Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday-- New-to-Me Authors in 2017

Check out other new-to-me authors at The Broke and the Bookish!

I don't read a lot of series so I don't usually stick to one author. But if I find a book I love, I enjoy seeking any other stories or articles that they've written.

1. Octavia Butler-- I listened to Kindred earlier this year and I loved it. She was an amazing author and her sci-fi/fantasy was well-done. I ended up buying the rest of her sci-fi series' on my Kindle and hope to finish at least one of her series this year.

2. Kelly Barnhill-- She writes children's fantasy and I read The Girl Who Drank the Moon. It was smart, funny, and beautifully written. I look forward to reading her other stories.

3. Yrsa Sigurdardottir-- She's a crime and mystery novelist from Iceland. Her book I Remember You: A Ghost Story scared bejeebies out of me last October and want to read more from her!

4. Joan Didion-- The Year of Magical Thinking had me crying all the time in the car. Her writing is poetic and she makes you feel all the feels. I bought two more of her essay collections and hope to read them this year.

5. Marcus Sedgwick-- White Crow. He writes a lot of fantasy horror for young adults. White Crow was creepy and poetic. I loved it. I look forward to more creepy stories.

6. Anne Ursu-- Breadcrumbs. She writes a beautiful fairy-tale retelling in Breadcrumbs. Her characters are flawed and human. Her audience is children and she speaks their language. My son and I had some great conversations while reading this one together.

7. Alice Walker-- She should not be new to me. I picked up one of her essay collection "Anything We Love Can Be Saved." Her stories and writing blew me away and I need to read her books.

8. Rebecca Skloot-- She's a science writer and her book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was science and human story-telling at its best. I hope she writes more books!

9. Lidia Yuknavitch-- The Book of Joan. She wrote an intense dystopia on where we're headed if we keep destroying Earth. Boom. I need to read her other stories.

10. Adam Gidwitz-- The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog. A beautiful historical fantasy tale for teens (adults too). I loved reading it with G and look forward to more from him.


  1. Ditto on Joan Didion - Year of Magical Thinking was my intro, too; I had the same reaction. It took Skloot something like ten years to writing Henrietta Laks - let's hope it doesn't take that long to research the next book!

    1. I’m looking forward to Slouching towards Bethlehem which I’ve heard is one of her best.

  2. Wow! I haven't heard of any of these authors :(

  3. The Year of Magical Thinking is an INTENSE book! I don't think I could have listened to it in the car, I would have gotten into an accident because I was so busy crying!

  4. Loved the Year of Magical Thinking. I got to see it as a play, too, which was just amazing. The Henrietta Lacks book as been on my TBR forever, I really want to get to it!

  5. Octavia Butler is an author I've been meaning to read more of. But first I want to re-read Kindred.

  6. The Girl Who Drank the Moon is on my TBR list :)


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