Top Ten New to Me Favorite Authors I Read in 2015

Posted December 7, 2015 by Cristina (Girl in the Pages) in Top Ten Tuesday, Weekly Features/Memes / 16 Comments


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

While I enjoyed The Winner’s Curse far more than The Winner’s Crime, I cannot deny that out of all of the author’s I’ve discovered this year, Marie’s prose is the most beautiful.

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!)

Did any of these authors make your list this year? Do you find it hard to pinpoint 10 new-to-you authors because you gravitate to the same writers? Were there any authors who you finally read this year who it seems EVERYONE else has already read? Let me know in the commments!


16 responses to “Top Ten New to Me Favorite Authors I Read in 2015

  1. Marie Rutkoski would definitely be on my list as well. I loved both The Winner’s Curse and The Winner’s Crime and can’t wait for the third book. I think I do gravitate more towards authors I’ve read before when choosing a new book to read, but since those options are always limited, I have to try new ones too, and mostly it pays off. My most recent new to me author I read was Marissa Meyer and she’s definitely one of my new favorites. I had heard so many good things about The Lunar Chronicles but it still took me forever to finally read it.

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    • Dumplin’ is one of those books that really deserves to be read. Whether you think the book is five stars or not (and even if they protagonist gets on your nerves, which she did with me sometimes) it has such important messages that I think it’s well worth the read!

    • I think sophomore books by authors are the hardest, because there’s so much to live up to after the first book, and they don’t necessarily have a ton of writing experience under their belts yet. Here’s hoping that the last book in the trilogy will bring redemption!

  2. I finally read Maggie Stiefvater this year! haha I feel like that’s a big one. I’ll be finishing off the series next year with Kaitlin for our BB posts and am excited to see what happens next. ALSO I read the entire Lunar Chronicles series, so that’s another huge one 😉

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