Books?? What are books????
Sorry for my long absence! My plans to manage my time have, for the most part, failed abysmally. I have been working seven days a week for the last month, balancing multiple jobs plus the heavy performing schedule that always comes with the Christmas season as someone doing a lot of music. I’ve gone bananas. Even during my normally failproof reading time – while I’m in transit or waiting for the bus – I still can’t read, because I’m so tired I just start falling asleep immediately.
I have set some very moderate December goals. I’d like to do a paltry but hopefully achievable 2 reviews of books that I read throughout the year but didn’t get around to reviewing. I’d also like to do a recap, and some sort of top ten post from 2015, though those will likely come in early January. In the meantime, I have a lot of reading – both of books and blogs – to catch up on, and I’m sorry to have missed so much.
All that said, I had some time this morning, and I was able to scrape together a Top Ten Tuesday (run, as always, by The Broke and the Bookish). One without much in the way of links, or pictures, though – sorry! Virtually of the authors I read in 2015 were new to me… this year has been FULL of me going “Why haven’t I ever read (author) before?!?!?!?” These are just a few of them.
Top Ten New to Me Authors (of 2015)
- Ann Leckie
I will read everything Ann Leckie writes, forever, because that is the sort of reader loyalty that I feel she has earned from writing such a fantastic debut (!!) trilogy. I look forward to so many more years of reading about singing and spaceships and whatever else Ann Leckie feels like writing about, because I am so there, for all of it.
- Jennifer Marie Brissett
I thought Elysium was a daring, haunting, and beautiful piece of writing and I’m beyond excited to see what else she has to say.
- Rachel Aaron/Bach
The Paradox Trilogy was such ridiculously good fun, from beginning to end. A badass heroine, powered armour suits, guns, swords, aliens, and romance: what more could you want? If her other work is even half as fun, they will still be fantastic reads.
- Lauren Beukes
Though each book has been entirely different, her work is unfailingly a witty, exciting rollercoaster, filled with memorable characters and often wildly disturbing. It’s a recipe for success.
- Naomi Novik
I must be the last SF/F fan in the world to read Naomi Novik…. But better late than never! I read more Naomi Novik than any other author this year (3 Temeraire books and Uprooted; reviews for 2 of these are still to come, however), which is a good indicator of how much I enjoyed her writing.
- V. E. Schwab
It was a pleasure to read two very different but both compelling and enjoyable books with Vicious and A Darker Shade of Magic.
- Kameron Hurley
I have sadly still only read one book of Hurley’s, The Mirror Empire. Her work is high on my priority list, but has suffered from my difficult and sleep-deprived schedule: God’s War is actually sitting by my bedside RIGHT NOW, but I only ever seem to get a paragraph in before I fall asleep, and now it’s due back at the library in 2 days. Alas! But TME was a great read, plus I think Kameron Hurley is a rad human being overall as I also love reading her non-fiction writing (blogging, essays).
- Juliet Marillier
Dreamer’s Pool blew me away. Since then I’ve read Shadowfell as well, which I’ll confess did not have nearly the same effect on me… but Dreamer’s Pool is phenomenal enough to make up the deficit, and I am itching to get my hands on Tower of Thorns. If anything can keep me awake these days, it’s got to be that.
- Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
I loved the beautifully crafted storytelling in The Palace of Illusions and I’m terribly eager to read more of her work.
- Helene Wecker
The Golem and the Jinni was a wonderful story combing fascinating commentary on things like immigration, alienation, control, and freedom with charming magical realism. It’s a book I strongly recommend, and one that guarantees I will check out Wecker’s future writing.