Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Top Ten New-to-Me Authors
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. There is a new subject each week and this week's theme is "Top Ten New-to-Me Authors".
I started reading Jenny Colgan's novels when I heard about her latest, The Bookshop on the Corner (aka The Little Shop of Happy Ever After). Then I picked up Sweetshop of Dreams which I liked even more and have since read its sequels. Now I plan to read the rest of her backlist of books.
I bought this book on a whim because it was a Kindle deal but I really liked it (though it was pretty sad). I plan to pick up her first book soon.
I decided to read this after reading so many positive reviews from other bloggers. I liked it and the sequel as well. Really interesting world building and I like the main character.
I was interested in reading this and after a coworker said she loved it I moved it up my TBR list. I really liked the historical aspects as well as the idea of a modern female FBI agent stuck back in time. I am looking forward to reading the sequel in a few months.
I read a review of this in a trade publication and decided to order it for my library. I was curious about it but not sure I would like it (since it is classified as science fiction) but I gave it a try anyway and I'm so glad I did.
Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
I had heard of Stephanie Dray before (she wrote a historical fantasy series about Cleopatra's daughter) but I hadn't read her books yet and I was unfamiliar with Laura Kamoie. Then I started seeing this on blogs and in book reviews and because I was planning a visit to Monticello, I just had to read it. I really liked it and found it fascinating to read about both Thomas Jefferson and his daughter. It certainly added to my Monticello trip. While I don't think I'll be reading Dray's historical fantasy series, I would be willing to try another book cowritten by them.
Taylor Jenkins Reid
I had heard of Taylor Jenkins Reid before but what drew me to pick up this book was the premise. I wanted to know how things would turn out for the newly engaged protagonist when her "late" husband turns out to be not as late as she'd thought. I really liked how the author handled it and plan to read her other books in the future.
I know she's written several novels but this is the first one that I decided to try. I thought it was a really good family drama and I thought the author did a good job of showing the impact of adoption on both sisters as well as the birth mother. I especially liked the portrayal of the relationship between the sisters.
This is one of my favorite YA books of 2016. I love historical fiction and this time period in particular and I liked how the author included little details about life in Holland during WWII as well as the resistance movement. I look forward to seeing what Hesse writes next.
This book was a lot of fun to read, partly because of the setting. I also liked the unexpected romance and friendships.
Kelly Harms (The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay)
Rae Meadows (I Will Send Rain)
Jen Malone (Wanderlost)
Garth Nix (Newt's Emerald)