Top New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2015

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2015

As I was going through the books I’ve read this year I realized this year I spent A LOT of time reading books from people I’ve already read other books from. Lots of series books, lots of sophomore novels from debuts I loved, a lot of fave authors with new releases I was anticipating, etc.

BUT the new-to-me authors I discovered were absolutely FANTASTIC this year and I cannot wait to explore the books some of them have out already or wait patiently for their sophomore novel!


Alexandra Bracken:  I read Alex’s debut novel this year as well as her book, Passenger, that is coming out next month!! I really enjoyed both of them and cannot wait to dive into her Darkest Minds trilogy!
Vikki Wakefield: You all know my love for Aussie YA and I FINALLY tried a Vikki Wakefield book and I cannot wait to read even more from her. Friday Never Leaving was great!

Jason Reynolds: I read The Boy in the Black Suit and I cannot wait to read his debut, When I was the Greatest, and his most recent All American Boys. Jason’s writing is exquisite and he knows how to hit you DEEP in the feels and make you KNOW these characters.
Stacey Lee: I’ve been loving all the historical YA coming out this year and Stacey Lee’s debut Under A Painted Sky was one of the top of the bunch I read! Plus her sophomore novel coming out next year and it sounds so so great, too!

Erin Bowman: I’ve owned Erin Bowman’s series and reading Vengeance Road made me super excited to binge them!!

Tiffanie DeBartalo: All my friends have been telling me for YEARS to read her books and I finally did read God-Shaped Hole (no, not a religious book by any means) and I will DEFINITELY be reading How To Kill A Rockstar soon!
Marcy Beller Paul: Maaaan Underneath Everything! What an incredible look at a toxic friendship. Marcy’s writing is so great and I cannot WAIT to read more from her.

Robyn Schneider: I’ve been meaning to read Robyn’s debut since it came out but this year I ended up reading her 2015 release Extraordinary Means and I fell in love with it and her writing! CANNOT WAIT TO GO BACK TO HER DEBUT.
David Arnold: Mosquitoland is David’s debut and it his writing is something else and definitely a favorite discovery of this year. SO IMPATIENT FOR NEW BOOKS FROM HIM.

Aisha Saeed: Written in the Stars was a book that I thought I might like but it absolutely blew me away. What a talent Aisha Saeed is!


So tell me…what new authors did you discover this year that you think I should “meet” next year??

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  1. There are a lot of authors on your list that I was to read in 2016! It’s good to see them on here! 🙂

  2. You should definitely check out Sarah J Maas, the author of the Throne of Glass series and ACOTAR! She is an amazing fantasy author, and her latest book was named Fantasy of the Year by Goodreads! So exciting… 🙂 My TTT.

  3. I absolutely LOVED Extraordinary Means too!! I was…gah, I was just really blown away with how much I loved it?! Usually contemporaries and me have rocky relationships but. NOPE. That one was beautiful. :’) Here’s my TTT!

  4. I haventurine read any of these authors! Irk! Embarrassing!

    I think maybe one of my favourite ‘new to me’ authors I read this year was Catherine Doyle (Vendetta).. or maybe Moira Fowley-Doyle (The Accident Season)… I’m working with a Doyle theme apparently. Ha ha!

  5. You love Aussia YA! I presume you’ve read On The Jellicoe Road? Fantastic book. Since you like nonfiction as well, you should check out In the Garden of Beasts if you haven’t already read it. Mosquitoland has been on my TBR for way too long and I hadn’t heard of Extraordinary Means but sounds like something I would love. Thanks for sharing! – Alyson

  6. Love the list! I discovered Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds a couple of years ago and really loved it! I was also wondering, what font did you use for your list? Because I absolutely love it!

  7. I love Jason Reynolds and he is also a new favorite author. The Boy in the Black Suit is excellent and I read All American Boys a couple months ago. Definitely pick up All American Boys when you have a chance. It’s so powerful. Stacey Lee’s Under a Painted Sky is phenomenal! I cannot wait to read Outrun the Moon!

  8. Everyone seems to love Alexandra Bracken!
    Great Top Ten! 🙂

    My Top Ten Tuesday 😀

  9. i’ve been meaning to get around to reading Mosquitoland, it sounds really interesting- might have to make a library trip soon for it 😉 Passenger by Alexandra Bracken has been receiving so much hype lately, i’m kind of on the fence about it…i’m thinking i will wait a bit before picking it up and delving into it!

  10. I still need to read quite a few of the debuts on this list, but yay Alex Bracken!! Love The Darkest Minds series!

  11. Robyn Schneider made my list as well! Extraordinary Means had a really unique concept and fantastic writing and I cannot wait to read more of her work. This is a great list!

    My TTT!

  12. I’ve read Alex Bracken, Erin Bowman, Aisha Saeed, and David Arnold from your list. I loved The Darkest Minds, it was one of my favorite books I read last year. Vengeance Road was absolutely amazing and is definitely going to be on my Best of 2015 list. I did read Erin’s Taken which I wasn’t a huge fan of, though. Written in the Stars was amazing and tough stuff to swallow, but it was really eye-opening. I didn’t like Mosquitoland, sadly, but I did like David’s really unique writing. Great list, Jamie — you’ve given me some more authors to check out! (I seriously meant to read Under a Painted Sky this year but didn’t get around to it… 2016 goal!)

  13. I still haven’t read anything by Alexandra Bracken, though I keep hearing how great her writing is… next year, maybe?


  15. Jason Reynolds made my list. I loved The Boy in the Black Suit. All American Boys is SO GOOD and very needed. I’m looking forward to reading his first novel still. (And because of All American Boys, I’m also very interested in Brendan Kiely’s other books.)

  16. I’ve heard of a lot of these authors but I’m sad to say that I’ve not read any of their works yet. Passenger is one of my most anticipated books of the next year and I’ve heard a lot of great things about The Darkest Minds trilogy. Vengeance Road is another book I’m interested in. Hopefully I’ll have time to read them in 2016. 😀

  17. I want to read Stacey Lee this next year for sure! My TTT

  18. Alexandra Bracken! I forgot about her. She is fantastic.
    Thank you for talking about Mosquitoland i wanted to read that and haven’t gotten to it yet, you reminded me that i should read it 🙂
    Beautiful list!

    My TTT:

  19. I’m in the same boat this year. I spent most of my reading time on authors who I had read before. 😀

  20. I’ve been wanting to read Alexandra Braken, but I haven’t gotten to it yet. Sounds like a great list!

  21. Erin Bowman is new to me too, and I really enjoyed Vengeance Road! I’d go back and read her debut series but it has that pesky triangle. 😛
    I haven’t read Alexander Bracken yet, but I plan to read her Darkest Minds series for my challenge, and I’m beyond excited for Passengers!