Monthly recommendations is a Goodreads group hosted by Kayla Rayne and Trina @Between Chapters. If your interested in Participating in this, check out the Goodreads Group. This month we will focus on authors/books that we picked up for the first time in 2017 and fell in love with. This can be by an author who published a book 100 years ago that you just got to this year or a newly published book from 2017. This is a great way to talk about favourites from this year and give a little seasonal love to the amazing authors behind the books.
It’s time for another Recommendations post! This was a really fun list to put together. I’m really excited about these authors and definitely recommend checking out their works! I have a lot of authors that I’ve discovered in the past year, so I’m just going to mention authors whose books I’ve read and enjoyed. These aren’t in any particular order.
After spending many years in advertising as a Copywriter, Gabriel Lea is realising her dream of becoming an author. Her love of the written word and dedication to her craft has culminated in her debut YA fantasy romance series, The Lost Souls.
Born in 1972, Lea has a fearless and colourful history. She has been a banker, clothing designer and seamstress, singer, cleaner, sales assistant and even a fry cook! She has studied past life regression therapy, reads tarot cards, is addicted to all forms of sugar, withers if she doesn’t get enough sunshine and has never been afraid to chase a new dream.
She currently lives by the sea in Australia where she works as a Remedial Massage Therapist and Mindfulness Meditation Instructor and dedicates all of her spare time to reading and writing YA fantasy books.
It was a fantastic and an extremely enjoyable read. The elements woven into the story really set this novel aside and make it unique. The premise is unique and I adored the characters and the story.
~ From my review of The Guardian’s Heart
His debut novel, Rhubarb, was published by Fremantle Arts Centre Press in 2004. In 2005 Silvey was named as one of The Sydney Morning Herald‘s Best Young Novelists. Rhubarb was selected as the inaugural book for the ‘One Book’ series of events at the 2005 Perth International Arts Festival, and was included in the Australian national ‘Books Alive’ campaign. In 2007 Silvey wrote The World According to Warren, a children’s picture book starring the guide-dog from Rhubarb, illustrated by Sonia Martinez and published by Fremantle Arts Centre Press.
In early 2008, Silvey completed his second novel Jasper Jones with the aid of an Australia Council New Work Grant. Jasper Jones was published in 2009 by Allen & Unwin Australia. The film rights for the novel have been sold to Australian director Rebecca O’Brien.
Ransom Riggs is an American writer and filmmaker best known for the book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
She currently calls Boston home, where she manages an independent bookstore, drinks too much Diet Coke, and pets every dog she meets.
Early in his life, Bill decided he wanted to be a disc jockey, a professional baseball player, or the Indian from The Village People. None of these career paths worked out for him. Yet. He still holds out hope for a Village People revival and has set up a Google Alert in case it happens.
A B- student throughout high school, Bill was voted Most Likely to Avoid Doing Any Real Work In His Life by a panel of his dismissive peers. He proved them wrong with a series of strange-but-true jobs in his 20s – driver recruiter for a truck driving school, sales consultant for a phone company, and temp at Otis Elevators.
He moved to Denver in 1996 and was voted Least Stylish Gay Guy in the Metro Denver Area (including Loveland!) for each of the years from 1996-98. His fashion-free wardrobe robbed him of prospective dates countless times, as did his penchant for wearing a mustache that didn’t suit him.
I loved the atmosphere in this book. If you want to step back into a dreamlike state of what life for a child in Sydney might have been like in 1942 during the war, this book is perfect. Beautifully written and I was constantly poised for some significant action to take place. Rather, the story unfolds gently through Columba’s interactions with her brash, larger-than-life friend Hilda and the silent Ellery.
~ From my Review of The Blue Cat
Larry Rodness began his entertainment career as a professional singer at the age of 19 and has been performing in Toronto for over 35 years with his wife and singing partner, Jodi, at venues such as The Old Mill, Royal York Hotel, Skyline and Bristol Place Hotel as well as countless corporate and private functions.
In the 80’s Larry studied musical theatre writing with PRO under Broadway conductor Layman Engel, which led him to write for dinner theater. He then moved into the screenplay arena where he has written over a dozen screenplays and has had 3 scripts optioned to date. In the past 2 years he has also become a published novelist.
It was a good solid storyline, well written and great plot twists, though it did take me some time to get used to the slow pace at the start. But the concept, the eeriness and the characters kept me hooked. Once I got into the story I had to keep reading.
~ From my Review of October 32nd
This book is beautifully written and deals with such a raw and complex subject matter in a really authentic and meaningful way. This book is a very difficult read and I imagine that for someone with personal experience it may be difficult.
~ From my Review of Countless
Being married. Cake. The smell of Autumn. Motherhood. Books. Elephants. Back rubs. On demand movies. Actually going out to movies. Faith. Cinnamon rolls. My family. Butterflies. When my kitchen is clean. Crayons. Pink. Tote bags. Dancing. Organizing via colour coordination. That my wedding dress was tea length, not floor. Baking. My house. Writing utensils. Paper. India. The sound of water. Making videos. Buttons. The word Episcopalian. Making people laugh. Layering clothes. British accents. Pinterest. Animation. Fireworks. The smell of the Ocean. My wedding rings. Aprons. Reasons to get dressed up. Sex. Pop music. Stars. Taking walks. Daydreaming. Stickers. School Spirit. My friends. Living in a small town. Japan. Singing. Painting my toenails. Pranks/ practical jokes. Painting. Stretch canvas. Costumes. Dipping my fingers in melted wax. Style. Soda. Spending an hour typing at a coffee shop. Musicals. Back to school season. Mopeds. Good hair days. Naps. Not walking up but looking at a beautiful staircase. Driving alone. My ankles. Playlists. Spending entire days in pajamas. Holidays. Telling stories. Spontaneity. Theme parks. Bookshelves. The word copacetic. Boxes. Empty journals. Surprises. Doing things in groups. Doing things alone. Getting real mail. Decorating. Small forks. A good hug. Gift cards. New Years Goals. Going out to dinner. When someone else remembers some great story about me/us that I’ve forgotten. Toy stores. Fireplaces. Breakfast foods. Journaling. Crying for a good reason. Doorbells. Pointless adventures. Voting. My birthday. Reasons to make wishes. Recycling.
It was a light, easy, fun read and I smashed through it. It may be silly, but serious wasn’t exactly what I was looking for when I picked it up and it made for an enjoyable read.
So those are some of my favourite new to me authors that I discovered in 2017. Have you read books by any of the authors I listed? What did you think of them? If not, I definitely recommend you check them out! Are any of these authors new to you? Have you discovered any new authors this year? Let me know in the comments – I would love to hear from you!