It’s difficult being a bookworm. Do you become a casual fan of a book? Or do you let it swallow you up to your eyeballs so all you can do is read and shriek and throw the book at your friends so they can read-shriek too? DECISIONS, DECISIONS.
So, against my Vulcan soul’s natural inclinations, I’ve made a list of 10 books I basically want to eat and shriek because I love them so much. You get that feeling too, right?? See something beautiful = EAT IT. Ahem.
I also have a lot of “best of” lists coming for you (mwahah, that sounds so ominous) over the next few weeks. Because lists of books are just FABULOUS. There can be no downside. But this week I’m focusing on authors I hadn’t read until 2015 but now will read forever and ever the end.
Oh and don’t forget to enter my copious amounts of giveaways!! Ebooks and mini book necklaces (made by yours truly) and there’s also a survey for regular readers. AND CAKE. Obviously.
This Week’s Prompt: Top Ten New-To-Me Favourite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015
1. GEORGE RR MARTIN
The appropriate question here would be to shriek “WHY DO YOU LIKE THIS AUTHOR, CAIT?! YOU ARE TERRIBLE.” Well, yes. GRRM is a horrible terrible author who murders all my favourites and is to blame for that time I melted into a puddle of nope. I’m still in that puddle. I’LL ALWAYS BE A PUDDLE.
But the world building! The characters! The humour! THE DRAGONS. (I have this thing about dragons…I love them. Kill a human = eh. Kill a dragon = I shall come after you and buuuuurn you myself.) I also read all 5 books this year on audio. One after the other. BEST decision ever.
Shrieking reviews of A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords Part 1 & A Storm of Swords Part 2, A Feast of Crows and A Dance With Dragons
2. RAE CARSON
I’m just…addicted?! Her writing is incredible. I randomly picked up A Girl of Fire And Thorns from the library because I was on a fantasy kick. OH WHAT A GENIUS DECISION. It’s one of my favourite fantasies of ever. It’s not set western medieval fantasy world (it’s possibly more Middle Eastern?) and the narrator isn’t the typical skinny warrior, and she has a rock her flesh. Like, literally. A rock. In her flesh.
And then Walk on Earth a Stranger was equally gorgeously written and made me relive my childhood-gold-rush-obsession. “What obsession, Cait?” you ask. WELL. Let’s just say I built wagons out of paddle pops sticks and actually calculated the cost, supplies and schedule to get one to the Gold Rush or Oregon. #PioneerCait Yes I am Australia. No it doesn’t make sense. IT IS WHAT IT IS.
3. BECKY ALBERTALLI
“Read Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda!” the entire internet shrieked at me. “It’s so great!” they howled.
Now I’m officially howling with them because — HECK YES IT IS GOOD. It is adorable. And the audiobook is a thing you need in your life. Plus Simon believes Oreos are their own food group and he regularly utters “I can’t even.” Which is a grand phrase. I approve.
I CAN’T EVEN EITHER, SIMON.
4. VE SCHWAB
The only reason it took me so long to read a VE Schwab book is…BLAME MY LIBRARY. They refused to buy any. (I requested…) And I wasn’t sure if I’d like it or not, so I hesitated to accost a bookstore for one myself. But the library finally bought Vicious and I probably shrieked far too enthusiastically. But it’s about supervillains, peoples. SUPER. VILLAINS. It was perfection.
5. MOIRA YOUNG
HOLY CAKE POPS. Why does no one talk about this series?! It’s incredible. And the Blood Red Road came out in back in 2011 and yet I never heard people screech with love for it. It’s a dying shame. DYING. I am dying. I love it that much, okay?! It’s full of unique formatting and slang and I cried over the first book, howled during Rebel Heart and now I only have Raging Star left and I think…I think I need an olympic pool of chocolate get through this okay?
Yes it’s painful and yet I’m telling you to go read it. OBVIOUSLY. How else do you recommend books?!
6. MOIRA FOWELY-DOWELY
All the cool authors are named “Moira” okay? Okay. Just so you know.
I LOVE THE ACCIDENT SEASON. (Surprise!) It’s creepy and whimsical and odd. And magical. I love it so much I nearly choked while eating it. I will read anything this author writes. Even if she wrote the terms and conditions for something…I would read them. Even though that goes against human nature. DO YOU SEE HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS BOOK YET??
7. LAUREN RUBY
Again with the whimsical-beautifully-written-magical-fantasy-that-is-entirely-odd-but-I-love-it. Seriously, if you can only pick one book off my list: PICK BONE GAP OKAY?! It is gorgeous. And it’s about strange happenings and kidnappings and bees and honey and midnight rides and this entirely odd boy who never looks at people’s faces.
I want to hug this book for, perhaps, 900 years.
8. FRANCESCA ZAPPIA
I’ve read a conglomeration of books on schizophrenia but Made You Up wins half the universe and possibly two thirds of the planets too. Because it’s gorgeous. And it’s not ABOUT schizophrenia entirely. It’s about a person who is a person not their illness. I think that’s really important and not enough books underline this fact.
9. CINDA WILLIAMS CHIMA
If there’s one thing I learned very firmly this year is “ALWAYS LISTEN TO RECOMMENDATIONS FROM MARAIA“. We were both really disappointed with the way the Throne of Glass series started turning and she recommended I fill the ToG hole in my life with The Demon King series. Best. Advice. EVER. This series is everything. It has thieves, wizards, princesses and magic schools. And it’s funny. Like “there-is-Cait-snorting-out-loud” sort of funny. I gave the first book and The Exiled Queen both 5-stars and am swallowing the last two over the holidays.
10. STACEY JAY
Ohhhh, Princess of Thorns…where have you been all my life?!? I can’t even begin to sum up how much I adore this book. So I’ll just holler “I ADORE IT” and leave.
HAHA…kidding. Since when have I passed up a chance to gush over a new favourite?!
Humans, so this is a fairy tale retelling of Sleeping Beauty (with the Seven Swan Brothers squished in) but it’s more like a continuation? It has basically EVERYTHING I love in a book, a) humour, b) siblings rescuing each other, c) an OTP that hates each other ergo I ship them, d) copious amounts of food, I’m not even kidding the have food eating competitions and eat like a whole field of potatoes and pie, and e) magic….oh and f) JUST THE BEST CHARACTERS THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN. I adore it.
I want to eat this book I love it so much.