a mountain — it takes some planning and preparation!

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

Gail Carriger. I read the first two books in the Finishing School series for YA and thought they were so fun that I started the Parasol Protectorate series. I’m currently reading Timeless, the fifth book of the series. I’m hoping to write a review of the whole series before the end of 2014. These are a very funny take on a world with vampires and werewolves. If I get Timeless done, I’ll have read seven books by this author this year — and all on my phone, my slowest medium for reading. Gail Carriger is my find of the year!

That’s my list! Who were your favorite new-to-you authors in 2014?

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