Top Ten New-to-Me Authors of 2016

These ten authors are my favorite new-to-me writers this year. | NewberyandBeyond.com
I’m linking up with the Broke and Bookish for today’s Top Ten Tuesday post!

I don’t usually buy books based on authors, so this was a tricky topic for me! A few authors did spring to mind immediately, though.

  1. Jasper Fforde. His hilarious, quirky fantasy worlds just draw you in, whether they’re YA or adult fiction.
  2. Cheryl Strayed. I never expected to enjoy Cheryl Strayed as much as I did, but I found her writing as Sugar to be touching and thought-provoking.
  3. Delia Sherman. This author’s debut middle grades novel was super fun (I did receive this one as an ARC).
  4. H.Y. Hanna. I’ve been receiving review copies from this author since January, and I’ve loved every single one of her books. They’re fresh, fun cozy mysteries.
  5. Jenny Lawson. I’ve known about the Bloggess for a while, but I never picked up her books until this year. They’re hilarious, heartbreaking, raw accounts of the crazy things that happen in Jenny Lawson’s life.
  6. Russell Freedman. He writes great biographies about amazing people in America’s history. Freedman’s biography of Eleanor Roosevelt started my obsession with her.
  7. Tana French. I know, this isn’t a unique pick. But I greatly enjoyed the two Tana French books I read this year.
  8. Virginia Hamilton. Her writing is filled with beautiful stories that often focus on non-white women.
  9. Timothy Hallihan. I love his unique characters and fun mysteries.
  10. Victoria Jamieson. Her book, Roller Girl, was one of the wonderful 2016 Newbery books.

What new authors made your top ten list this year?

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  • Lisa

    Except for the author of Wild (which I loathed–just that one book, I understand she can write magnificently on other topics) I’ve not heard of any of these.

    • I’ve heard not-great things about Wild, which is why I haven’t picked it up. But her writing in Tiny Beautiful Things was beautiful!

  • I freaking LOVE Jasper Fforde – his Thursday Next series is one of my favourite series out there! It’s like Douglas Adams wrote in a different genre, so it’s super up my alley of course.

    • Yes!! I can’t believe I hadn’t read any Jasper Fforde before this year.

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