Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten (ish) New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015

December 8, 2015


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish.This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right?
This week’s theme is Top Ten (ish) New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015
I have to confess to struggling a bit with how to come up with this list. For some of the authors (probably even most), I have still just read one book by them, even if they have previously published books available. So, if I haven’t read their other books yet, can I judge how strong of a place they earned on this list? Well, I decided to go with how strongly I want to read their next published book. If I am reading it for sure, then they qualify even if I haven’t managed to find the time or motivation to read their backlist.
Actually, I decided to eliminate debut authors completely on this list (they will get their own list!) This way I get to feature twice as many authors! 🙂 Yay!


TheJustCityCoverJo Walton

The Just City was one of those books I was honestly a bit unsure about and requested on a whim. I absolutely loved it, as well as the sequel The Philospher Kings. I still need to go back and read more of Jo Walton’s books, but rest assured, she has earned a strong place on my favorite authors list.

 Rachel CaineInkAndBoneCover

Few books have surprised me as much as Ink and Bone. It was one that I found extremely addictive, kept me up way too late, and had a great balance of darkness to it. And it involves books! A love of books, control of books. It centers on books! Her other books have never been on my radar, and even now I haven’t been as motivated to go back and read them. But this series is one my MUST READ IMMEDIATELY list!

WakeOfVulturesCoverLila Bowen

Another author that has a bunch of available books I’ve not gone back and read yet (shame on me). But I was so taken by Wake of Vultures and the protagonist, that I am anxious for the next. It features the girl dressed as a man trope, in this case partially necessity, but also partially because the character is questioning and exploring in relation to gender expectations and sexuality.

N. K. JemisinTheFifthSeasonbyNKJemisin

I read two books by Jemisin this year. I really enjoyed The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, but I absolutely loved The Fifth Season. I am hoping to read more of her previously published books, but her upcoming books are on my must read list.


Kate ElliottBlackWolvesCover

Evidently there were lots of “new to me but already established” authors for me this year.  Black Wolves is another example. I am tempted to go revisit some of Elliott’s other books in this world, and no matter what I NEED to read the next in this series! The books was huge, but packed with so much awesome!

TheBloodforgedCoverErin Lindsey

I will admit, I don’t tend to be much of a risk taker. So anytime I have been offered a book 2 of a series I’ve not read I always turn it down (because what happens if I don’t like it?? I don’t want to commit to reading another book after it!). But I have made one exception to that rule with Erin Lindsey. And I was so glad I did. I read The Bloodforged and The Bloodbound back to back. They were such a great balance of fun, adventure, romance and intrigue. I’m really looking forward to the next one.

TheHeartGoesLastCoverMargaret Atwood

OK, so maybe I read Atwood in high school. Maybe? I think I might have read Handmaid’s Tale? I kinda think I liked it. But honestly, I don’t even remember for sure, and that was SOO long ago, it was like an entirely different lifetime. So, in my current reading life, Atwood was completely new to me, and I absolutely loved The Heart Goes Last. Such a great balance of humor and darkness and just plain depravity. I can’t wait to read another of her books.

TheMechanicalIan Tregillis

I had heard many great things about Tregillis’ books, but this is the first that I’ve read him. The Mechanical was just an intriguing story that could be quite dark, but it balanced the horrific parts with a fascinating world and wonderful characters. Really looking forward to The Rising!


Alex Marshall

I don’t have a clue what Alex Marshall’s books are of if I’ve read them and until they reveal his identity, I’ll remain in the dark. But I do know that Marshall is not a debut author, and while it took me a little bit to get into Crown for Cold Silver, I absolutely loved it, was the great start to an epic tale I plan on reading as it is released.

TheWaterKnifeCoverPaolo Bacigalupi

This world has absolutely stuck with me like few others. Bacigalupi definitely includes social and environmental messages in his books, I had read that in reviews before reading this. But I found The Water Knife to not be the least bit preachy, just exciting and insightful. It is dark and violent enough, I suspect some readers may be unsettled by it, but it worked incredibly well for me. I will certainly be reading more of his books.

WhenWeWereAnimalsCoverJoshua Gaylord

Years ago, I had Alden Bell’s The Reapers are the Angels very highly recommended to me by someone’s opinion that I trusted. But for some reason, I never followed through and read that book. But when I found out that Alden Bell was a pen name for Joshua Gaylord, and he had a book releasing called When We Were Animals, that sounded like it had serious potential, I had to read it. And I loved it. Seriously loved it.


  • Sara L. December 8, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    I read N.K. Jemisin for the first time this year, too (same two novels as you, actually), and she totally blew me away. I’m also reading Rachel Caine’s Ink and Bone right now – very good so far!
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  • Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum December 8, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    I hope next year when I do this list again, Jo Walton will be on it. I originally planned on reading her for my Women of Genre Fiction reading challenge but didn’t get a chance to read either Among Others or My Real Children for Backlist Burndown! Now I’ll have The Just City to add to my list as well. Lila Bowen/Delilah S. Dawson I still hope to read this year, I have Wake of Vultures lined up for later this month!
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  • Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy December 8, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    Really excellent list! I’m still trying to finish The Fifth Season not because it’s slow but because I’m having one of those weeks where I have NO time to read:-( But it totally would have been on this list if I’d finished it. So many I still need to get to! Kate Elliot, Lila Bowen, Jo Walton. I guess the list of “new to me” authors will never run out, LOL.
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  • DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape) December 9, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    This is a great list of authors whom you read for the first time this year! I remember reading basically all of your reviews for them too. The ones that stick out most are Ink And Bone and When We Were Animals; your review basically sold me on those two books 🙂 Oh! And The Bloodforged, too!
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  • Danya @ Fine Print December 9, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    Wow, great variety in your choices! Erin Lindsey was a first for me this year, too. I’ve read two books by Jo Walton and loved them dearly – she’s unbelievably creative! Ink and Bone is on my “winter break reading list,” to be read right after I’m done grad school for the semester. 🙂
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  • Lynn December 12, 2015 at 7:22 am

    I should have definitely had Joshua Gaylord – I loved that book – it seems I had too many new authors this year to make a list! Would like to read the Lila Bowen book too.
    Lynn 😀
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