Top Ten Tuesday: How Did I Only Discover These Amazing Authors In 2017?

Top Ten TuesdayTop 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 In 2017.” For this week’s list, I will be excluding 2017 debut authors since it’s implied that they are new to me. Instead, this list will include authors I’ve been meaning to read for a good long while and finally got to in 2017 as well as those whose books blew me away and I regret not reading sooner. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. N.K. Jemisin – If you’re looking for a fantasy with a lot of depth, this is the author to pick up.

2. Lily Anderson – There is so much intelligence and wit in The Only Thing Worse Than You Is Me that when I finished reading it, I immediately preordered her second novel.

3. Adam Silvera – I think my heart is still broken from reading More Happy Than Not. I recommend Adam Silvera to anyone who wants to be moved by a book. Prepare yourself emotionally, Silver takes no prisoners.

4. Zen Cho – I need more charming fantasies like Zen Cho’s Sorcerer to the Crown. So thankful we’re getting a sequel.

5. Silvia Moreno-Garcia – I can’t wait to pick up more books by this author. I was so impressed with her world-building in Certain Dark Things.

6. Hillary MonahanThe Hollow Girl was an amazing novel that makes me regret having slept on this author.

7. Benjamin Alire Sáenz – It took me so long to pick up this beauty of a novel. It’s the kind of book I could see myself rereading every year.

8. G. Willow Wilson (Illustrator: Adrian Alphona) – One of my first graphic novels, Ms. Marvel is such a fun read. I ended up reading four volumes of this one this year, then showed some self-restraint.

9. Marjorie M. Lui and Sana Takeda (Illustrator) – Speaking of graphic novels, Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening is my favorite so far. I gush when it comes to the illustrations and story.

10. Kathryn Ormsbee – Loved Tash and her entire world. I haven’t heard a lot about this author, but will now be paying attention.

Are you a fan of any of these authors? Which new-to-me author would you recommend to everyone? 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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42 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: How Did I Only Discover These Amazing Authors In 2017?

  1. I’ve seen “Ms. Marvel” around the blogosphere, but haven’t read it (or any comic book for that matter). Since it DOES have the Marvel emblem, I’m thinking I *need* to read it though!! 🙂

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  2. I totally agree about The Hollow Girl. That book was so freaking good! My heart is still broken from More Happy Than Not too. Ari and Dante was one of my favorite books I read in 2015. Great list!

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  3. Ah, so many books on my TBR! I’m looking forward to reading Certain Dark Things, Ms. Marvel, Monstress, and The Hollow Girl! I already love Adam Silvera; I’ve read all of his books and they’re just SO GOOD. He’s become an auto-buy for me. And I also love Aristotle and Dante (even though I heard the authors been sketchy recently, which really sucks).

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    • So many good ones on your TBR. Adam Silvera is quickly becoming a favorite author. I’m so disappointed in Saenz. Ari and Dante is a book I hold close to my heart, so to see him behaving the way he has makes me all kinds of conflicted. I’ve unfollowed him on Twitter and will be skipping his most recent novel as a result.

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  4. Do you remember back when Naz used to blog? He blogged fast and furious and then disappeared one day, even from Twitter (from what I can tell). Anyway, I remember when he read that book by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and everyone went nutty and read it, too. I felt like I couldn’t get away from it!

    I may have said this to you before, but I remember when Monahan was on Twitter talking about how some reviewer had said that Monahan wrote Romani characters so unbelievably. Monahan was venting a bit because she is Romani, and her characters were somewhat based on family (if I remember correctly). I’m torn on it. I know that someone saying you aren’t true to your own experiences would really hurt, but I also know that in creative writing classes we talk about how our own experiences don’t mean a universal truth. I would want to know more about what the reviewer said and how Monahan felt.

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    • Yes, where did Naz go? I feel like there was a hiatus that turned into more than just a brief break. I tend to side with #ownvoices authors when it comes to their personal marginalizations. No, their experiences aren’t universal and not everyone who shares your marginalization will have experienced life the same, but your experience is still valid and sometimes the way we criticize these books, we end up invalidating these experiences. It’s definitely a complicated topic.

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  5. I’m really looking forward to giving N.K. Jemisin a try in 2018! I’ve picked up a couple of her books, but have been holding off on starting any new series — but I think this will be the year!

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