Charmed, delighted and enchanted – top 10 new-to-me authors from 2017

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Every Tuesday over at  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.  I’ve swapped this week’s topic – it should be ‘Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017’ – but I never do a favourites list until the New Year – still time to fit a few more books in don’t you know.  So, I’m using the topic scheduled for the New Year – 2nd Jan:

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017

I read quite a lot of new authors this year and this was a difficult list to narrow down (I had over 20 on my first draft).  there are some great books on here and I highly recommend them:

  1. Defender by GX Todd (Voices #1)
  2. Skullsworn by Brian Staveley
  3. The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden
  4. The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark
  5. Blackwing by Ed McDonald
  6. Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory
  7. Devil’s Call by J Danielle Dorn
  8. The Punch Escrow by Tal M. Klein
  9. Sea of Rust by C Robert Cargill
  10. The Nine by Tracy Townsend

Delighted and Enchanted

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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: