This week’s Top Ten topic, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is the top new-to-me authors I read in 2015.
- Chimamanda Ngozie Idichie: Americanah was an amazing, complex book that really made me think about race and nationality.
- Belinda Bauer: I read Rubbernecker and The Shut Eye and loved them both. I don’t read a lot of thrillers but I couldn’t put Bauer’s books down.
- Celeste Ng: one of my favorite books of the year was Ng’s Everything I Never Told You. Enough said.
- Caitlin Moran: How to Be a Woman was hilarious and should be read by every woman.
- Amy Stewart: Girl Waits with Gun is historical fiction that has everything you want in a story.
- Ruth Ozeki: A Tale for the Time Being was one of the most interesting and complex books I read this year.
- Kent Haruf: Plainsong was beautifully written.
- Phil Klay: Klay’s National Book Award winner Redeployment really gave me a good look at the challenges of deployment and returning home.
- Kate Grenville: The Secret River is complex historical fiction about the coming of the British to New South Wales and their treatment of the aboriginal people who live there.
- Elizabeth Strout: Olive Kitteridge is a beautiful book of short stories that all center around one character in a small town in Maine. It won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
And a few honorable mentions for best new-to-me authors this year: Andy Weir (The Martian), N.K. Jemisin (The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms), and Tim O’Brien (The Things They Carried).
Who were your favorite new authors this year?
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