This could be a very long list – I’ve read a lot of new-to-me authors this year and I’ve discovered some real future favourites!
- Robert Jackson Bennett
City of Stairs is unquestionably one of my stand out books for this year. A genre trampling multiform marvel of humour, philosophy, great depth of character and a brilliant plot. I need to plunder this man’s previous work and I’m really looking forward to City of Blades next year.
- E.K. Johnson
A Thousand Nights was a masterpiece in oral storytelling, mythmaking and female relationships. I’ve just treated myself to the hardcover after first being lucky enough to receive an eARC from Netgalley. I’m happy to confirm that it’s every bit as beautiful on the outside as it is inside! I’m looking forward to something very different but equally powerful in Johnson’s forthcoming Exit, Pursued by a Bear and I’ll definitely be checking out her back catalogue.
- Jessie Burton
The Miniaturist is, as I’ve said many times, one of those rare creatures that live up to their hype. Gorgeously lyrival, brimming with historical detail and an uncanny eye for humanity, Burton’s work dazzled and entranced me. I’m looking forward to more of the same in the forthcoming The Muse.
- Marissa Meyer
The first Jess-commendation of the list. Jess over @themoormaiden knows me too well, the advantage of this is that she knows what books I’m going to love and she hit the nail on the head with The Lunar Chronicles. Meyer’s worldbuilding is staggering and her understanding of what unnerves us – what we fear and what we flinch from in others – is part of what makes these books so good. She’s got a short story collection set in TLC-verse (Stars Above) and a new novel – Heartless – coming out next year!
- Genevieve Cogman
I adored The Invisible Library, books, spies, multiverses and the importance of Language with a capital L. Sublime. I am supremely lucky in that I’ve just received an eARC of the next book in the series – The Masked City – from Netgalley. So I’m getting ready to jump back into Cogman’s excellently realised world.
- Becky Chambers
Another eARC discovery thanks to Netgalley. Sci-fi just the way I like it, baffling alien species who are even more baffled by humanity. An earthern diaspora trying to find their way in a new universe and finding themselves way over the head. The characters are compelling and watching the crew interact is easily the best bit of this book.
- Katherine Addison
Honourable mentions: V.E. Schwab, Kirsty Logan, Zen Cho, John Ironmonger and Silvia Moreno Garcia.