Top 5 Wednesday : Top 5 Authors Discovered This Year


Top 5 this week sounded like an excellent topic as one of my goals this year was to read new to me authors or debuts. I’ve done okay in this regard, and have discovered some gems! A great chance to share today!
Top 5 is of course created by Lainey at GingerReadsLainey. And as usual these are not in any specific order.

5) NneNnedidi Okorafor
I haven’t yet read any full novels by this author but I adored her Tor Novella Binti. It was a completely unique experience, with an amazing world. Nnedi write fiction that uses women of color with real, unique cultures instead of your typical hero. I love it.

4) Andy Weir
AndyWeir    Unfortunately he only has the one book out presently but I will read anything this man writes. He has reached the level of Seanan McGuire, the ‘I Would Read Their Grocery List’. I jokingly tell people I preach The Gospel of The Martian.
Though, for real. Read it. Now.

3) Jim C Hines
Jim C Hines  Mr. Hines, as many of my favorites do, writes fantasy. He has a great urban fantasy series, a really fun fairytale retelling, and a fantasy series featuring a Goblin main character that I haven’t gotten to. He seems like a really nice guy and I adore his characters. One of those authors I just fixate on and keep close.
Like a shiney new bobble… because that’s not creepy at all.

2) Django Wexler
Django    I’ve read two of Mr. Wexler’s books this year. One I’m his Middle Grade series and one is his Flintlock Fantasy series. I’ve loved both, each unique in its own way. I have a healthy respect for someone who can write both children and adult books well, I think it shows a great talent for writing. I would highly recommend this author for any fan of either genre.

1) Alan Bradley

Kelwona, BC.-- Canadian author Alan Bradley in Kelowna, B.C. on February 12, 2009.  He has published many children's stories as well as lifestyle and arts columns in Canadian newspapers. His adult stories have been broadcast on CBC Radio and published in various literary journals. He won the first Saskatchewan Writers Guild Award for Children's Literature.  Delacorte Press will publish the next in Bradley's delirious new series,  The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag.(Jeff Bassett for the Globe and Mail)

The first Flavia de Luce book has stuck to me and will not let go. That tiny little poison crazed chemist had got to be one of the coolest little characters I’ve met to date. She’s spunky, smart, and tenacious. Not only her but the entire cast of the book was endearing and well written. I’m looking forward to reading more of these books and even Mr. Bradley’s nonfiction!

My list seems populated by men mostly, which is a shame, and something to work on! Anyone else have some great newly discovered authors?

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