Thanks to #bookstagram I discovered a lot of new authors this year and I’m so glad I did. Here’s my favorite 16 authors of the year, in no particular order. Check them out if you haven’t read their books yet. They’re all great and I even got to meet some of them!
1. Leigh Bardugo (Crooked Kingdom)
Leigh Bardugo was absolutely hilarious and it was a pleasure to meet her. Besides that, her Six of Crows duology was absolutely amazing and one of my favorite reads of the year.
2. Colleen Hoover (It Ends With Us)
This year I read almost every single one of Colleen Hoover’s novels and loved most of them. So when her latest novel, It Ends With Us, was released on my birthday and I saw she was coming to New York I had to go and it was totally worth the insane line.
3. Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven King)
I’d never read a book by Maggie Stiefvater until this year but I fell in love with her Raven Cycle series and read all four books this year. I can’t wait to read her new series about Ronan. I need it yesterday.
4. Alexandra Bracken (Passenger)
Full disclosure, I still haven’t read Passenger because there’s been mixed reviews, but I love The Darkest Minds, which is why I was so excited to meet Alexandra Bracken at BookCon. She was so sweet and it was awesome meeting her.
5. Richelle Mead (The Glittering Court)
Even though I haven’t read The Glittering Court yet I had to go meet Richelle Mead when she came to NYC. I’m obsessed with her Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series and I think she’s amazing.
6. Morgan Matson (The Unexpected Everything)
I had never read any of Morgan Matson’s books when I went to her signing for The Unexpected Everything but after meeting her and seeing how awesome she is in person I had to read her books. So far I’ve only read two but I loved them both.
7. Nicola Yoon (The Sun is Also a Star)
I read Everything, Everything and The Sun is Also a Star this year and they were both amazing in very different ways. It was awesome to hear Nicola Yoon speak about The Sun is Also a Star and read from the book.
8. Marie Lu (The Midnight Star)
Marie Lu is an amazing author but she also just seems like a really chill person. When I went to her signing at Books of Wonder she read a first draft of The Young Elites that was so wildly different from what the series became that it was absolutely hilarious. I’m so glad I got to meet her this year.
9. Victoria Aveyard (Glass Sword)
If you’re not following Victoria Aveyard on Twitter do it now! She’s so outspoken and funny and I can now guarantee she’s the same way in person. I’ll admit I didn’t love Red Queen but Glass Sword totally won me over and I can’t wait to get my hands on King’s Cage.
10. Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Mist of Fury)
I tried so hard to meet Sarah J. Maas at BookCon but had no success. That didn’t make me love her and her writing any less though. I read all her books (excluding The Assassin’s Blade) this year and I loved all of them. So good!
11. Brittany Cavallaro (A Study in Charlotte)
First of all, Brittany Cavallaro follows me on Instagram and that just makes me so happy. Secondly, if you haven’t read A Study in Charlotte yet you’re truly missing out because it’s amazing and I can’t wait to read the sequel.
12. Cassandra Clare (Lady Midnight)
Cassandra Clare is another author I attempted to see at BookCon to no avail. Still, Lady Midnight was so incredible that I let my disappoint of not meeting her go and just enjoyed the book. After all these books she still sucks me into the Shadowhunters’ world again and again.
13. Lauren Blakely (Mister O)
Prior to this year I think the only erotica I’d read was Fifty Shades of Grey, which is not the best. I’m not sure how I stumbled upon Lauren Blakely but I’m now obsessed with her writing, which is bad because she publishes at least five books a year. There goes my money.
14. Ryan Graudin (Blood for Blood)
I’d never heard of Ryan Graudin until I went to BookCon and snagged an ARC of Blood for Blood. I’d seen the first book in the duology, Wolf by Wolf, on Instagram and decided to take a chance and of course they were amazing. Definitely a must read and now I need to read her other books.
15. David Arnold (Kids of Appetite)
I fell in love with David Arnold’s writing style when I read Kids of Appetite and have now purchased Mosquitoland, his debut novel, so I can give it try. If you haven’t read either of his books yet definitely check him out.
16. Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Gemina)
These are two more authors that I hadn’t heard of until this year but thanks to an ARC of Gemina that I won I decided to give them a try. To be honest, sci-fi isn’t typically my thing but I was totally sucked into this series and how these books are written. Definitely a must read.
Who are some of your favorite authors of 2016? Let me know in the comments below.