TTT #129 – New Authors I Read in 2017

Posted January 2, 2018 by Lillian in Features / 21 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. They’d love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Happy Tuesday and happy 2018 y’all! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve participated and I’m hoping to get back into the groove as the new year begins. This week’s topic is “Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017.” While last year was a slow reading year for me, I did read a lot of new-to-me authors, some were new to everyone as they were debuts 😉 Here are my top ten new-to-me authors I read in 2017. As always, the list is in no particular order and titles/authors link to Goodreads/Blog/Amazon(aff).

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2017

Book Cover for "Truth or Beard" by Penny Reid Book Cover for "Grin and Beard It" by Penny Reid Book Cover for "Beard Science" by Penny Reid Book Cover for "Beard in Mind" by Penny Reid

Penny Reid (The Winston Brothers series): This series has been on my radar for a few years. I’m not a huge contemporary fan so I put off reading them. Back in September I needed a break from sci-fi/fantasy and decided to start Truth or Beard. Needless to say I devoured the rest of the series in less than a week and am counting down the days to Dr. Strange Beard.

Book Cover for "Freeks" by Amanda Hocking Book Cover for "Between the Blade and the Heart" by Amanda Hocking

Amanda Hocking (Freeks and Between the Blade and the Heart): I started and ended 2017 with books from this author. I didn’t intentionally do this but realized I had when I looked at my Goodreads Year in Books. Talk about coincidence 😉 The two books couldn’t be more different but I enjoyed each and hope to read more soon.

Book Cover for "Six of Crows" by Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows): I have wanted to read Bardugo for a long time. Her Grisha trilogy has intrigued me. For our anniversary, my husband got the Six of Crows Duology for me. I have only read the first one and I love it. Others have told me that the duology is set after the Grisha trilogy but they can be read in any order. I hope that’s true because I plan to dive into them this year 😀 

Book Cover for "Invictus" by Ryan Graudin

Ryan Graudin (Invictus): This was one of my favorite reads in 2017. Invictus was like a cross between Doctor Who and Firefly, two of my all-time favorites. I loved the characters and snarky banter. I didn’t buy the romance but that didn’t matter to me. I loved them all the same. I’ve since purchased The Walled City and hope to read more of Graudin’s work this year.

Book Cover for "Forget Tomorrow" by Pintip Dunn Book Cover for "Remember Yesterday" by Pintip Dunn Book Cover for "Seize Today" by Pintip Dunn

Pintip Dunn (Forget Tomorrow series): I fell in love with this series last year! I devoured them and read all three in less than three days. It was a perfect binge reading weekend 😀 I loved the world, the characters, and the romance. It was the perfect combination of dystopian and science fiction plus a little time travel.

Book Cover for "Perfectly Oblivious" by Robin Daniels Book Cover for "Perfectly You" by Robin Daniels

Robin Daniels (The Perfect Series): I adore this series by a debut author. She writes wholesome, clean YA contemporary, but it’s also realistic and true to life. I love the banter between the characters and the sweet romance. Each of the books I read in one sitting, not wanting to sit them down.

Book Cover for "The Gender Game" by Bella Forrest

Bella Forrest (The Gender Game): I have fallen in love with this author. I adore dystopia and this book took me back to my dystopian roots. I loved the characters and the world building and even the tense romance that has slowly built….now I just need to finish the series so I can move on to her massive A Shade of Vampire series 😀

Book Cover for "Caraval" by Stephanie Garber

Stephanie Garber (Caraval): I adored everything about this debut book! But the thing that stood out most to me was the imagery. It was so vivid that it practically bled from the page. I could picture every minute detail. Even after nearly a year has passed, I still think about the world she created and I cannot wait for the sequel Legendary that comes out later this year!

Book Cover for "Poison's Kiss" by Breeana Shields

Breeana Shields (Poison’s Kiss): Another debut author that I completely fell in love with! Poison’s Kiss may have been my favorite read last year. The author blended mythology with her own story so well that I couldn’t pick the two apart. And I loved the MC, her flawed thinking, her predicament, everything. It was a fantastic story and I can’t wait for the sequel which comes out this month!

Book Cover for "Frostblood" by Elly Blake

Elly Blake (Frostblood): This debut author brought my love of dystopian fantasy back. I loved everything about this book! I loved the world building, the elemental abilities, and the pitting of fire against ice. It was perfection. And that ending?! I didn’t see it coming. Fireblood has been out for a while and I’m hoping to get a chance to read it soon!

Your turn! What authors did you discover last year? Share below


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21 responses to “TTT #129 – New Authors I Read in 2017

  1. I read Bardugo for the first time this past year too (Wonder Woman: Warbringer)! Well, listened to. 🙂 I am hoping to read Garber and Hocking this year for the first time. I am glad you enjoyed their work! Have a Happy New Year!

  2. Penny Reid is one of my go-tos. I just adore her nerdy-smart humor. I just finished Poison’s Cage the other day. It was a great sequel, and the ending had me in happy tears. Garber made one of my Best lists, so I did not include her today, but I loved Caraval. It was a favorite of mine.

  3. Truth or Beard has been getting talked about here and there, so I must check this one out. There are so many authors I want to read books from on this list! Leigh Bardugo and Stephanie Garber are the only ones I have read books from and I really love Bardugo and wasn’t a large fan of Caraval.

    • If you enjoy romantic, contemporary comedy, set in the south…..specifically Cades Cove / Townsend type town 😊 I highly recommend The Winston Brothers. It’s a fun read!

  4. That’s funny about Amanda Hocking. I liked freeks. 🙂 And I need to read Invictus this year, ot looks fun. Same with Caraval.

  5. Hi Lillian…Ah why do Leigh Bardugo so beautiful.. It’s unfair she writes so good and also looks like that… Hahaha. 🙂 🙂 Anyway, I haven’t read any of the works of the authors in your list except Leigh B. who I also just discovered last year… Gotta check your reviews before checking these author’s works. Happy new year. 🙂 And oh thanks for stopping by at my post. 🙂

  6. This is such a great list! I’ve stopped some familiar names but haven’t gotten around to reading them yet. I have SoC and Truth or Beard in my TBR and I am planning to read them this year.

    Thanks for commenting on my blog 🙂

    • Which Penny Reid did you read? I’ve only read The Winston Brothers but I’m hoping to read the rest of her series this year. I love her humor 😀

  7. GOODNESS! I spy SO many authors on this list that I really want to discover (MAYBE 2018 will be THE year). These include Leigh, Stephanie and also, Ryan! In particular “Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo, and “Caraval” intrigued me from the moment I first read about it. 🙂

    Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonedrland.