Hi everyone! I know I haven’t been around all that much this week, but my last assignment is due today so hopefully I should be able to post a lot more after this! Anyway, onto the topic at hand, I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday post this week, courtesy of the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish, and this week we’re talking all about authors that we’ve read for the first time this year. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m very loyal to the authors that I love and I tend to read mostly from the authors that I already know and like, but I have read a few amazing new authors this year, whom I’d like to share with you today. I may not make it to ten, but here are my favourite New To Me Authors that I’ve read this year:
- Alwyn Hamilton-Alwyn Hamilton’s debut novel, Rebel of The Sands came out this year and it’s one of my favourite books that I’ve read in 2016. It’s a stunning mix of Arabian culture and the Wild West (they don’t sound like they go but they do), her writing is lovely as is the world she’s created and her main character Amani, is one of my favourite female characters I’ve ever read. I cannot wait for the second instalment in this series to come out next year! Plus I’ve met her and she’s one of the nicest authors I’ve ever met.
- VE Schwab-I read the Shades of Magic books this year and they’re honestly some of the best fantasy books I’ve ever read, I can’t wait to read more of Victoria Schwab’s writing over the next few years. Definitely a new favourite!
- Rachel Caine-I read Ink and Bone all the way back in January (I honestly can’t believe how long ago that was!) and loved it! I haven’t got to the sequel of that book yet, but hopefully I will in the new year, as Rachel Caine has been a great new discovery this year.
- Elizabeth Wein-CODE NAME VERITY! I can’t believe I didn’t read this book years ago, it has pilots and WWII and feminism and unreliable narrators and incredible female friendship, it’s everything I love in a novel and it’s just such a great story. I can’t wait to read more of Elizabeth Wein’s books (I’m especially excited for the prequel to Code Name Verity coming out next year), I hope I love them just as much as this one.
- Sarah Pinborough-13 Minutes was a real surprise this year, it was just something that I requested on a whim from Netgalley, I never expected to love it as much as I did. It was an engaging mystery-thriller, kind of a cross between Mean Girls and Dangerous Girls and I hope to read another mystery from this author soon.
- Louise O’Neill-Asking For It is one of the most thought provoking novels that I’ve read in a long time, so I’m really glad that I discovered it and Louise O’Neill this year. I have her other book Only Ever Yours, and it sounds incredible, so I’m really excited to read it.
- Tara Sim-Tara Sim is another 2016 debut author and her debut Timekeeper is one of the best books I’ve read this year. It has everything, cute gay romance, adorable clock spirits, steam punk Victorian era setting, awesome ladies, I can’t wait for the sequel to be released next year.
- Victoria Aveyard-Victoria’s debut, Red Queen was not my favourite book that I’ve read this year, but I enjoyed her writing and the premise was great, so despite not always loving the characters and the romance, I’m excited to read the sequel, Glass Sword, which was released this year, as I think Victoria Aveyard is definitely an author with potential.
- Sara Raasch-I wasn’t always keen on the characters in Sara Raasch’s debut Snow Like Ashes, but I loved, loved, loved the world that she created and the history behind it, I thought it was really clever, and the plot did pick up in the last third of the book, so I’m interested in seeing where the sequels Ice Like Fire and Frost Like Night went.
- Marissa Meyer-I didn’t love Cinder when I read it earlier in the year but I’m currently reading Marissa Meyer’s newest book Heartless and I’ve been really enjoying it, so perhaps I judged her writing too quickly!
That’s all from me this week (I guess I was wrong, I could find ten new authors I’d read this year!). Who have been your favourite new to you authors you’ve read this year? Do we share any? Do you want to read any of the authors on my list? Any one read any new to them male authors this year, since obviously my list is all female? Let me know in the comments! Next week’s topic is Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To For The First Half of 2017, so I guess I’ll have to spend the next week seeing what’s actually coming out as I only know of a few! I’m not sure if I’ll make it to ten, but then I said that this week and I did, so we’ll see! That’s next week, but I’m hoping to have a lot up for you in the meantime, I should have a new discussion post, an event recap of a Jodi Picoult event I went to a couple of weeks ago & a new review of the book I just finished reading (Snow Like Ashes), so stay tuned for all that!