Top Ten Tuesday: New to Me Authors 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.

As I was looking at the list of books I’ve read this year I noticed that I’ve read a lot more series than I thought I had. A lot of the books this year are also marked as the first book I’ve read by some authors. Here are my favourites.

top 10 new to me authors

1. Sherry Thomas: The Elemental Trilogy was the first series I picked up this year and I adored everything about it. I love Elemental magic and combine that with good characters and you’ve got a recipe for success. 

2. Leigh Bardugo: I had heard about The Grisha trilogy but I had not made it a priority to read. Then Six of Crows came along; with it’s morally ambiguous characters, hilarious banter and all the feels you could possibly imagine.

3. Jandy Nelson: The reason I didn’t pick up her work sooner was because of the onslaught of heartache I was told to expect. However, the heartache is worth it because I’ll Give You the Sun is everything I want in a contemporary.

4. Melina Marchetta: I am in love. Melina Marchetta is an author that always popped up on my goodreads feed but I never really paid attention to her work until I got my hands on Finnikin of the Rock. From that moment on I was hooked. Melina’s understanding of human nature is just amazing. I laugh, I cry and I fiercely love her characters. 

5. Neil Gaiman: I love fantasy but again I hadn’t really paid attention to his writing. Then a family friend lent me two of his books over the summer and now I understand why people love his work. 

6. Heather Demetrios: I’ll Meet You There is one of the few books I bought solely based on the book summary. Since its release in February I have read this book a total of 5 times and it still gets to me. I’m excited to get my hands on her other works.

7. Brandon Sanderson: I don’t actually remember how I stumbled upon the Mistborn trilogy. What I do know is that after 2 months I finally finished the trilogy and I am awed by his writing. 

8. Victoria Schwab: This summer I binge read all of her work. The hype surrounding A Darker Shade of Magic caught my attention and I was curious. Vicious was the first book I picked up and from the first page I was hooked. She has made her way into my all time favourite list.

9. Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner: Not going to lie the reason I got These Broken Stars was because of the stunning book cover. The I read the book and my love for the writing, the world and the characters took off. As a duo Amie and Meagan are a force to be reckoned with.

10. Erin Morgenstern: I’m sad that The Night Circus is the only book that’s been released. This book is like a hidden gem. I didn’t even know it existed until this year. It is well and truly magical. A perfect book for rainy days. 

Those are my favourite new-to-me authors of 2015. Who made it to your list?

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20 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: New to Me Authors 2015

    • I’m still reeling from the unexpected emotional roller-coaster that was Six of Crows. I just need Kaz and Inej to be alright. I’d definitely recommend every single author on the list but if I had to pick one to start with I’d go for either Melina Marchetta or Heather Demetrios. 😀

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    • I’m amazed by Sanderson’s world building and his multi-layered characters. I honestly wasn’t expecting to love the Mistborn trilogy as much as I did and I can’t wait to get my hands on his other books.

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    • I hope you like I’ll Meet You There as much as I did; I just love exploring the military life and how it effects the soldier and their loved ones. I’m impatiently waiting to get my hands on Their Fractured Light and I’m so sad that I have to wait until the 17th for it to be released in the UK

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    • The second book, This Shattered World, answers a lot of the questions we get from the first book. I’ve yet to read the third one cause the book doesn’t come out until the 17th in UK 😦 but I am so excited to see how it all ends. 😀

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    • The Mistborn trilogy is absolutely amazing but it can definitely be intense at times. The world building is phenomenal and the journey the characters take is just insane and so beautifully developed. I hope you get the chance to read it soon and that you enjoy it as much as I did. 😀

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  1. I bought the Mistborn boxset a few weeks ago and now I cannot wait to read it!!! It’s a little bit intimidating but I love a good series marathon and I’m hoping to read them in January. I’m also loving the sound of I’ll Meet You There. I haven’t read anything by Heather Demetrios but I’ve owned Exquisite Captive for a while, so I might start there first.

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    • The length of the books definitely intimidated me but it’s a great series to marathon. I adore the characters and he’s so crafty with his world building. I’ll Meet You There is the only book I’ve read by her and I just loved the writing. It definitely packs a punch or two. I’m looking forward to read more of her work. 🙂

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        • haha yes it is a contemporary and it looks at the effects of PTSD on a young wounded veteran and our protagonist, Skylar is the one person that he feels comfortable with upon returning home. However, Skylar herself has issues of her own and it really just explores their individual situation as well as the connection between them. I hope that summary was okay, I’m not the best at them haha. 😛 I’m always impressed by authors that can successfully write a compelling fantasy as well as contemporary.

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  2. Leigh Bardugo and Victoria Schwab are both new authors for me as well. As you know, I liked ADSoM and thought it was a strong start to a series. And I can’t wait to read Vicious. I know a lot of readers, like you, that really loved it! She’s definitely an all-time favorite author for me now, too. And I met Leigh at Yallfest this year and she’s as lovely as how awesome her books are. I still haven’t read SoC yet; but I hope to get to that one real soon! 🙂

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    • With AGoS and This Savage Song coming out 2016 is definitely going to be a great year for Victoria Schwab books. I hope you enjoy Vicious, I find that her characterization is on point in the book. Yallfest sounded like an absolutely great time. Six of Crows is without a doubt one of my favourite releases of 2015 and I definitely need to get my hands on a copy of The Grisha trilogy. 🙂

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