Monday, January 1, 2018

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017

I'm linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for another Top Ten Tuesday.

As I said in my wrap-up of favorite books, I did a lot of rereading this year (more than usual), and I also made a lot of progress through the complete set of Hercule Poirot mysteries. But there were plenty of great books by authors I hadn't read before, and I'd be happy to read more by any of these authors!

1. Angie Thomas
I loved The Hate U Give, and I definitely want to read her next one, On the Come Up!

2. Cynthia Hand
YA can be very hit or miss for me, but The Last Time We Say Goodbye was written with care and complexity. It looks like her other works are fantasy, which isn't usually my jam, but I might give one a try.

3. Diana Wynne Jones
Even though Howl's Moving Castle didn't rise to the top of my books for the year, I found it charming and enjoyable. I'd like to reread it with my kids, and maybe read the other books in the series as well.

4. Helene Wecker
The Golem and the Jinni was another one that wasn't an absolute favorite of the year for me, but it was well-written and just generally well-designed. I'll be interested to see if she writes another book as popular as that one.

5. Kristin Hannah
Even though I didn't love The Nightingale the way that everyone and their mother seems to have, I could still appreciate how well done it was and would try another one of her books.

6. Michelle Alexander
I wonder if she will try to tackle another work as ambitious as The New Jim Crow, but if she does I will read it. It's hard to find a nonfiction work this comprehensive that's also organized so clearly.

7. Mira Jacob
The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing was her debut novel, and hopefully it won't be her last!

8. Nina LaCour
It took me way too long to get around to reading Everything Leads to You. She has several other highly rated books, though my Goodreads friends didn't necessarily love them, so we'll see when I get around to trying them.

9. Octavia Butler
It took me a little bit to get into Kindred, but then I was sucked in and astounded by its brilliance. I very much want to read Parable of the Sower.

10. Tana French
I finally started on the Dublin Murder Squad series this year, reading In the Woods, The Likeness, and Faithful Place. I have a love/hate relationships with each of these books, but I already have a hold on Broken Harbor.

Which authors did you first read this year?

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