Top Ten Tuesday is hosted each week by The Broke and The Bookish and allows us to combine our love of books with our love of lists. This week’s topic is: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016.
Going through my read pile for new-to-me authors from this year, I was actually kind of surprised at how few new authors I read this year that I actually really loved. I don’t remember that being a thing last year. So now I’m wondering what my problem is. Am I getting too stuck in reading the same authors? Am I getting more jaded? Is it harder for me to really enjoy books? Or was 2016 so horrible that it affected my attitude so much that I just didn’t enjoy reading as much? I’m not sure what the problem was this year. I know there were definitely books that I loved and enjoyed but I also felt like there were a bunch that were just flops for me. I also know that I read a lot of repeat authors this year. Which is both awesome, because I know I love them, but it also keeps me from expanding at all.
I did check my list from last year and there were only two authors from my new authors list that I didn’t read a book from this year and one was a debut last year that doesn’t have a new book yet and one I’m actually shocked that I didn’t read more from this year! How did that happen?! Oh well. I’ll just have to make sure I read their new books next year.
For now, these are the new authors I did manage to read this year. I’m pretty excited about all of them and I really hope you’ve either already read them too or will consider reading them now. I think it’s a pretty good mix of new and old authors and a couple that surprised even me that this was the first time I read them! Here they are, in no particular order:
An Ember in the Ashes came out last year and even though I got it at ALA last year, I never actually read it. When Torch was coming out, though, I wanted to read them both together. And I’m glad I did. Though I didn’t love Torch as much as Ember, I do love these characters and can’t wait to see what will continue to happen with their journey in this amazing world created by Tahir. I’m so glad I finally decided to read her books this year!
I just happened to hear people talking about 738 Days at BEA this year and had no idea what it was or who it was by or anything else about it except the small buzz. So then later when I was back home and at the library, I just happened to spot it. So I picked it up. I had zero idea what it was about and hadn’t read the synopsis at all and took it to the beach thinking it was a romance. Ends up it was about a little bit more serious stuff but also about a romance. And I really liked it. So I was shocked when I heard Stacey was having another book come out just a little bit later. I was excited to be on the blog tour for that one. I love that her books seem to be about difficult topics and how the main characters deal with those issues. She isn’t shy about tough or contraverial topics and really examines how someone deals with something so difficult. I really liked both of these and am excited to dive into more of Kade’s books!
I’ve had The Elementals Trilogy on my shelf for a while and for some reason just never picked it up. But then I kept hearing people talking about how good the series was and, as a bonus, the entire thing was published and I had all three sitting on my shelves! So I picked it up. Finally! And I’m really glad I did! It didn’t become my favorite YA fantasy series ever but it was really enjoyable and fast and now I can’t wait to read more of Thomas’ books! Not only did she write this trilogy but she’s written a ton of adult romance books (which I can’t wait to jump into!) and just recently came out with a Sherlock retelling that stars a woman called A Study in Scarlet Women!! I’m so glad I discovered this author. It’s always lots of fun when you find a new to you author who just happens to already have a bunch of published books so you don’t have to wait for more!
This is another series that pretty much everyone out there has read and LOVED. And I mean LOVED. It seems like there aren’t too many people that have tried to read it and just hated it. So I wanted to try it and this was finally the year to do that! And I have to admit that when I started The Raven Boys, it took me a really long time to actually feel invested in the story and characters. Both of the first two books took me a while to get through but I did enjoy them. They’re just very slow moving books with a lot of moments that really confused me. I had wanted to finish the series this year but I just haven’t gotten around to getting the third book. I’m hoping I can finish it early in the new year because I really want to know what’s going to happen! I don’t know that Maggie will be one of my auto-buy authors, but I do really appreciate her character develop and the slow-burn of this series!
I think I can honestly say that I actually have no idea how I’ve been blogging about books since 2012 and not read a V.E. or Victoria Schwab book until this year. It’s almost appauling. But I fixed that this year! And I’m really glad I did! I finally picked up her Shades of Magic series and read it with my husband and we both actually really enjoyed it. It is slower than some of the books I like most but it is really worth it in the end. (Or I hope it’ll be when the final book comes out next year!!) We’re already waiting on it! I still haven’t read any of her YA stuff but I do have This Savage Song sitting on my bookshelves just waiting to be read. I hope I’ll enjoy that one as much as I have these!
A Promise of Fire is actually a debut for Amanda so I don’t have to feel bad about just finding her this year! I’m actually really excited I did stumble upon other bloggers mentioning her book, though, because I picked up a copy for myself at the library when I saw it and LOVED it! I flew through the first one and then jumped on every eGalley site I could find to see if I could get the second one. And I did!!! The awesome people at Sourcebooks Casablanca approved me for the sequel and I’m flying through it as well! I always love when I find books that are in a genre that isn’t one I typically read. This one is adult fantasy with a strong amount of mythology in it. It was so unexpected and unique and had such a strong but wounded main female character that I just haven’t been able to put it down. I’m going to be a bit crushed when I’m done with the second book and will have to wait so long for the next one! If you love adult fantasy mixed with romance, I definitely recommend these!
I love graphic novels but had somehow never read one of Raina’s books before. I have no idea why. So at BEA, Ghosts was one of the books I saw everywhere so I was thrilled when I was able to snag a ticket to her signing. Unfortunately, though, I couldn’t end up attending and thought I had missed out on the book because it was one everyone would want. But I got really lucky and happen to pass the Scholastic table as they were setting some out and picked one up!! It was one of hte first books I read when I got home and then I passed it onto my daughter and we both loved it! My daughter has since picked up every Raina book she’s come acrossed and loves every single one. I’m glad I finally found Raina and really hope to get the chance to read more of her books soon. She had great and realistic characters that really moved me. I can’t speak for her others yet, but I’m really glad I decided to pick up her book!
This was another debut for the year and I am so so thankful for it! I loved this book and am so glad I not only got to pick it up at BEA but I also shared it with both my kids and then was lucky enough to be on the blog tour for it. I seriously love this book! And I know I’m not the target audience for that nor am I who the book is intended to help, but reading it sent me right back to those middle school years and how awful they were for me and this book turned those moments into funny ones. It took my anxiety I felt for so long in school and made it more common and funnier and made me feel even as an adult like I was less alone with my emotions. And when a book can do that, it’s pretty amazing. And my kids thought so too! It’s pretty rare that the three of us can find a book we all love but this one fit! I highly recommend it!
Let’s keep the middle-grade theme going for just one more author! I know this is not what she typical publishes but I absolutely adored this book! And it wasn’t necessarily for the middle-grade aspects. I loved watching the friendship develop between the two characters and how sure the main character was of herself. I loved that she was strong and smart and didn’t apologize for any of it! It was extra special that those ingredients were part of a middle-grade book where characters like that and relationships between boys and girls can be pretty rare and different races are represented equally. I loved it all and I’m looking forward to reading lots of different types of books from Eulberg!
Ashley Herring Blake
Last but definitely not least is Ashley Herring Blake. Another debut from the year, I’m so glad I randomly picked up this book. I enjoyed it so much! It was so realistic and heartbreaking but also full of family and friendships and some hope. For a debut, it really blew me away with how beautiful the writing was and how the emotions just flew off the page. I just really loved it and I’m so excited that she has a new book coming out next year. It’s definitely one of my msot anticipated and I’m really hoping Blake will turn into a new auto-buy author for me!
Are any of these authors on your list? What were some of your favorite new-to-you authors?