Top Ten New Authors (to Me) I Read in 2015

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Top Ten TuesdayWelcome to Top Ten Tuesday! This is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is the Top Ten New to Me Authors I Read in 2015.

The great thing about being such a bookworm is that there are TONS of new authors I’ve discovered in 2015 to choose from. The problem is that there are a TON of new authors to choose from. Pick only ten new authors? Inconceivable!

I’m willing to brave the fires of Mount Doom (my Goodreads READ shelf) in order to find these top ten new authors (new to me) that I’ve read this year. Are you ready? Here they are:


Top Ten New Authors (New to Me) I Read in 2015:


The Book With No Pictures10. B.J. Novak

At the recommendation of my neighbor, I read B.J.’s The Book With No Pictures. I’d seen it around, but I thought there was no way a celebrity could write a good picture (or not-picture) book. Turns out I was wrong. VERY wrong. And then I remembered that B.J. not only played Ryan on The Office, he was also one of the writers for the show. His mad non-picture book writing skills suddenly made more sense.






Prince of Shadows9. Rachel Caine

I read Prince of Shadows for a piece I was working on for Brightly and it became one of my favorite discoveries of the year. I had never read anything from Rachel before (I have watched The Morganville Vampire web series), so she was a new author as far as I was concerned.






Kat, Incorrigible8. Stephanie Burgis

I’d had Kat, Incorrigible on my To Read list forever and I finally broke down and read it. What an adorable book! I’m officially a Stephanie Burgis fan now. I can’t wait until Miss K is old enough to appreciate the fun that’s contained within the pages of this book. I want to continue the series in 2016.






How to Be A Baby7. Sally Lloyd-Jones

Baby girl #3 joined our family in May, so my good friends at Brightly sent me a few books as a gift, and this was one of them. My kids and I fell in love with the very realistic and very funny portrayal of how a child views a baby. Even now, we have a good laugh over all the jokes and pictures in this book.






No Yeti Yet6. Mary Ann Fraser

No Yeti Yet turned out to be one of my favorite picture books of the year, and it happened that Mary is a new author to me and my kids as well. Two little boys go on a yeti hunt, but don’t realize that the yeti is also hunting them. The pictures are super cute!





The Art of Work5. Jeff Goins

I read The Art of Work this year and I loved it. It was all about finding your “calling”, or the reason you were born. It’s about discovering what lies inside of you that the rest of the world needs. I really liked it and was very happy to discover Jeff this year.






The Witch's Daughter4. Paula Brackston

Close to the beginning of the year, I read Paula’s The Witch’s Daughter. Wow! I seriously need the rest of the books. I keep checking the library, but I can only find the later book in the series. I don’t know about you, but I can’t read a series out of order, no matter how independently the books stand. I will definitely be reading more from Paula in 2016!





Serafina and the Black Cloak3. Robert Beatty

I won Serafina and the Black Cloak in a giveaway a few months ago, and I absolutely loved it. I tried reading it with Miss K, but the first chapter scared her half to death (she was sitting on her bed, clutching her blankets over her face), so I had to read the rest of it by myself. Robert was a fantastic new author to discover and I’m so glad I got the chance to read his book this year. I don’t have a review up for it yet, but I will soon.





Sophie's Squash2. Pat Zietlow Miller

I read a couple of Pat’s books this year. I discovered her when I received a box of books from Brightly and Sophie’s Squash was one of them. My kids and I fell instantly in love with it. We were also sent a copy of Sharing the Bread, which is a beautiful celebration of the tradition of Thanksgiving.






A Moveable Feast1. Ernest Hemingway

Before you choke and splutter indignantly, let me explain.

There’s nothing to explain.

I had never read Hemingway before 2015! He is a completely new author to me. Pathetic, I know. To rectify my Hemingway-less-ness, I read two of his books, The Old Man and the Sea, and A Moveable Feast. I must admit, Hemingway is my favorite discovery of 2015.




Did you discover any new authors or new to you authors this year? If you did, which ones?


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  • Reply
    Lisa @ Captivated Reader
    December 8, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Other than Ernest Hemingway, I can’t say as I recall reading any of the other authors on your Top Ten Tuesday post this week, so I have some new to me authors to check out for sure.

    Here’s a link to my TTT post for the week:

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    Anna @ Adventures with a Book Nerd
    December 9, 2015 at 3:27 am

    I can’t believe that I have not read any books by these authors! Especially Hemingway! There are just so many books to read, but I can’t get to all of them. Great list! 🙂

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      December 9, 2015 at 3:48 am

      That’s how I felt! I thought, “I can’t believe I’ve never read Hemingway!” and I Finally had to do it. There are so many good books out there. Sometimes I wish I could spend all day lying in a hammock, reading.

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    Jennifer @ YA Book Nerd
    December 9, 2015 at 11:38 am

    oh, I love Stephanie Burgis
    Great choices!

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    December 9, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    i adore Sally Lloyd Jones! So happy to see her on your list this week 🙂
    My TTT

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    December 9, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    I love discovering new authors! several on this list look intriguing, and it’s always nice to find good MG or kids books. I have never read Hemingway, although I’ve been curious- he spent part of his early years in northern Michigan, an area I’m familiar with, so I’ve kinda wanted to read him for that reason as well.

    Great list, and thank you for stopping by my blog!

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      December 10, 2015 at 1:08 am

      You should give him a try! I was surprised at how much I liked his books. I thought they’d be philosophical and boring, but they weren’t. They were fabulous.

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    December 11, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Hoping to read Ink and Bone next year.
    My TTT:

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