Hello everyone! It’s that time of the week again! Top Ten Tuesday is a book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Basically, you get a different bookish topic every Tuesday, and you comprise a list of ten (or however many you’re able to list) relating to said topic.
Today’s topic is ‘Top Ten New-to-Me Authors I Read for the First Time in 2015.’ I read tons of great books and great authors this year, so this is a great opportunity to tell you about some of the authors I read!
These aren’t in any specific order. I was strongly tempted to put Maggie Stiefvater and Patrick Ness in this list since I’d only read one book by each in 2014, and even that one in late December. But I managed to restrain myself! xD
Cinda Williams Chima
Cinda Williams Chima is a brilliant author, and even though I’m uber glad I have read her books, I wish I had read them sooner. She takes young adult fantasy to a whole new level. Her world-building, her characters, her writing- it’s all a pleasure to read. I have only read three books by her, and I am reading the fourth, but she has become one of my auto-buy authors, and I’m sure that I’ll be reading her books for a long time.
Sarah J. Maas
Now, I have some problems with the decisions Maas makes in her books, and I’m not the biggest fan of how she changes the course of her story halfway through the series, but I cannot deny that she’s a brilliant author. Her first two books in the Throne of Glass series are triumphs, especially the second one. She created one of my favorite male characters of all-time (cough Chaol cough). A Court of Thorns & Roses was also brilliant and made its way into my top books of 2015. So even though I wasn’t the biggest fan of Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows, I appreciate Maas for what I did love.
You might be surprised but I read all of Cassandra Clare’s currently-out books this year. Personally, I didn’t think I was going to like her books when I went into them, but they’re so addicting! Her writing flows with ease, her characters are fun, her stories are fast-paced. While the Infernal Devices means more to me than her the Mortal Instruments series, I still enjoyed the latter. I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for me!
I love Laini Taylor’s writing. Her writing is so whimsical and interesting. She paints vivid paintings with her words but she never overdoes it. I take a lot of inspiration from her writing. I read the Daughter of Smoke & Bone series this year, and I grew to love her characters, her story and the way she weaves her magical, beautiful words. Another auto-buy author for me!
Renèe released her debut, the Wrath and the Dawn earlier this year, and as soon as I turned the first page, I knew I would love that book. And I did. Ahdieh is another author who has such tremendous command over her language. Her world-building, her characters, her story – everything is so well-done. So much so that I almost couldn’t believe I was reading an author’s debut! I can’t wait for what else Ahdieh puts out.
Mary E. Pearson
I’ve only read two books by Pearson even though she has more out, but I really enjoyed everything I’ve read by her. I think she’s very smart when it comes to making decisions about her series and her characters. She doesn’t let her fans guide her writing which is something a lot of authors tend to do, at least in my opinion. Her writing is simple and humble, but it’s effective. I wouldn’t say she’s an auto-buy author yet, but she’s definitely someone I’ll have my eye on.
Slight aside: isn’t she the cutest? xD Again, I’ve only read two books by Jenny Han. The first one was one I really, really enjoyed and I don’t usually love contemporaries all that much. I wasn’t stoked on some of the decisions she made in her second book, but I still love her writing and characters enough to give the rest of her books a chance!
I’ve only read one book by Schwab even though she has more out, but the one that I read was brilliant. Her characters in Vicious were interesting and on-point, and I loved how she centered an entire novel around anti-heroes. I’m interested in her other novels; I just haven’t gotten around to reading them quite yet.
Again, I’ve only read Gone Girl but it was absolutely magnificent! Her twisted characters and their crazy relationships, the darkness of her heroines, her writing and the density and intelligence of it! I want to read her other books as soon as possible!
The first guy! I didn’t do this on purpose. I just love the writerly ladies! Now, Andrew Smith is a complicated one for me. I think he’s a brilliant, brilliant author. His books are intelligent, thought-provoking and completely realistic. I loved Winger, but I wasn’t a big fan of the second book I read by him, 100 Sideways Miles. I think his books are a little too weird for me, but I’ll still give his future books a go just because he’s such a skilled, talented writer.