Top Ten Tuesday – Positive First Impressions From 2015

Posted December 8, 2015 by Bonnie in Top Ten Tuesday / 6 Comments

I read many novels by new-to-me authors in 2015. The following ten authors managed to impress me so much the first time that I immediately filled my TBR with other books by them (or their upcoming books).
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Jonathan Tropper, author of This Is Where I Leave You

Contemporary fiction isn’t my go-to genre, but I was in quite the reading rut so decided to read something out of the norm. Surprise, surprise. I ended up loving this and proceeded to immediately add everything else by Tropper.


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Karin Slaughter, author of Pretty Girls [Review] and Blindsighted [Review]

Slaughter had been on my TBR for ages, and when I was graciously gifted Blindsighted I was anxious to read it. It’s been a long time since I read such a horrifying and captivating mystery.border24

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Amy E. Reichert, author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake [Review]

I am an absolute sucker for foodie-fiction so this was a no-brainer. Absolutely lovely though with an adorable romance and some incredible descriptions of Milwaukee, Wisconsin that made me want to immediately hop on a plane to go visit. Can’t wait for her upcoming book, Luck, Love & Lemon Pie.


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Lissa Evans, author of Crooked Heart [Review]

Like foodie fiction, I’m a sucker for WWII related novels which was the only reason I signed up for this blog tour. Not a war book exactly, but a darkly comedic story about the lengths people went to during the war to survive. A massively underrated gem.


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Sarah J. Maas, author of the Throne of Glass series

I binge read this entire series at the beginning of the year when I had just been going through a mega-slump. This series fixed it quicker than I ever thought possible.


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José Saramago, author of Blindness [Review]

Blindness was an incredible difficult read but so worth it. I actually DNF’d this book in print but decided to attempt it on audio. The lack of punctuation/quotation marks was no longer an issue on audio and I coasted through this horrifying yet impressive tale.


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Steve Sheinkin, author of Most Dangerous [Review]

I have never been a big reader of Non-Fiction, however, I picked this one up after it was nominated for the National Book Award. I went into this book with a vastly limited knowledge of Vietnam and this was not only informative but extremely thrilling. I look forward to reading Sheinkin’s other Non-Fiction tales.


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Brian Selznick, author of The Marvels [Review]

I had of course heard of The Invention of Hugo Cabret but I had yet to pick it up. The Marvels was a surprise gift and I adored the combination of words and artwork. Charming, simplistic, and full of heart.


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Brian Panowich, author of Bull Mountain [Review]

This was a complete knockout of a story. Truly astounded that this is the authors debut. I’m becoming quite the dedicated fan of “Grit-Lit”, however, I would whole-heartedly recommend this one if you’re new to the genre.


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Ken Grimwood, author of Replay [Review]

I enjoyed this intriguing tale of time travel so much and immediately went to see what else I could get from this author. His other 3 novels appear to be extremely hard to get a copy of, but my library has one of them at least (Into the Deep).



6 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – Positive First Impressions From 2015

  1. Replay is one of my favorite books! I didn’t know that he’d published anything else – will have to see what my library has. I also loved The Marvels (and recommend Wonderstruck if you want to read another of his gems.) Haven’t read anything else on your list, but I’m intrigued by the Vietnam book and also by the Lissa Evans one. Nice variety – great list!
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