Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic this week is New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017. To not make this super repetitive I won’t be including the authors who’s books I’ve already talked about in my Favorite Books of 2017 post.
1. Roshani Chokshi
Roshani Chokshi writes magical fantasy books for Young Adults. When I read The Star-Touched Queen I fell in love with her lyrical writing style and magical world-building inspired by Indian mythology. I also read it’s sequel: A Crown of Wishes and a novella set in the same world.
2. Nnedi Okorafor
Nnedi Okorafor is a Nigerian author of Science Fiction and Fantasy for both adults and children. I was first introduced to her writing when I read Akata Witch, a YA novel about a Nigerian girl who discovers she’s one of the Leopard People and has magical powers. I also read Lagoon, an adult sci-fi about aliens landing in Nigeria and Binti, a sci-fi novella about a young woman who becomes the first of her people to leave her home planet.
3. Celeste Ng
Celeste Ng’s debut novel Everything I Never Told You was so hyped back when it was releases in 2014, but for some reason I didn’t get to it until 2017 and I’m glad I finally did. It was such a beautiful and heartbreaking novel about family. Her newest release Little Fires Everywhere is high on my tbr for 2018.
4. Maggie Stiefvater
Maggie Stiefvater is my most read author of 2017. I read seven of her books and really enjoyed most of them. My favorite one was probably her brand new 2017 release All the Crooked Saints – it’s just my kind of strange. But I also finally read and loved The Raven Cycle.
5. Anna-Marie McLemore
Anna-Marie McLemore writes exactly the kind of lyrical, magical stories that speak to my soul. I read When the Moon Was Ours in 2017 and found it enchanting. My mom gave me Wild Beauty for Christmas and I already own The Weight of Feathers – so I hope 2018 will be the year I read them both.
6. Jeff VanderMeer
Jeff VanderMeer’s Borne is the most interesting and and unique book I read in 2017. It’s set in a post-apocalyptic future and follows a couple trying to survive in a shell of a city plagued by a giant flying bear. All VanderMeer’s previous releases sound just ad weird and wonderful, so I can’t wait to explore his backlist.
7. Carolina De Robertis
Carolina De Robertis’s The Invisible Mountain was one of my biggest surprises of 2017. I picked it up on a whim off my mother’s shelf and ended up adoring it. It’s an Uruguayan family saga that explores the lives of three generations of women and apparently that’s my jam. She has two other books out, one of which I own and want to get to in 2018.
8. Alastair Reynolds
Sci-fi was my favorite genre in 2017. It’s a genre I haven’t explored much before, so almost every author was new to me. But my favorite sci-fi author discovery is Alastair Reynolds. It took me ages to decide which one of his books to start with cause they all sound amazing. I ended up reading House of Suns first and it blew my mind.
9. Ibi Zoboi
Ibi Zoboi is a 2017 debut author. Her book American Street flew a little bit under the radar, but really deserves more attention. It’s a beautifully written and powerful story about a teenage girl who’s mother is detained when they’re trying to emigrate from Haiti to the U.S. I read a lot of YA in 2017 and this one really stood out to me as something fresh and different. So I really hope Zoboi comes out with more books in the future.
10. Jon Krakauer
2017 was the year I finally read some Krakauer. I’ve had three of his books on my tbr for a long time, but ended up starting with Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster. It’s one of the best non-fiction books I’ve ever read, and I’m more interested than ever in picking up his other books.
What new to you authors did you discover in 2017?