One of the things I love most about the Top Ten Tuesday lists is that they challenge me to review my reading in a different light. I don’t consistently participate in these because, honestly, they can be really time-consuming posts and I might not be interested in the prompt. But each time I do participate I love what I learn about myself.
The neat thing about the timing for this TTT is how it will tie into my 2018 reading goals. I have a feeling that once I get this list done I’ll have an updated idea of what my new favorite authors/genres are, which will inspire reading for 2018. So, without further ado…
All author names below are links to their Goodreads author pages.
Top 10 New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2017
Reading Rebecca was a surprise for me– I didn’t expect I’d like this novel! Normally, I shy away from gothic books and thrillers. I’m so glad I didn’t shy away here. I fell in love with this writing style. du Maurier is not a new author, but she is certainly on my Must Read list now! I cannot wait to read My Cousin Rachel.
The Goblin Emperor was a surprise favorite for me this year. A stand-alone fantasy novel which seems like a political quagmire but is more of a deep character study. Totally my cup of tea. When I learned Katherine Addison is a pen name for Sarah Monette, I was really excited. Suddenly this new author I love has more books published. Not only that, but I also learned she is a Madison, WI native! She lives in my hometown! Obviously, I’ll be reading much more of Addison/Monette in the future.
Neuvel’s debut novel grabbed my attention from the start. I adore epistolary novels! Plus science-fiction? Yes, please! as the final book in this series comes out in 2018, it’s my hope to binge read the next two. I cannot wait to see what else Neuvel comes up with!
My Review: Sleeping Giants
The Summer That Melted Everything is a beautiful, thought-provoking, spiritual debut novel which forces the reader to examine their lives and learn to forgive. It’s painful and powerful. I know someday I’ll re-read this book, but no day soon. It left me reeling. That said, I now want to devour EVERY WORD Tiffany McDaniels ever writes. I will be waiting with baited breath for her next novel!
My Review: The Summer That Melted Everything
Discovering Okorafor’s writing this year was like finding a part of myself I didn’t realize was lost. African-based fantasy and science fiction is amazing. As a western caucasian woman, I find this is a unique and different world view I crave. I look forward to reading more of Okorafor’s works in 2018!
My Review: Akata Witch
That’s right. This year is the first time I’ve ever read anything by L.M. Montgomery. Blasphemy! I couldn’t be happier Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf and I co-hosted the #AnneReadAlong2017 because it finally introduced me to one of my new favorite authors. I hope to read something of Montgomery’s every year going forward now. I don’t know if I’ll ever read all her works, but I will surely try!
My Reviews can all be found on the #AnneReadAlong2017 main page.
I did not expect to be so engrossed, engaged, and emotionally ravaged reading Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. I picked this up upon recommendation from so many of my favorite bloggers. I love historical fiction and I know I’m on a quest to read all of See’s writings going forward.
Speaking of amazing historical fiction– Ruta Sepetys’s novel Between Shades of Grey left me a sobbing wreck. This book was heavy, dense, and filled with a horror I wasn’t expecting. Obviously, I was hooked. I cannot wait to keep following Sepetys’s career and read the rest of her books!
My Review: Between Shades of Grey
I don’t often read contemporary YA novels. I rarely find I can connect with them or appreciate the writing. However, when I do find a series or author I enjoy, I definitely want to stick with them. This year, I found Stephanie Perkins. Her stories are light-hearted, fun, and just what I need after reading something heavy and dense. Due to availability at the library, I read the 1st and 3rd book in her Anna and the French Kiss series. I cannot wait to read Lola and the Boy Next Door when it comes in!
Honeyman’s debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is a gem I didn’t expect to find. I picked this up mostly due to an audiobook recommendation from Ottavia @ Novels and Nonfiction. She did not lead me astray. This resulted in a rare 6-star rating from me. I will certainly keep an eye out for future works published by Gail Honeyman.
I love these lists because they help me to see my own reading in a new light. Did you see the same thing I just did? There is only one male author on this list. Almost alll the new authors which blew me away this year are women and even a few women of color! This makes me so happy. I am trying to read more female, POC, and #OwnVoices authors– it looks like I was successful this year!
What do you think?
- Did you participate in Top Ten Tuesday? Share your links below!
- Which authors from this list have you read? What are your favorites?
- What authors were new to you in 2017 you highly recommend I look out for?
- Who are your favorite female #OwnVoices authors? Which books of theirs should I read first?