Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2015


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2015. What fun! I “met” so many authors this year for the first time. Here are my top 10:

Note: If you want to know more about any of the books mentioned here, click on the links to see my reviews.

1) Cat Winters: I read two Cat Winters books this year — an adult novel, The Uninvited, and a YA novel, The Cure for Dreaming. Both were amazing.


2) Dana Stabenow: On a whim, I started listening to the audiobooks of Dana Stabenow’s Kate Shugak mystery series. I’d always heard good things, and a big plus for me is the Alaska setting. I’m now on my 4th in the series, and it’s so consistently terrific. (Review of book #1, here.)

3) Emily St. John Mandel: I read Station Eleven early in the year, and loved it.

station eleven

4) Jacqueline Winspear: Another audio discovery! I’d been hearing about the Maisie Dobbs series for a while now, and finally decided to give the first book a try. Well worth it.

Maisie Dobbs

5) Benjamin Percy: The Dead Lands was one of the most disturbing things I read all year… and yet, I’m looking forward to reading more by this author.

Dead Lands

6) Winston Graham: Thank you, BBC and PBS, for introducing me to the gorgeous world of Poldark. After watching the first couple of episodes, I just knew I had to read the books as well.

Ross Poldark

7) Chris Pavone: I really enjoyed his sleek spy drama, The Expats, and look forward to reading The Accident in the near future.


8) Elizabeth Gaskell: North and South has been on my to-read list for years, and thanks to my book group, I’ve finally read it!


9) Jack London: Another classic! I can’t believe I never read any of Jack London’s novels before now — but I finally listened to the audiobook of The Call of the Wild, and thought it was great. I’d really like to read more of his books.

Call 2

10) Felicia Day: Is this cheating? I’ve loved Felicia Day as an actress and nerdy girl hero for a long time, but this year, I can add her to my author list as well! Her memoir, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is such fun to read.
You're Never Weird

I can’t wait to see who I’ll meet in 2016!

Which authors did you discover in 2015?

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33 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2015

    • Thanks! I’m not usually a mystery reader, but I have thing for anything related to Alaska, and I’ve found the Dana Stabenow books to be great to listen to while I drive back and forth to work. 🙂

  1. What an amazing list! I’m looking forward to reading Station Eleven and Felicia Day’s book next year. Speaking of actors who write, I loved David Duchovny’s Holy Cow, can’t wait for his second novel.

  2. The only author on this list that I have read is Jack London and it has been quite a while. Now I have more to add to my TBR.
    Thanks for sharing your list!

    • Thanks! I guess my education was deficient — I never read London in school, even though I think Call of the Wild is something usually on required reading lists. 🙂 I’m glad I finally caught up!

    • I’ve read just Ross Poldark and Demelza (which cover the first season of the TV series), but I have the next two on my shelf. Demelza (the book) is fantastic. Have you watched the show yet? SO pretty…

      • I should have clarified that by “a lot” I meant I read The Call of the Wild and White Fang a lot (and watched the movies)! I always meant to look into his other works, but I’m not sure I ever did (though I might have had to read a short story of his once for class–apparently it wasn’t that memorable).

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