Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017
2017 has been the year I started reading so much more books than the years before. My reading changed so much this year. Before I tended to only read very very very famous books like The Da Vinci Code or Memoirs of a Geisha. This year I started reading all sorts of books and because of that I read books by authors that I should’ve read years ago! This makes this list a very easy one to do and I’m going to try and keep the most obvious authors (like Sarah J. Maas, Leigh Bardugo..) out of this list and focus on other authors.
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and this week’s theme is: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017.
So let’s get started!
1. James Bowen
Book’s read by James Bowen in 2017
A very good friend of me recommended this author to me. At first I was a bit sceptical, the title sounds more like a book for my 2 year old niece than something that would interest me. I’m so glad I did pick it up because I enjoyed it so much. A Street Cat Named Bob is a non-fiction autobiography and I really love a good memoir. I liked his books so much because he is completely honest about the way he lived, his drug addiction… but it’s all written in such an adorable way that it just radiates good vibes. His books really make me happy. I even saved A Gift from Bob so I could read this book while being in a Christmas mood, it did not disappoint!
2. Emma Scott
Book’s read by Emma Scott in 2017
I found The Butterfly Project on NetGalley and it looked very promising. Her books are a guilty pleasure for me, I save them for times when I’m completely stressed out or in great need of a vacation. She writes romance books and she does it so well. At times her books can be a bit too good to be true, but it really doesn’t bother me that much. She also is the only author that could make me sob this year. I’m not talking about some minor tears or wet eyes, I’m talking about full blown cry eyes and wet pillows. I finished Full Tilt on a Sunday morning and I had to stay in bed for 10 minutes longer because I looked like my cat just died. Full Tilt is called The Fault in our Stars for adults for a reason!
3. Ilona Andrews
Book’s read by Ilona Andrews in 2017
Ilona Andrews must have the worst of luck with cover designers. When I first saw Burn For Me on Goodreads I thought it would have more awkward sex scenes than all the books of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy combined. But(!!), Burn for Me doesn’t have one single sex scene and only 3 kissing scenes!! Who in they’re right mind designs a cover like that, and puts on a title like that when it has no sex scenes???
Apart from that, I started reading this because someone else made the same comment as I did above. the Hidden Legacy trilogy is actually such a good series and I honestly think they miss out on a lot of possible readers with those covers. It’s definitely appropriate for every 16 year old (or even younger), but can you imagine the look on your parents face if you come home with a book like that? Exactly.
4. Lydia Kang
Book’s read by Lydia Kang in 2017
Another author I found on Netgalley. I loved her book so much and I wanted everyone to love it as well, but do you know that feeling when you love a book and you seem to be the only one? I hate that feeling and I thought this was going to be one of those books. I was so happy when I saw all those positive reviews and I was even more happy when I found out she made the “Best Book of the Month” list on Goodreads.
5. Mackenzi Lee
Book’s read by Mackenzi Lee in 2017
At one point in 2017 I was ready to sue The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue for stalking. I don’t think I ever saw a book cross my Goodreads feed THAT many times! For a long time I wasn’t really attracted to it. The combination of such a loooong title and a cover that could mean anything, I just didn’t feel it. After months of me seeing this book appear everywhere, everyday. I changed my mind and the curiosity took over and I loved this book! The romance is absolutely everything.
The only regret that I have know is that I love this book and want to talk about it so much, but every time I talk about it I need to write down that impossibly long title! #BookLoverProblems
6. Molly Ringle
Book’s read by Molly Ringle in 2017
The third and last author in this list that I discovered on Netgalley. The Goblins of Bellwater really drew my attention with that GORGEOUS cover. I think she’s an author that deserves much more fame and attention than she has at the moment.
I was planning on reading more of her books in 2017. But suddenly it’s already 2018 and so many other books stole my attention! Molly Ringle, I’m coming for you in 2018!
7. Laini Taylor
Book’s read by Laini Taylor in 2017
It was impossible not to put Laini taylor on my list. She’s my favourite author of the moment and every one of her books I’ve read so far has been nothing short of perfect. I’m currently reading Dreams of gods and Monsters, the last book in the Daughters of Smoke and Bone series and I really don’t want it to end.
8. Naomi Novik
Book’s read by Naomi Novik in 2017
Another author that I planned on reading much more books of in 2017. I found her by looking trough someones favourites shelf on Goodreads. At that time, I had some bad luck in the reading department and read a couple of bad books in a row, I desperately needed something I could be sure of that I would love it and that’s my number one way of finding books to read next.
I started the Temeraire series, but I really wasn’t in the mood at that point and since then I haven’t found the right time to read this one.
9. B.A. Paris
Book’s read by B.A. Paris in 2017
I finished Behind closed doors on January 2nd (thank you Goodreads for remembering that for me), so B.A. Paris gets a place in this list! After reading Behind Closed Doors I was hooked! I needed more mystery books! So, I started reading many mystery books and actually not really enjoying a single one of them. They weren’t all bad, just never good. In October I finally (I’m a bit slow) realised that I simply wasn’t a fan of mystery books, I’m only a fan of B.A. Paris’s books and it’s more of a coincidence that she writes mystery books. B.A. Paris made me believe that I enjoy mystery books for 10 months. She tricked me! That’s actually kind of an amazing thing to do and I love her even more for it.
10. Katherine Arden
Book’s read by Katherine Arden in 2017
Last but not least we have Katherine Arden. Her writing style is very different from every other book I read this year. She writes in a very disconnected way (I’m not making any sense I know, but that’s just the way I feel). The way she writes gives her books a more authentic feel. YA books about medieval Russia aren’t something I see everyday and so this author is a welcome change in a long list of very similar YA books.
Thank you so much for reading until the end of my post!
QUESTION: Have you read any of the authors I mentioned?