2015 New To Me Authors

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Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015

I love finding new authors.  If I like an author it’s almost guaranteed that I will automatically read their book. If I don’t like the first book I read by an author, it’s pretty much a toss up whether I will give one of their books another try.

I didn’t actually read that many more than 10 new authors this year, but I’m happy to say that I think I really like the majority of them and will definitely be checking out their other work.

This list does not include an author’s debut novel if it was published in 2015.

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Kasie West

I started 2015 off by reading Pivot Point and I LOVED it.  Anything Kasie West writes I will read.  I won’t always love it (as was the case with The Fill in Boyfriend) but I will always give it a chance.

Ally Carter

I made the mistake of reading Ally Carter’s All Fall Down from her new series, Embassy Row, first.  I almost wrote her off because I had heard such amazing things about her and I just wasn’t that impressed.  And then I binged on The Gallagher Girls series and I fell in love.

Sarah Rees Brennan

Unspoken was just so much fun.  Brennan writes such wonderful characters and beautiful friendships I can’t wait to re-read the first 2 books and then finally finish the series.

Dahlia Adler

Such cute contemporaries, which is often a genre that I stay away from.  If it isn’t written by Sarah Dessen I don’t really go near it, and even Dessen has been letting me down these past few books.  So I was so happy to find Dahlia, especially since she is adding to the F/F romances that are pretty lacking in YA.

Will Read Again

 Jay Kristoff

Ok, so this is kind of cheating since this was a combined effort of both Kristoff and Kaufman, but whatever.  I’m totally interested in checking out whatever else Kristoff as written.  I think one more of his books will help me decide whether he becomes an auto-read author.

Carrie Ryan

I actually really enjoyed the Daughter of Deep Silence, which is good because I have been meaning to read Ryan’s Forest of Hands and Teeth for years.

Neal Shusterman

I didn’t enjoy Challenger Deep as much as I wanted to.  I felt extremely manipulated to rate the book higher than I wanted to for a variety of factors, but mainly because, mental illness is extremely serious and should be viewed as such.  But, even though this book wasn’t for me, I still totally plan on checking out his Unwind series.

Might Read Again

Susan Ee

I really enjoyed the first 2 books of the Penryn and the End of Days series.  I never finished the 3rd, but I plan on reading it in 2016.  The thing is, I’m not sure if I would read anything else by Ee.  The writing wasn’t that great and I think it was just the angel apocalypse that really had me enjoying it.

Julie Murphy

I thought Dumplin‘ was ok, but it definitely didn’t live up to my expectations.  I’ll probably give Murphy another shot with her debut book.

Jodi Lynn Anderson

Honestly, the only reason Anderson isn’t under the Never Again Will I Read, is because I’m terrified of what will happen if I admit that I just don’t think I’m that big of a fan of her writing style.  Yeah it’s beautiful, but it’s just so slow and boring. I actually started reading Tiger Lily but gave up on it I was so bored.   And I HATED The Vanishing Season. We’ll see.

October Wrap Up

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Month: October, 2015

Books Read: 20


Revival Vol 3: A Faraway Place         Revival Vol 4: Escape to Wisconsin

by Tim Seeley

4 stars

I love this comic. Or is it a graphic novel?  I am never quite sure.  I’ll call it a comic since it is released in issues.  These two volumes bring together issues  #12-23 that follows the aftermath of a sort of zombie revival.  I say sort of Zombies because besides the fact that they were brought back to life and don’t seem to be able to die (not easily anyway) they don’t feed on the living.  This is such a creepy comic and it is pretty much what I was looking for when I started The Walking Dead and didn’t exactly find.

Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 5.41.53 PMThe Odds of Getting Even (Tupelo Landing #3)

by Sheila Turnage

4 stars

I know these books are middle grade (and possibly even the younger half) but I LOVE THIS SERIES. Mo and Dale, with their newest inter Harm, continue to be astute detectives.  I liked this third addition even more than the 2nd one (The ghostly aspect turned me off a bit).  Mo is just as sassy as ever and she might just be my spirit animal.

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Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes: A No Bullshit Guide to World Mythology

by Cory O’Brien

3 stars

Thinking back probably 15 years to elementary school, my favorite social studies lessons involved ancient history. So it is no surprise that I love mythology.  And Rick Riordan definitely fed that love. This was a funny collection of myths from around the world.  I thought it was nice that it wasn’t just Greek/Roman/Egyptian/Norse mythologies that so often get the most attention.  I learned about myths from China, Japan, South America, the Native Americans, as well as “American” mythology.  My only complaint is that as the focused moved from the more well known, it seemed as if O’Brien wasn’t trying as hard.

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