The last two years I’ve participated in an “official” end of year wrap up challenge of sorts. In 2013 it was Fiktshun’s Top 13 of 2013. Last year, I co-hosted an event with a couple other bloggers. This year I decided to tackle it on my own because I haven’t had time to look for an existing event or think about hosting one of my own. So, from now until the end of December, I’ll be looking back on my year of bookish bests.
Today’s post is all about the established authors I just got around to reading for the first time. This year was an AMAZING year for discovering new-to-me authors. In fact, you’ll probably be shocked to learn I’ve not read books by a couple of these amazing ladies before now.
My Favorite New-to-Me Authors
Lisa Kleypas is easily one of my favorite new-to-me discoveries this year. Once I fell in love with historical romance, I was strongly encouraged to read her books by my historical romance girls. And OMG I’m glad I did. She’s amazing. I hope to read some of her contemporaries in the coming year.
Before this year, not only had I never read one of Kristen Ashley’s books, I’d never read a motorcycle club romance. Obviously I’m hooked on both now because she’s the freaking queen of everything. I look forward to tackling more of her backlist in 2016. Side note: she’s also ridiculously amazing in person. Meeting her was definitely one of the highlights of the Black & Gold Author Event in Pittsburgh.
Yes, I confess… I’m a romance fan who never read Jill Shalvis until this year. I didn’t think her sweet romances would do it for me, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. I love her characters and settings. I didn’t get to read as many of her books as I’d hoped to, but plan to continue on her backlist next year.
I’ve only read three of Penny Reid’s books so far, but considering I didn’t pick the first one up until around Thanksgiving, I’m giving myself a pass. My goal is to have read all her books by the time I meet her in Chicago in August. I loved her Elements of Chemistry series. So much.
Christine Manzari wrote one of my favorite books of 2015 – Hooked. One of my blogger friends talked endlessly about her YA series, which is on my list to read this coming year, but Hooked definitely sounded more like a “Kim read” and it so was. Not only is the book amazing, but Christine is pretty fantastic herself. I loved FINALLY getting to meet her during the Baltimore Book Festival.
Tessa Dare has the honor of being the author of the very first historical romance I ever read. She was my gateway drug into the wonderful world of HR and I can’t wait to read more of her books in 2016. She has a pretty large backlist to tackle.
I am so, so glad I discovered Candis Terry and her fictional town of Sweet, Texas this year. She made me fall in love with sweet and sexy small town romances.
I’ve only had a chance to read one of Aven Ellis’ books, but I adored it. I’ll be working my way through her backlist as soon as I can make time. I love her writing.
I don’t read a lot of women’s fiction, but if I decide to pick up another one, it’ll be something written by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Maybe in Another Life wrecked me in the best way possible and I couldn’t get it out of my head for weeks after finishing it.
If I’d never decided to read historical romance, I’d have never read a Sarah MacLean book and that would’ve been tragic. She’s one of my favorite HR writers and I can’t wait to see what she gives us next!
Dahlia Adler took my breath away with Last Will & Testament. I loved pretty much everything about that book. It gave me feels for days. Her Daylight Falls books are fantastic as well. I’ve not yet read her latest release, but hope to get to it soon! I’m sure I’ll love it just as much as the rest of her books!
I’ve only read one of Kristen Proby’s books so far (I KNOW!) but I adored it. I definitely need to continue on with her backlist in 2016. So good!
When I found out I would be assisting Laura Kaye at ApollyCon, I knew I had to read at least one of her books. I read her Hearts in Darkness novella and FELL IN LOVE and then I read a couple of her Brazens, which were also fantastic. So, of course, was she. I’ve even had a chance to play Cards Against Humanity with her this past year and I’m a fan. 🙂
I picked up one of R.L. Mathewson’s books on a whim and I’m so glad I did. I’ve read a couple now and they were both fun and sexy and hilarious. I’ll definitely be continuing on tackling her backlist in 2016.
When I met M. Leighton in December 2013, I knew I had to read one of her books. She was about the sweetest damn person ever. Now, it took me awhile to get there, but I’ve finally read one and I loved it. So, clearly I need to keep reading more of her books in 2016.
Do you make it a point to read “new” authors each year?
Who are some of the “new to you” authors you fell in love with this year?
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