Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic for a top ten list.
This week’s topic is Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015. I couldn’t settle on just 10, so I decided to go with 15. So here they are, in no particular order:
1. Emery Lord – The first book I read by Emery Lord was her sophomore novel, The Start of Me and You. I absolutely loved it. Paige is my soul sister, and I wish she was real so that we could be best friends. And Max. Well Max is probably one of my favorite book boyfriends. I also read Emery’s debut novel Open Road Summer. I liked it, but not as much. Reagan was a little harder for me to relate too.
2. Becky Albertalli – I absolutely adore this book. I lost count how many times I squealed, fangirled, and couldn’t stop smiling. The mystery of who Blue was is one of the best parts of the stories. And the ending is fantastic. I’ll be re-reading this book over and over again! I can’t wait for Becky’s sophomore novel.
3. Stephanie Perkins – I read the Anna and the French Kiss books for the first time this year. I’ve definitely been missing out. They were all so good. I loved all the boys, Josh the least. I liked Lola the least when it came to the girls, but they were all fantastic in their own way. Whenever I want a swoony, YA contemporary romance, I’ll definitely re-read these!
4. Marissa Meyer – I’ve been wanting to read the Cinder series for a while, but never got around to it. I finally took the plunge this year with the #TLCReadAlong on Twitter. THE BOOKS ARE SOOOO GOOD! I love all the pairings, and the writing is a bit predictable, but still amazing. The only book that I haven’t read yet is Winter, which I’m hoping to read this weekend.
5. Rainbow Rowell – Fangirl was the first, and only book so far, that I’ve read of Rainbow’s. And it was absolutely fantastic. I loved Cath, Levi, and the fanfiction aspect of the story. Cath is also my soul sister, and I wish she were real too. I can’t wait to read Carry On, Eleanor & Park, and anything else she’s written/will write.
6. E. Lockhart – I read We Were Liars first, then I was told I needed to read The Boyfriend List books. They’re both so good in their own way. We Were Liars took a little while to warm up to, but by the end, I loved it. The Boyfriend List books were funny, a bit sassy, and Ruby Oliver was neurotic, but so relateable. I can’t wait to read my next E. Lockhart book.
7. Jenny Han – The To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before duology was great. I listened to the first book on CD in the car when I was road tripping to visit my family. I was laughing and smiling and swooning in the car. People probably thought I was crazy. Oh well. I immediately had to get the second book from the library so I could finish Lara Jean’s story. The books are a bit predictable, but so fantastic. I can’t wait to re-read them.
8. Jenn Bennett – Jenn’s debut YA was pretty much perfection. I’ve never read any of her other books, but I might need to check them out. I was given an eARC copy to read for Sunday Street Team, and I fell in love with the story. It can be a little gross at moments, but it’s worth it in the end. I bought a copy so I could re-read it over and over again.
9. Nicola Yoon – Everything, Everything was Nicola’s debut, and it was fantastic. I absolutely loved Olly; he was so adorable. The book was really diverse, which is always a good thing. Towards the end, there was a pretty twisty part that kind of blew my mind. Totally didn’t see it coming. There are a lot of illustrations, charts, etc. scattered throughout. It’s always nice to see something visual in a book.
10. Kasie West – The Fill-In Boyfriend is the only book I’ve read by Kasie West so far. It was pretty good, but I heard it wasn’t her best. I’ll definitely be reading her other contemporary romance books, and her duology sci-fi/fantasy/paranormal books. I’m super excited for her next contemporary book, P.S. I Like You.
11. Sarah J. Maas – I really enjoyed reading the novellas and Throne of Glass. I just haven’t gotten around to reading the rest of that series, or A Court of Thorns and Roses. I’m planning on finishing the ToG series next year for the Series a Month challenge I’m going to be signing up for.
12. Gayle Forman – I’ve only read the If I Stay books by Gayle, and only after I watched the If I Stay movie. I wasn’t in love with the first book really, but I LOVED Where She Went. I hope they make that book into a movie. I’ve heard I Was Here was pretty good, so I’ll probably make that my next book I read of hers. Although I want to read them all eventually.
13. John Green – I’ll admit I’m behind on the John Green bandwagon. I just read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green this year, after watching the movie. I can’t wait to read the rest of his books soon. I’ll probably do Looking for Alaska as my next read.
14. Liza Wiemer – Hello? was a fantastic book, and so unique. The different styles that the book was written in was really cool. Angie and Brenda were two of my favorite characters, probably because I could relate to them, at least a little bit. I’d highly recommend this book. It sold out on Amazon on its release date, and I had to wait weeks for my copy to arrive.
15. Heidi R. Kling – Paint My Body Red was another great book. [Another] Paige that was a strong main character. I didn’t really relate to her, but her journey throughout the book was interesting to read. The book was split between ‘Then’ and ‘Now’. I really looked forward to the ‘Then’ parts, so I could find out how she got to the ‘Now’ part of her story. Jake was an adorable cowboy, even if cowboys aren’t really my thing. The story focuses on a powerful subject, and I’d highly recommend it.
What are you top ten new-to-me favorite authors that you read for the first time in 2015? Any of the same ones I picked? Any other authors you think I should start reading?