Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the fantastic blog The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is focusing on the top ten favorite authors that are new to YOU, no matter how long they’ve been on the literary scene. I found that this year I read fewer books by “new to me” authors than last year, as I really focused on the authors who had impressed me during my first year of blogging. In backwards chronological order (starting with the most recent new to me authors I’ve enjoyed all the way back until January 2015), here are the top ten authors I read for the first time in 2015.
1) Mindy McGinnis
A Madness So Discreet not only showed off McGinnis’ writing talent but showcased she’s not afraid to push boundaries and truly explore the depravity and strength of humanity.
2) Nicola Yoon
Everything, Everything was simply stunning.
3) Julie Murphy
Dumplin’ was perhaps the most-hyped ARC I read this year, and it lived up to all of my expectations, which is no small feat.
4) Huntley Fitzpatrick
My Life Next Door proved that Huntley Fitzpatrick is a go-to contemporary romance writer for me.
5) Katelyn Detweiler
I received an ARC of Immaculate and went in without any expectations. The story ended up being incredible, purposeful, and not preachy at all. Not every author can handle a potentially controversial topic for a narrative so well.
6) Marie Rutkoski
7) Aime Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Ok so this is technically two authors but they joined forces to write the feels-breaking These Broken Stars so therefore I cannot separate them any more than I can separate myself from a bookstore without making a purchase.
8) Jenn Marie Thorne
Perhaps my FAVORITE contemporary book of the year was the politically driven novel, The Wrong Side of Right. So so so good, I can still only flail when trying to describe my love for this book. PLEASE WRITE MORE JENN.
9) Gayle Forman
It took me a few tries to fall in love with Gayle Forman, but Just One Day felt like it reached into the deepest parts of my past, college-self soul and pulled out every raw emotion I knew existed, and then some.
10) Josephine Angelini
Trial by Fire was perfection, and yet Firewalker had me cringing with every page turn. However, I loved the first installment in this series so much that I have to include Angelini on this list (and hope for a better third novel!)