Someone who mostly reads series and is prone to picking them from the same genres probably faces the exact problem I do: there is never enough time to discover new authors because the favourites take it all. After all, most series get a new instalment every year. And if they don’t… REREAD TIME.
This year, however, I’ve made a conscious effort to broaden my author radar. And in today’s Top Ten Tuesday, I share the ten authors I have discovered on this journey of mine. Some were good, some sadly weren’t for me, and some were simply out of this world must-reread-asap.
10. Tara Sim
Last week I reviewed The Timekeeper by Tara Sim. It was one of the 2016 release I’ve been most looking forward to, especially considering it was a debut. While it had quite a few drawbacks, I feel like it is an interesting start to a new series and I am definitely looking forward to see where the story goes next.
9. Darynda Jones
The Charley Davidson series had been on my urban fantasy radar for quite a while, but due to the topic of ghosts I stayed away. Until this year. I was pleasantly surprised how different it is from my usual UF picks, light and funny and almost chick-lit in some aspects. It wasn’t quite up my alley, but I can see why so many people love it.
8. Chloe Neill
Another series that had been on my to-read pile for far too long is Chicagoland Vampires. I didn’t actually plan to pick it up any time soon, simply because I’m rarely in the mood for vampires these days, but then I needed an audiobook to listen to while working on a costume, and it was there. I did end up liking some things quite a bit in the first two books, but the main character is utterly unbearable in my opinion. Will not be continuing.
7. Becky Albertalli
I have no idea how Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda flew under my radar, but somehow it did. Thankfully, I did discover it eventually and boy was it a treat! It is exactly the kind of contemporary romance I love: very little drama, much feels and cute. Definitely looking forward to Albertalli’s next work, which is coming out in April.
6. Rick Riordan
As unbelievable as it may sound, I’ve never read anything by him before this year. It was a very fun experience, though maybe a bit too middle grade for me personally. Too much action, and too little feeling. However, the world and the idea behind it is incredible! I definitely plan to read everything about the Greek and the Egyptian gods.
5. Leigh Bardugo
One day, Bardugo just kind of exploded all over my Goodreads. But only once some trusted reviewers started to rave about her did I decide to pick her books up. I wasn’t impressed by the Grisha Trilogy, but I did fall head over heels with the world of it INSTANTLY. And then Six of Crows happened. I was sold. Great characters, great story, and very little romance.
4. C. S. Pacat
I started 2016 in a huge reading slump. Then I picked up Captive Prince, due to its explosion all over my twitter. I was so hooked I spend three days in bed flying through the pages. Pacat created incredibly intelligent, complex characters you don’t see often. Nothing in the Captive Prince trilogy is easy, or black and white. And I loved every minute of it. It’s the read that gave me most food for thought this year. Definitely eager to see what the author writes next!
3. Nora Sakavic
My first encounter with the All For The Game series has been a rather negative review with great arguments. It left me was hesitant, and judgemental, but curious. I was also battling An Urge to reread Captive Prince at the time. The Foxhole Court sounded like a good distraction. That accidentally turned into an obsession. Oops. Sakavic amazed me with her characters and her originality, her different approach and the topics that I’m more used to seeing in fanfiction. Also, one of my favourite narrators EVER.
2. Patricia Briggs
I don’t sell my soul easily to urban fantasy writers. But I would to Patricia Briggs. I picked Mercy Thompson audiobooks right after Chicagoland Vampires simply because I was fed up with the main character. And Moon Called turned out to be such a gorgeous delicious treat I almost started weeping from joy! I loved it so much I read the entire series in a matter of a few months. And I am simply dying from the need to read the next book, Silence Fallen, which is coming out in March 2017. An absolute favourite of 2016 AND a definite favourite in my list of urban fantasy series.
1. Maggie Stiefvater
She took my breath away. Pretty much from the first sentence. She is incredibly original and her characters are out of this world. Now, I have heard of Maggie Stiefvater waaaay before this year, of course. But it was mostly about Shiver and that one just did not sound like a book I want to read. But then people started gushing about The Raven Cycle. So, on a random day when I was bored, I picked up the Raven Boys. And I was a goner. The rest is history. And me gushing about Ronan Lynch. Because, duh, Ronan Lynch.
What are some of your author discoveries this year? Any pleasant surprises? Any till-death-do-us-parts?