I love meeting new authors!
And by “meeting” I don’t mean like, you know, actually seeing them face-to-face because that seems like unnecessary human contact and could end in death. * I mean “meeting” as in reading their books and blogs and twitters and instagrams and goodreads and just generally becoming their BEST FRIEND OF EVER when they don’t even know I exist. **
One of the reasons I love reading books by authors I’ve never tried before is because I’ll have VERY VERY SMALL EXPECTATIONS. I have no idea what to expect! Ergo I don’t freak myself out with anticipation like I do for well-loved authors. Seriously I’m the PROCRASTINATING QUEEN. Do you know who’s read Gemina yet? Everyone except me.
I’m trying to feature some authors/books I don’t often talk about today…just to shake things up. Some of these authors are new hatchlings of 2016, but some I’m KIND OF ASHAMED OF HOW LATE I AM TO READ BOOKS BY THEM. Wait, wait. I’m not late. A wizard is never late and I am, obviously, a wizard.
I’m linking up with Top Ten Tuesday for their prompt “Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016“ which is criminally hard because I READ SO SO MANY BOOKS. There’s nothing that makes you regret devouring 232 books in a year like these end of year “nOW PICK YOUR FAVOURITES, HAHA” posts that make me want to throw myself off my bookshelf. ***
* No no I’m not dramatic. LOOK AT HISTORY. When humans gather together, tragedies happen — like wars and pestilence and bakeries running out of delicious cinnamon scrolls just when I needed one.
** Fun fact: I’ve never actually met an author or been to a signing! THIS IS BECAUSE I’M A FIGMENT OF YOUR IMAGINATION AND I DON’T ACTUALLY EXIST. You haven’t seen my face, hmm? I’m not here.
*** Yes my bookshelf is my perch where I nest at night and through most of the day while I absorb books by osmosis.
1. JEFF ZENTNER
You know those books that kind of just mANGLE YOU COMPLETELY??? The Serpent King is one of them. I totally recommend it. Plus it’s a debut which means this dude is beginning a nice long career of probably DESTROYING ME because I will auto-buy any book by Jeff Zentner. Are you getting a feeling for how good this is?! It has (A) a blogger, (B) a fantasy novelist nerd, and (C) an adorably tragic musician.
IT IS SO GOOD.
Come here, I have a secret. Shh, now, let me whisper it in your ear…
IT’S SO SO SO GOOD.
2. JENNY HAN
Why did it take me so long to read a Jenny Han book?! BECAUSE I AM HERE FOR STABBING AND DASTARDLY ACTS OF ADVENTURE. Not this fluffy nonsense–
Okay, okay, I have to confess. I absolutely adored To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Like someone please take back my Bloody Adventurer Reader Frequently Stamped Card because I fell in love with this FLUFF. It has Korean sisters who are adorable and sweet and funny and who BAKE together. SO MUCH FOOD. THERE IS FOOD EVERYWHERE AND I’M IN LOVE. With the food. Obviously.
So spoiler: sometimes I like fluffy nonsense. What is this world coming to.
3. JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT
This is one of those authors who’s written fifty billion books (or, like, 30 as Goodreads politely corrects me. I can’t say anything these days without Goodreads slipping me a small note that says “CAIT YOU’RE WRONG AGAIN CAN’T YOU COUNT WHY DON’T YOU KNOW MATHS.” When am I going to catch a break??) So I didn’t know where to START amongst those fifty billion. Luckily for me my library said *, “Here Cait, start with The Problem With Forever“. And I accepted.
Also it’s pretty downright BRILLIANT with a side dish of tragic and that cover, amirite?! Also it features a protagonist with Selective Mutism and a Latino love-interest. And it features my feels, on the floor, being broken.
* Okay so my library DOESN’T CARE ABOUT ME THAT MUCH to actually ignore it’s “inanimate” status and speak. But. I do have an alert system set up on my library website that sends me an email when they buy new books. So basically the Library and I are BFFs with all the emails we swap. I don’t like the rude ones that say “return this book or I’ll murder your face with a spoon” however. #rude
4. KATRINA LENO
I’m kind of furious at myself for not taking a photo of The Half Life of Molly Pierce when I was at the library…BUT I DID NOT. BECAUSE I AM SHORT SIGHTED AND DESERVE THE LABEL OF “DELUDED GRAPE” QUITE FREQUENTLY.
I read and adored The Lost & Found earlier in the year, so then dug out the author’s previous book about Molly Pierce. LOVED IT TOO. ALL THE LOVE. I wanted to buy an actual copy of The Lost & Found but…that cover.
NO. And also WHY. (It’s so ugly.)
Anyway there’s roadtrips, actually awesome internet friendships, POC protagonists, very accurate anxiety representation, and delicious spicy food that I would never eat because I’m weak.
5. TARA SIM
Now Tara Sim is only a fresh authorly hatchling, but already I’m in love with her writing style. It’s emotional but not angsty and she writes the CUTEST romance between an anxious clock mechanic and a clock spirit. AND YOU KNOW HOW I FEEL ABOUT GHOSTS RIGHT??? *
Also I completely adore the cover of Timekeeper because it gave me an excellent opportunity to sneak into my sister’s room and steal her amazing steampunk stopwatch clock thingie. FOR BOOKSTAGRAM REASONS, YOU SEE?? I mean, I gave it back. After I sneaked like the greatest sneaker who ever snuked. **
* I freaking love ghosts. I wrote a whole book about ghosts once and broke my mind with love for the adorableness of dead people. Wait. WAIT. THAT SOUNDED BAD.
** What? Are you accusing me of not knowing the English language? Firstly, HOW DARE YOU. Secondly, you’re completely right.
6. ALWYN HAMILTON
Sometimes I forget about Rebel of the Sands because I read it 900 years ago. (Aka I read it at the beginning of 2016 AND THAT’S THE SAME AS 900 YEARS AGO.) BUT I LOVED IT. Persian setting with guns and mythological monsters and incredible sandcastles of sass?? This is for me. It is absolutely for me.
I don’t even know how you can combine a Wild-West-Guns-And-Train-Fights vibe with Persian fantasy…BUT IT WORKS.
7. STACEY LEE
Now I didn’t have so much luck with Under A Painted Sky…I mean, I did like it!! Because VIOLINIST CHARACTER. (I am an ex-violinist.) But the Wild West journey just seemed a bit slow and same old. HOWEVER!! Outrun The Moon was so incredible I nearly ATE IT. #LogicalReaction But I still recommend both of them and this author in general because she is an incredible author and also has more (!!) epic sounding books coming out in 2017!! Both these books feature Chinese protagonists in historical settings. OH. And Outrun the Moon is full of chocolate.
No wonder I loved it.
8. WILL KOSTAKIS
I reeeeally wanted to have a #LoveOZYA author on here despite me being a grapefruit and reading mostly American authors. Shame on me. SO WILL KOSTAKIS IT IS! For good reasons! The First Third is actual hilariousness. So much so that I actually went out IMMEDIATELY and libraried The Sidekicks. Don’t look at me like that. “Libraried” is totally a word.
Also here’s something I didn’t know till
I was just stalking his website and GR profile for this post recently: he was a teen author!! WOOOO. And he’s Greek-Australian and The First Third is an #ownvoices novel! AND HIS BOOKS ARE REALLY FUNNY. And very Australian, mate.
9. Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton
Cutthroat ballet school books aren’t usually my thing — BUT I CAN’T STOP THINKING ABOUT TINY PRETTY THINGS. Most books I read, I review, I’m done. But this?!? I have at least 67 questions and all the mystery aspects were still left open and I don’t have the sequel in my clammy paws when I need it.
Thanks for nothing for recommending it to me, Emily. I HOPE YOU’RE ENJOYING MY PAIN. (Who am I kidding. I know you are.)
Also the diversity levels of are of awesome here. Two of the narrators are POC (June is Korean and Gigi is black) and it deals with mental illness as well. And it’s also really stressful. So great.
Look, just go feel the pain that I’m feeling. READ IT.
10. PATRICK ROTHFUSS
I confessed recently that I’m starting to really become dangerously obsessed with adult fantasy. Why is it dangerous?? BECAUSE I JUST WANT TO READ IT AND WHEN PEOPLE INTERRUPT ME I WANT TO SMACK THEM WITH A NOVEL AND DO YOU REALISE HOW BIG THESE NOVELS ARE??? Very big. ProTip: don’t smack people with them. We all like life.
I do solve this problem, also, by mostly listening to audios instead of reading 600+ page tomes. And the audiobook for The Name of the Wind is amazing. BEST narrator. BEST story. BEST magic. BEST cleverness. Why did it take me so long to try this author?!
Also there’s like 78 years between series installations so….why did I start this series? That is an excellent question considering I have the patience of exactly nothing.
Also is it just me or (A) does the author look like the mentor wizard you find on a quest, and (B) did anyone else’s brain pronounce Rothfuss as “Rufus” * because they can’t read? No? Just me? Okay then.
* I have also done a post confessing that I can’t pronounce or spell ANYTHING so my brain just makes up replacements. My life. I don’t even know.