Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Top Ten Tuesday | New Year, New Authors


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week you compile a list of ten books which coincide with that week's theme. You can find everything you need to know about joining in here!


Happy New Year!

This week's theme is 'Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017' and I'm going to interpret this as authors I read for the first time in 2017, not necessarily authors I first heard about or came across in 2017. On with my list!


Alison Plowden: I read Plowden's Women All On Fire: The Women of the English Civil War in 2017 and have since picked up copies of Henrietta Maria: Charles I's Indomitable Queen and The Stuart Princesses. I'm a huge history nerd, particularly of women's history, and the Stuart era is an era I'm starting to develop much more of an interest in. I think Plowden's work is going to help me learn so much more about this period of history.

Mary Robinette Kowal: I didn't love Shades of Milk and Honey, but I enjoyed it enough to want to seek out more of Kowal's work in future.

Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀: Stay With Me was one of my favourite reads of 2017 and I can't wait to get my hands on whatever Adébáyọ̀ releases next!

Julie Berry: All the Truth That's in Me was another of my favourite reads of last year, I loved the way it was written, and I'm interested in reading more of Berry's work.

Camilla Grudova: The Doll's Alphabet is probably the weirdest short story collection I've ever read, full of grotesque, unpleasant stories that were so well written I'll definitely picking up whatever Grudova releases next.


Riley Sager: I don't read many thrillers so, when I do, I tend to enjoy them a lot which is exactly what happened with Final Girls. I'm looking forward to the release of The Last Time I Lied this summer!

Mackenzi Lee: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue was so much fun, I loved Monty and Percy so much, and I can't wait to read The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy and Bygone Badass Broads later this year.

Madeline Miller: I finally read The Song of Achilles in 2017 and it easily became one of my favourite books of all time. I'm so excited for the release of Circe this year.

N. K. Jemisin: I've been slowly getting back into high fantasy over the past year or so and have been especially keen to read high fantasy books written by BAME authors. I picked up a copy of The Fifth Season after seeing so many good reviews and now understand why it has so many good reviews. Jemisin's writing and world-building is exquisite and I'm looking forward to reading more of her work.

Kirsty Logan: A Portable Shelter was one of the best short story collections I read in 2017 so I'm hoping to read Logan's other collection, The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales, very soon.

Who did you talk about this week?

28 comments:

  1. I loved The Song of Achilles too! I'm so excited for Circe :)

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    1. Yes, I can't wait - thanks for stopping by! =)

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  2. I really want to read All the Truth That's In Me and The Song of Achilles. I own Gentlemen's Guide so that will be read very soon!!!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  3. I love looking at your list Jess cos I often find books I want to read! :-)

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  4. I still have to read Gentleman's Guide, but from what everyone else says about it, I'm sure it's going to be amazing!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it when you get to it! =)

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  5. I love the books I've read from NK Jemisin too - I also read The Fifth Season and loved it.

    Tanya Patrice
    Girlxoxo.com

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    1. I definitely need to read more of her work. Thanks for stopping by! =)

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  6. I've heard a lot of good things about Final Girls, so I will probably be trying Kelly Sager in 2018. Same with The Gentleman's Guide.

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    1. I hope you enjoy them both! I think Final Girls is being adapted into a film, so I definitely recommend checking it out in the near future. =)

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  7. I was one of the few who couldn't finish Final Girls! I really want to read Gentleman's Guide soon because everyone seems to love it.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/02/top-ten-tuesday-140/

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    1. Oh no, that's a shame! It's being adapted into a film, I think, so I think the story will work really well in that medium, too. I definitely recommend checking out The Gentleman's Guide - I hope you enjoy it! =)

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  8. I haven't read any of these but now I want to read The Fifth Season. I've been struggling with fantasy reads lately....adding it to my TBR :)

    My TTT: http://www.momwithareadingproblem.com/2018/01/ttt-129-new-authors-read-2017/

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    1. Ooh, I hope you enjoy it! It's so different from any other fantasy I've read, I really enjoyed it. =)

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  9. That's an interesting list. Madeline Miller is the only one I've read and I am looking forward to Circe too!

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  10. Nice list! Women All on Fire sounds interesting. Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

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    1. Thank you! I recommend checking out Plowden's work, especially if women's history interests you. =)

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  11. I've yet to read any of the authors you shared in your TTT post this week... Time to explore some more new to me authors!!

    Here's a link to my TTT post this week:
    http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2018/01/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-new-to-me.html

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    1. Haha I've seen so many authors I haven't read this week, too, time to discover some new favourites! =)

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  12. Great list! I want to read The Gentleman's Guide so badly, hopefully I'll get to it this year :)

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    1. Thank you! I hope you enjoy it when you get to it. =)

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  13. Ooooh! Shades of Milk and Honey is gorgeous! I'm definitely going to have to check that out! I also loved Gentleman's Guide, so yay!

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    1. If you're an Austen fan then Shades of Milk and Honey is a lot of fun. Thanks for stopping by! =)

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  14. I haven't' read anything from these authors, but The Fifth Season has been in my TBR list for a while. It seems like it's worth it, right?

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    1. I definitely think so! It's one of the most original fantasy stories I've come across. =)

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