It’s the first Top Ten Tuesday of 2018 and I’m posting ridiculously late, but it’s still Tuesday so it still counts!
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Top Ten New To Me Authors I Read In 2017
In the order I discovered them
Only I cheated and there are eleven….
I love Scottish crime but most of the authors I read were based on the east coast – Ian Rankin, James Oswald and Val McDermid’s Karen Pirie books – Alex’s books are based on the west coast, primarily in Glasgow, I’d had The Swedish Girl sitting on my shelf for a while, I think I’d picked it up as part of a Waterstones 3 for 2 offer years ago, I finally got around to reading it and really enjoyed it, since then I’ve gone back to the start of the series and listened to the first three audiobooks.
More crime! I discovered Carol on NetGalley at the start of the year, Little Girl Lost was her first crime novel and she released a further three books in the DI Robyn Carter series during the year. I always fly through Carol’s books, I love the plots and the pacing is perfect, I’ve really enjoyed learning more about Robyn as the books have progressed
Ragdoll was Daniel’s debut novel and it was brilliant! Visual and gripping I can’t wait for the sequel to come out this year.
It was at this point in the year I discovered the #SundayYA twitter chat and as you’ll see from the following a lot of great books were recommended during the chats! Heartless tells the story of a young girl called Catherine who grows up to become the Queen of Hearts of Alice In Wonderland fame. The book ignited my interest in re-tellings and I keep meaning to get to The Lunar Chronicles – A task for 2018.
Another SundayYA rec – One Of Us Is Lying brought crime and mystery to a YA audience and did it perfectly! I flew through it and really enjoyed trying to work out what actually happened. I’ll be keeping my eyes open for whatever comes next from Karen!
I read this as part of the SundayYAthon at Easter and it was a delightful read. I loved the fact that Lexie loved books, it was something I easily identified with, and I would love to get to a convention one day funds permitting! Maggie has a new book coming out this year and it’s already on my to read list.
Another book I read for the SundayYA readathon. Letters To The Lost I cannot rave about enough, the characters are brilliant and I loved learning more about them as the book went on. Brigid has a book coming out this year which focuses on Rev who was a secondary character in this book. I can’t wait to read it!
Patricia is another Bookouture author I discovered in 2017. Her novels are set in Ireland and follow DI Lottie Parker and her team as they solve cases. Just like Carol they’re well paced and I love getting stuck into one.
Science in books! I was a bit of a science geek at school, I remember being so excited the first time my parents took me to The Science Museum, so I loved reading this book. The irresponsible mother did irritate me a little bit, but the story of friendship more than made up for it.
Recommended to me by two friends I was certainly not disappointed when I picked up Gilded Cage, a story of magic, the powerful few, slavery and rebellion. It’s a trilogy that only got better with the second book Tarnished City which left me questioning everything I thought I knew and I cannot wait for Bright Ruin to be released!
Cold Christmas was released towards the end of 2017 and Michael Joseph kindly offered me the first book in the series to read as well. By the time I finished The Advent Killer I was already scouring Overdrive to see if my local library had the eBooks, luckily they did and I really enjoyed discovering Antonia and her team.
That’s my top 11 newly discovered authors of 2017 – Did you discover any of these authors in 2017? Are there any authors that you discovered in 2017 that I need to pick up in 2018? Let me know in the comments!