Top 5 Wednesday: Top Authors You Discovered This Year

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the booktuber, Lainey aka gingereadslainey. You can find the topics and the Goodreads page of the book meme here.

Finally another easy one! Haha.

So, 2015 was a fantastic year for me to start discovering awesome authors. After all, this is the year I started reviewing independent authors! But, don’t get me wrong, not everyone on my list is an independent author. In fact, my number one…

1.) Josh Malerman – Bird Box

I was browsing the local library, and I saw this really cool looking cover. Then, obviously, next question was “What in the world is a “Bird Box” and why can’t they open their eyes?” Well, I grabbed it, devoured it, and have been recommending it to pretty much everyone who likes horror at all. He’s sort of the…Anti-King when it comes to description, super long novels, etc. I love it! Bird Box is his debut work. I can’t wait to see more from him.

2.) Christopher Stookey – Where Death is a Hunter

Sort of an amusing story about this (and not something I told the author), I’d been eyeballing this book, considering getting it, because it looked interesting as heck. But, I kept talking myself out of it, because I’d been getting a lot of indie author requests for review, and why spend money on a book when I’m getting books for free right now… Anyways, one day I open my email, see this author request, and note that he’s attached the book cover. Soon as I saw it was the same book I’d been eyeing, Mr. Stookey got a “Oh yes, please!” from me.

The book was as good as it looked like it would be, by the way.

3.) T. Eric Bakutis – Glyphbinder

I get asked to review a lot of fantasy, even though its down low on my list of things I’m willing to review. (Where’s the horror? The scifi? The thriller writers?!) I tend to pass on a majority of them, as I know Allie at Allie’s Opinions or Clayton from Page Turners, Inc would be better to review the work. However, occasionally I’ll get one that will make me sit up and go “Oooer, that looks interesting.”  That’s precisely what happened with this book. Fantastic read. So glad I said yes!

4.) Andy Weir – The Martian

Do I really need to go into any talk about this? Suffice to say, I’d heard this book was recommended by one of the few TV personalities I actually pay any attention to (Adam Savage), and figured I’d check it out. So, I did, and The Martian has cemented itself a place in my “best books ever” list.

5.) Corey J. Popp – Beneath Claire’s House

This was another author I discovered via his request for a book review. The synopsis he sent me immediately hooked me, and I couldn’t wait to read it. Beneath Claire’s House is a ‘clean’ YA Horror novel that anyone 14+ could read. Creepy and wonderful.

17 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Top Authors You Discovered This Year

    1. If you like audiobooks at all, I can 100% assure you the splurge to get the Audible version of The Martian is completely and utterly worth it! I have both e-book (and because there was an upgrade sale) audiobook, and I pretty much only listen to the Audio. RC Bray does an amazing job.

      1. I am actually listening to the audiobook 😀 I’d just skim all the technological and science-y parts if I read the actual book, it’s so much better to have it read to me.

  1. I’m not big on indie authors but I’d like to try them too! The Martian is on my TBR. Do you think it’s a good idea to read it first then watch it? I heard the movie was one of a kind!

    1. I love reviewing Indie Authors for the most part. It’s a cool feeling because you know your feedback really matters to them in a way it does not for authors who get tons of traffic. Then, *puts on hipster glasses*, there’s the thrill of reading an awesome book … before it was cool.

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