Author Obsessions in 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new topic and invite everyone to share their answers. I'm so obsessed with lists - so I obviously love this feature!

Top Ten New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2015

I have this post in the back of my mind throughout the year, and I've known ever since I read My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry that Fredrik Backman would be on it. And after finished A Man Called Ove, it just sealed the deal. His writing is eccentric, imaginative, insightful and touching. I can't get enough!

2. Katherine Center | Happiness for Beginners
If I loved a book enough to read it twice in one month, it's a given that the author is making my list of favorite new-to-me discoveries. Happiness for Beginners was everything I want in a good read, and I've pushed it on so many people. Center's writing took a simple and familiar story to another level. AND THE SWOON.

I thoroughly enjoyed Gaughen's twist on a folk tale, and I binged this series in  a week! While I was impressed by the character development and incorporation of dialect, it was the emotion that made me adore these books and author. No one told me that I needed to prepare my heart... and have tissues on hand!

4. Stacey Lee | Of Beast and Beauty
I bought this book on a whim and had high hopes for it, but I never expected to love it as much as I did! The story had me hooked almost immediately, and I credit that to Jay's gorgeous writing. The lyrical quality just blew my away, and I can't even do it justice. Not to mention the vivid world that Jay brought to life!

5. Stacey Lee | Under a Painted Sky
Historical fiction is my favorite genre, so I was thrilled when I started seeing praise pouring in for this read. And once I read it for myself, I knew this was only the beginning of Lee's bright future! I loved everything about this book - the writing, the characters, the romance, the setting, the story... Now I'm dying for more from Lee.

6. Mhairi McFarlane | It's Not Me, It's You and Here's Looking at You
I'm cheating a little bit with this author because I technically read my first book from her in 2014. I enjoyed it, but it didn't even compare to the two I read from her this year. I love the humor in McFarlane's books, but they make me cry a little, too. I find myself so drawn to her characters and the themes in her stories.

7. Collen Oakley | Before I Go
I technically read Oakley's debut at the very end of 2014, but I didn't include her on my list of favorite new-to-me authors because I wanted to wait until her book was actually published. I loved Oakley's writing style, and I became enamored with her main character's voice and journey. I wanted the book to never end!

8. Rebecca Stead | Goodbye Stranger
I requested this book for review because I was intrigued by the summary, and I'm so thankful for that decision! This was one of the most though-provoking books I read this year, and Stead expertly captures the awkwardness and coming-of-age that happens in middle. It was a complex read, in the very best way.

I thought this series was so clever, smart and engaging. I loved the combination of fantasy and historical fiction, which felt fresh and unique. In all the serious moments, I looked forward to the doses of humor and romance. Thomas' writing was just so consistently good, and I'd love to read more YA from her!

10. Nancy Turner | These is My Words
Oh my goodness, I adore when one books makes me fall head over heels in love with the author! That was my experience with These is My Words - a book that was languishing on my TBR until I randomly picked it up and became completely obsessed. The writing, characters and romance absolutely blew me away!

Did any of these authors make your list?
Have I convinced you to give any of them a shot?


  1. The only author on your list that I've read is A.C. Gaughen, but I loved the Scarlet series so I'll be interested to see what else she comes out with. I've also been meaning to give Stacey Jay's books a try.

  2. I love Stacey Jay! She does have beautiful writing.

  3. Of Beast and Beauty is on my list for 2016! And I love Rebecca Stead. Seriously wonderful middle grade novels. My TTT

  4. I love that we have a few in common! Stacey Lee is brilliant (and I'm excited for you to read Outrun the Moon), Stacey Jay is phenomenal (READ PRINCESS OF THORNS PLEASE AND THANK YOU), Sherry Thomas is amazing. I also can't wait to check out Fredrik Backman! Every time I see his book, I always think about how much you loved it and it makes me want to read it :)

  5. A.C Gaughen was on my list too! I'm on Lion Heart right now and I love it! I really need to check out Stacey Jay!!


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