Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors of 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where book lovers post their top ten books for various themes that are given.

December 17: Top Ten New-to-Me Authors of 2013

1. F. Scott Fitzgerald. I still haven’t gotten around to The Great Gatsby, but This Side of Paradise was very personally significant for me, probably (as I believe I’ve said before) more than any book I’ve ever read before.
2. Kate DiCamillo. The Tale of Despereaux was the first and only book I’ve read by DiCamillo. I’ll tell you, I want to read more. I’m really grateful to my sister for introducing me to the book. You didn’t hear it from me, but there might be a couple more DiCamillo titles under the tree for her this Christmas.
3. Frances Hodgson Burnett. The Secret Garden was beautiful, striking, uplifting . . . and yet so simple, so soothing. The kind of book you can really just curl up with and relax.
4. Henry David Thoreau. Inspiring. What else can, or need, I say?
5. Vicente Blasco Ibáñez. Luna Benamor . . . beautiful, sweet, heartbreaking.
6. Tolkien. I finally gave The Hobbit a chance. After that I felt like an idiot for giving it up after only the first chapter a few years ago.
7. Kirn Hans. I know that there are some books, such as To Kill a Mockingbird and Hans’s Behind My Mask, that I fall back on repeatedly for these lists, but when I really like a book, I really like a book, and my favorites tend to qualify for a lot of different top tens, and I have to be honest, right? I was initially hesitant to give Kirn Hans’s “teenaged fiction” novel a try, but I decided not to judge it by its cover—you could say I looked behind the mask, and like the characters in the book I was rewarded for it.
8. Basil King. I want to read his fiction too, but so far I’ve only read The Conquest of Fear, which is the most encouraging book I have ever read on the subject. Like King I believe that fear is a central and inherent aspect of our lives and minds, and his views have not only inspired by enlightened me.
9. Hermann Hesse. Siddhartha was entertaining and infinitely thought-provoking. As you can see, I’ve read a lot of deeply inspiring books this year.
10. Johann Von Goethe. Epic poems or lyrical plays or whatever this technically qualifies as are not usually my thing, but I really enjoyed the story of Faust—I thought it was, get this, inspirational (see what I did there? I got creative and changed the suffix).

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