Top Ten Tuesday: Authors New to Me in 2016

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme was Top Ten Authors New-To-Me in 2016. And it was definitely a good year for discovering new-to-me authors!

  1. Marissa Meyer – I know, I know. What took me so long? I read almost all of her books this year: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter, Fairest, and Heartless.
  2. F. Scott Fitzgerald – It took years for me to build up the courage to read a classic I was expecting to hate. I was pleasantly surprised. I LOVED The Great Gatsby.
  3. Victoria Schwab – I thought A Darker Shade of Magic was fascinating, and quickly picked up the second one, A Gathering of Shadows. I can’t wait for the release of A Conjuring of Light in February!
  4. Jamaica Kincaid – I discovered Jamaica Kincaid when I was looking for Caribbean authors to read while on vacation in Nevis this past August. Kincaid is an Antiguan-American novelist, and I really enjoyed her novel Annie John, a coming of age novel about a girl growing up in Antigua.
  5. Rainbow Rowell – I just read Eleanor & Park recently, and I can’t wait to read more by Rowell soon!
  6.  Gayle Forman – I wasn’t in love with Leave Me when I read it, but I definitely liked Gayle Forman’s writing enough to want to read more of her books!
  7. Bryan Stevenson – I am in awe of Bryan Stevenson’s career, and all that he has accomplished as director of the Equal Justice Initiative. His book Just Mercy, along with Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, really opened my eyes this year to the deep, institutional inequalities that remain in America’s criminal justice system.
  8. Anthony Doerr – I am very selective about the World War II era novels that I read. I can only handle reading one or two a year, at the most, since it hits too close to home (my husband’s side of the family is Jewish, and lost family members in the Holocaust). I am glad All The Light We Cannot See made the cut, it was an excellent read.
  9. Daphne du Maurier – Rebecca is fantastic! It has just the right blend of gothic atmosphere and intrigue.
  10. Tahereh Mafi – I really enjoyed Mafi’s writing style in Furthermore. She writes in a way that is whimsical and fun, the way that she plays with language and words is delightful.

What authors have you discovered this year?

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