Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 8 December, 2015 by Lianne in Meme / 15 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s topic: Top Ten New-To-Me Favourite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015

Hmm, I’d say this has been a good year for me when it came to reading books, but strangely enough it took a bit of thought for me to put this list together (despite having read a number of authors for the first time)

In no particular order:

  1. Elena Ferrante — I had heard of this Italian author in the last year or two but I didn’t get around to reading her books–her popular Neapolitan novels (see author tag)–until this year. And guys, #FerranteFever is real; if you haven’t checked out her books yet, I urge you to do so. Now 😛 Words cannot express how blown away I was by her novels.
  2. Daphne Kalotay — I only got around to reading Russian Winter (review) early this year and absolutely loved it <3 She wrote an amazing historical fiction title, definitely left me on the lookout for her other books.
  3. Max Wirestone — I really enjoyed The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss (review) with its geeky-awesome lead character and strange case. I look forward to reading his future books.
  4. Jess Walters — Again, another author I had been meaning to read for a long time. I only got around to Beautiful Ruins (review) over the summer and yeah, I look forward to reading whatever he writes next 🙂 I loved the way he wrote, there were so many great quotes from that book…
  5. N.K. Jemisin — She has been on my want-to-read list for years. I still have to read her Inheritance trilogy but in the meantime, I really liked her Dreamblood duology, it was a pretty unique read.
  6. Jasper Fforde — Okay, I sound like a broken recorder at this point but this author is another one who has been on my want-to-read list for years. Dunno why it took me so long to get around to reading The Eyre Affair (review) but I’m so glad I finally did! Such a zany ride akin to Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. Love!
  7. Viola di Grado — I picked up her novel Hollow Heart (review) after reading all of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels and I was just absolutely blown away by her writing and by her storytelling. I cannot recommend her enough.
  8. Jane Gardam — Europa Editions has stolen my heart this year it seems as this is the third author from their catalogue that is featured on my list this week 😀 (the other two being Elena Ferrante and Viola di Grado) I only got around to reading Old Filth a few weeks ago (my review for it won’t be going live until next year (!!!)) but I was absolutely blown away by the story and her seamless use of memory into the narrative.
  9. Sarah MacLean — My book reviews for her Love by Numbers trilogy isn’t going to go live on my blog until next year but I suffice to say I really enjoyed them, I loved the characters and the St. John siblings are great. Definitely a favourite series in the historical romance genre 🙂
  10. Vivienne Lorret — Another historical romance author on the list. I sort of stumbled onto her books on a whim and decided to check them out. What I especially love about her books, namely The Rakes of Fallow Hall series, is not only how fast-paced they are (never a lull moment, really) but the friendships. I was rather sad when I got to the last book because it was like saying goodbye to friends; reading the scenes with just the guys or the girls or all of them together hanging out, it was like being a part of their group, if that makes any sense. My reviews for those books will also be going live next year but yeah, she’s also a favourite.

And those are my favourite authors from this year! I’m sure I missed a few–honourable mentions go to Emily St. John Mandel and Darragh McKeon–but yeah, which authors made your list this week?


15 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesdays”

  1. I finally picked up a copy of My Brilliant Friend, and hope to get to it soon. Yay for Jasper Fforde! Are you continuing with the series? I loved The Eyre Affair, but just haven’t gotten around to the next one yet. I really loved Beautiful Ruins as well. Looks like I need to check out the rest of the authors on your list!

  2. I discovered N.K. Jemisin this year too! (Although she didn’t make my list – I somehow managed to read almost entirely new authors this year, so it was hard choosing!) And oh my god Jasper Fforde is the best. His later books in the Thursday Next series aren’t quite as good as the first, but so far I haven’t read anything by him that isn’t extremely fun. It’s no surprise that I love his writing, considering my love for Douglas Adams (and newfound love for Terry Pratchett). I was so glad to discover there’s someone else out there with the same sense of humour!

  3. I’m not familair with these authors, but I recognize several of the books from the bookstore. And I like stories set in European – I may have to check a few of these out for that reason. 🙂

  4. Jasper Fforde is the only one on your list I’m familiar with, but he’s a good choice! I’ll have to check out some of the others on Goodreads.

  5. *hides* I haven’t heard of any of these authors, but I’m definitely going to have to give them a try because they all sound absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post + choices! <3

  6. I like the look of Elena’s book. I’ll have to look some of these up – because we can never have TOO MANY new authors, right!? 🙂

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