Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016
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This week’s topic: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016
How often have you said to yourself, “OMG! Why did it take me so long to read <insert author’s name>’s books?!” For me that feels like a very frequent occurrence which is why I love today’s topic – and why I’m also happy to be making another one of these lists, this time for 2016.
*** Note that I’m generally focusing on authors who have been writing for a long time, or already have a bunch of novels/short stories out, otherwise this would be a very long post! I also won’t be naming any debut authors today (because that is a top ten list for another day! 🙂 ) ***
It appears plenty of people are already aware of the awesomeness of A. Lee Martinez, and as usual I’m just way behind. I first heard of the author only earlier this year, when I saw the title and cover for The Last Adventure of Constance Verity. I read it, loved it, and I want more. The book was unexpectedly charismatic and offbeat, and I think of all the fantasy comedy novels I’ve tried this year, so far this is by far my favorite. This blogger will definitely be looking into picking up more books by Mr. Martinez! (Review: The Last Adventure of Constance Verity)
Jon Skovron is already quite a big name in the Young Adult fantasy world, having authored several novels for teens. His first adult fantasy series The Empire of Storms began this summer though, with Hope and Red which was my first experience with his work. I ended up really enjoying the world and the characters, and now I can’t wait to read the next book in the trilogy. I might even need to go back and pick up some of his previously released YA books. (Review: Hope and Red)
Yes, believe it or not, it actually took me this long to finally try Kelley Armstrong (despite the fact others have been telling me about how great she is for years). I also find it a little ironic that even though I’m more of a speculative fiction reader, it wasn’t any of her fantasy or paranormal books that finally caught my eye, but her newest mystery thriller/suspense novel City of the Lost. It was just fantastic, guys. Seriously couldn’t be more pleased that it was my very first KA novel. (Review: City of the Lost)
I’ve never read a Jack Ketchum novel before, and was completely unfamiliar with his work. A quick search on Goodreads brought me to his author bio which proudly proclaims that his first book Off Season was once scolded by the Village Voice for being “violent pornography”. Still don’t know if I’ll ever read Off Season (because it sounds too hardcore even for me!) but his latest novel The Secret Life of Souls that was co-authored with Lucky McKee turned out to be pretty awesome. (Review: The Secret Life of Souls)
Earlier this year I had the pleasure of reading Paul Tremblay’s A Head Full of Ghosts which promptly landed him on my “I must read more of this author!” list. If you enjoy modern horror, this is a book you really need to check out. Anyway, I actually went on to read Tremblay’s latest book, Disappearance at Devil’s Rock which came out earlier this summer. Admittedly, I didn’t think it was as good, but I’ll probably still keep picking up anything he writes. (Review: A Head Full of Ghosts; Review: Disappearance at Devil’s Rock)
This year was the first time I read Jennifer Fallon, and interestingly, I hadn’t known that The Lyre Thief was a follow-up series until I read the blurbs for Medalon and the other books in her Hythrun Chronicles: Demon Child and Hythrun Chronicles: Wolfblade sequences. Fallon eases us into the world so gently and seamlessly though, I felt no disadvantage from not having read the previous series—and you know how picky I can be about such things. I loved the book so much, I’ve already added the previous trilogies to the TBR because I want to learn everything I can about this irresistible world and the characters. (Review: The Lyre Thief)
This was my first book by Keri Arthur, and I was completely unprepared for how good it was. I don’t even know why I was caught so flat-footed! After all, I know friends who have been fans of the author’s for a long time and they all absolutely adore her work, which is what convinced me to give City of Light a try in the first place. For ages I’ve been curious to try one of her books, and this being the first of a new series, I figured it would be the perfect place to start. I went in with pretty high expectations. It ended up exceeding all of them. (Review: City of Light)
Even though I’ve known about the author’s Wayward Pines series for years now, I’ve never read it nor have I watched the recent TV show adaptation based off of it. But if those books are anything like Dark Matter, which was my first foray into his work, I might just have to go check them out. I know I talk about this book a lot, but it really was a lot of fun. Will I be checking out more of his work in the future? Oh, you bet. Mr. Crouch has a new fan. (Review: Dark Matter)
Jason Arnopp is a scriptwriter with a background in journalism who has written for many films and authored a bunch of media tie-in novels including various official Doctor Who fiction. This year I read his new book The Last Days of Jack Sparks and loved the hell out of it. According to our interview he is currently working on his second novel for Orbit Books (unrelated to Jack Sparks) which is a standalone “supernatural thriller in a completely different way” – so thrilled to hear about his next project, I can’t wait! (Review: The Last Days of Jack Sparks)
My last pick is kind of a cheat because technically I am still working my way through this huge tome, The Found and the Lost. I’m deeply ashamed to admit I have not read the work of Ursula K. Le Guin before now, but that is being rectified as we speak. This is a collection of every published novella by the renowned American literature icon, and I am enjoying the stories a lot so far. Keep an eye out for my review later this month.