Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed post hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week features a different theme/prompt for which you come up with a list of 10 books. This week’s theme: new-to-me authors I read during 2016.
Let’s face it: there are a lot of authors that I’ve read for the first time this year. Some of them are debut authors and therefore I couldn’t have read them before. But, since this is my first year blogging, I’ve just been introduced to so many new books and authors. Picking ten of those authors to feature was really difficult, but I did my best. I’m also including what book of theirs I read (or what the first one I read was if I’ve read more than one) and linking to it on Goodreads for anyone who’s curious!
I think it was March or April when I read Susane Colasanti’s book, City Love. I really, really loved that book and I won a copy of the sequel, Lost in Love, yet still haven’t read it (shame on me). I really need to get to that soon because I’d love to see what those characters are up to. If you’re ever in the mood for a good YA romance, I’d recommend checking Colasanti’s books out.
You’ve probably heard me gush about Fear My Mortality already, but that was one of my favorite books this year and I’m not done talking about it yet. It’s since been re-released as Beneath the Ever Reach and its sequel, Beyond the Guarding Stars, has been released as well. I should actually be reading that this month (or next month at the latest) and I can’t wait.
I had honestly never heard about Schwab before I started blogging, but then she was EVERYWHERE. I ended up reading A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows over the summer and very much enjoyed them. I can’t wait for A Conjuring of Light! I’m definitely planning on some of Schwab’s other books, especially This Savage Song which I was SO excited for but has been sadly sitting on my shelves waiting to be loved.
Y’all. I’m so in love with Julie Murphy – both her writing and her as a person. I read Dumplin’ over the summer as well and just looooved that book. It was so great to see a fat main character who is totally okay with being fat. I’m also really excited for Murphy’s next book, Ramona Blue, which is featuring a bisexual main character (and I believe Murphy herself is bisexual, so it’s #ownvoices – yay!).
I signed up for a book tour of the Descendant Prophecies several months ago. I ended up reading the first and second books in the series and was totally addicted to the first book – I did not want to put it down! The second book was good too and I really need to finish the series. I know she has published other books as well – I’ll have to look into them and see if they’re something I’d be interested in. 🙂
Jeff wrote Symptoms of Being Human which is another one of my favorite books this year. It features a nonbinary main character which was fantastic to see and, as far as I know, no one has had any problems with the representation in it either. I don’t think he’s published any other books, but I know I’ll be keeping an eye out for more from him.
You may remember me devouring The Edge of Juniper back in September which, surprise, surprise, has been another of my favorite reads. I have Lora’s other book, Outspoken, waiting for me on my Kindle. I bought it pretty much immediately after finishing The Edge of Juniper haha I definitely want to read more from her as I absolutely loved her writing.
Nicola Yoon made this list because even though I had a problem with how Everything, Everything ended, I still really liked the rest of it (I read it in two days which is very rare for me) and I got to listen to her speak at the Boston Teen Author Festival and she was just such a sweetheart. I have The Sun Is Also a Star and will be reading that this month, with any luck.
I’ve had the first two books of The Lunar Chronicles for a couple of years now and still haven’t read them BUT I have now read Heartless which I loved. I have to give credit to Meyer for somehow making such a hated villain so human and likable. I now really want to read TLC soon. I’ll do it, I swear.
If you like reading books with great worlds, you definitely need to check out Zoraida’s Labyrinth Lost. It wasn’t perfect, but it had fantastic world building (and also an awesome diverse cast). There’s no doubt in my mind that I’ll be reading more from her in the future.