Tuesday, December 6, 2016

TOP TEN TUESDAY: New to Me Authors I Read for the First Time in 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish each week. This week's topic is Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016. I find it hard to make a list for the year when the year isn't over yet. What if I find my new favourite author in the next few weeks? I guess it is a chance I have to take. I read a good number of new authors this year. (around 45) and it was easy to pick a top ten. These are authors I would definitely read again, and in one case, already read the second book this year.

Kent Haruf 
I read Our Souls at Night, a delightful story of an elderly couple who decide to 'sleep' together to combat the loneliness they experience.

Next up: The Plainsong trilogy, Plainsong, Eventide, Benedition

 Lauren Groff 
I listened to Fates and Furies on audiobook and loved the play on narrative perspective. This is also listed on the  40 New Feminist Classics over at LitHub.

Next Up: The Monsters of Templeton, or Arcadia

Anita Rau Badami  
Badami's book, The Hero's Walk was one of the Canada Reads nominees this year and finished second. I was just getting ready to read it when I heard the author speak at out library and she sold me even before I read it. I ended up loving it, and her take on an ordinary hero.

Next up: Tamarind Mem, Can You Hear the Nightbird Call?, or Tell it to the Trees

Jill Alexander Essbaum  
I listened to Hausfrau and also loved it. The main character is a housewife in Switzerland trying to deal with the numbness she feels in her life. You might have a hard time liking her, but if it was a man who was having this crisis, liking him wouldn't be the focus of discussion.

Next up: wait for a second novel. Essbaum has a few books of poetry if you are interested (I'm not)

Robert Galbraith 
I know I am kind of cheating, as I've read all of JK Rowling's Harry Potter books, but Galbraith is named a different author and this series is very different. Rowling can definitely write mysteries and I already have the next book ready to read before the end of the year. I'm not rushing too much as I understand the third book ends in a cliffhanger...

Next up: The Silkworm, and Career of Evil

Melina Marchetta  
I listened to On the Jellicoe Road and while I liked it, I suspect I would have loved the print version. There were many layers, and narratives going on. Excellent young adult book.

Next up: Finnikin on the Rock, or Saving Francesca

Rainbow Rowell - 
Eleanor & Park is worth the hype. I adored Eleanor and Park as two misfit teenagers who find love. I've already read Fangirl, and would definitely look for another. 

Next up: Attachments or Landline 

Graham Moore 
Last Days of Night is based on a true story of a lawyer who fought against Edison, who was fighting everyone. Nikola Tesla plays a big role, but law types would enjoy this as much as scientists for the restructuring of law offices that develops. 

Next up:  The Sherlockian, or watch The Imitation Game (Moore was the screenwriter)

Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney  
A bunch of nasty, greedy siblings are fighting over  their inheritance, or Nestegg. Everyone has great plans and secrets hinging on The Nest

Next up: since Sweeney is a debut author, guess we are waiting for a new book

Amy Stewart 
First of all, I adore this cover. Second of all, great story! Three sisters try to get by on their own in 1910s upstate New York but they run afoul of a local mob-wannabe. Girl Waits With Gun is the start of a great new series.

Next up: Lady Cop Makes Trouble

Did you read any of these new to me authors? Any reccs based on these authors?