Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Best New-to-Me Author Discoveries in 2017


In evaluating my reading year, I realized that I actually read a lot of new-to-me authors in 2017, so today's Top Ten Tuesday topic should be a breeze.  Picking my ten favorites will be the tough part.  While I contemplate that question, why don't you click on over to The Broke and the Bookish and join in the TTT fun?  All you have to do is read a few simple instructions, make your own list, and start hopping around to different blogs.  The book blogosphere is full of a variety of fun sites.  It's always exciting to discover new ones and revisit old favorites.  Trust me, you want in on the action!

Okay, here we go with the Top Ten New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2017:


1.  Megan Miranda—I read three books by Miranda this year, so she definitely needs to be on this list.  I enjoy her twisty mystery/thrillers.  I have Fragments of the Lost out from the library right now and plan to read others by her this year.


2.  Anna Lee HuberLark introduced me to this author's Lady Darby mystery series.  I read the first two books last year and plan to read at least that many more this year.  


3.  A.J. Jacobs—Like many members of my church, I'm a *little* obsessed with family history.  While at RootsTech a few years ago, I heard A.J. Jacobs speak about his goal to organize a global family reunion by researching his roots and inviting all his "cousins" to New York City for a giant get together.  He's a charming and funny speaker, so I have been anxious to read It's All Relative, the book he wrote about this project.  It was such an enjoyable read that I want to read more from Jacobs.  I didn't get to his Drop Dead Healthy before I had to return it to the library a couple weeks ago, but I'm going to start with that one.


4.  Ashley Weaver—The Amory Ames mystery series is another discovery I made this year.  I read the first two books in 2017 and plan to continue with the series in 2018.  I've been trying to read cleaner, less gruesome mysteries lately and these fit the bill nicely.  


5.  John Marsden—This Australian author is best known for Tomorrow, When the War Began, his YA dystopian series about a group of teens who are hiking in the outback when their town is invaded by an army from a distant country.  The books follow the kids in their efforts to figure out what's going on and fight back against a powerful enemy.  I read the first three books in the series last year and plan to finish the last four this year.


6.  Jenny Colgan—I read The Bookshop on the Corner by Scottish author Jenny Colgan  back in May and really enjoyed it.  I'm definitely planning to read more of her books this year.


7.  Hugh Howey—I've only read one book by Howey, but I really enjoyed Wool, the first book in his SILO trilogy.  I'm planning to read the next two this year.


8.  Emily Bain Murphy—One of my favorite books of the year, The Disappearances, is this author's debut.  I don't know what Murphy has in the works, but I'm excited to read it!


9.  Anne Corlett—I forgot all about The Space Between Stars when I was making my "Best of 2017" lists, but I loved this debut novel.  I'll definitely be watching for more from this author.


10.  Lisa Wingate—I enjoyed Before We Were Yours, Wingate's newest novel (2016), last year.  I need to look for more of her books in the new year.

Who did you discover this year?  I'd really like to know as I'm always on the lookout for new authors to love.  Leave me a comment and I'll happily return the favor.

Happy TTT!    

22 comments:

  1. All new to me authors to explore!!

    Here's my TTT post for this week: https://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2018/01/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-new-to-me.html?showComment=1514915871093#c5665488240840941833

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    1. Yay! It's always fun to find new ones :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Is it sad that I don't recognize any of these names?! I recognize the Before We Were Yours book for Lisa Wingate, though. But, yeah. Your posts always show me how little I know about the literary world, lol.

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    1. Not at all! Most of them are fairly obscure. Lisa Wingate has written lots of books, so it makes sense that you'd recognize her name.

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  3. Megan miranda is great. I need to read her latest though.

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    1. She's great! There are several of hers that I still haven't read. Hopefully I'll get to them in 2018.

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  4. I read one book by Megan Miranda, ALL THE MISSING GIRLS, last year I think. It had that interesting 'backwards' way of telling the story. And years and years ago, I read TENDING ROSES by Lisa Wingate. I kept meaning to read more of her books, but never did. I want to do that. Thanks for sharing, Susan!

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    1. I do, too. I'm trying to wean myself off of gruesome mystery/thrillers by reading gentler books. Wingate seems to fit the bill. She has lots of books to choose from, so that's good.

      Thanks for stopping by, Kay! It's always good to hear from you :)

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  5. Wool is definitely on my list of "must reads" in 2018.

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    1. It's a good one! It takes a little patience, but it's worth it :)

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  6. Lots of new discoveries this year. I discovered a couple of good ones too.

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    1. That's always fun! I especially like it when I discover a new author who's published a bunch of books. That way, I don't have to wait years to keep enjoying them!

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  7. Really great post! I wasn't familiar with most of these authors but you introduced me to some great writers whose work I'm eager to read.

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    1. Oh, good! I hope you enjoy these authors if you read them.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. I read John Marsden's Tomorrow series a few years ago and LOVED it. I couldn't check them out of the library fast enough! Great list :)

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    1. My library didn't have most of them, so I ended up buying the whole series from Amazon. Cost me some bucks, but I'm glad I own all the books and can read them whenever I want.

      Thanks for dropping by!

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  9. While I didn't discover Jenny Colgan in 2017 I definitely became a fan this past year. Ashley Weaver and Anna Lee Huber are authors I hope to read in 2018 and Megan Miranda's books are high on my TBR as well. Great list!

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    1. I'm looking forward to reading more of all these ladies in 2018.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. I've been meaning to read Wool for awhile. I definitely need to remedy that.

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    1. It's a little intimidating because of its length, but it's definitely worth the read. I loved it.

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  11. The Disappearances has been on my tbr for a while, so I really want to read it this year! :)

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    1. It's a great book. Unique and enjoyable. I hope you love it as much as I did.

      Thanks for coming by!

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