January 2: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017
One of the things that I am quite proud of in terms of my reading is how diversely I read: to put this into perspective, I read 38 new-to-me authors in 2017 (out of 52 books). As a result, I read some incredible books by wonderful new authors, meaning that this list was more difficult to compile than I had expected it to be.
1. Adam Silvera (They Both Die At The End)
This book was one of the most breathtaking and heartbreaking novels I’ve ever read. Simply outstanding, and I now automatically count Adam Silvera amongst my favourite authors.
2. Emily Suvada (This Mortal Coil)
This was my biggest surprise read of 2017; I’ve finally found the next The Hunger Games and I am so thankful. Roll on the sequel.
3. Lauren James (The Loneliest Girl in the Universe)
I heard Lauren James speak on a panel at YALC 2017 and I immediately purchased this book (which was offered for exclusive early release at the convention), and it was brilliant.
4. Dani Atkins (Our Song)
When I was recommended this book by my friend Heather, I had no idea just how much I would love it. It’s a gut-wrenching love story with a stellar cast of characters.
5. Andy Weir (The Martian)
Given that I love the movie, I had high expectations for the book, and it did not disappoint. I seriously admire Andy Weir’s ability to create tension yet do it so amusingly.
6. Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller (Otherworld)
I somehow managed to snag a review copy of this novel at YALC, and I subsequently devoured it. It’s action packed and takes place in two worlds: now I can’t wait for the sequel.
7. Laura Steven (The Exact Opposite of Okay)
This debut (out March 2018) is a wonderful story about a strong young woman and her experience with revenge porn.
8. Meredith Russo (If I Was Your Girl)
This book had been on my TBR for a long time, but with its inclusion in Zoella’s Book Club, I finally decided to read it; featuring a transgender protagonist, it is an important novel.
9. Rupi Kaur (Milk and Honey)
I finally read this beautiful and devastating collection of poetry in 2017, and I was shocked at just how much I enjoyed it, given that I am not typically a fan of free verse.
10. Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Boys)
Despite having owned this series for a couple of years I only dived into book one this summer. Though it is a slow-burner, it is beautifully written and I’m excited to continue.
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