I cannot believe that we are already starting Top Ten Tuesday lists that are summarizing up our reading experiences for 2015! That just does not compute with me. But I have been a little lax on my blogging, and what a perfect week to try to jump back into the swing of things! 2015 was a GREAT reading year for me, filled with many authors that were new to me! I honestly had a really hard time picking because I loved every new author’s book that I read. Basically I selected the authors that had books that stuck with me the most. This will be in no particular order.
- Rachel E Carter, author of the Black Mage series: My friend begged and begged and begged me to read this series. I finally caved after a few months and OH MY GOSH…I am so glad I did. This series is filled with everything that I would want in a fantasy series and it has a character that I feel like I can actually relate to! It’s not often that I think I am basically the main character in a book. I adore this series and am getting pretty excited to get my hands on Candidate, the 3rd book. If you have not started this series and like fantasy I highly recommend you start it. It’s fantastic and will have you experiencing all the ups and downs of reading that we all seem to love.
- Renee Ahdieh, author of The Wrath and The Dawn duology: Oh my gosh this book captivated me. Her writing is so fantastic and I found myself just lost in the world she created around the characters. I could not put this one down. I felt all the feels during this one and I cannot wait to get my hands on the 2nd book because THAT ENDING GUYS! It wrecked me. She has a way with words and a way of really grabbing the attention of the reader and KEEPING it there. I am so glad I was able to read her book this year.
- Tahereh Mafi, author of the Shatter Me series: I know, I know. It’s shocking that I had not touched this series until this year, and it’s even more shocking that I have not yet finished it. I loved her unique style of writing and the story she created. She really pulled me in to this story and took me for an emotional roller coaster ride, which I loved. I honestly feel like I cannot accurately describe how much I loved this book. I think it’s pretty obvious by the fact that I have been avoiding the rest of the series because I am so scared of being done with it. I should probably finish it…
- Kiersten White, author of Illusions of Fate: I was so excited to find a stand alone, and even more excited that it was as awesome as this one. I had never even heard of this one until I saw a blog post around the internet about this particular book. She has many books that I honestly had not even heard of, but I will definitely be looking into them now. Her writing is so awesome. The characters she created really stuck with me, which I loved. I hope to be able to read more from her!
- Victoria Aveyard, author of Red Queen: Oh my gosh, I loved this book. It was everything I needed. She sure knows how to write in twists and turns that felt like they would KILL me. I loved not really knowing exactly what would happen next. I think she created an awesome storyline and world and I REALLY need to know what happens next ok!?
- Heather Demetrios, author of I’ll Meet You There: This book was powerful. This shed some light on a very difficult subject that I have not had personal experience in but I know of it’s importance. I know how badly we all need to be aware and there for people with PTSD. She created such a believable story to go with it too. There weren’t things that I was questioning or concerned about because I knew that they could all be real situations. This book had me sobbing, and it had me feeling all kinds of things that I honestly didn’t know I would feel. I loved it. I should probably get more from her!
- Jessi Kirby, author of Things We Know By Heart: I had no clue what to expect from this book or from this author. I knew that she came highly praised so I was so curious how she would tackle a book like this. Oh my, this book. She created this book that I felt completely and totally emotionally invested in, which I did not think would happen. I didn’t think I would feel just THAT intense of a draw to this particular book. I hope to be able to read more from her, because that is definitely a feeling I miss having.
- Tamora Pierce, author of the Song of the Lioness series: It’s shocking that I hadn’t read anything by her until this year right? Yep, I was shocked too. Because as I was reading this book (and loving it) I kept thinking about how much I would have loved it at the age of 12. Seriously, I would have been all about this book. It was perfection, and I cannot wait to further jump on the Tamora Pierce fan train!
- Erin Bowman, author of Vengeance Road: I can seriously thank this author for reminding why I loved books set in the West. I always loved books that were set in the westward movement, but never had I read a western like this. I loved every single second of this. She wrote characters that I loved and a world that I could so easily picture! Seriously, this book is fantastic (AND A STANDALONE!)! Get on it if you haven’t already.
- Jodi Meadows, author of The Orphan Queen: I feel like that should read “Jodi Meadows, author who ripped my heart to shreds (but in a good way!)” I don’t know what it is but I fell in love with how she told this story, even if it ended in my heartbreak (and me thinking of just what I could do to get the next book!). She built this fantastic world and made amazing characters that I would definitely like to know WHAT IN THE WORLD HAPPENED! But that’s probably giving too much away. I love her writing, I love her book, and I need to read more from her!
What are some new to YOU authors that you read throughout this past year?