Welcome back to another Top Ten Tuesday! This meme is, as always, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s theme: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016
I think I read a lot of debut novels and new books this year so I’m just going to try to narrow it down to my absolute favorites. Easier said than done.
This list is in no particular order.
1. Jandy Nelson
I read this book in the beginning of the year and fell in love with it. I didn’t love the characters that much, but Jandy Nelson’s writing is amazing. A lot of people didn’t like this book because her writing is so out-there and experimental, but it really works for me. I’ll have to pick up The Sky is Everywhere at some point next year.
2. Leila Sales
This book is fantastic. Leila Sales was able to write such a realistic portrayal of this young girl trying to find herself without really wanting to find herself. This story is so real and doesn’t sugarcoat anything and I love Leila Sales for writing it that way.
3. Dave Eggers
This book has gotten SO much hate, which I understand. It’s kind of like 1984 in a way that it preaches to everyone the danger of being on your phone too much. But I personally really enjoyed it. Dave Eggers just created this futuristic world that was so complex and strong and I loved reading about it. Also, as my mom pointed out to me, Dave Eggers organized a musical campaign against Trump, which is a plus.
4. Agatha Christie
I know, I’m 77 years too late for this one. I know everyone loves Agatha Christie, but I couldn’t comprehend how iconic of a mystery author she is until I actually read one of her books, which I finally did this year. And it did not disappoint. Agatha Christie is truly the Queen of Mystery.
5. Paula Hawkins
Another great mystery writer. I mean, this is the first book I’ve read from her and I don’t even know if she has any other books, but this one is certainly worth the hype. Paula Hawkins creates suspense so well and none of her plot twists are cheap. Solid book, solid author.
6. Jojo Moyes
Despite this book’s kind of controversial ending, you can’t deny that Jojo Moyes knows how to write romance. All her characters were so lovable (even Patrick) and she could make her dialogue anywhere from realistic, to scalding, to funny.
7. Rachel Hartman
Seraphina became one of my favorite books ever in a very short period of time. Rachel Hartman writes fantasy so well; the world she created was so complex but she wrote it in a way that was easy to understand and become a part of. I still don’t know how she pulled that off. Witchcraft?? Anyway, I’m definitely picking up the sequel to this book in 2017. (Even though it got pretty low reviews…I’m choosing to ignore that)
8. Rick Riordan
What?? You’ve never read Percy Jackson before?? you say. Unfortunately, no, I haven’t. It’s sad, I know. I really wish I did though. I started the first book in the beginning of the year and now I’m on the fourth, and I’m really enjoying it, but I feel like I would love it more if I was younger. But Rick Riordan is so good at writing character personalities and hilarious scenarios. I’m making it my goal to read all of his books.
9. Rainbow Rowell
This is like the fifth time I’m mentioning this book in the span of a month and I’m sorry. But it’s so good?? Rainbow Rowell’s writing blew me away. Every little scene was written with so much passion and clarity. This is not a book, this is an experience. I’m just scared to read more of her books because how can they live up to this one?? They can’t.
10. Morgan Matson
This book enraptured me. Morgan Matson writes the best interactions. There are so many different relationships in this book, romantic and platonic, and Morgan Matson gives them all the attention they deserve. This book makes you feel so good about life. (like…90% of the time)
That’s my TTT! Are any of these authors new to you? Are any of them an old favorite for you? As always, feel free to link your TTT post in the comments!