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As 2016 is nearing an end, I like looking back at what I’ve read so this week’s topic is fitting: “Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016.” So far I’ve read 153 books (this doesn’t include rereads) this year and 51 new-to-me authors. I didn’t realize there were that many new ones for me this year until I started writing this post! I’ve found some real hidden gems and some popular authors I hadn’t read before that I’m now in love with. As always these are in no particular order and covers link to review (or Amazon Affiliate).
Ten New Favorite Authors from 2016
Anne Bishop (The Others): I’m not really sure how this author was off my radar, especially after picking up Written in Red. I’m in love with this series and the paranormal, urban fantasy she’s created. The writing style took a little getting used to for me, but I quickly fell in love with it. I loved being in so many different characters’ heads because it gave the reader an overall picture of the events. I can’t wait to read more from her.
Rebecca Belliston (Citizens of Logan Pond): I adore dystopia, that’s not a secret. This series is amazing!!! There are no paranormal characters or fantastical events, just straight up speculative fiction. It’s well written and drew me into the characters’ lives and situations. I couldn’t read them fast enough! And if you like realistic dystopia, this is it!
Cameo Renae (ARV-3): Another dystopian find, this one is a cross between The Walking Dead and I Am Legend, but obviously clean for the YA crowd. I devoured these books. I couldn’t read them fast enough. The main character is one that readers will easily relate to and find themselves laughing and crying with. Seriously awesome reads!
Sheralyn Pratt (Pimpernel): This author sticks mainly to clean, contemporary romance and I love it! I’m not a big contemporary fan, but this author pulled me right into her stories and I adored them. The first book of hers I read was in the Spring and a retelling of sorts of the classic The Scarlet Pimpernel. She put her own spin to the story and I fell in love. In fact, I’m crossing my fingers and hoping it was the start of a series. Because those characters are fantastic and I would love more from them!
C.M. McCoy (Eerie): This debut author blew me away with her paranormal urban fantasy Eerie. I don’t even know how to describe it. It reminds me a little of one of my favorite series but with a lot more twists. The characters and world-building though is what really drew me to the story.
Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments): I finally picked up this series and started reading this year. I’ve only read the first three books because moving this summer threw my reading off something terrible, but I’m in love. The characters, the world-building, the imagery….all of it. I can’t get enough!
Mike Mullin (Ashfall): Post-apocalypse at its finest! Seriously, I had never heard of this book until the dystopian reading challenge decided to pick up the first book in the series and read it one month. I was blown away. I devoured it in a weekend when I was supposed to be packing for our move. Instead I fell head first into a story about the eruption of Yellow Stone and what could happen if it ever did. Scary realistic!
Raye Wagner (The Sphinx): Speaking of falling for a series….I’ve always been fascinated with Greek/Roman mythology and enjoy stories that blend the mythology with the urban world. Well, this series does that wonderfully. The author has created a series in which the mythology is popular and the gods still worshipped as the primary religion. It makes for a fascinating story when the book is full of demigods and myth.
Jude Deveraux (The Girl from Summer Hill): Another well-known author that I had never heard of 😀 I enjoy contemporary occasionally but it isn’t my go-to genre. This book however intrigued me as being a retelling of Pride and Prejudice and friends it didn’t disappoint. Now I want to read everything from this author!
Erin Watt (The Royals): Speaking of contemporary…I’ve made it pretty clear I do not like YA contemporary simply for the teen drama/angst so when I read Paper Princess I expected to hate it. I was blown away by my own reaction to this book. I could NOT sit it down for anything. I skipped sleep and meals to read this series and it was so worth it. I couldn’t read it fast enough and I’m still perturbed because I can’t really pinpoint why! It’s full of teen angst and high school drama but it is SO addictive. If you decide to read it, be prepared for sleepless nights!
What authors did you read and enjoy this year that were new-to-you? Share below