Today’s Top Ten Tuesday asks for our favorite new-to-us authors of 2016. For me, 2016 was actually a year of rereads and deep reading (for already-loved authors). Only 33 authors were new to me this year (so far, anyway), and of those, only five are authors I either want to read more from, or already did read more from.
1. Eloisa James – James was the first romance author I’ve read that actually wrote books I enjoyed. Romance (of the Harlequin variety) is well away from my comfort zone, but I enjoyed reading James’ version of fairy tale retellings. I’m not sure I’d read more of her books regularly, but I really appreciated that I wanted to read any at all (much less four).
2. Gigi Pandian – This is another one of those out-of-my-comfort-zone things. Pandian wrote some of the cozy mysteries I enjoyed this fall, and I’m looking forward to further works, both in the series I’m currently reading and in others.
3. Firoozeh Dumas – I only read one book by Dumas, a collection of essays, but found her funny, engaging, and insightful. I’d gladly read some of her other nonfiction!
4. Kate Racculia – Racculia’s Bellweather Rhapsody was one of my favorite books of the year. Her writing was spectacular and I loved the way she wove in so many different elements in the story. I’d love to read more from her.
5. Melinda Salisbury – Salisbury’s debut novel, The Sin Eater’s Daughter, absolutely blew me away and I’ve loved reading further in that series this year. I can’t wait to read the rest of it, and to see what she comes up with next!
Perhaps next year, I’ll have a few more new-to-me favorites on my list!
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.