December 6: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016
It’s an indisputable fact that I discovered some amazing authors this year: in fact, so far this year I’ve read books by 26 authors I’ve never read before! That is a statistic I am proud of.
1. Terry Hayes – I Am Pilgrim
This book is outstanding! At 888 pages, it is undeniably a whopper, but it is one of those rare novels that grips you from the word go. I can’t wait for Terry Hayes second book, The Year of the Locust, which is due to be released in 2017.
2. Marieke Nijkamp – This Is Where It Ends
This contemporary YA debut is fantastic and I devoured it (and shed a tear at the end). This author is certainly on my radar for future novels.
3. Alex Gino – George
The only middle-grade novel on this list, this book is quite simply astounding, emotional and thought-provoking.
4. Becky Albertalli – Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
An absolutely delightful debut, this YA novel focuses on the important themes of bullying and LGBTQ issues – I’m so excited for Becky Albertalli’s second book, due to be released next year, The Upside of Unrequited.
5. Patrick Ness – A Monster Calls
This book has been recommended to me, over and over again, but I finally read it last month and fell madly in love with the themes and Patrick Ness’s writing style.
6. Kass Morgan – The 100; Day 21
Among my favourite discoveries of 2016 is The 100, in both book and TV form: I’m obsessed. It’s absolutely my long-awaited The Hunger Games pick-me-up.
7. Jojo Moyes – Me Before You
One of my favourite books of the year, Me Before You is everything you’d want from a contemporary novel; it’s funny, charming, and utterly heartbreaking.
8. Nicola Yoon – Everything, Everything
I’d had this book on my shelf since it was released, but it was its inclusion in the Zoella Book Club that finally led me to pick it up. I loved it, and I’m sure I’ll love The Sun Is Also A Star, Nicola Yoon’s new release.
9. Sarah Crossan – One
Free verse isn’t something I generally read, but I adored this beautifully poetic tale of conjoined twins and the morals highlighted.
10. Piper Kerman – Orange Is the New Black
The only non-fiction book on this list, this was an extremely interesting, amusing and informative read into the US judicial system.
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