It's Best-of-the-Year-List Season, Ya'll! The most wonderful time of the year! And this week's particular Top Ten is one of my favorites and it is:
December 6: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016I love looking back and recognizing authors that I am thrilled to have been acquainted with in the past year! Without further ado...
1) Peter Clines
Genre: Science Fiction
I just read and loved Peter Clines' fun and exciting Science Fiction novel, The Fold and have already snapped up another novel of his, 14.
2) Jaclyn Moriarty
Genre: Young Adult
I read A Corner of White this year and was totally charmed by it. I also found Moriarty's voice to be very original and interesting. I will definitely be continuing with that series and checking out more of her backlist!
3) Jennifer Crusie
I thought I hated so-called Chick-lit and Contemporary Romance. Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie convinced me that I don't know myself at all:).
4) Melissa Lenhardt
Genre: Historical Fiction
I was smitten with Lenhardt's female-led western Sawbones this year and will definitely keep up with whatever she writes. She also writes mysteries!
5) Claudia Gray
Genre: Science Fiction, Media Tie-in
Claudia Gray was my introduction to the Star Wars Universe novels with her brilliant book Lost Stars. I think my second Star Wars book will be her second Star Wars novel Bloodline.
6) Loretta Chase
Genre: Historical Romance
Considering how fond I am of Regency Romances, it is shocking that it was only this year that I picked up Lord of Scoundrels AND that this was my first Loretta Chase. Perhaps the best Regency Romance I've ever read. Way to go Ms. Chase - glad to have met you!
7) Louise Erdrich
Her novel The Round House is probably (spoiler alert!) my very favorite book I read this year. Really powerful and engrossing coming of age story on an Indian Reservation. I've already a couple of her other books and plan on checking out anything she writes.
8) Dorothy L. Sayers
An oldie but SO good. I dived into her Lord Peter Wimsey series this year and have loved them to pieces.
9) Eowyn Ivey
The Snow Child was such a lovely novel, set in the Alaska Wilderness. It's fighting a duel in my heart with The Round House for favorite book I read this year.
10) Rick Riordan
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
I am the original Greek Mythology nerd so I should have been all over Riordan years ago but only picked up (and finished) the Percy Jackson series this year. It was a lot of fun and I see why he is such a phenomenon.
I included nationality mostly because I'm trying to keep better track of how diversely I've read. As you can tell I'm not doing to well! Only two favorite new-to-me authors from outside the U.S. and none in translation. Good to know. I was also curious about the genre spread and it is predictably pretty diverse.
So who are the authors that wormed their way into your heart this year?