1. Kasie West
She’s the first author I read this year, and she has quickly shot up to my favourites. Pivot Point was an amazing read, and Ms. West is also rather good (understatement) at writing contemporary as well.
2. Jennifer Rush
Jenn is amazing! Altered was a brilliant read, and I’ve been pushing it on everyone all year. I’ve gotten to know Jenn a bit, and we’re totally going out for coffee if I’m ever in her area. Or maybe we should start a campaign to get Jenn to London? Anyway, I love her books and I love that she loves my epic fangirling. No shame!
3. Jodi Lynn Anderson
I’ve only read one book by Ms. Anderson, but Tiger Lily was OH MY GOD AMAZING. The writing style is beautiful, the storyline is heartbreaking, and JUST. READ. IT.
5. Emily Murdoch
Emily to Judith is what Jennifer Rush is to me, and I’m so happy that Judith book pushed If You Find Me onto me so hard. Otherwise I might not have read it for ages, and it’s fantastic. Emily Murdoch is also really lovely, as I came to discover from Twitter.
6. Madeline Miller
“We were like gods at the dawning of the world, and our joy was so bright we could see nothing else but the other.”
“Perhaps it is the greatest grief, after all, to be left on earth when another is gone.”
8. Josin L. McQuein
I think Ms. McQuein is really talented, and I’ve really enjoyed both of the books I’ve read by her this year. She’s great at writing thrillers! Also ships. And I need my ship in Meridian, okay?
9. Tammara Webber
I didn’t think I’d enjoy her contemporary series, Between the Lines, all that much, but then I started reading and I was kind of swept away. The final book in that series DESTROYED me.
10. Joe Hill
I started reading the Locke & Key graphic novels back in September, and they’re fantastic. So much gore, horror, action, mystery, amazing characters (looking at Dodge)… Seriously, if you’re a fan of graphic novels, or want to start reading them, I would totally recommend reading Locke & Key. Just be warned that they include a lot of classic horror themes, such as rape and, obviously, murder.