December 8: Top Ten New-To-Me Favourite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015
This year has certainly been the year of new-to-me authors, in fact, as of today, I have read books by 22 new authors, many of which I loved. I adore discovering new talent and adding new favourites to my shelves, after all, some of my all-time favourites could use a little competition every now and again.
1. Sarah J. Maas (‘Throne of Glass’, ‘Crown of Midnight’, ‘The Assassin’s Blade’, ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’)
Without question, the greatest literary discovery of 2015 was Sarah J. Maas. I devoured four of her books this summer, with ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ firmly placing in my favourite books of the year.
2. Graeme Simsion (‘The Rosie Project’)
This book was delightfully charming and amusing, and it is something I would highly recommend to anybody looking for a lighthearted read.
3. Morgan Matson (‘Since You’ve Been Gone’)
This novel is an incredibly cute Young Adult book set during the summer vacation, with believable characters and a fun storyline.
4. Paula Hawkins (‘The Girl on the Train’)
This thrilling debut crime novel had me hooked from the very first page, and I devoured it until the last.
5. Zoe Sugg (‘Girl Online’)
Despite the ghost-written scandal, I still thoroughly enjoyed this cute novel. The themes are relevant in modern times and the characters were well developed.
6. David Levithan and Rachel Cohn (‘Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares’)
I loved the premise of this novel, set over Christmas, and told from two perspectives through a diary left in locations around New York City. So cute.
7. Cassandra Clare (‘City of Bones’)
Whilst there were a few too many characters arriving and disappearing, this was action-packed and full of promise for the rest of the series.
8. Stephen Chbosky (‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’)
Late to the party, I know, but the voice of this novel was unlike anything I’d ever read before, and with darker themes than you’d expect from a YA book it’s easy to understand why it’s now a cult classic.
9. Sophocles (‘Antigone’)
My introduction to Greek plays was a resounding success – I loved the plot and how dramatic the characters and the situation were.
10. Vesna Goldsworthy (‘Gorsky’)
A re-telling of ‘The Great Gatsby’ set in modern day London, this novel centered around a Russian billionaire and his desire to win back the girl of his dreams, with the help of an unsuspecting individual.
I have no doubt that I will delve into subsequent and future works of many of these authors – particularly Sarah J. Maas and Paula Hawkins. Some, I expect, I will not venture into again. There are plenty more fish in the sea, as they say.
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