My ten favorite new-to-me authors

Top-Ten-TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme I take part in when I can think up answers! It’s a great meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish blog. Every week they suggest a new book-related topic. It’s not only fun to think about my list, but to read what other people come up with!

This week I’m talking about my favorite authors I read for the first time this year. I’ve listed the books I read by these authors and in some cases I read more than one book by the author.

Science Fiction

Andy Weir

  • The Martian
  • I loved the ingenuity the main character shows when he’s stranded on Mars. And from what I’ve read about the book Mr. Weir did an excellent job creating realistic scenarios on Mars.

Ernest Cline

  • Ready Player One
  • Armada
  • Video games are an integral part of both books, but Mr. Cline writes two very different books.

Becky Chambers

  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (not reviewed yet)
  • Most of the action takes place on a space ship with a crew of humans and assorted aliens. Becky Chambers does a great job with the interactions between the crew and others they meet during their journey.

Elizabeth Bear

  • Karen Memory (steampunk)
  • Elizabeth Bear writes such a good story set in a frontier steampunk Seattle and in a brothel.


Naomi Novik

  • Uprooted
  • A stand-alone fantasy inspired by the Polish folk tales Ms. Novik grew up listening to.

Ari Marmell

  • Hot Lead, Cold Iron (urban fantasy)
  • This urban fantasy is set in 1930’s Chicago with the main character a Fae PI working in human Chicago. I love how the author uses slang from the 30’s.


Louise Penny

Julie Mulhern

  • The Deep End (historical mystery)
  • Guaranteed to Bleed (historical mystery)
  • These historical mysteries have the flavor of the early 1970’s and the author has created memorable characters.

Ann Cleeves

  • Raven Black (police procedural)
  • Takes place in the Shetland Islands off the coast of Scotland. I like how the author really infuses the cold and loneliness of winter in the Shetlands as well as the loneliness and isolation of so many of the characters.

Women’s Fiction

Jill Mansell

Who are your favorite new authors?