Here’s a great idea from Brandy at Random Musings of a Bibliophile: Favorite Books of the Last Five Years. If you’re ambitious, I suppose you could do it as Favorite Books of the Decade! I, on the other hand, have only been keeping track of books-read for about three years, so it’s tricky to go back further than that.
I love most of the books on Brandy’s list, but books blur together for me in time, so it’s hard to remember when I first read a book. It’s easier for me to do this list:
FAVORITE AUTHORS DISCOVERED IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS
And even this may be more like the past three years. But it’s still easier than picking out specific books. I suppose it’s not surprising that some of the authors on my list only debuted recently, while others, no matter how new-to-me, have been around for a while.
Anyway, top ten new-to-me authors from the last five years (or so), in the order they occur to me. In order to appear on this list, I decided it was important that a) I have read at least three books by the author, because how else can I know the author consistently suits my taste? And, b) never have read a book that I really disliked by the author.
Martha Wells. You all know how I feel about Martha Wells’ books! I couldn’t really get into the Star Wars one, RAZOR’S EDGE — I’m simply not very into the Star Wars world and never have been. Maybe I’ll go back to it eventually. But her original-world work suits me right down to the ground.
Andrea K Höst. Of course. I still think wistfully of my Höst blow out two years ago, when I read almost all her books one after another. You know what would make a GREAT TV series? The Touchstone trilogy. Start when Cass gets rescued by the Psychic Space Ninjas, then insert the lost-in-the-woods bit as flashbacks as you move forward with the story. That ought to hook viewers right away and keep them hooked. I don’t know actors, so I can’t cast this series. Who would make the world’s best Kaoren? Anybody got any ideas?
NK Jemisin. Her books suck me right in. My favorite is in fact the second of the Dreamblood books, which is why I’m picturing it below. I’m a bit tired of the first-woman-to-whatever plot element, but this was an exception.
Sherwood Smith. Hard to believe I’d never read anything by her before, what, last year? I still have a lot of her backlist on my Kindle / TBR shelves / in audio format / on my wishlist. My favorite so far is definitely A STRANGER TO COMMAND.
Laura Florand. As you all know. I particularly the cover of THE CHOCOLATE ROSE.
Elizabeth Bear. Which is pushing a point, since I have only read one (1) full book by Bear: RANGE OF GHOSTS. I’m really looking forward to reading the sequels, which look at me when I walk by my TBR shelves. But I loved A COMPANION TO WOLVES, which she co-wrote with Sarah Monette, and I loved the Shadow Unit series, so there you go.
Sarah Addison Allen. Another author that I seem to have known forever. No. I believe I discovered Allen in 2012.
Sarah Rees Brennan. I’ve only read the Demon trilogy, but whoa. I’m dying to read more by Brennan, hopefully in 2015.
Patrick Lee. His SF thriller series starting with THE BREACH is one of the best, if not the best, thriller I’ve ever read. I haven’t read RUNNER yet, but I really need to!
Okay, that’s nine! Can I get to ten? Let me think.
Fine! What good is a rule if you can’t break it, right?
Django Wexler. I’ve only read one book by him, but hey. I really loved it, and I’ve heard good things about the sequel. So.