Seeing as how more than half of the authors that I’ve read this year are new to me, I’m definitely had to narrow down which ones were my favorites. Though I’ve had a bit of an average reading year, there were a good few authors and books that completely blew me away.
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I’m sure ya’ll are getting sick of me posting about Sepetys’ books, but I seriously can’t get enough of her writing and storytelling. I’m purposely pushing off reading Between Shades of Grey because that will mean I have nothing left to read from her. I’m a sucker for historical fiction and what I love about her is she tells you of unknown tragedies that have occurred in the past. This one, for example, is about the biggest mar-time disaster, bigger than Titanic, during WW2 and I’ve never heard of it before. It cut me down to the bone. It was so tragic, yet beautifully written. I felt like I was there, which was a horrible feeling yet left me feeling vulnerable. If you’d like to know more of how I felt about this novel, I have a review.
I’ve never read a book that scared me before. I’ve always tried to stay away from them because I get frightened really easily. This book kept speaking to me, though. The cover is gorgeous and the synopsis really struck me. Like I said above, I’m a sucker for historical fiction, so a novel set in 1920’s New York had me sold. I was intimidated by the size of it, but I completely devoured this book. I read it under 2 days, I believe. I ended up buying more Libba Bray books afterward because I needed more of her story-telling. I’m planning on picking up the sequel next year. Hopefully this series doesn’t take a century to complete!
I am not worthy of Laini Taylor. She slays me. I did not expect to love these series has much as I do. Her writing is so incredibly beautiful. I love how she builds her worlds and her creativity. The family dynamic with the chimaera and Karou melts my heart. Also, Karou is one of my favorite characters ever. She is so bad ass, yet human. Sometimes authors forget that their characters are living beings and make them completely undefeatable and perfect, which makes them less relatable. I still need to read the last book in the trilogy, but I’m not ready to leave this series behind yet. I don’t want to say goodbye.
This is the greatest smut book on the planet. I’m a sucker for hate-to-love stories and this one hit it out of the park. If you’re into NA, love a sassy main character and a smart-ass, hot as hell male character…this is the book for you. I’ve recommended this to multiple friends and they all have rated it 5 stars. It’s hilarious and sexy all at the same time. You need to read this for Blake Crawford alone. Just picture Sam Claflin. You’re welcome.
You’re welcome again.
How can someone be this beautiful though? And that dimple. Life isn’t fair.
Be serious now…did you really think I’d leave this masterpiece off of this list? You obviously don’t know me very well. I haven’t felt the way I do about this book in a very long time. I read this book in one day. I cried around 10 times. I had so many feels. SO. MANY. FEELS. I wanted to bundle my babies up in a ball and just squeeze & never let go. The writing is so beautiful and simple. It’s a wonderful novel about family, friendship and coming to terms with yourself and who you really are. I will continue recommending this book until the day that I die. READ IT NOW! I just need a hug even thinking about it.
If you haven’t read any of these books, please do yourself a favor and pick one of them up. They’re so good for so many different reasons, most of them I can’t explain without fangirling or using GIFS or a bunch of DKFGHJFH!!!!!
If you have read these books, I’m completely open to fangirling, using GIFS and a bunch of KIDFDFJG!!! with you.
I think this will explain myself better than I can…
Have you read any of these books or no? Who are some new-to-you authors that you’d recommend for me to read? Please let me know in the comments!