Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where every week we’re given a new Top Ten list to blog about! ‘Tis the time of year when top ten lists abound, and I have SO MANY coming up! It’s one of my favorite things about reading and blogging, being able to look back at my reading year and celebrate the best of the best.
I read a fair amount of new authors in 2015, which I’ll be forever grateful for, because a few are now on my “auto buy” list. For the purposes of this list, my definition of “new-to-me” are authors who have more than one book out, and have been published prior to 2015. So this list does NOT include 2015 debut authors. I usually don’t rank my top ten lists, but in this case I will. Here are my top ten New to Me authors, listed in order of favorites, number one being my VERY favorite new author of the year:
1. Daryl Gregory
I managed to read THREE Daryl Gregory books this year, which is a record, I believe. But I just could not get enough of him. Not only that, but I went on a buying spree and bought EVERY ONE of his back-list books! That’s how serious of a fan I am:-) He did a wonderful interview with me earlier in the year, and I won’t tell you which one, but one of his books made it onto my top ten adult list, which will be posted next week.
2. Ben Tripp
I was aware of Ben Tripp, since I have a copy of his YA book The Accidental Highwayman, but I hadn’t gotten around to reading it before I stumbled upon The Fifth House of the Heart. And what a surprise it was! I loved it enough to add Tripp to my auto-buy list for sure:-)
3. Catherynne M. Valente
I read two books by Valente this year, and I’m so happy to have finally done so! Her writing is probably the best I’ve ever read, in terms of her prose, and her imagination is just OUT THERE and crazy and I love everything about her! Now I need to check out her YA Fairyland series.
4. Jason M. Hough
I actually met Jason M. Hough for the first time at Comic Con 2014 and got a signed copy of his then-just-released The Darwin Elevator. But for some reason I never got around to reading it. Enter 2015, and I met him again at this year’s Comic Con, where he was signing copies of his about-to-be-released Zero World. After such a great reading experience, I will definitely go back and check out the Dire Earth Cycle series.
5. Rachel Caine
I know, I know. You all can’t believe I haven’t read any Rachel Caine books until this year. It’s true! But I was blown away by Ink and Bone, and you can bet I’ll be digging back into her back-list at some point.
6. Naomi Novik
I’ve heard all sorts of wonderful things about Novik’s Temeraire series, and so I jumped at the chance to read her 2015 release, Uprooted. Boy was I impressed with everything about it! I’d love to check out the rest of her books, if they’re as good as this one was:-)
7. Mira Grant/Seanan McGuire
I finally read my first Mira Grant book this year, Rolling in the Deep, after hearing so many good things about her books. Wow, is she ever prolific! With multiple books under both Mira Grant and Seanan McGuire, she’s got a hefty back-list, and I look forward to reading more by her, in particular her Newsflesh series.
8. Jim Butcher
Hard to believe an urban fantasy fan like me hasn’t read The Dresden Files, but of course I had to start with his latest, the first in his new steampunk series The Aeronaut’s Windlass. I look forward to meeting Harry Dresden soon, however!
9. Christina Henry
I had no idea Christina Henry had so many books out! But she does, just check out her Goodreads page. But I had my first taste of this inventive writer with her dark—VERY dark—version of Alice in Wonderland. I loved it, although at times it was difficult to read, and I look forward to the sequel to Alice that will be out next summer, called Red Queen.
10. Emma Newman
Emma Newman is best known for her Split Worlds series, which I have never read, but when Planetfall came out this year, and there was so much buzz surrounding it, I knew I had to try her out. I really enjoyed Planetfall, and I look forward to her next book.
I’m so glad I have some new favorite authors, and I hope 2016 gives me another opportunity to catch up on some others that I’ve missed. Let me know who your favorite new-to-you author was this year!