Here are a few of the authors that I read for the first time this year that I really enjoyed.


Alaya Dawn Johnson

I read four of her books this year. These were my favorites.

The Summer PrinceThe Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson




Moonshine (Zephyr Hollis, #1)Moonshine by Alaya Dawn Johnson





Anne Bishop

I fell in love with The Others series and listened to all three on audio.  The fourth is due out in March.

Written in Red (The Others, #1)Written in Red by Anne Bishop





Courtney Milan

Smart and funny and feminist Regency romances? Absolutely. I read four of her books this year.

The Suffragette Scandal (Brothers Sinister, #4)The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan





Gail Carriger

I read four of her Parasol Protectorate books about Victorian England with werewolves and vampires.

Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)Soulless by Gail Carriger






Sharon Shinn

Joy introduced me to this author. I read two of her books about elemental magic.

Troubled Waters (Elemental Blessings, #1)Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn






Sharon Lee

Her books about a magical carousel and its operator lead me to visit a merry go round museum and an antique carousel discussed in the second book.

Carousel Tides (Archers Beach, #1)Carousel Tides by Sharon Lee






Mona Eltahawy

I’ve been following her Twitter account since I read this book. Lots of good information.

Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual RevolutionHeadscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution by Mona Eltahawy





Elizabeth Bear

I read three of her books in the Jenny Casey series about a near future earth.

Hammered (Jenny Casey, #1)Hammered by Elizabeth Bear






Zen Cho

I just read one book but it was a good one.

Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal, #1)Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho





Jamie Jo Hoang

I loved her debut novel.

Blue Sun, Yellow SkyBlue Sun, Yellow Sky by Jamie Hoang





Sabrina Vourvoulias

This is an absolutely amazing book! Must read.

InkInk by Sabrina Vourvoulias






N.K. Jemisin

I’ve been saying for years that I needed to read her books. This year I finally did it.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance, #1)The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin