I’m constantly yelling about my TOP favourite authors of all glorious time. I’ve listed authors who inspire me and authors who I need new books from and my favourite underrated authors. I’m completely predictable I know, I know. Maggie Stiefvater? Sarah J Maas? John Green? AG Howard? Suzanne Collins? AGH, SHUSH, CAIT. WE’RE SO BORED RIGHT NOW.
SO! I devised a marvellous plan. I’m wickedly genius like that. I’m going to list:
The Best Authors I’ve Discovered So Far In 2015
Not newbies. Just ones I’ve read for the first time in 2015 and though, “My, my, you are delightfully talented and I wish to eat all your books ASAP.”
Although despite having read 95 books this year so far…I HAVEN’T HAD A LOT OF FAVOURITES. Am I getting fussy in my old age? Yes. Are my expectations too ridiculously high after the gorgeous delicacies of last year? Peoples, I discovered Sarah J Maas last year. I’M DEAD. Maybe. Or else I’m picking sucky books. Who can know.
This Week’s Prompt: Top Ten ALL TIME Favourite Authors (‘cept I’m ignoring the “all time” bit)
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1. JANDY NELSON
She bypassed the whole “oh I mildly like this author, let me read more of her books” stage. Jandy Nelson went straight to the “THIS AUTHOR IS SO INCREDIBLY GENIUS THAT I CANNOT HELP BUT HUG HER BOOK AND CRUMPLE IN A CRIPPLING BOOK-HANGOVER” list. Her book is beautiful. That’s all I can say! It’s raw and artistic. It made me sort of despair of ever writing eloquently myself, but WHATEVER. I can always sob and reread it.
2. JULIE KAGAWA
I hadn’t read anything from this mega-famous YA author until this year. So far I’ve only consumed Talon but I. am. in. love with her writing. Talon had so much spunk and witty quips. ALSO DRAGONS. I won’t lie: my weakness is dragons. Seriously, you could probably even lure me off the internet if you promised a dragon.*
* I’m just kidding. Nothing lure me away, but you can have a go.
3. JOE ABERCROMBIE
For the last few weeks I’ve been bopping around like a witless pineapple frond, shrieking about how much I love and adore epic fantasy all of a sudden. Joe Abercrombie is partially to blame for my rekindled love of this genre! His book is HILARIOUS. And unique. It features one of my new favourite protagonists, Yarvi, whose wit is so dry and awesome I was choking. He only has one hand and is always mocking the fact.
‘As long as you don’t need two,’ said Yarvi.HALF A KING by Joe Abercrombie
4. GEORGE RR MARTIN
And while we speak of fantasy…
AGhhhh. I HATE THIS GUY. And by “hate” I mean “his books are freaking incredible”. Well book. I already have A Clash of Kings on reserve at the library though because I MUST KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. And, also, this is an adult book, I hope you noticed. Little Cait is branching out! GO ME. I’m a notorious wuss when it comes to anything except YA. One reason I’m notoriously impressed is at how big and detailed his world is. I find a lot of YA fantasies rather lack for world-building.
5. TERESA TOTEN
This is such an incredible book I wrote a review without a negative. NOT A SINGLE ONE. And this is meeee we’re talking about: Miss Queen Snark! I’m softening up in my old age. Hmph. Needless to say, this author impressed me with her attention to detail and how she wrote anxiety so realistically.
6. DANIELLE PAIGE
I’m a sucker for a creepy retelling and snarky characters. SO THIS AUTHOR WINS THE UNIVERSE. Well at least a large island in the Bahamas because I love her books a lot. I’ve read two of her books and I’m addicted.
7. JAMES RICE
I literally finished this book last night so this is such a brand new favourite I’m still trying to gather coherent thoughts. OH BAH. You don’t care about coherent thoughts, do you? I’m just going to AFJDKLSAD and promise you this book is incredible. It’s written from the point-of-view of a teen with schizophrenia and it’s so extraordinary. It’s painful and scary and the prose is gorgeous.
You better believe it, folks.
8. ELLIE MARNEY
I’m quite embarrassed because I DOUBTED this author. I did! I thought, “That cover is awful and that title is meh, so the book, clearly, is likewise.” Oh gosh. Bury me in a hole of shame. THIS IS MY NEW FAVOURITE AUSTRALIAN AUTHOR. I speak truth! Her writing is so Australian and her character are adorable. And I mean scoop-this-adorable-puppy-like-character-up-and-hug-them-forever sort of adorable. Although the characters are kind of unhinged and scary at the same time.
Ohmigosh. If you need me I will be flailing/dying in the corner of fangirldom.
9. SARA RAASCH
More fantasy-author-love?! I TOLD YOU I WAS ON A KICK. I particularly love this one because it bases kingdoms off the four seasons, and that is cool. Call me a rainbow iced popsical but I am in LOVE with the Wintarians. And this author pulled off a fabulous plot twist that made me shriek. I know I’ve only read one of her books buuuut…
I shall buy and love and marry the sequel at dawn.*
* Well, whenever it’s published.
10. KATHRYN STOCKETT
I faltered as a Respectable Bookworm for a moment and I saw the movie first.
I KNOW. FORGIVE ME FOR BEING A BAD BOOKWORM.
The Help movie it’s one of my ALL TIME favourites. Could the book live up to that?! Um — yes, yes it could. I also discovered so much of the dialogue in the movie is exactly out of the book. Cue flailing! This author is so fantastic, I sort of cried when I found she only had one book. What is it with marvellous authors quitting after one book?! They break my delicate heart.
how about you?!! which new-to-you authors have you discovered in 2015 that you totally and wholly love?! SHARE IN THE COMMENTS! and link me up to your TTT posts so i can pop by to your lists!
Cait @ Paper Fury
…is currently mopping because she just read The 100 and it was — awful. It was bland as a chewing cardboard and she had SUCH high hopes. She’s still tempted to try the show, but…yay or nay? Besides moping, she’s been babysitting her nephew who convinced her there’s such a thing as Macaroni Penguins that live in Alaska. Ashamedly, Cait believed the 4-year-old’s lies.