Monday, January 1, 2018

TTT: Best New-to-Me Authors of 2017

The delightful bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish host this weekly list challenge, although it will soon be moving.  If you want to quadruple the size of your TBR AND find a bunch of great book blogs to follow head on over and check them out!

The topic this week is  Top Ten New To Me Authors of 2017.

This is always a fun one to reflect on! I actually made myself an "authors of note, 2017" list recently, so I'll draw mostly from that.

1. Jason Reynolds. 
Okay, I may have read When I Was the Greatest earlier, but 2017 saw me reading All American Boys, Ghost, and Long Way Down, as well as meeting the man and hearing him speak a few times at NCTE. He's an amazing speaker, challenging and encouraging in equal measures.

2. Kendare Blake.  
Again, I'd read her before, making at attempt at horror with Anna Dressed in Blood. But her fantasy trilogy is blowing me away, and I can't wait for The Young Queens.

3. Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. 
I'd never heard of her before picking up The War that Saved My Life as part of my Mt. TBR challenge. I read it to a class last spring, and was astonished to hear there would be a sequel, and then to discover it was JUST AS GOOD. So then I read Jefferson's Sons, which was also pretty stunning. And yes, I got to see her at NCTE too.

4. Mindy McGinnis
I'd been meaning to read her for awhile. Finally got started on Female of the Species and then read two more of her books in, oh, two more days. WOW. 

5. Steve Sheinkin. 
Probably the only one I'm adding to this list after one book, but I was so blown away by Most Dangerous. It's my favorite kind of nonfiction, and I don't care if it's marketed as YA just because it's engrossing. I am hoping to read his book about Jim Thorpe pretty soon too.

6. Eric Gansworth. 
He wasn't even on my radar, but I think I saw him mentioned on Debby Reese's blog, American Indians in Children's Literature, and I really liked his book, If I Ever Get Out of Here. Then I met him at NCTE (!) and grabbed a copy of another book of his, Give Me Some Truth. The number of Native American or First People authors I've read is tiny, so it's always great to find another good one.

7. Chmamanda Ngozi Adichie. 
Ooh, look at me all fancy, adding a "literary" author to my list.  I listened to Americanah on audiobook this year, and had one of those "these characters are nothing like me and I relate to them so hard" experiences where one book is both window and mirror. 

8. Cat Winters. 
I had it in my mind that she was a teen romance writer. Then I found out she's from Oregon. Then I found out one of her books is a 1920s retelling of Hamlet with a biracial protagonist, and I was all, 'Um, I may have been overly quick to judge this author based on pretty dresses on her covers." I enjoyed The Steep and Thorny Way and a looking forward to Odd and True.

9. Renée Watson. 
Another Oregon author, another NCTE meet, another Mt. TBR push to read. This Side of Home gave me a lot to think about, and I hope to soon read Piecing Me Together.

10. Ursula Vernon
I can't get over how absolutely charming and emotionally engaging Digger, Vernon's multi volume comic about a wombat, is.

I can't wait to find out which new authors blow me away in 2018!


  1. I've heard great things about Cat Winters! Fab list. :-)

  2. I loved Americanah too! And that's one of the best things about fiction, being able to relate to people who are nothing like you. It's a bit harder in real life.

  3. #7 made my list too! I’m hoping to read Jason Reynolds books this year. I’ve been interested in his work for a long time, but I’ve never read any of it. It looks like you found a lot of great authors last year!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  4. I enjoyed Kendare Blake this year thanks to the Three Dark Crowns books. And I want to try Mindy Mcginnis this year.

  5. You have some great authors here, Wendy! I really enjoyed Cat Winters' The Uninvited and keep meaning to read more by her. I love Chmamanda Ngozi Adichie. I've only read one of her books (Half A Yellow Sun) so far, admittedly and a few articles by her.

    I hope you have a wonderful 2018!

  6. I'm a huge Jason Reynolds fan after reading Ghost and hearing him speak at BookExpo. I need to read Long Way Down soon. Today, maybe.

  7. I haven't read any of these, although I keep meaning to pick up Kendare Blake's books!
    My TTT:

  8. I am currently reading Long Way! How have I not read Jason Reynolds before?

  9. All new to me authors to explore!!

    Here's my TTT post for this week:

  10. I haven't read any of these. I'll have to look them up. Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  11. I've been wanting to try Chmamanda Ngozi Adichie for so long. Heard so many amazing things

  12. I was totally new to Jason Reynolds this year, and he blew me away!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction


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