Delighted and Enchanted


Every Tuesday over at the  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.

New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016

This is a nice easy list as my full year’s reading is all in one place!  So easy to check out which were new to me authors:

  1. Jeff Salyards – Scourge of the Betrayer, a dark and violent journey, a band of warriors and a bookish scribe – what could possibly go wrong!
  2. Jordanna Max Brodsky – The Immortals – Gods and a murder mystery, in the heart of NY.  Totally engaging, very entertaining, fantastic sense of place.
  3. Stephanie Burgis – A double whammy from Ms Burgis.  She burst onto my radar with the highly entertaining Masks and Shadows and then totally out did herself again with Congress of Secrets.  Both period/fantasty dramas that combine historical events and people into highly readable fiction.
  4. Madeline Ashby – Company Town.  Totally compelling reading.  Science fiction, futuristic and murder mystery all rolled into one.
  5. Laurence MacNaughton – UF with Demons and possessed cars.  Great start to a promising series – It Happened One Doomsday.
  6. Jon Skovron – Hope and Red – how to sum this one up.  It’s a bit like Gangs of New York meets Crouching Tiger!
  7. Drew Magary – The Hike surely had to be one of my most unexpectedly enjoyable and compelling reads this year.
  8. Silvia Moreno-Garcia – do we really need any more vampire fiction?  Hell yes if it’s anything like Certain Dark Things.  I loved this.
  9. Emily St John Mandel – Station Eleven.  I wanted to read this for such a long time but sometimes get a bit turned off by sci-fi but there was no need in this case – this was brilliant and unique.
  10. Beth Lewis – The Wolf Road was such a good read with one of the most readable characters ever in Elka.  Such a compelling storytelling voice.

Okay, I spoke too soon.  That wasn’t easy at all as I had over 30 new to me authors this year so narrowing it down to 10 was a bit of a task.  Anyway, there they all are.  I hope you get a chance to pick up a couple or ten of these – if you haven’t already done so.  And for all of you out there who like the pretty things:



36 Responses to “Delighted and Enchanted”

  1. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Jon Skovron is on my list too! Plus I’m sure one or two others will be featured another day when I make a 2016 best debut lists – I already know The Immortals has a spot 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I enjoyed this and had much more new to me authors than I thought!
      Lynn 😀

  2. Jolien @ The Fictional Reader

    Okay, I really need to read Congress of Secrets! In fact, maybe I should start it now… Great list!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s a good read. I enjoy that Burgis uses real characters and events to base her story around. I enjoy period fiction anyway and this has that element of truth running through it that is then balanced out by the fantasy elements.
      Lynn 😀

  3. sjhigbee

    This is a cracking list – I need to look through my new authors this year, as I seem to have collected quite a number, too. I love the look of Certain Dark Things – and MUST get hold of Station Elevan again!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – I really enjoyed Certain Dark Things so hope you have a chance to pick it up.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Danya @ Fine Print

    I just read Stephanie Burgis for the first time and I agree – love her style! Can’t wait to pick up Congress of Secrets now. Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a new favourite too; CDT is definitely going to be making my “best of 2016” list! 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      CDT – was awesome.
      Congress of Secrets, for me, was even better than Masks and Shadows. I look forward to seeing what Burgis comes up with next.
      Lynn 😀

  5. jessicabookworm

    Great to hear you enjoyed so many new authors. I haven’t read any of these but, because of you, I have put Stephanie Burgis on my TBR list 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I actually think you would really like Burgis. Lovely writing and period style drama with the fantasy elements being quite subtle and not stealing the show.
      Lynn 😀

  6. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    You’re right, picking only 10 names required some difficult choices for me as well: there are so many amazing authors out there…
    And I totally agree on Stephanie Burgis!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, I couldn’t believe it but I had over 30 new to me authors so it was really difficult to choose. Just goes to show how many good books I’ve managed to read this year.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Julia

    I just finished reading The Hike – amazing!! Great list 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      It was such a good read wasn’t it I really enjoyed it.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Curious Daisy

    i havent read any of these books hehe. So many books so little time 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Indeed – lots and lots of books and sometimes it seems like very little time.
      Thanks for stopping by.
      Lynn 😀

  9. ChrissiReads

    What a fab list! So many intriguing looking books!

  10. Tammy

    What a great list! I also read a few of these authors for the first time: Madeline Ashby and Silvia Moreno-Garcia were two favorites. Oh and Stephanie Burgis as well!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s been a really good year for books hasn’t it?
      Lynn 😀

  11. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense

    Station Eleven is on my TBR and all I hear are good things. Great list!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Station Eleven was really good and I was very pleased that I’d pushed it up the list I hope you enjoy it too.
      Lynn 😀

  12. Girl About Library (@girlabtlibrary)

    I have also been wanting to read Emily St John Mandel’s “Station Eleven” for a while. Reading this has motivated me to add a hold for it at my library. I can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the reminder.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I hope you enjoy it – drop me a link to your review so I make sure I don’t miss it.
      Lynn 😀

  13. Rebecca

    This week’s theme makes me really want to participate in this meme! I could go on and on about new to me authors, but Brent Weeks might be my favorite for the year!

    • @lynnsbooks

      You should definitely take part, it’s a really popular meme and apart from the fact that you meet other like minded people it’s also fun and often informative – the only down side, if you can call it a down side – is it will explode your tbr a bit!
      Lynn 😀

  14. Greg

    I second Jordanna Max Brodsky as I enjoyed The Immortals a lot (and can’t wait for the sequel). Company Town has me really interested too.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Company Town was excellent I really enjoyed it. I hope you get a chance (or more to the point the time) to pick one up.
      Lynn 😀

  15. Gabrielle

    I haven’t read a single thing on this list, but dang, some of them look really good.

    • @lynnsbooks

      They were all good to be honest – although I guess it depends on your preferences.
      Lynn 😀

  16. Laurence MacNaughton

    Thanks for checking out It Happened One Doomsday! It’s my debut urban fantasy, so I can’t help but get excited every time someone reads it. Book 2 is already written (it’s called A Kiss Before Doomsday) AND I’m giving away a Dru Jasper short story, Magic Carpet Ride, for free on my author website at Thanks for reading! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I loved the first book and I will definitely continue with No.2. I’ll check out your website thanks for the link 😀

  17. Amanda @Cover2CoverMom

    I read Station Eleven this year too and thought it was refreshing and unlike any type of post apocalyptic fiction I’d ever read before.

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