Although this blog is only a few months old I have been reading and reviewing books all year and have discovered quite a few new authors along the way. I’ve also completed my Goodreads reading challenge and this year have read 58 books, far more than the 35 I was thinking I might manage! I’ve seen quite a few interesting posts recently of people’s top 10 books this year and while I think this is a great idea I’ve decided choosing 10 books from 58 would be too tricky so have instead chosen to do a list of my favourite new authors I have discovered this year.
This list is in no particular order and does not mean in any way that other authors works I have read were not good but simply that these authors are ones who I will follow and get excited about new books of theirs being published.
1. Latashia Figueroa. I’ve only read one novella by this author which was the first part of a trilogy but it was so intensely gripping that I have to read the rest of the series and will definitely be watching this author in 2016.
2. Maggie James. I’ve read two of Maggie James’ books so far, one on novel writing and one psychological thriller and I loved both. I have another psychological thriller of hers on my kindle waiting to be read and going by what I’ve already read I know I won’t be disappointed.
3. S.G. MacLean (Shona MacLean). I read her debut novel for my reading group in the summer and am still remembering parts of it now. Every time someone asks for a novel recommendation, Shona’s is the one I suggest because it stands out above every other debut novel I have ever read. I had never heard of this author until I read her book but am now a huge fan, the writing, scene setting and story telling are absolutely spot on. If you like crime, especially historical crime and have never heard of this author I urge you to look her up and I hope you enjoy her books as much as I have.
4. Rachael Lucas. The first Rachael Lucas novel I read was Sealed with a Kiss, I can’t remember how I found it but I know the idea of running off to start a new life on a Scottish island appealed to me so I bought it and was hooked. I’ve read and re-read this book and the novella follow-up already this year and I’m quite sure I’ll be reading them again before the next book comes out in 2016. This is an author I will definitely be following and will probably become one of those whose books I buy without needing to think about it.
5. Rebecca Raisin. I saw the description of The Little Bookshop on the Seine and couldn’t resist it. I’ve loved Paris for years and although I’ve only been once, about 15 years ago, I’ve never forgotten the atmosphere that the city has. This book recreated that for me, along with interesting and realistic characters and this is why this author has become a new favourite after only one book. After all, anyone who can make me want to drop everything and hop on the next plane to Paris has to be good!
6. Holly Martin. I know there are a lot of people who have discovered Holly Martin this year (including me!), probably helped a lot by the fact she managed to write not 1, but 2 Christmas novels. Both of these were magical stories and although I haven’t reviewed Snowflakes at Silver Cove yet I have rated it as 5 stars. From what I’ve read so far her novels are definitely the ones I want to be snuggled up with while having hot chocolate and being glad I’m not outside in appalling weather.
7. Cathy Bramley. I’ve only read one Cathy Bramley novel so far (I know, I need to work on this!) but it was ideal for me. Conditional Love, a story of someone holding themselves back from what they really want in life, sounded so much like me that I had to read it and see what happened and I was not disappointed. The writing style was a little different to what I’m used to so to start with I wasn’t sure I’d like it but by the end I was cheering Sophie on and probably needed a tissue or two for the last few pages. Definitely a new favourite for me and someone whose books I really need to catch up on.
8. M.J. Lee. I’ve only recently discovered this author having read his book, Death in Shanghai, as part of a blog tour and I’m so very glad I did as I loved it. While the majority of this list are not crime authors this genre has always been my favourite so to find a new author whose book and characters I enjoyed was a real pleasure and a delight. Death in Shanghai is the first in a series of novels with Inspector Danilov and the brilliant Strachan and is certainly a series I will be following with great anticipation.
9. Marcie Steele. Although Marcie Steele is better known as Mel Sherratt I have to confess I’d never read any of her books until I discovered Stirred With Love through the wonderful publishers, Bookouture. I loved the fact that her stories were realistic and put characters I could relate to in realistic settings with believable problems. This is definitely an author to watch for me and I’m obviously going to have to add some Mel Sherratt books to my reading list for next year.
10. Jenny Hale. Bookouture have provided me with a lot of new authors this year and Jenny Hale is one of them. While I had mixed feelings about one of the characters in Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses I did enjoy the book and I know this was one where I was in need of tissues at the end. This is possibly the only book that has ever made me feel excited about Christmas ( a period of the year which I enjoy mainly because I get to read and not work!) and that is why Jenny Hale has made my list of favourite authors for 2015. I know she is working on a new book just now which is due out next year and I’m looking forward to reading it already.
Although I will be reading books by these authors next year as well as authors I already love I am hoping that 2016 will introduce me to even more excellent authors to add to my favourites list.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this, whether you agree with my choices or not, and I hope that you’ve found one or two new authors to add to your to read list. I’m off now, back to Diagon Alley where Harry Potter is just about to be introduced to the wizarding world.