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

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2017 was a mishmash year for me as far as my reading habits go. As you’re about to see, I’m not the kind of reader who is forever loyal to one particular genre. I read everything from the mystery genre to science fiction to history.

I also wasn’t able to come up with a list of ten authors this week. When I find  someone whose writing style I really like, I dive into their backlist and try to read everything from them I can get my hands on whether they’ve written one other book or twenty of them.

It is so interesting to see how someone’s writing style has evolved over the years if I stumble across them later on in their career. I also enjoy spotting the similar themes that sometimes develop in a writer’s body of work. The best way to notice them is to read everything that author has written.

1. Eowyn Ivey.

I know I’ve mentioned her book, “The Snow Child,” in a previous Top Ten Tuesday post here. The more I read from this author, the more I enjoy her understated way of showing the audience what is happening in a scene.

2. David A. Hill Jr. 

iHunt: Killing Monsters in the Gig Economy” is still the best book I’ve ever reviewed for Long and Short Reviews. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.

3. Coretta Scott King.

Everyone knows her as the widow of Martin Luther King, Jr., but until this year I had no idea she was an author or that she’d written a memoir about her life. It was incredibly interesting to see how she remembered their marriage and the early years of the civil rights movement.

4. Graeme Simsion.

Mr. Simsion has written two books so far about a character who has Asperger Syndrome. In “The Rosie Project,” this character tried very hard to find a wife. In the sequel, he had to figure out how to fix his relationship after a series of misunderstandings made his partner wonder if she wanted to spend the rest of her life with him.

5. Eli Celata.

This author is working on a series of urban fantasy books about a guy who doesn’t realize he has magical powers until he goes to college. Based on how interesting “High Summons” and “Grimm Remains” were, I’ll be keeping an eye out for more tales from him in 2018.

6. Drew Hayes.

As soon as I read the title of “The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant,” I couldn’t wait to see if the storyline was going to be as wacky and memorable as I thought it would be. Spoiler alert: it was!


  1. I loved The Rosie Project. I read it awhile ago, but it’s a book I haven’t forgotten about.

  2. I heard really good things about The Rosie Project. I’d like to read it and the sequel, so I can see trying that author for sure!

  3. I haven’t read any of these authors but would definitely like to try a few of these. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I thoroughly enjoyed the first Rosie Project book, the second was okay but not as good as the first in my opinion, glad you enjoyed them! Great list

    • I had the same opinion of the sequel, Jade. It wasn’t terrible by any means, but it didn’t quite have the same magic as the first one.

  5. “The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant” is such an amazing title! I’ll have to look it up.

  6. You make me want to read The Snow Child even more. Hope you discover even more amazing authors this year.

    • Thank you. It was a wonderful story, and based on what I’ve read on your blog I really do think you’d like it.

  7. That’s a really nice list and I haven’t read anything from these authors yet, so I’ve added a couple books to my to-read list, so I’d hopefully find a few new favorites among them hihi.

  8. I loved The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect! Both awesome books.

  9. Pre-bog days, I was much better at reading back lists and keeping up with favorite authors’ work. I love that you have made a point to do that still. Especially for all the reasons you mention. I have yet to read anything by the authors you mention, although Eowyn I’ve is on my must read list. I hope you have a Happy New Year!

    • Thank you, Literary Feline! Happy New Year to you as well, and I hope you’ll be able to read “The Snow Child” soon.

  10. I am such a fan of the Rosie books. I need to check out Simsion’s last book.

  11. I haven’t read anything by these authors, but I’m gonna check them out. Thanks for sharing! Happy New Year! 🙂

  12. I loved the The Rosie Project Project more than The Rosie Effect but they’re both amazing…:) Great finds of new authors. 🙂 Happy New year. 🙂

  13. It looks like you discovered a lot of amazing authors last year!

  14. I love The Rosie Project! Unfortunately I didn’t love The Rosie Effect anywhere near as much but The Rosie Project was one of my fave books the year that I read it.

    I read another Eowyn Ivey book this year – To The Bright Edge of the World. I got it in a “blind date” section at my local bookstore where it was wrapped in brown paper with three words on the front – Alaska, Intricate, Myth. I love anything Alaska so I had to buy it and it was incredible! I have The Snow Child to read too now.

    • I haven’t read “To the Bright Edge of the World” yet. It sounds really good, though. I hope you like “The Snow Child.”

  15. I haven’t read any of these authors before. I need to check them out! Great list 🙂

  16. Aside from Graeme Simsion, these are all new to me! I have some exploring to do, I think. =)

  17. Haven’t read any of these authors yet, but The Rosie Project is on my TBR 🙂

  18. Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child is one of my favorite books so I’m happy to see her on your list. I’m hoping to read To the Bright Edge of the World this year.

  19. Thank you for your comment! I haven’t heard of any of these authors, but The Rosie Project sound like something I’d enjoy. Which one was your first read of year?

  20. Graeme Simsion has a third book now! The Best of Adam Sharp… It wasn’t as good for me as The Rosie Project {I seriously LOVED that book}, but I enjoyed it. There is some subject matter that can be a little touchy, but overall a good read.

  21. The Snow Child was one of my top 10 for 2017!

  22. I haven’t read any of these authors. I didn’t realize there was someone with asperger in The Rosie Project. That makes it a bit more interesting to me. 🙂

  23. None of these are familiar authors to me, but it’s always fun to discover fellow blogger’s found some great reads to enjoy in the year. Happy 2018 TBR-ing!! And thank you so much for visiting Finding Wonderland.

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