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".

Jenny Colgan

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.

Karma Brown

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.

Genevieve Cogman

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.

Julie McElwain

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.

Connie Willis

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.

Amy Hatvany

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.

Monica Hesse

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.

Sarvenaz Tash

This book was a lot of fun to read, partly because of the setting. I also liked the unexpected romance and friendships. 

Honorable mention:

Kelly Harms (The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay)
Rae Meadows (I Will Send Rain)
Jen Malone (Wanderlost)
Garth Nix (Newt's Emerald)


  1. Jenny Colgan- her books just look so peaceful or something, I don't know. *laughs* they just look like relaxing reads. And I second Genevieve Cogman, I need to read the Invisible Library sequel. I did read a book by Taylor Jenkins Reid this year and really liked it.

  2. Fantastic list! Taylor Jenkins Reid made my list as well and I am so glad I read her. I loved both of the books I read this year and want to read more for sure! I also read Stephanie Dray for the first time this year...really enjoyed America's Daughter as well! Great list, Christina!

  3. This is a great list, Christina! I've been DYING to read The Girl in the Blue Coat. I actually picked it up from the library twice this year, but didn't have time to read it, and had to send it back. Doh! I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed it. Hopefully I can get to it soon! :)

  4. I have been intrigued with One True Loves and The Choices We Make, glad you enjoyed both.

  5. I read two by Jenny Colgan: Bookshop on the Corner and Meet Me at the Cupcake Factory. Both were adorable and sweet. I look forward to reading more from her. I also want to check out Cross Talk and Murder in Time (I found this one while browsing Barnes and Noble). I'll have to check if my library has either of them.

  6. I have Lily of the Nile on my to-read shelf and really look forward to diving in as I've heard marelous things about Stephanie Dray. I hope to read it next year.

  7. I am glad to see Invisible Library on your list. I loved that as well as the sequel too. I need to read the next in the series. A Murder In Time is new to me, but it sounds really good (and I like that cover). Monica Hesse is an author I want to try.

    Thank you for sharing!

  8. I haven't read any of these! I'm especially interested in the Invisible Library and A Murder in Time, though---so they might have to become "new to me" authors for me in 2017! :D

  9. I need to try Cogman and Willis. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me


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