Top Ten Tuesday | Memorable Stories of 2016 (New-to-Me Authors)


Despite my general outrage that a new year is upon us – where did 2016 go!? – a source a comfort with a new year’s arrival is the publication of new books. At least this is how we book nerds think when it comes to new novels. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday allows us to talk about some of these novels with the authors we read who were new to us.

Broke and Bookish December 6th Prompt 
Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016
- Broke and Bookish

I discovered some fantastic authors this year. Some of them were authors I wanted to read a long time ago, others are authors with less of a back list to their name. That said, they are no less wonderful and the talent they boast is not to be taken for granted.

Today, it’s a pleasure to spotlight some of these authors

1. Johnnie Alexander | I finally read one of Johnnie’s novels after being curious about her WWII novel (which I’ve still not read). The book I read by her was Where She Belongs, a sweet contemporary read.

2. Brodi Ashton | Until her contemporary novel, Diplomatic Immunity released, I don’t think I paid much attention to Ashton’s stories. But after reading her recently released (and first!) YA contemporary, I am sufficiently curious.

3. Teri Brown | Teri’s Velvet Undercover was a YA historical that piqued my interest back when its cover was revealed. Needless to say reading her novel was a long time coming, but it was indeed worth the wait.


4. Susan Dennard | Susan is an author who’s novels never cease to create much hype. Though I’m interested in her ‘Strange and Deadly’ series, it was actually Truthwitch that I read this past year.

5. Kersten Gier | Gier’s time traveling fantasy series, beginning with Ruby Red, is one of the most popular series in its genre. I really enjoyed the first novel, but as of yet, have not completed the series.

6. Rosamund Hodge | Given all the hype I’d seen about this author, I was really excited to have an opportunity to review her novel, Bright Smoke, Cold Fire. Sadly, it was not among my favorite. Perhaps because it was a loose take on Romeo and Juliet (not a favored story). Or maybe it was the unexpectedly open-ended conclusion. Either way, this wasn’t a “me book.”

7. Kara Isaac, and Close to You and Can’t Help Falling | Both of Kara’s books are high on my must read list. In fact, I’m quite ashamed that I’ve not read them yet.

8. Liz Johnson | Liz’s novels are pure delight. I loved everything about them. From the setting (PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND!) to the lovable (and more importantly, realistic) characters, I 100% enjoy her novels and writing.

9. Denise Grover Swank | Thanks so the kind folks at Blink, I had the chance to read this contemporary YA novel. It’s a sweet story about a brother and sister who are set to spend the summer with their father in Paris.

10. Courtney Walsh | Though I had every intention of reading Courtney’s novel Paper Hearts, I didn’t have the chance to get to it during its release year. This year (with many thanks to the gracious author), I had the chance to read A Change of Heart and I loved it to pieces.

BONUS! Books/Authors Added to my Shelf but Left Unread

1. Jay Asher and What Light | Many authors say good things about Asher’s books, and his novel, 13 Reasons Why is being produced as a TV show. This book I picked up – I’ll confess – because of its appealing cover art, plus I love to try and squeeze in a Christmas read during the most wonderful time of year.

2. Leigh Bardugo and Six of Crows | Following the release of Crooked Kingdom, I saw Leigh’s books made the Instagram and Twitter rounds. Needless to say I caved to the unintentional bullying, and bought a copy.

3. Jessica Brody and A Week of Mondays | I’d intended to pick this one up last year – because pink! Contemporary! – and didn’t get to it. But I finally ordered a super inexpensive copy (and hardback too!). Hopeful it’s a fun read.

4. Brooke St. James and Loved Bayou | Picked this one up at random during one of my Amazon shopping sprees. Hopefully I’ll enjoy it, though I really know nothing about this author’s style.

5. Katie McGarry and Nowhere but Here | Another author I’m super surprised I’ve not read. Her books are contemporary (can you tell that’s my favorite!?), so reading them is a must. Plus it helps that I now own, Nowhere But Here. What’s your favorite Katie McGarry book?

6. Jojo Moyes and Me Before You | Picked this one up because of the movie, but I've yet to read the book or see the film. Someday that will be remedied. 

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This brings us to another close on another Top Ten Tuesday post. What new authors did you discover in 2016? I’d love to know about them and hear more of what you thought of your new discoveries!

As always, leave those Top Ten Tuesday links. I’m looking forward to visiting.

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  1. Great list! I love Susan Dennard (love the Truthwitch series more than the Strange and Deadly series though) and Kerstin Gier. Leigh Bardugo is one of my all-time favorites so I do hope you'll enjoy Six of Crows :) I read Nowhere But Here also this year and I liked it - I definitely want to try more books by Katie McGarry.

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    1. Good to know, Lindsey. I have the first book in the 'Strange and Deadly' series.

      Kerstin Gier's book was so cute. I loved that Doctor Who time travel feel. I read all sorts of good things about Leigh Bardugo, so needless to say I feel like I'm missing out!

      YAY for a recommendation for Nowhere But Here. Glad you liked it well enough to read more from Katie. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  2. I remember reading Ruby Red! I loved that series. I also haven't read Six of Crows either, so hopefully we'll get to read it next year. Great list! :)

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    1. Good luck, Anna! I have so many books to read in 2017, too. But I guess that's part of the good of a new year - the discovery of new books! Even if they are just "new-to-me" reads. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  3. I didn't know Thirteen Reasons was being made into a TV show! I hope it's good because I love that book a lot!! I've heard mixed things about Bright Smoke, Cold Fire but I haven't read it yet - I do really love her other books though so would recommend trying them!

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    1. I feel so-so about 'Smoke,' Clare. But then it might just be that it was a personal reading preference. Still, I'm curious to read more by Rosamund because I do hear really good things, especially about Cruel Beauty. :)

      Glad you visited.

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  4. Great list! Sorry about the double comment..Blogger messed up and showed me different blogs :/ I don't even understand what happened! Anyways..I've been planning to read Truthwitch for a while now! Will check out the other books too. And high five! I haven't read Six of Crows yet either..Plan to get on it soon though :)

    My Top Ten Tuesday

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    1. Hope you can read Truthwitch soon, Uma. It's a fun adventure story.

      Well then, here's hoping we BOTH get the chance to read Six of Crows asap. :)

      Thanks, as always, for visiting. :)

      (And no worries on the comment. Technology, right!?)

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  5. Great list, I see several authors I've heard lots of good things about and/or want to try. Susan Dennard and Hodge are in that category, although the mixed views on Bright Smoke have me a bit leery. Velvet Underground is one I remember seeing too, and Bardugo I want to try since Six of crows seems to be so awesome.

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    1. Good to know, Greg.

      Yeah, I don't think 'Smoke' was as well received as Rosamund's Cruel Beauty. And I read that she does have a unique style, which based on this, her latest, I agree with.

      'Velvet' is a great read, and Six of Crows sounds like a thrilling read. :)

      Thanks for visiting.

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  6. What Light really does sound like a good book to read for Christmas time... so that's what I'm planning on doing too!!

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    1. YAY! Hopefully we'll both accomplish this goal, Michelle. :)

      Thanks for visiting.

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  7. Ooohhh! Good list. There are some on there that I haven't discovered yet. Kara Isaac and Liz Johnson were definite highlights for me from that list :-)

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    1. Kara's and Liz's respective novels are both wonderful. I like how "different" Kara's was, and the easy-going writing style of Liz's. :)

      Glad you visited!

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  8. Great list! Susan Dennar and Rosamund Hodge have been recommended to me often, I can't wait to read their books.
    Six of Crows is amazing too!

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    1. Fabulous! I hope you enjoy them both, Saii. Glad to know Six of Crows is a great pick/read. Hoping 2017 will be THE year I finally make time for it. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  9. I haven't read many of these yet. I read the first two Ruby Red books years ago and really enjoyed them. I'm a huge Leigh Bardugo fan. I hope you enjoy SoC when you get to it!

    My Top Ten

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    1. I have the followup to Ruby Red, but haven't read it, Lori. Hopefully that'll be remedied soon. :) Thanks! I'm so looking forward to 'Crows.'

      Appreciate you visiting, as always.

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  10. I've loved both Johnnie's and Liz's books this year.

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    1. Both are memorable reads indeed, Dawn. Thanks bunches for visiting! :)

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  11. Truthwitch was my first Susan Dennard book as well! It wasn't the best, but I still really enjoyed it. I haven't read any books by just Brodi Ashton, but I loved the collab she did with Jodi Meadows and Cynthia Hand fro My Lady Jane! And you NEED to read Six of Crows! It's so good, and totally lives up to the hype (at least for me).

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    1. I feel the same, Adalyn. Truthwitch isn't my favorite when comparing it to other books I've liked (not to Susan's earlier books), but I did enjoy it. I cannot wait to read My Lady Jane. It looks/sounds and seems like a hilarious read. :)

      YAY! I'm so glad for all of the Six of Crows excitement. Looking forward to discovering it.

      Thanks for visiting Adalyn.

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  12. Great list Rissi! I read The Red Door Inn and loved it. The others are all new to me. Blessings to you!

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    1. YAY! 'Red Door' is lovely, isn't it!? My favorite was the "armchair adventure" of it all. :) Hope you discovered some potential new reads. Thanks, as always, for visiting.

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  13. I've got quite a few of these on my TBR and I'm happy to know you enjoyed them! I look forward to reading them in 2017, especially Truthwitch. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. YAY! Hope you enjoy those that are on your TBR, Kathryn. It's always fun to discover new books. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  14. How fun is this?? I love your video too! It's absolutely adorable! :) Thanks for including Change of Heart on your list! :)

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    1. My pleasure, Courtney. THANK YOU for the chance to read your lovely sophomore novel. Looking forward to 2017's release. :)

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  15. Ahhhh Rissi! You've got so many on here that I want to read. Denise Grover Swank, Susan Dennard, Kersten Gier. And you've also got some of my very faves here as usual :)

    My TTT

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    1. Fun! Hope you enjoy Denise's, Susan's and Kersten's, Carrie. All three are very different, but lovely.

      So glad you stopped by. :)

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  16. Ruby Red!
    How I loved this book - and the whole trilogy.
    Possibly the best time travel books I've read (:

    I seriously need to get to reading Six of Crows and Bright Smoke, Cold Fire.
    I can never, however, bring myself to read Me Before You. I am sure this book will kill me with feelings. And I'm not sure I'm strong enough to face it.

    Looks like great book choices! (:

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    1. I've not read the rest of the 'Ruby' trilogy, Zoey. But, you know, someday I will. Must discover what's next for the heroine.

      I know what you mean re Me Before You. I've seen readers say they flung the book across the room once they'd read the last page. I fully expect many SAD emotions, but I'm going to try.

      Thanks so much for visiting! Glad to have you visit.

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  17. Nowhere but here is my favorite Katie McGarry book. And not only is she an awesome author she's also an awesome person.

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    1. Ahhh! I'm so glad to know this, Carissa. Makes me more excited than I already was about Nowhere But Here. Thanks for letting me know - and for dropping by! :)

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  18. WHAT? I did not know that 13 Reasons Why is becoming a TV show! How exciting! :D

    Check out my TTT post!

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    1. I think there are lots of 13 Reasons Why fans who'll be curious for this one, Joyce. I've not read the book so I'm in the dark about the story, but the show may inspire me to read it. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting; off to read your Top Ten Tuesday post. :)

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  19. Great list! I really recommend Jojo Moyes. Everything I've read by her has been terrific. :)

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    1. AWESOME! I'm getting more excited, Lisa, I simply *have* to get over my "fear" of detesting the end. Thanks so much for visiting, and sharing your thoughts on Jojo's books. :)

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  20. I'm so glad you liked Ruby Red! That series is kind of cliche, but has enough cute to make me happy. :) As for Rosamund Hodge, as much as I LOVE Cruel Beauty, I haven't been able to read her newest. Simply for the fact that it's based on Romeo and Juliet, which is NOT a great story in my opinion. So who knows if I'll ever get it read or not. I do think she's an excellent writer though!

    Yes, yes to Kara Isaac and Liz Johnson! Love both of them. Also Jay Asher's What Light cover is so pretty!!! *all the heart eyes*

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    1. I've only read the first book of the Ruby Red adventures, but did enjoy it. I know it's a popular book among many. I'm still holding out hope for Cruel Beauty, Kara. I know you (and Amber too if memory serves me right) really enjoyed it. (As for this one - her latest, if ever you want to read it, let me know and I'll pass along my review copy.)

      *high five* Both amazing authors!

      I'm a few pages into What Light and (so far) am liking it. :)

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