Top 5 Wednesday: Authors You Discovered This Year

Top 5 Wednesday

Do you know how long it’s been since I made a T5W post? Because it’s been weeks. Goodness. As usual, T5W was made by Lainey, and here is the full list of posters, should you want to join :”D

This week’s topic is top authors I’ve discovered this year. And if you saw or read my previous post, you know one of the ones on the list already, hawhaw.

5. George RR Martin, author of the A Song of Ice and Fire series

I’m definitely late to the band wagon on this author. I didn’t read the first book in this series until earlier this year, but holy cow, it’s awesome. I was initially a bit wary of starting the series, both because of the hype surrounding it and the sheer size of the things. The time commitment required for these buggers though is well worth it. I’m really glad I started reading this series and once I catch up, I will hunt down his other publications and devour them too.

4. Tammara Webber, author of the Contours of the Heart series

This author I picked because she introduced me to a new genre. The first book in her series, Easy, was my first experience reading a new adult book. It was nice reading about a romance that wasn’t harlequin nor about a fifteen year old. I had heard that such books existed but had never actually found one in a bookstore near me. And then I saw this baby on the clearance shelf at my local B&N and after hearing nonstop praise for it, decided to splurge the four bucks for it. And since, I’ve hunted down the second one as well. Gonna read it pretty soon here I hope – it’s sitting on my shelf, glaring at me.

3. Sabaa Tahir, author of the An Ember in the Ashes series

I feel like the marketers of this book really know what they’re doing. This book was everywhere months before it came out. It was all over blogs, booktube and I even saw posters and pamphlets for it in my local bookstore. And honestly if I hadn’t heard the buzz ahead of time and just would have read the synopsis on the back of the book, I probably wouldn’t have read it. Whoever wrote that blurb made it sound like a star-crossed lovers kind of thing. And it’s so not. I mean, there are hints of romance I suppose, but there is so much more to the book than that. The buzz told me this, the blurb didn’t. This is one of those times I appreciated the hype. This author writes a well-developed, rich world and I can’t wait to read the second one.

2. Peter Clines, author of The Fold

Is this really a surprise. I literally wrote a review* (*see ‘gush’) about it about nine hours ago. I’m still swirling in circles about this book, man.

1. Andy Weir, author of The Martian

This one was another book that the hype helped me. The back doesn’t make it sound like more than a sci-fi, which is all and good, but the comedy was what made me love this book and therefore this author. Mark Watney is a hilarious character. And in combination with his situation, his attitude towards it and then the heavy science topics explained in a way that I could understand, I loved this book. (and it helps that the audiobook I listened to had a fantastic narrator). So I read this and I loved it. Therefore, Andy Weir is definitely my favorite new author of this year.


Ta-da, two posts in a 24 hour period. I’m on a roll. What’s on your list? :”D Link me to your T5W posts!

Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

The MartianThe Martian by Andy Weir

Let me start off by saying that when I was typing the author’s name, my brain decided originally to type ‘Weird’ instead of ‘Weir’. I think it was a Freudian slip, because I feel the author of this novel is just that – weird, in the best way possible. You have to be weird to come up with a book like this one. Like most people, I completely adored this book. I listened to it as an audio book while on road trips and it certainly made time fly.

I think if I would have read it as a physical book I still would have really liked it but the audio book just made it oh so much better. The narrator was perfect. He put into his words the wry humor that permeated the book. He made recognizable voices for each character and for a guy with a deeper voice, he managed to voice all the women characters rather well, too.

But enough about the narrator, on to the book itself: The Martian is set on Mars. It follows Mark Watney, who through a set of circumstances becomes stranded on the orange planet. He has to survive until a rescue plan becomes available.

Now there are two things that particularly stuck out to me in this book, which made me love it.

First, it was sciencey. And I’m talking really sciencey. When Watney had to create a breathable atmosphere for himself, the author went into the chemistry of it. When Watney had to figure out how to grow food, the physics and chemistry of that was explained too. If you know anything about basic chemistry, you’ll feel really smart reading this book because you’ll recognize the principles. If you don’t know anything about chemistry, you’ll enjoy it all the same because all the hard science is presented in a way that is entertaining, easy to understand, and funny. Which brings me to the second thing I loved about this book:

The humor. This book. is. hilarious. I was laughing out loud so many times throughout this book I couldn’t even count it. Mark Watney is a wonderful character. He takes the situation of being stranded on Mars and makes it hysterical. He’s so dry, so sarcastic, so quick-witted. He’s a lot of fun to read. You shouldn’t be laughing when someone keeps putting themselves in life-or-death situations, but… you do. You can’t help it. No oxygen? Hahahahaaa. Miscalculated a super crucial measurement that will keep the water in your eyes from boiling away? Stop it, I can’t breathe!

This book is wonderful. Go read it. Want sci-fi? Comedy? Reaaaaaad iiiiiiit. Unfortunately this is gonna be a short review, because I don’t have anything critical to say on this book. I loved every aspect of it. It’s definitely made it onto my all-time favorites list. I’m gonna shove it down all your throats for a long time to come. :”D

Rating: 5/5 stars