Top Ten Tuesday for December 8: Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015 from The Broke and the Bookish.
Some of these authors have been on my mental list or actually sitting on my shelf for ages- years in the case of Naomi Novik and Cherie Priest- but I finally got around to them in 2015, and boy am I glad I did.
Kelly Sue DeConnick (Bitch Planet) I’ve followed DeConnick on Tumblr for ages, and had been meaning to pick up her Captain Marvel books ever since she took over the title, but for whatever reason I ended up reading Bitch Planet first. SO GOOD. And she is so much fun to follow online- she is hilarious, tough, and gives no fucks.
G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel) The buzz for Wilson’s Ms. Marvel series was hot from the start, but buying new comics has (necessarily) been low on my budget priorities. Needless to say, I was so excited when I was able to get my hands on the first two trades at my library. And they totally lived up to the hype and now I'm hooked.
Cherie Priest (I Am Princess X) I’ve had the first two volumes of Priest’s steampunk Boneshaker series on my shelf forever, but just never get around to them. Instead, I picked up her one-shot YA title I Am Princess X from the library. I’m definitely looking forward to finally getting around to her other titles in 2016.
Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes and Nimona) Noelle Stevenson is amazing. Lumberjanes is making waves in the comics world for its kickass look at feminism and female friendship, but I think my heart prefers Nimona for it’s darker tones and weird upheaval of the hero/villain set-up. But both are fantastic.
Naomi Novik (Uprooted and His Majesty’s Dragon series) Like with Cherie Priest, I allowed Novik’s His Majesty’s Dragon series to sit on my shelves for years without getting around to them. When I ended up getting an ARC of Uprooted, I loved it and went on a tear through the first three of the Dragon books. I prefer Uprooted overall, but they all have great friendships at their heart, which I think is Novik’s greatest strength.
Sam Maggs (The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy) Maggs has a voice that is in keeping with the online fangirl zeitgeist, full of slang and enthusiasm. I love it.
Cheryl Strayed (Tiny Beautiful Things—writing as Dear Sugar) I never read Wild- I’m inherently apprehensive about that kind of “big existential project” memoirs. So I was surprised when I read Tiny Beautiful Things on a whim and was just blown away by her empathy and wisdom, as well as her pure skill as a writer.
Kelly Link (Get in Trouble) Kelly Link has been on my mental get-to-it list for ages, so I was really excited to get approved for an ARC of Get in Trouble. It did not disappoint. I will be reading everything she has written/will write. Period.
Priya Parmar (Vanessa and Her Sister) Reading Parmar was an out-of-the-blue kind of deal. The ARC for Vanessa and Her Sister caught my attention by chance, and it really was an astonishing bit of historical ventriloquism.
Roxane Gay (Bad Feminist, various online articles, Twitter) The Queen. If you haven’t read Bad Feminist yet, you need to get on it. Now.