Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the fine folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. Or at least, it was, until next week. Wait.. does that sentence make grammatical sense? It seems like The Broke and the Bookish is taking a bit of a hiatus, but some of the individual bloggers will still be continuing on their own sites. Keep your eyes peeled on their website for more info on that. Top Ten Tuesday, though, will be moving over to That Artsy Reader Girl as of January 16. Jana seems super lovely, so please take a moment to visit her blog and say hi!
This week’s topic is Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2017 and let me tell you, I have a good list for you. I read so many new authors and I am so enthralled with all of them. For the purpose of this post, I am going to try and stay away from authors who debuted in 2017, because that is a whole other list! As always, in no particular order!
- Connie Willis
I read Crosstalk, which was released in 2016. Connie Willis is one of the mainstays of science fiction and fantasy, and I can definitely see why. I don’t know why I waited so long to read her stuff because it is so amazing and intricate. If you like science fiction and fantasy and haven’t read any Connie Willis, please do! She has a large library to choose from.
- Rachel Caine
I read the first in the Library of Alexandria series that Caine has written. I didn’t realize this, but Rachel Caine is actually a pen name! Caine has a ton of books under different genres including urban fantasy, fantasy, mystery, and horror. I started with Ink and Bone because the series is finished, but I see myself being a BIG FAN of Caine’s, as her writing is SUPERB. I actually have an ARC for her forthcoming book with Ann Aguirre, and I am SUPER excited to read it.
- Emily Skrutskie
I completely devoured her Abyss duology, which started with a 2016 release. After connecting with her on Twitter, I can definitively say that Emily Skrutskie is Grade A Goodness and I would happily read her shopping lists.
- Kelley Armstrong
In 2017, I took part in Keycon. Our author guest of honor was none other than Canadian Kelley Armstrong. Let me tell you, she is so lovely to meet in person. I figured I should probably read at least one of her books before I met her, though. Funny story time! My mom bought me her books (starting with Dime Store Magic) back when they were first released. She then read them and became a very big fan. We own all of the Kelley Armstrong books. I only picked up my first one (Bitten) last year. And I don’t know why I waited!
- Katherena Vermette
I am kind of bending the rules a little bit here. Vermette’s 2017 novel The Break was her debut as far as novels go, but she has written poetry and picture books before, so she was an established author before that. This was a Canada Reads novel and it was so moving and intense and I keep thinking about it months later.
- Julia Ember
Another amazing author who started in 2016. I wasn’t far off in starting to enjoy her work, but I am a big fan. She released an amazing TWO books in 2017, and that is just mind-blowing to me. She is also just a genuine sweetheart to talk to.
- E.K. Johnston
Amazing Canadian author alert! I have a few of them on this list, and E.K. Johnston is just so rad. She writes a little bit of everything from contemporary to fantasy, and she is awesome. Her prose is so poignant and once again, on Twitter, she is SUCH a sweetheart.
- The Starlit Wood
I know you are wondering if I am OK right now, because The Starlit Wood is a book and not an author. But it introduced me to so many new amazing authors that it deserves its own point. Since all of the stories were short stories, I only got a bit of a peek at what the authors are like, but I loved everything I read from the following new-to-me authors in this AMAZING anthology: Charlie Jane Andrews, Kat Howard, Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone, Daryl Gregory, and Aliette de Bodard. I need to reread this anthology, seriously.
- Elise Kova
If you are looking for a sweeping, intricate, amazing fantasy series, look no further than The Loom saga. While I have only read book 1 of this trilogy, I am just in awe of Elise Kova’s talent. How did she fly under the radar for so long? She won’t stay there long, I promise.
- Riley Redgate
Riley’s 2017 novel Noteworthy was my first of hers, and definitely not my last. I am so pleased that I have more work of hers to discover because she writes amazing and fun contemporary YA.
Have you read any of my 2017 new-to-me authors? Who did you only read for the first time in 2017? Link me to your TTT or comment below!
Stay bookish, lovelies! ♥