This topic was so much fun to write about, but it was so difficult for me to figure out my top five. I initially wrote down a list of thirteen authors I have discovered this year, and I didn’t know how I could possibly choose just five. I had to set myself some criteria. My top five list only includes those authors of which I have read more than one book this year. And my list is arranged with the author who I have read the most of as number one, because asking me to put these authors in any kind of order was just cruel. Before I get into my top five, I need to give a shoutout to the other amazing authors that I have discovered this year: Laini Taylor, Ellen Hopkins, Patrick Rothfuss, Mary E. Pearson, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Tsugumi Ohba, Susan Ee, and Cate Tiernan.
Ok, now to my top 5 authors I have discovered this year:
5. Maggie Stiefvater
I read 2 (and a half) of Maggie Stiefvater’s books this year (the half is Shiver…I just really couldn’t finish it.) I really enjoyed The Scorpio Races and found it to be very different from anything I have ever read. But the book that sold me on Miss Stiefvater was The Raven Boys. This book was so craftily written and amazing. I can’t wait to continue with the rest of the series.
4. Ernest Cline
Oh, Ernie. I read Ready Player One earlier this year, and then I picked up and devoured Armada as soon as it was released. I know a lot of people said they didn’t enjoy Armada as much as Ready Player One, and I will admit that I did enjoy Ready Player One more, but I still love the books that Ernest Cline produces. They make me smile and feel all nostalgic inside. 🙂
3. Patrick Ness
Patrick Ness has been rapidly climbing the ranks on my favorite authors list. I read three of his books this year – A Monster Calls, The Knife of Never Letting Go, and The Rest of Us Just Live Here. This amazing man can somehow completely crush my heart while simultaneously giving me hope. I have no idea how he does it, but there is no doubt that Patrick Ness is a master.
2. Caragh M. O’Brien
I have read four novels and two novellas by Caragh M. O’Brien this year – the entire Birthmarked trilogy and The Vault of Dreamers. This lovely lady does not get nearly enough credit for her work. I don’t see her books being talked about very much, and that needs to be remedied. She has created some of the creepiest bad guys I have ever read, and her books always have a twist that completely catches me off guard. Also, let it be known that she has created the only male characters that I have ever actually wished I could date in real life. I never swoon over characters, but I have finally met my match in the characters of Caragh M. O’Brien.
1. Rick Riordan
I never read any books by Rick Riordan as a kid, but I have made up for that this year by reading five of his books! I have completes the Kane Chronicles and I have read the first two books of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. I plan on finishing Percy Jackson by the end of the year and then jumping into the Heroes of Olympus and Magnus Chase! I wish I had started reading Rick Riordan a long time ago, because I absolutely love all of his books!
What wonderful authors did you discover this year?
When you find your new favorite author(s)…..
…..blame it on the books.