But! Even so, I did manage to collect together some amazing authors... I'd love to know who would appear on your lists!
Hannah Harrington - This year, I've read two books by Hannah Harrington and I loved them both! I really loved Saving June. I liked the road trip aspect of the story as well as all the music. I thought it was fun watching two people get to know each other on this quest for answers. I liked and didn't like how there aren't many answers to why June committed suicide and this book was strong enough for me to be really excited to read Speechless. Now, Speechless I really loved. I read it and it made me think about the things that I say and don't say. It made me consider what doesn't need to be said and what does. I love that this book made me more aware of these things.
Cathy Hopkins - I've been aware of Cathy Hopkins' books for awhile, but it wasn't until this year that I really took notice of them and picked any of them up to read. It was a boxset at W H Smith that really prompted me to read her stuff. It was the first three books in the Million Dollar Mates series for £4, and as I'm on a mission to read and review more books by British authors I figured that it was too good of a deal to pass up. I'm so glad that I did buy them then, as I have stormed through all three of those, am reading the fourth book in the series at the moment and have also read and loved Love At Second Sight.
Katie McGarry - Pushing the Limits is one of my favourite books of the year! I really loved Echo and Noah and their relationship together but also how well the dealt with their own personal issues as well. I'm hugely excited to read more by Katie McGarry, and especially that her next book will focus on another character from Pushing the Limits!
Sarah Ockler - I'm such an idiot. I've heard such wonderful things about Sarah Ockler, and based on all of these wonderful things, I've got all three books by her sat on my shelves. But it was only a few months ago that I picked up Bittersweet. And oh, how much did I love it? It's a contemporary YA romance involving hockey, cupcakes and figure skating. What's not to love?! I shall definitely be picking up the other books by Sarah sooner rather than later.
Kendare Blake - Again, I probably would never have picked up Anna Dressed in Blood without the overwhelmingly positive reviews that I read from other book bloggers about it. But I did read it and afterwards I kicked myself for waiting so long! At least there isn't a huge wait for the sequel? Either way, I loved this very different ghost story and I'm looking forward to more from this author.
Deb Caletti - Reading and loving a book by Deb Caletti this year made me quite excited? Why, you ask? Because it opens up Deb Caletti's whole backlist! I wasn't sure of this author before, having not heard very much about her. But I took a chance and bought Stay, about a girl in a psychologically abusive relationship. And I found it to be emotionally engaging and interesting and I would definitely pick up other books by the same author based on this book!
Siobhan Dowd - Siobhan Dowd is just one of those authors. I really shouldn't have taken so long to read something by her, but in a way, I felt almost intimidated. This year I picked up A Swift Pure Cry and while I can't say that I 'enjoyed it' it was definitely a very powerful and beautiful book. I would have expected the bleakness of the book to put me off, but it didn't. I've recently checked out Solace of the Road from the library and I am eagerly anticipating the experience of reading more books by this hugely talented author.
I'd love to know which new-to-you authors you discovered this year?