Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016.” I read a lot of really good authors for the first time this year and it was really hard to choose only ten. Ultimately, these are the authors that I know I will continue to read books from. Some of them are debut authors, but most are authors I just never got a chance to check out until now and I’m really glad that I did. Covers are linked to Goodreads.
1. Ryan Graudin – Wolf By Wolf just about ruined me, but it’s also a novel that I could see myself rereading every year (I read it twice this year).
2. Destiny Soria – Debut novel Iron Cast was so good. I really appreciated the magical system in this one and that it centered around a female friendship. I cannot wait to read what this author writes next.
3. Francisco X. Stork – I can’t believe I hadn’t picked him up before. The Memory of Light was really powerful and I quickly added his other books to my TBR after this one.
4. April Genevieve Tucholke – I did read a short story by her in Slasher Girls & Monster Boys, but didn’t read a full novel by her until Wink Poppy Midnight. I don’t think many appreciate her writing because she just astounds me and I cannot believe how many people don’t like this book.
5. Heidi Heilig – Another debut author on my list is the talented Heidi Heilig. The Girl from Everywhere was fantastic and I am eagerly awaiting the sequel’s release.
6. Laura Ruby – Bone Gap is weird and magical and I just love everything about it. I need more books by this author.
7. Catherynne M. Valente – So Deathless was my first Valente book and although I didn’t love it, I was blown away by her gorgeous writing. I have two more of her books on my shelf (Radiance and The Girl Who Circumnavigated…) which I plan to get to soon.
8. Amy Harmon – Another beautifully written book, The Bird and the Sword felt both familiar and different. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this author’s other novels and I intend to pick them up.
9. Roshani Chokshi – In many ways The Star-Touched Queen felt like a debut and while the story felt a bit underwhelming, there is no denying that Roshani Chokshi is a talented writer and I’m really excited about her next novel.
10. Alwyn Hamilton – Rebel of the Sands came at a time when I was desperate for a really good read. It ended up being my first five-star book of the year and it was just so entertaining, I actually think I’m going to reread it before the second book’s release.
Have you read any of these authors? Who was your favorite new-to-you author in 2016? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.
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