Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Ten Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016 - Top Ten Thursday
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week there is a new theme, and this week the theme is new to me authors read for the first time in 2016. I cheated, slightly, a few of the authors below are actually debut authors, so they are new to everyone- yay!
This Savage Song
This book was totally outside of my comfort zone, and definitely a #bookstagram inspired read. Which in a way really sums up the year for me - my first (half) year blogging and participating in the online book reader community. Back to the book! There were things about "This Savage Song" that I enjoyed ( world building), and other aspects that I didn't ( fantasy is always rough for me) but I am glad that I tried something new. Despite my minor beefs with this book, I really enjoyed Victoria Schwab's writing style overall and plan on reading more books by this author.
Book I Hope to Read by this Author in 2017 - A Darker Shade of Magic I've heard good things about this series and I hope I really enjoy it! I like that this particular series is geared towards an adult audience, and I'm curious how it might compare to "This Savage Song" which is a YA book.
To Capture What We Cannot Keep
Romance, Paris, and a dash of history! I really enjoyed reading " To Capture What We Cannot Keep". Beatrice Colin created many interesting and well developed characters, and a subtle but sincere relationship to root for - my favorite kind of romance.
7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess
I absolutely loved this book and still think of it often! After taking in several hurricane victims, Jen Hatmaker realized just how excessive her upper middle class lifestyle had become. In an attempt to get a hold of this- Jen, her husband, and her children, chose seven different areas they could reduce ( Food. Clothes. Spending. Media. Possessions. Waste. Stress.) Focusing on a different area each month, the family realized just how reliant they had become on some things, and also how easy and fulfilling it was to release other things. This book was incredibly inspirational and I highly recommend it. On a side note, large sections of this book are related to the Bible, so if that isn't your jam- this proubably isn't a good read for you. But the principles of avoiding consumerism and valuing your blessings in life is certainly a lesson we can all appreciate!
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Book I Hope to Read by this Author in 2017 - Considering how much I enjoyed reading "7", I definitely want to read another book by Jen Hatmaker. Her most recent book For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards is a book I would love to read in 2017.
When Breath Becomes Air
I simply could not make this list without including 'When Breath Becomes Air". This book is just so beautifully written and the message and lessons have stayed with me all year. I actually started out listening to this book, and stopped by my library to pick up a physical copy because I felt like listening to it alone just wasn’t doing it justice! "When Breath becomes Air" is as inspiring as it is devastating and if you enjoy reading memoirs or essays, I highly recommend it.
Book I Hope to Read by this Author in 2017 - Dr. Paul Kalanithi died before the publication of his book. From reading his book, I was incredibly moved by his writing and his wife's final chapter in the book. I hope to find a book to read in 2017 that is as inspirational and touching.
The Last One
This book was such a surprise for me! I really didn't know what to expect when I started reading this book, but it was such a treat. The author, Alexandra Oliva, did an awesome job in "The Last One" with storytelling and world building. Doing those two things was crucial for me as a reader. I'm not great at suspending disbelief, but Alexandra Oliva's writing completly captured my imagination and felt very real. "The Last One" follows Zoo, a female competitor on a reality series, who refuses to quit no matter how dire her situation. As the reader, you know much more than Zoo does about her own situation- that Zoo isn't in "reality" show danger, but real danger.
Book I Hope to Read by this Author in 2017 - I was shocked to find out that this is Alexandra Oliva's first published book, and I can not wait to read her future books!
Everything I Never Told You
Another #bookstagram inspired read, "Everything I Never Told You" was such a joy to read. This book really made me question how our personal dreams and wishes influence relationships with our family and friends. What happens to our relationships when we project all of our unhappiness, all of our insecurities, and all of our aspirations onto another person - particularly our children? That central question is asked of us again and again while reading "Everything I Never Told You". I really enjoyed reading this book and was blown away by the storytelling!
Book I Hope to Read by this Author in 2017 - Again, an amazing novel from a debut author - Celeste Ng does not have any other books published at the moment. Can't wait to read what she writes next!
7. Emma Cline
Although "The Girls" wasn't one my favorite reads of the year, I included it because despite my feelings about the book, I know that I would read another book by Emma Cline. There was a lot to like about "The Girls", and I think a lot of my dislike of the book boils down to it's an uncomfortable level of sex scenes. Totally a personal preference, but like one or two per a book is my comfort level. So, if that makes you uncomfortable or just isn't your taste - I definitely recommend skipping this one. Putting that aside, the writing in many places of this book was excellent and something I would like to experience again.
Book I Hope to Read by this Author in 2017 - Another debut author killing it this year, hope to read another book by Emma Cline soon!
8. B.A. Paris
Behind Closed Doors
Gooseys for days after reading this book! I hardly ever read "scary" books, but I really loved "Behind Closed Doors". This book is a scary and unique story about a perfect marriage that is anything but... I actually had a really hard time describing "Behind Closed Doors" to other people because there are so many important details, but at the same time you don't want to give away too much! But if you are looking for a scary read this is a great one!
Book I Hope to Read by this Author in 2017 - B.A. Paris has a new novel releasing June 2017 titled, The Breakdown. This book sounds just as spooky and suspenseful as "Behind Closed Doors" and I can't wait to read it!
Lily & The Octopus
"Lily & The Octopus" and it's author Steven Rowley are absolutely my favorite book discovery of the year. This book is amazing and it is due to the amazingly talented awesomeness in Steven Rowley's writing. I fell in love with Lily and her owner/ best friend Ted. I laughed and cried and felt all of the feelings! If you're looking for a great read, I definitely recommend this book - many tissues needed!
Book I Hope to Read by this Author in 2017 -Please, please let there be a new book of Steven Rowley;s to read in 2017! I have my fingers crossed. He posted to Instagram shortly after " Lily & The Octopus" was published in front of his laptop working- and I will be the first in line at my bookstore when it comes out!
"Room" was published in 2011, and why I wanted so long to read this amazing book I will never know! While the suspense and plot of this book are fascinating, for me - the love of this book was completly in it's heart wrenching writing. A bold choice, "Room" is narrated by a five year old named Jack. Donoghue craftily sets the scene and the turbulent emotions of the story through these naive, scared, and ultimately hopeful eyes. If you haven't read it yet, "Room" is excellent and I definitely recommend it!
Book I Hope to Read by this Author in 2017 - A copy of Donoghue's newest novel, "The Wonder", has been sitting on my Kindle for a few weeks now, and I have a sinking feeling I won't be able to read it until the new year. This book has excellent reviews so far and I am sure it will be a great read!
What authors were new to you in 2016? Like me, did you read a lot of debut authors? Who was your favorite new author that you discovered this year? Let me know below! Interested in reading any of the books I mentioned? Click on the cover images to view that book's page on Amazon.com!