Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post originally curated by The Broke and the Bookish. Beginning in January, however, it will be transferred into the hands of Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is to list authors you read for the first time in 2017.
- Leigh Bardugo
I breezed through every Grisha novel in 2017, and my love for Bardugo’s work grew with each completed story. By the time I reached Crooked Kingdom, I was referring to her as a favorite author. Anything she writes is officially an auto-buy for me, and I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next.
- Margaret Atwood
Call me a terrible literature major, but I’d never read anything by Atwood prior to picking up The Handmaid’s Tale in March. The woman knows how to construct a believable dystopia, complete with a scathing social commentary. I admire what she does with her writing, and I’ll be collecting the rest of her works asap.
- Adam Silvera
History is All You Left Me was the first novel I read by Silvera, and I’m planning to dive into his others in 2018. From what I can tell, he’s a pretty awesome person and a fantastic writer.
- Rick Riordan
My childhood was severely lacking in Riordan stories, but I finally discovered what all the hype is about. In 2017, I devoured Percy Jackson and the Olympians. I’m already collecting books from his other series so that I can binge those this year.
- Jenny Lawson
I’d heard a lot about Jenny Lawson’s memoirs, but I wasn’t prepared for how unflinching and honest they’d be in regards to mental illness. I appreciate that she exists, and I hope she continues to create such important nonfiction.
- Becky Albertalli
Albertalli is revered in the Young Adult book community, and I was late to the party with Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. I won’t be overlooking her again. She really is a gem, in terms of interacting with fans and writing important books for young people.
- Scott Lynch
I read The Lies of Locke Lamora this year, and I absolutely adored it. On top of crafting gorgeous writing, Lynch creates a world and characters that feel alive while you’re reading.
- Renee Ahdieh
Ahdieh is another big name in Young Adult. I explored her Wrath & the Dawn duology this year, which did not fall among my favorite series, but it definitely showed a lot of potential. I’m interested in giving her other books a shot.
- Liane Moriarty
Up until 2017, Liane Moriarty was an author I knew primarily from seeing her books during trips to Target. When I finished Big Little Lies, I was blown away by how much I enjoyed it. I’ve heard her other books don’t quite live up to it, but you can bet I’ll be checking them out for myself.
- Libba Bray
And finally, The Diviners was another novel I read this year, after putting if off so long. I was really impressed with her characters, plotting, and atmospheric writing. I’ll be continuing with the second and third books this year.
What are some authors you read for the first time in 2017? Let me know in the comments below!