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.
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.
We Were Liars was the most beautiful book I read this year. The most.
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.
The best debut novel I’ve read in… possibly ever. Publish more, Oakes.
He 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).
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.
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.
Rick 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.
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.