Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-me authors I read for the first time in 2016

This is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where each week bloggers share a list of books for the prompt given. Today’s suggested topic is “Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016”. I discovered some fantastic authors this year. Some of them were authors I wanted to read a long time ago, others are authors with less of a back list to their name.

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Nicole Field writes across the spectrum of identity and sexuality, with fiction that explores gay and trans relationships. She lives in Melbourne with one of her partners, two cats, a whole lot of books and a bottomless cup of tea.

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“The Shock of Survival is a really short and easy read that gets your attention from the get go.”

                                           ~From my review of The Shock of Survival


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Sara Farizan  was born on August 2, 1984 in Massachusetts. Her parents immigrated from Iran in the seventies, her father a surgeon and her mother a homemaker. She is an MFA graduate of Lesley University and holds a BA in film and media studies from American University. Sara has been a Hollywood intern, a waitress, a comic book/record store employee, an art magazine blogger, a marketing temp, and an after-school teacher, but above all else she has always been a writer. Sara lives near Boston, has a cool sister, loves Kurosawa films, eighties R&B, and graphic novels, and thinks all kids are awesome.

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“If You Could Be Mine is a quick read that has a surprising amount of character depth, an exceptionally unique premise, and a realistic ending that is greatly appreciated.”

~From my review of  If You Could Be Mine


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639491Django Wexler graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with degrees in creative writing and computer science, and worked for the university in artificial intelligence research. Eventually he migrated to Microsoft in Seattle, where he now lives with two cats and a teetering mountain of books. When not planning Shadow Campaigns, he wrangles computers, paints tiny soldiers, and plays games of all sorts.

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Jessica Warman is the author of Breathless, which received three starred reviews and was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and Where the Truth Lies. The idea for Between came from an incident in her childhood, when a local boy went missing after a party on a yacht.

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 “Even though this is a sad book, it’s not depressing or grim, and ultimately it’s uplifting and very satisfying.”

~From my review of Between


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Although she writes under the pen name J.K. Rowling, her name when her first Harry Potter book was published was simply Joanne Rowling. Rowling was born to Peter James Rowling, a Rolls-Royce aircraft engineer, and Anne Rowling. She attended St Michael’s Primary School, a school founded by abolitionist William Wilberforce and education reformer Hannah More. Her headmaster at St Michael’s, Alfred Dunn, has been suggested as the inspiration for the Harry Potter headmaster Albus Dumbledore.

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maggie_stiefvater_13681New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. All of Maggie Stiefvater’s life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you’re a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor, but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She’s made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

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“The writing is what drew me in and made me fall in love with the characters.”

~From my review of The Raven Boys


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Carmen-Shea Hepburn is a half-South African, half-Scottish hybrid with the confused accent to go with it. A child of two countries, she’s never really settled since being uprooted from Africa and has spent the past few years travelling the world, or- as she likes to say- ‘interviewing’ countries, to see where she’d like to put down her own roots.

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jandy-nelsonJandy Nelson, like her characters in I’ll Give You the Sun and The Sky is Everywhere, comes from a superstitious lot. She was tutored from a young age in the art of the four-leaf clover hunt; she knocks wood, throws salt, and carries charms in her pockets. Her critically-acclaimed, New York Times bestselling second novel, I’ll Give You the Sun, received the prestigious Printz Award, Bank Street’s Josette Frank Award, and is a Stonewall Book Award honor.

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Joe Abercrombie was educated at Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Manchester University, where he studied psychology. He moved into television production before taking up a career as a freelance film editor. During a break between jobs he began writing The Blade Itself in 2002, completing it in 2004 and was followed by two other books in The First Law Trilogy, Before They Are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings. He currently lives and works in London with his wife and daughter.

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claire-douglasClaire Douglas always wanted to write novels and, after many years of trying to get published, her dream came true when she won the Marie Claire Debut Novel Award in 2013 with THE SISTERS. Her second novel, LOCAL GIRL MISSING (Penguin), is a Sunday Times bestseller.

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Are there any authors whose work you read for the first time in 2016 you really enjoyed?Are any of these authors new to you? Have you discovered any new authors this year? Have you read any of these authors? Let me know in the comments – I would love to hear from you! As always, leave your Top Ten Tuesday links. I’m looking forward to visiting.


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7 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-me authors I read for the first time in 2016

  1. Great post! I’Ve read a bunch of amazing new to me authors this year. I absolutely adored Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and have plans to read her back catalogue. Hannah Kent, Cath Crowley, Jay Kristoff, Lianne Moriarty and Chris Currie have all been lovely Aussie author finds for me 🙂

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  2. Loreen says:

    Most of the authors you listed are new to me. They look especially interesting, too! Here is a link to my TTT:

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  3. JK Rowling and Maggie Stiefvater are two of my favourite authors! I’m kinda jealous, wish I could go back and read Harry Potter for the first time again!
    My TTT:

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  4. Monica says:

    Maggie Stiefvater’s books have been on my TBR list for way too long! I really need to get going on The Raven Boys.

    Here’s my TTT list, if you’d like to check it out:


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