It’s time for another Top 10 Tuesday!!! For those of you who don’t know, Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s Top 10 Tuesday theme revolves around the Top 10 New-To-Me Authors That I Read For The First Time This Year!
I am extremely happy with the new authors that I discovered during the year of 2015. Not all of these are debut authors, but they are authors that I haven’t read up until this year! More than half of these authors are now on my top favourite authors EVER list. There are some quality writers here folks!
Take a look at some of the authors that I read for the first time this year along with the book that I consider to be my favourite of theirs to date! Do we share any of the same picks? What author do you recommend I start reading ASAP?
I mean, who didn’t love Winger? I’m so glad I found out about Andrew Smith and his very unique writing style! I have since also read the sequel to Winger (Stand-Off) and I plan on reading everything Andrew Smith has ever written!
Moquitoland by David Arnold has been featured on many of my “Top-Insert Topic Here” lists as it was probably one of the biggest surprises of the year for me! So far, Mosquitoland is David Arnold’s only published novel, but I do plan on reading anything he comes out with in the future.
I’m not going to lie, it took me a while to get into Red Rising. I know it was one of the most popular books of the year, but for some reason I just wasn’t loving it as much as everyone else did. However, the writing style of Pierce Brown is fantastic. I have also heard that Golden Son is better than Red Rising and I’ve just started listening to the audiobook so we’ll see how that goes!
Emily St. John Mandel
I absolutely loved Station Eleven. I went in to it not knowing what it was about at all and I think that was the best thing I could have ever done. It was so unique and the writing style was fantastic, not to mention Emily St. John Mandel is Canadian and this particular story took place in Toronto a.k.a. my home town!
I only really started reading graphic novels this year. I had read a few before, but I mean I REALLY got into them this year! Out of the many stories that I read, Deadly Class was by far my favourite. Not only was the artwork by Wes Craig phenomenal, but the storyline by Rick Remender blew me away. Deadly Class is gritty and dark and everything that I love.
I mean, Ready Player One probably wins the title for the best book that I read in 2015. It was fantastic. Enough said. Armada, Ernest Cline’s sophomore novel, was still entertaining, but it was just lacking a certain je ne sais quoi.
I have so many high hopes for this lovely new author. More Happy Than Not was one of the best Young Adult books I read this year as well as one of the best YA books that deals with LGBTQIA+ themes. It was real and honest and the story was completely unique and fascinatingly heartbreaking. I can’t wait to read more from Adam Silvera!
The Half Bad series has probably been one of the biggest surprises of the year for me. I bought the first novel in the trilogy on a whim as it was only $5.00 at my local book store. I didn’t think I would love it as much as I did and I even pre-ordered its sequel. I can’t wait for the third and final book as well as for anything else Sally Green will write in the future!
I’m actually quite shocked that I haven’t picked up a novel by V.E. Schwa until really recently…like a month ago recently. I listened to the audiobook version of A Darker Shade of Magic, a novel that literally everyone in the book community ranted and raved about. I will say that I definitely enjoyed it and I am looking forward to the sequel!
Here’s another author that I probably should have read by now. Sophie Kinsella is the author of the popular series Confessions of a Shopaholic which I personally don’t think I would really be that interested in. Then along came Finding Audrey. This story dealt with mental illness, a serious topic, with a dash of humour which is always a little tricky. I think Sophie Kinsella did a great job and I just might have to try out some of her other stories.