Top Ten Favourite New-to-Me Authors

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

I’m twisting this week’s Top Ten a bit because some of my favourite authors are quite obvious. By now you all probably know I adore Diana Wynne Jones, Rachel Hartman, Maggie Stiefvater, Marie Lu… so this list of favourite authors is only authors I’ve read recently. Whether the books themselves are old or new doesn’t matter!

  1. Courtney Summers. I recently read Cracked Up to Be and the recently-released All The Rage, and I loved them both. Summers is the kind of contemporary author who isn’t at all afraid to tackle difficult subjects with a far from preachy tone, and her characters can be really unlikable at times. She kind of reminds me of Christa Desir. I can’t wait to read more of her stuff!
  2. Anuja Chauhan. There’s a reason this author impressed me so much. I tend to shy away from Indian fiction despite living in India (I don’t really know why) but Chauhan’s books are fabulous. With just the right amount of desi masala, hilarious prose, and amazing characters, her books are packages of fun. Those Pricey Thakur Girls is my must-read for the month!
  3. Kara Taylor. You’ve heard me rave about her Prep School Confidential series, and it’s because Taylor really knows how to write a scandalous story without crossing into melodrama. Also her main character is an absolute gem!
  4. Joe Abercrombie. His fabulous Shattered Sea novels are very much reminiscent of A Song of Ice and Fire (yes, I went there) with their cast of manipulative, scheming character and the fascinating mythology. I crave good political fantasy, and I think his books perfectly fit that bill for me.
  5. Stephanie Kuehn. This woman is like the queen of unreliable narrators. Like Courtney Summers, troubled characters star her books. She wields twisted narratives like a weapon, and her suspenseful, chill-inducing books are definitely not for the faint of heart.
  6. Barry Lyga. I’ve praised his psychological novel I Hunt Killers already, and there are few books that have really shaken me like it has. He brings in all sorts of moral questions and the age-old nature vs. nurture debate, and I love the way he does it.
  7. Tana French. Okay, maybe this is stretching the ‘recent’ tag, but I just found out about Tana French in January and I don’t know how I’d never heard of her before. Her mystery books are literally some of the best I’ve ever read, and they actually delve so deep into the protagonist’s psyche. I love her.
  8. Abigail Haas. You’ve heard me say it! Haas knows how to write a book that will mess with your mind through till the end, and for days afterward too. My cousin and I have had endless discussions on her amazing Dangerous Girls.
  9. Pierce Brown. I’m so glad that Red Rising did so well – frankly, I’m sick of the dystopian trend, and this sci-fi novel was a real breath of fresh air.
  10. Heather Demetrios. I really loved I’ll Meet You There and I can’t wait to read her other stuff.
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