Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly original feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that combines the fun of making lists with our love of books.
This week’s prompt was Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015 and I honestly did not think I would be able to make it to ten.
Oh how wrong I was. Turns out I discovered lots of authors this year whose work I will continue to follow into 2016 and beyond.
1. Renee Ahdieh (First Read: The Wrath and the Dawn)
My favorite read of the year so far, Renee Ahdieh’s debut novel The Wrath and the Dawn is a lush and romantic retelling of The Arabian Nights. Beautifully written and hard to put down, I have pushed this book on multiple people this year and will continue to do so when its sequel The Rose and the Dagger comes out in May.
2. Sarah J. Maas (First Read: Throne of Glass)
Despite hearing plenty of buzz about her books, I didn’t pick up anything by Sarah J. Maas because I thought her Throne of Glass series was too high fantasy for my tastes. Thankfully, my Spines with Wines pals Kristin and Melissa showed me the error of my ways. I promptly devoured Throne of Glass and its sequel Crown of Midnight and am working my way through the remaining books before 2016.
3. David Mitchell (First Read: Slade House)
It’s true, I have yet to read anything by David Mitchell, but I am definitely a fan now after receiving an ARC of his intertwined horror collection Slade House, which I found myself reading way later than I should have. Next on the docket for Mitchell books is The Bone Clocks, which I’ve been told has a little bit of crossover with Slade House.
4. Noelle Stevenson (First Read: Nimona)
When I first started Nimona I was incredibly amused but didn’t expect much else, but by the end of the graphic novel I had so many feelings. Loved the diversity and the romance, not to mention the friendship between Nimona and the not-so villainous Lord Ballister Blackheart. While I didn’t love Stevenson’s take on Runaways, I have heard nothing but good things about Lumberjanes.
5. Melissa Grey (First Read: The Girl at Midnight)
Another debut author to hit the YA sphere this year was Melissa Grey, who created a beautiful and fully-realized world with some amazing characters. The story centers around world-hopping thief Echo, who is caught in a war between two races: the bird-like Avicen and the dragon-esque Drakharin. The next book in her trilogy — The Shadow Hour — hits shelves in July.
6. Scott Hawkins (First Read: The Library at Mount Char)
Originally titled The Library at Mt. Sammich, Hawkins bizarre debut novel The Library at Mount Char is one you have to pay attention to. At times absurd, amusing and horrifying, this is one thoroughly enjoyable book about orphans and magic and power that I have a really hard time describing or explaining to anyone. A sequel may or may not be coming in the future.
7. Jennifer Egan (First Read: Black Box)
Technically, Black Box is a short story originally published on Twitter which tells the tale of a spy in the not-so-distant future. According to what I’ve read, the story may be set in the same world as Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad, but her other novel The Keep sounds like it’s more my cup of tea in terms of plot and genre.
8. Gillian Flynn (First Read: Gone Girl)
I didn’t read Gone Girl when the initial hubbub hit because there are so many books to read and only so much time to read them. However, after hearing great things about the David Fincher adaptation, I knew the time had come to finally read the book. I didn’t think I was a fan of thrillers before reading Gone Girl, but I definitely appreciate them now.
9. Emily Carroll (First Read: Through the Woods)
I was initially drawn to the illustrations (pun not intended) that accompany Carroll’s short stories, and it turns out her prose is just as frightening and dream-like as her drawings. Now that I’ve read her collected stories, I plan to comb through her website for other haunting tales with a fairy tale bent and a strong color-scheme.
10. T. Kingfisher (First Read: The Seventh Bride)
T. Kingfisher is the adult pen name of Ursula Vernon, and her story The Seventh Bride — loosely inspired by the Bluebeard folktale — came highly recommended by my fellow Bibliomantics Cassie-wa and Stephanie as a potential spooky Halloween read. Dark and creepy, Kingfisher’s story was also full of humor, fantasy and everything I want in my fractured fairy tales. I look forward to reading her Beauty and the Beast retelling Bryony and Roses.