I’m now back home for the Christmas break, and while I’ve got work to do, I promise I’ll actually blog on a semi-regular basis from now on. I totally got out of the habit this term — actually, I got out of the habit of a lot of computer-related things, like actually replying to emails or reviewing books or editing vlogs. I filmed one in week five of this term and still haven’t edited it, but that’s going to change very soon.
Partly this failure to function was due to my wrists and hands playing up, which is still happening, but hopefully without the pressure they’re under during term time, I can manage that.
Because I’ve been struggling to find blogging topics lately that aren’t just talking about my life (which largely consists of Netflix and sleeping, so isn’t that interesting), I decided to link up with The Broke and the Bookish for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt. And yes, I realise it’s Saturday, but linear time is a myth. And no, I couldn’t think of ten, so I did only list nine. BREAKING ALL THE RULES HERE.
Ten Nine New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015
These aren’t in any particular order, for the record. Just the order they occurred to me. It was a pretty difficult question to answer, because I don’t tend to read a lot of different authors: I find one I like, I read everything they’ve written, and then I mourn the lack of new books for a while before moving on. Plus, I like to re-read books. But fortunately, I’m often very late to discover authors that other people read years ago, and so actually have a few to list here.
Where I reviewed the books over at Miriam Joy Reads, I’ve included links. I didn’t reboot that blog until August, so any books I read before that didn’t get reviewed, and I don’t review everything I read either. That doesn’t mean I didn’t like those I didn’t review!
Sarah J Maas
I’d heard people raving about Throne Of Glass and while it didn’t particularly wow me, as I read the rest of the series I got really invested in the characters, and I also loved A Court Of Thorns And Roses because of course I did, it has creepy fairies in it. You can read my review of that here, or if you want to know what I thought of Queen Of Shadows, head over here. (Bonus: I reviewed Crown Of Midnight as well.)
I loved Gockel’s I Bring The Fire series. It’s about Loki, and while I was initially wary (a lot of pop culture representations of Loki are … not that great, and while Old Norse wasn’t my favourite module last year, it made me more sensitive to those than some people might be), I ended up loving it. I think the second book probably had the biggest emotional impact, but I loved how these books were both funny and deep.
It’s the dumbest thing in the world, but Steve can’t help but notice what Loki, or his apparition, is wearing. It’s a pink t-shirt with an upside down rainbow triangle on it. Following the direction of Steve’s gaze, Loki says, “Do you like my Bifrost shirt?”
― C. Gockel,
I’m really late to the Rainbow Rowell party, but after reading Eleanor & Park on the train to Aberdeen and loving it, I also read Fangirl and then Carry On. Her books have so many laugh-out-loud funny moments, but they also resonate emotionally, and her characters are great. My review of Fangirl is here, while Carry On is here.
I’m fairly sure Charley recommended The Lies of Locke Lamora to me several years ago, but I didn’t get around to reading it until this summer — and then promptly devoured the available sequels. I’m now waiting impatiently for the next one. The Gentlemen Bastards sequence is full of kick-ass, smart-mouthed characters, whose profanity is as constant as it is inventive (and I love it). A quote I like:
“I want to hug you. And I want to tear your gods-damned head off. Both at once.”
“Ah,” said Locke. “Near as I can tell, that’s the definition of ‘family’ right there.”
― Scott Lynch,
Although I only read one of Caine’s books this year, Ink & Bone, I really enjoyed it. Not least because I worked in a library this year, and was thus excited to read a book portraying librarians as the heroes they deserve to be. It was the first book I reviewed after rebooting my book blog in August.
How did it take me so long to get around to the Skulduggery Pleasant series? I don’t know, but I loved these books. They contain my favourite things: humour (particularly sarcasm), badass teenage girls as protagonists, and high-stakes adventure. But I was mostly in it for the humour.
Again, I’m seriously late to this party. I read all the Percy Jackson books this year, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Sure, I’m a little older than the target audience, but that didn’t stop me adopting Nico di Angelo as my child.
“You will suffer, son of Hades!”
What else is new? Nico thought.
― Rick Riordan,
I read both A Darker Shade Of Magic and Vicious this year — imaginative, inventive, and well-written. Plus, they have absolutely gorgeous covers, which helps.
I adored Sorcerer To The Crown — it reminded me of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, but shorter and less dense, and with a focus on the types of characters who occupy a more background role in JS&MN (e.g. Stephen Black and Lady Pole). Also: GIRL POWER. Also: SCREW THE ESTABLISHMENT AND DO THINGS YOUR OWN WAY. Also: MAGIC. I reviewed that in a slightly more coherent way over here.
So there you have it! What are your top new-to-you authors this year? Are any of them the same as mine?