#AMonthofFaves: Favorite New-to-me Authors of 2015


December means it’s time for Tanya’s #AMonthofFaves over at Girlxoxo and this year the event is co-hosted by Estella’s Revenge and Traveling with T.

My favorite author discovery of the year was hands-down Nnedi Okorafor.


Because she writes fantastic speculative fiction set in Africa, and critiques all the -isms in really creative, exciting stories. I listened to her novella Binti on audiobook and raved about it in detail. I also read another one of her works, Lagoon, this year and loved it, too.


Another one was Rainbow Rowell. I know, I know, everyone told me so. But, I never really got around to reading her books and this year decided to give her new book Carry On a try. Of course, I loved it. Now, I’m looking forward to reading her backlist, happy I have so many to look forward to. Trying a hyped author or series late does have its upsides!


Catherynne M. Valente, because Radiance was so good and so imaginative. She took the absolute best aspects – decopunk, Hollywood, althistory, space opera! – combined them in one book, and it worked brilliantly. Another author with a backlist for me to discover next year.

Dow0061336. Attica Locke for DT Books. Picture date 30/03/2015

Attica Locke because The Cutting Season was one of my absolute faves this year. She’s so strong on atmosphere and setting, delves deep into slavery, racism and delivered a great mystery, too. And apparently she writes for Empire!


And finally, Jeremy Whitley who writes the fantastic Princeless comics and came up with them because he wanted there to be awesome Black girl lead comics for his daughter to read, in which girls don’t need any saving.

What were your favorite author discoveries this year? Let me know in the comments!

20 thoughts on “#AMonthofFaves: Favorite New-to-me Authors of 2015

  1. I’ve seen a few other bloggers reading Lagoon! But, I haven’t read any of these authors. I did witness a really awkward fan moment with Rainbow Rowell at BEA…this blogger literally accosted her as she was walking across the convention center. It was the only interaction like that I saw at the entire BEA.

  2. This is my most favourite ‘fave’ post so far, Bina. I am adding their books to my TBR right away. 🙂

  3. Wonderful discoveries, Bina! I loved Rainbow Rowell’s ‘Eleanor and Park’ – it is such a beautiful book. I would love to hear your thoughts if you get to read it. I want to read ‘Princeless’ 🙂 All the authors you have mentioned look so wonderful!

    1. Glad to hear you loved Eleanor and Park, Vishy! I really want to read another Rowell book soon, maybe it’ll be this one. Hope you get to read Princeless, it’s wonderful 🙂

  4. Rainbow Rowell is excellent! (Fangirl and Landline are my favorites so far.) I’m eager to try Attica Locke’s books next year. My favorite author discovery of 2015 was Marlon James. His A Brief History of Seven Killings is simply stunning.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Oh I’ll have to try Fangirl and Landline, too! Attica Locke is wonderful, hope you enjoy her books. Glad to hear you lived it, I really want to read A Brief History next year 🙂

  5. I’m afraid I haven’t read any of the authors on your list. I have enjoyed new fantasy novels by Cheryl Mahoney and fascinating historical non-fiction by Susan Doran. Plus I have read some classics for the first time by Frances Hodgson Burnett and Edith Nesbit. Looking forward to reading more by these authors 🙂

    1. Looks like you tried some great new authors this year. I don’t know Mahoney’s fantasy novels, will have to look them up 🙂 I loved Burnett’s works!

  6. Well, I can’t wait to read Radiance, which I checked out from the library just today. It sounds amazing, and the cover is amazing, and it made my stack of library books slightly too tall for me to carry comfortably.

    Princeless hasn’t been on my radar yet, but it looks GREAT. Once it gets through processing at my library I’ll be picking it up.

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