This year my reading speed slowed right down to a snail’s pace, but somehow I still managed to actually finish some books! I may have read less than previous years, but I have discovered some truly brilliant authors over the last twelve months.
(I’ve adapted this post from The Broke & the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday theme this week, but I didn’t really have ten new authors I wanted to rave about – less is more!)
So, here’s my top five new-to-me authors of 2016 who have blown my mind with their wordsmithery:
1.) Ali Shaw
I received a copy of The Trees as an ARC to review, and it took me such a long, painstaking amount of time to finish. But I knew I wanted to finish it, because Ali Shaw’s writing style and character development were incredible.
By the time I reached the end, I loved every single one of the main characters – even the (let’s face it) pretty-pathetic-at-times Adrien. The feisty Hiroko even formed the foundations of a character I created for a game of Vampire: The Masquerade (a tabletop RPG where vampires live among humans in modern times). This one gave me one bad book hangover!
Read my book review of The Trees here.
2.) Noelle Stevenson
My friend lent Nimona to me back in the summer, and I instantly fell in love with Noelle Stevenson’s style. The story was hilarious and the illustrations really worked for me. I’ve already got Lumberjanes lined up to read next, as I want more!
Read my book review of Nimona here.
3.) Sarah J. Maas
Can you believe that 2016 was the year I discovered Sarah J. Maas? We covered A Court of Thorns and Roses in the Words & Geeks Book Club earlier in the year, which gave me the opportunity to find out what all that hype was about! And Sarah J. Maas has continued to stamp on my heart ever since, with A Court of Mist and Fury, which threw the book community (me included) into hysteria. I owe many a book hangover to this fabulous author.
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4.) L-J Clements
This year I discovered the wonderful L-J Clements! She is the geek behind My Big Geek Adventure, and she was kind enough to participate in a Q&A for Wandering Words earlier in the year, which you can check out here. I’ve really enjoyed reading her two books this year, and can’t wait to read more of her adventures!
5.) Sylvain Neuvel
One of the best books I read this year was Sleeping Giants, and it was Sylvain Neuvel’s debut novel – incredible! I received it as an ARC, and was completely blown away by the entire concept. Also, Neuvel is one super smart cookie; check out his About Me on his website – that intelligence certainly comes across in his work. The sequel, Waking Gods, is set to be released April 2017, but I just don’t think I can wait that long!
Read my book review of Sleeping Giants here.
Which authors have you fallen in love with this year?
Happy reading, everyone!