Top Ten Authors I Read For The First Time in 2015


I love this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic! Too often we (well, I) forget that there is a person behind each book, and this was a great way for me to kind of look into authors whose works I’ve enjoyed a bit more. Surprisingly (to me), this list happens to be 100% female! I guess that’s to be expected, though, given that the only male authors I’ve read this year are Brandon Sanderson and Patrick Ness and the rest have been female. Maybe it’s time to read more male authors? 🙂

Now, in no particular order…

1) Emma Mills

Emma-MillsEmma Mills is a debut author better known to her subscribers as vlogger Elmify. She is also the cocreator and cohost of the “life skills” channel How to Adult. (Goodreads)

I liked: First and Then (YA, Contemporary).
→ Find her on Twitter and YouTube.

2) J. C. Lillis

J.-C.-LillisJ.C. Lillis lives in Baltimore with her patient family and a ragtag band of tropical fish, some of which will be dead by the time you read this. She loves thrift store art, dollhouses, koi ponds, retrofuturism, and peanut butter and banana sandwiches. She hates writing bios. (Goodreads)

I liked: How to Repair a Mechanical Heart (YA, Contemporary, LGBT).
→ Find her on her website or Twitter.

3) Nicola Yoon

Nicola-YoonNicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. Everything, Everything is her first novel. (Goodreads)

I liked: Everything, Everything (YA, Contemporary).
→ Find her on her website and Twitter.

4) Tara Dairman

Tara-DairmanTara Dairman is the author of the middle-grade foodie novels, all published by Putnam/Penguin. She is also a playwright and a recovering round-the-world honeymooner (2 years, 74 countries!). Tara holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Dartmouth College and is represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette of the Erin Murphy Literary Agency. (Goodreads)

→ I liked: All Four Stars (Children’s).
→ Find her on her website, Facebook and Twitter.

5) Jenny Han

Jenny-HanJenny Han (Han like Han Solo, not Han like hand) was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. She went to college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Go Heels!) and she went on to graduate school at the New School in New York City, where she received her MFA in Writing for Children. She lives in Brooklyn. (Goodreads)

→ I liked: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (YA, Contemporary).
→ Find her on her website and Twitter.

6) Renée Ahdieh

Renee-AhdiehRenée Ahdieh lives in North Carolina (Go Heels!) with her husband Victor and their dog Mushu. In her spare time, she likes to cook, dance salsa, and wreak havoc on the lives of her characters. She’s also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, as well as an active member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. (Goodreads)

I liked: The Wrath and The Dawn (YA, Fantasy, Retelling). I haven’t yet written a review for this book but god damn, it’s honestly just wonderful. So poetic, so gorgeously written, so suspenseful. I couldn’t put it down.
→ Find her on her website and Twitter.

7) Peggy Kern

Peggy-KernPeggy Kern is the author of two books for the Bluford High Series. She lives with her daughter in Massachusetts. (Goodreads)

→ I liked: Little Peach (YA, Contemporary).
→ Find her on Twitter.

8) Jennifer Niven

Jennifer-NivenJennifer started writing full-time in 2000 and she hasn’t stopped. To date she’s written eight books, two of those upcoming, and when she’s not working on the ninth, she’s contributing to her web magazine, thinking up new books, and dabbling in TV. She is always writing. (Goodreads)

→ I liked: All The Bright Places (YA, Contemporary).
→ Find her on her website and Twitter.

9) Cindy Pon

Cindy-PonCindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow, 2009), which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association’s Booklist, and one of 2009′s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA. The sequel to Silver Phoenix, titled Fury of the Phoenix, was released in April 2011. She is the co-founder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. Cindy is also a Chinese brush painting student of over a decade.

I liked: Serpentine (YA, Fantasy).
→ Find her on her website and Twitter.

10) Alice Clayton

Alice-ClaytonAlice Clayton worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read laptop). She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her. (Goodreads)

→ I liked: Nuts (Romance, Contemporary). This is a bit of a cheat because I’m actually still reading this, but so far I’ve been really loving all the food puns and innuendos, not to mention that the book also has baking and cooking tips I’m excited to take on board.
→  Find her on her website and Twitter.

Who’s on your list this Tuesday? Link me to your post!

22 thoughts on “Top Ten Authors I Read For The First Time in 2015

  1. Great list!! I really love Jenny Han, I hope you did like her books, and you’ll want to read more. For me, she makes perfect books to read in the summer, or when you’re just looking for a relaxing time 🙂
    Emma Mills’ book, First and Then, is on my TBR! I discovered it a few days ago only, but I’m really eager to get to it.
    Everything, Everything, everyonee is talking about this book, it’s about time I read it, too! 😀


    • I’ve only read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before duology, but I haven’t read any of the others! What would you recommend?

      First and Then is one of my faaavourite reads this year–it’s just so sweet and so warm. I hope you enjoy that and Everything, Everything if/when you get to pick them up! ❤

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      • Well, I read almost everything by Jenny Han, so… I would definitely recommend the Summer series if you enjoyed To All The Boys I Loved Before, because it’s such a sweet story, and it’s a fast-read, too 🙂
        Aww I’m so glad to hear that, I should definitely read those books soon! So many books, so little time, ahhh!! :p


    • I’m honestly not that big of a fan of Everything, Everything even though I quite liked it, but I’m excited to see what else Yoon comes up with–I think she’s got lots of potential, and the illustrations in that book were really cute. 🙂

      Thanks, checking it out! ❤


  2. I really enjoyed Everything, Everything and I thought it was a solid debut and I’m excited read her next book. I’ve heard a lot of great things about The Wrath and the Dawn and I’m hoping to read it next year. I’m told All the Bright Places tugs at the heartstrings so I’m going to have to be in the right mood to read it…and stock up on the tissues haha.


    • I’m not super huge on Everything, Everything, but Yoon definitely has lots of potential!

      I just finished The Wrath and The Dawn some days ago and I still occasionally think about it–to me it was just that gorgeous. I hope you enjoy that and All The Bright Places if/when you get to it. ❤

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