Top Ten Tuesday – Glad We Met

This week’s topic is new to me authors in 2015. This year was a real mixed bag for authors. I read some truly excellent books and a whole lot more that were merely meh. I had a lot of DNF’s over the last twelve months. Even with all the terrible reads, there have been some excellent author discoveries.

If you haven’t had the chance to enjoy books by these writers, pick one and run with them.


Courtney Summers

Did I really only discover Summers this year? I feel like she’s always been in my reading life. She was the best thing to happen to my book collection this year.


COURTNEY SUMMERS was born in Belleville, Ontario in 1986 and currently resides in a small town not far from there. To date, she has authored five novels. Her first novel, Cracked Up to Be, was published when she was 22 and went on to win the 2009 CYBIL award in YA fiction. Since then, she’s published three more books–2011 YALSA Top 10 Quick Pick and White Pine Honour book, Some Girls Are, 2012 YALSA Quick Pick, Fall for Anything, and 2013 YALSA Top 10 Quick Pick and White Pine Honour book This is Not a Test. Her next projects are an e-novella, Please Remain Calm (a sequel to This is Not a Test) and a new novel, All the Rage, both out in 2015.


E. Lockhart

 We Were Liars was the most beautiful book I read this year. The most.


E. Lockhart is the author of We Were Liars, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, The Boyfriend List and several other novels.




Emily St. John Mandel

I liked the idea of Station Eleven better than I liked the final result, but there was a lot of potential in the story. I’d like to read more.

mandel Emily St. John Mandel was born and raised on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. She studied contemporary dance at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and lived briefly in Montreal before relocating to New York.



Scott Hawkins

hawkinsI’m forty-five and I live in the Atlanta suburbs with my wife and a whole bunch of dogs.




Stephanie Oakes

The best debut novel I’ve read in… possibly ever. Publish more, Oakes.


Stephanie Oakes is a teacher and YA author from Washington State. Her debut novel, THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY (Dial/Penguin, June 9, 2015), about a girl who escapes from a religious commune only to find herself at the center of a murder investigation, is based on the Grimm fairy tale, “The Handless Maiden.”


Peter Clines

clinesHe grew up in the Stephen King fallout zone of Maine and–inspired by comic books, Star Wars, and Saturday morning cartoons–started writing at the age of eight with his first epic novel, Lizard Men From The Center of The Earth(unreleased).


Steve Brezenoff

Like Summers, I can’t believe this discovery was only made this year. I love the way Brezenoff writes teens who are always a little broken.


Steve Brezenoff is the author of the young adult novels The Absolute Value of -1 and Brooklyn, Burning, and his third, Guy In Real Life, will be released in 2014. He has also written dozens of chapter books for younger readers. Though Steve grew up in a suburb on Long Island, he now lives with his wife and their son in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Lori Rader-Day


LORI RADER-DAY is the Anthony Award-winning author of The Black Hour and Little Pretty Things (both from Seventh Street Books). Born and raised in central Indiana, she now lives in Chicago with her husband and dog. Her fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Time Out Chicago, and others. Visit her at


Rick Yancey

A pleasant surprise! I picked this up because I wanted something easy and frivolous. Instead, I got a YA series I’ve fallen in love with.

yancey.jpgRick is a native Floridian and a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago. He earned a B.A. in English which he put to use as a field officer for the Internal Revenue Service. Inspired and encouraged by his wife, he decided his degree might also be useful in writing books and in 2004 he began writing full-time.


Jessica Wallace

Bookending this list with two excellent authors.


Jessica grew up in the prairies and is now a writer, researcher, and content strategist in Vancouver, BC. She received her MA from the University of Sussex. Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in several international literary magazines and Meet You There is her first novel.




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