Unlike my ability to chill, which I’m totally never going to find, I discovered some incredible authors in 2017!
Even though I like to pretend I could be Sherlock Holmes someday, the honest truth is: I’m very bad at finding things. If you put a really nice inky pen in my hand, I will absolutely lose it 2 seconds later. It’s not even my fault. It’s rude that inanimate objects don’t sit still when told.
However, I still HAVE managed to discover some incredible authors in 2017 that were completely new to me. Some of them are debuters so it makes sense that they’re new and green and just crawled out of the damp dark earth where all writers come from. However some are new because I didn’t read them until JUST NOW. Probably because they were hiding from me. Ridiculous. I am not scary. I put my battle axe down just now and sometimes I even brush my hair to stop looking like a mad scientist.
And also like HOLY HECK I didn’t realise The Broke And The Bookish were closing down?!? This is the second-to-last TTT prompt and then it’s moving hosts. I’d cRY except I’m a Vulcan. And I feel bad for all the times I’ve cheated doing this prompt. Which has been, like…all of them. Wow, Cait.
But omg please no one leave me here to think up my own blog topics. No one deserves that horror experience.
Definitely one of my new FAVOURITE AUTHORS OF EVER despite having only read…um…one of her books. But The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue is definitely everything perfect in this world. And pfft, you know what? I don’t let little technicalities like “I could’ve read more of her books by now but I haven’t because I live with my head in a bucket” get in the way of a wholesome and life-consuming adoration. And I’ll have you know that I did in fact go and buy her first book, This Monstrous Thing, pretty much right away.
Even if I still have not read it.
Look do I look like a functional human to you?? No. Keep the wild expectations down there, son.
I will absolutely and definitely read everything she ever writes forevermore.
I’m an absolutely complete fangirl and dork, but I used to blog on a writing-co-blog with Amanda and some others back in the day (I’M FAMOUS) and we’ve chatted on twitter a few times! And by “chatted” I meant I came crying about I’m Going To Be An Author I’m Panicking Is There An Island In The Bermuda Triangle I Can Retreat To™. Anyway. She is absolutely lovely and also coincidentally writes freaking amazing books. Daughter Of The Burning City is all super dark carnivals and magic and murders. My favourite things. Also it features a Slytherin sassy conniving magic boy love-interest who is also asexual which is something I really really want to read more of. UGH this book was too good.
And Ace of Shades comes out in April and I’m so freaking EXCITE.
Now, again! Only a debut author so it is 599% logical that I only discovered her book, Dear Martin, this year. But I just want to point at it and say “LOOK. GOOD AND IMPORTANT BOOK WHY IS NOT EVERYONE READING IT.” I feel it’s one that’s going underrated?! So behold.
And one thing I really really loved about her style is how concise and succinct it is. Her debut is so short and punchy that it doesn’t even give you a second to lose concentration. And the topics are obviously incredible and needed.
I mean. Don’t sleep on this one.
I full on picked up her second book, THE ART OF FEELING, on this wild whim because I reeeeally want to read more books featuring disabilities. AND HOLY HECK WHAT BUCKET HAVE I BEEN LIVING IN?!?! I can’t get over how much I laughed! And had vastly feels-stabbing emotions. Like I was not prepared. I just thought this’d be the average contemporary.
Oh I am am sweet summer paper fry. <— my new nickname by the way
Least to say I need her other book called PLEASE DON’T TELL which is a phrase I shout a lot, usually directed at my TBR when I’m adding to it and sobbing because I have books from 2013 on there I should’ve read by now.
This is actually two authors: Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. And there is a 99% chance I do NOT want to read their other books which seem to be pretty much erotica hah hha hahaha. Wow. I want to go far far away now. But anyway, I wanted to put them on this list because I FREAKING LOVED AUTOBOYOGRAPHY AND I WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT.
It’s about writers, which is a huge reason it resonated with me + there’s queerness and author shaped panic and it discusses religion (particularly the problematic sides) and all these things just…gah. I have emotions. I have been hit. NEW FAVOURITE.
So I read TEETH this year which surprisingly isn’t about the dentist. Although I really put off mentioning it because when I shout, “TEETH IS AN AMAZING BOOK!!!” it sound like a dentist’s memoir and ew.
But the actually book is about mermaids and disabilities and mental illness and queer magical fish and really really sad boys and juST IT WAS GOOD. Bonus: it wants to rip your heart out.
So she’s written an absolute heckin’ ton of books I have not read and my TBR hates me but I’m interested particularly in A HISTORY OF GLITTER AND BLOOD because the title sounds fun.
I actually read all THREE of her books this year!! Due to me procrastinating her first two books for no reason at all because that’s who I am as a person
Least to say I’m suuuuch a fan. Her writing is the most gorgeous thing you will ever eat. I didn’t like WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS so much because it had 0% of a plot…although still freaking gorgeous. But THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS = ugh I’m obsessed. And WILD BEAUTY!?? I want to live in it. Magical boys in magical gardens and witchy girls who can grow flowers at will and my hEART beating messily.
And she writes disabilities and queer people and different races and it’s so good and her writing is mAGIC.
I read HERE LIES DANIEL TATE this year and let’s just say: this book wants to throw your brain for a froot loop. And you’ll thank it. Which is totally messed up. Like my mind?!??? It has been played with.
Basically this book is an excellent thriller about a con artist masquerading as a missing boy and he gets into a lot of mESS he didn’t anticipate. It’s beautiful. Everything hurts.
Now I know he’s so so famous but for some reason I hadn’t heard of his books until this year?! Look this is what I mean about not paying attention. But here I am now. Late again, but I brought cake, so please forgive me.
I borrowed ALL AMERICAN BOYS on a whim from the library and woahhhhh it was good. It was published in 2015 too and look at me reading backlist titles. Anyway this is another really important book (also #BlackLivesMatter and #OwnVoices) and dives into current issues in America. No I’m not American but I watch you guys set your hair on fire so I like to be informed.
DEFINITELY ONE OF MY FAVOURITE NEW-FOUND AUTHORS. Plus he’s really awesome on twitter and writes fast first drafts (#RELATE) and just everything about his books is fantastic and unusual. I really love the unusualness ok.
I’m pretty sure he drinks readers’ tears for breakfast but we all have our side hobbies.