Top Ten Tuesday: New (To Me) Authors 2017

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

 January 2: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017

I was surprised at how many new authors I managed to try this year.  I just gave up all pretense of trying to venture outside of my reading comfort zone and thought I had stuck to my tried and true.  Some of these I enjoyed more than others but all of the books below are by authors I’ve never tried before.

Ten authors, I tried for the first time in 2017.

  1. Bottomland  Michelle Hoover: This author was the All Iowa Reads book for 2017 and probably the best one I’ve read in all the years our library has participated.  I don’t think I will be checking out other titles by her though, as she is still pretty far out of my typical book selection.
  2. Saturn Run John Sandford and Ctein: This was an audiobook that I downloaded from my library on a whim.  I enjoyed it and should look into what other titles either of these authors have published.
  3. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, #1) Robin Sloan:  Another library audiobook that I liked and another one that I should check out their other work.
  4. The Space Between the Stars Anne Corlett:  This was a debut novel by this author that I absolutely loved.  Can’t wait to see what else she writes.
  5. How to Speak Chicken: Why Your Chickens Do What They Do & Say What They Say Melissa Caughey:  This was a super fun book that actually had tons of useful information.  If you have your own flock I would check it out.
  6. Reincarnation Blues Michael Poore:  A review request book by an author I’ve never tried before.  Those are getting few and far between but worked out great for this book!
  7. Blood Song (Raven's Shadow, #1) Anthony Ryan:  This was an audiobook that I borrowed from my library and while it took me a bit to get into I enjoyed it quite a bit by the end.  Was disappointed to see the library didn’t have the rest of the trilogy in audio format.
  8. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) Becky Chambers:  This was an author that I suggested to my library for addition to the catalog sometime in 2016.  Yep, it took me a long time to get around to reading it myself…  Such a good book though!
  9. The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1) Erika Johansen:  This was an audiobook that I recently finished and immediately put book two and three on hold.  Can’t believe I didn’t try it sooner.
  10. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry Neil deGrasse Tyson: Another audiobook whim where I was in the mood to try something NF for a change.  This was thoroughly enjoyable and didn’t make me feel too dumb.  Yay, science.

There is my list for the week.  What new author did you discover last year?


Top Ten Tuesday: New to Me.

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

December 6: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016

2016 was not a big reading year for me. Various other commitments and just life got in the way so I don’t have as wide a list that I might like to pull from this week.  Still, I did manage to come up with ten authors that I tried this year for the first time.  Have to say audiobooks have been a great avenue for me to experiment with different authors.  Partially due to limited options available when I want to borrow a book and that it feels like less of a commitment to venture out of my safe zone when I am listening rather than reading.

Ten Authors, I tried this year for the first time.

  1. The Fold I received this book through the Blogging for Books program and quite enjoyed it.  An interesting science fiction which seems to be where my reading tastes are leading me recently.  My Review. 
  2. Under the Surface (Alpha Ops, #4) I received this one shortly after BEA from a publisher.  I enjoyed it even though contemporary romance isn’t usually my style.  I was offered the next book by this author but just couldn’t get into it.  Still, I don’t regret giving this one a try to would be open to future books by this author if the premise sounds right.  My Review
  3. A Dirty Job (Grim Reaper, #1) This author had been on my radar for some time but I simply hadn’t gotten around to trying him yet.  This book became available through the library as an audiobook and I checked it out.  Really enjoyed it and recently finished the second book in this series.  My Review.
  4. Losing It (Losing It, #1) Another audiobook selection, it was alright, not something I was really crazy for.  I might be getting burned out on romance I seem to be enjoying other genres more recently.  Probably will not be finishing this series.  My Review
  5. Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1) I can’t believe it took me so long to get around to trying this author.  I had this book on my to-read list and bookcase for quite some time before deciding to give the series a try upon recommendation by friends.  I’m glad I did and plan to return to this world when my mood picks up.  My Review
  6. The Draco Tavern A book of short stories that I borrowed from the library as an audiobook.  Enjoyed this quirky little book so much that I decided to give other titles by this author a shot.  My Review.
  7. The Traveler (Fourth Realm, #1) Loved this book and I can’t wait to read, or listen, to more.  I have put a hold on the next book in the series through my library and hope it becomes available soon!  So good.  My Review.  
  8. Something About You (FBI/US Attorney, #1) This was one of the odd contemporary romance books that worked for me.  Set in Chicago with great characters I managed to pick up all but one of the books in the series while thrifting, ironically, in Chicago. My Review.
  9. Dying Bites (Bloodhound Files, #1) This was an odd little find through my library,the only book offered by this author in their system and I have had trouble locating the next titles for a reasonable price.  They seem to be out of print.  Hope they cross my path someday because this was a good book and I would like to read more.  My Review.
  10. Armada And one DNF…  I should have probably started with this author’s other book, the more popular one, first.  I just could not get into this story and had to call it before even hitting my 50-page mark.  I didn’t care for the main character and could not see me sitting through so many pages in a character’s head that I didn’t like.  No review on this one.

There you have it ten authors that I tried for the first time this year.  Who was new to you?