Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten New-To-Us Authors in 2015

Posted December 8, 2015 by Lyn Kaye in Lyn, Maryam, Top Ten Tuesday / 7 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic: Top New Authors for 2015 (New to Us!)

Isn’t it one of the greatest things to discover a new author? This doesn’t just apply to debut authors – as readers, we are constantly finding new stories and new writers. It might be one of the grandparents of fantasy, a writer that hit the contemporary scene a year back, or even a well-known author that you were finally able to pick up off of your TBR list. There is always a cause to celebrate finding a new writer to grace our shelves.

This week, our new co-blogger, Maryam, and I are presenting the new authors we discovered this year.

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Maryam’s Authors


1. Adam Silvera

His debut novel, More Happy Than Not, was one of the best books I’ve read that covered self-identity and suicide. It actually relates to me (the suicide part), and I love how more and more people are given the chance to see that they’re not alone in this world, that other people do go through those stuffs too. Yup, Adam Silvera is now on my auto-buy list.
 2. Becky Wallace
Becky Wallace kinda crept into my Twitter timeline, a few months before her book, The Storyspinner was released. I remember that there were a whole lot of tweets about her, as she was giving away those maps, or something. And I knew I had to check her and her book out, because MAPS.
 3. Renee Ahdieh
Anybody who can write a damn cool retelling of a very famous classic well, is my favorite new author. To be fair, I have never read A Thousand and One Nights before, so Renee Ahdieh kinda indirectly introduced me to this classic. HOORAY for Shazi 😀
 4. Sabaa Tahir
I was definitely glad that I was introduced to Sabaa Tahir by a friend, because her book, An Ember in the Ashes, IS FABULOUS. I don’t think I’ve ever highlighted a book with so much quotes before, and I lovelovelove how Sabaa showed in her book that you don’t always need instant romance for a book to succeed.
 5. Gwenda Bond
HAVE YOU HEARD OF ANYONE WHO CAN WRITE A FANTASTIC MODERN-DAY LOIS LANE RETELLING? Because Gwenda did it, and I love her for it. HEHE.
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Lyn’s Authors
1. Samantha Shannon
I am embarrassed that I haven’t reviewed the first two Bone Season books, but I almost feel that I cannot do these books any justice. Shannon has blown me away with her world building and her characters are just mind blowing. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series, and you can now count me as one of Shannon’s fans.
2. Erin Bow
The Scorpion Rules was a shocking favorite from this year. Bow is an author who doesn’t mind making some calculated risks, and her humor is so beautiful that I’m going to have to consider myself a life-long reader.
 3. Naomi Novik
Oh, Uprooted, can I even count the ways? Novik took my breath away and has YET to give it back. I don’t even think I can express my undying devotion to this author. She has me, heart, soul, and bank account.
4. Franny Billingsley
Chime was one of the most thrilling reads I have picked up in the last three reads. I wish I could get my hands on this author’s works faster. Because I will snap up any book this author presents
5. Maria V. Snyder
Hello new series! This author has taken a pretty insignificant role and taken it to a whole new level. I’m excited to read all of her books.
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What authors have you discovered this year?

7 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten New-To-Us Authors in 2015

  1. It feels like 2015 was a good year for books, looking back. I also discovered Naomi Novik this year thanks to UPROOTED. I really hope she writes more novels like that … I tried her long-running Temeraire series and even with dragons, it wasn’t for me.

    I have yet to read Erin Bow’s latest book but I really liked her first two. They are very different, very original, often very feminst kinds of fantasy. I think you will enjoy her more and more and you read!

    FRANNYYYYY BILLINGSLEYY!!!! You KNOW how I feel about Chime so this addition to the list is the one that makes me the happiest!

    Here’s to just as many new authors in 2016!
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    • Jessie <3

      I heard that her first books paled in comparison to Uprooted, so I am using that book as her launching point for me.

      The Scorpion Rules was either hated or loved, and I found it one of the strongest books of this year. If you loved Illumanae, then this one is a great book to follow up - it has some of the same elements, such as punches of humor and a witty AI that will steal your heart. But the mood is pretty somber in TSR, and I found it wonderful.

      CHIME WAS GREAT! That one is going to be a reread book.
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