Today we are supposed to share Five Fave "New to Me" Author Discoveries This Year. Luckily, one of the things I record on my spreadsheet is if I am reading an author for the first time so it's easy to look back.
Bryan Lee O'Malley is the writer and artist of the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels and Seconds, one of my favorite graphic novels of the year. I read seven books by him this year so it seems like we're old friends but we really just met!
Ben Tripp debuted his first YA novel this year, The Accidental Highwayman. I don't think I actually reviewed it because I tend to forget to do that when it's an audiobook and there isn't something physical on my review pile. This was a really fun fantasy adventure and I look forward to the remaining books in the trilogy. It was one of those books where every element turned out to be something I love to read about. I have a physical copy of the book on it's way to me right now actually so I look forward to reading this one again too! (I won't be reading his earlier zombie series though because I don't like zombies.)
When I was reading from my big anthology of time travel stories, one of the best so far was a story of The Company by Kage Baker. I grabbed the first book of the series, In the Garden of Iden, but again, it was on audiobook and I forgot to tell you all about it! It's a complicated backstory of a company from the future that recruits early humans, changes them into cyborgs, and then employs them through time to save some of the many things that go extinct or disappear through time -- to their future financial benefit, of course. It was really well explained and the characters were complex, the plot interesting. Baker will probably end up being one of my science fiction go-to authors though I'll have to mete out the books carefully because sadly she died in 2010.
Zen Cho really impressed me with Sorcerer to the Crown. She's another debut author so I can't wait to see what she writes in the future!
And, last but not least, Jennifer Chambliss Bertman, author of Book Scavenger. That a middle grade book could keep me thinking about it for days and weeks is something rarely done but she managed it. And, she's another debut author -- well done!
Which new-to-you author was your favorite this year?
Celebrating new literary friends,