Tuesday, December 6, 2016

TTT: Favorite New to Me Authors of 2016

This week's TTT topic: Favorite New To Me Authors I Read for the First Time in 2016

Patrick Samphire made his MG debut this year with Secrets of the Dragon Tomb. He also released a novella set in the same world titled The Dinosaur Hunters. I loved both of them and can not wait to read his 2017 release.

Michael Dante DiMartino is one of the original creators/writers of Avatar: the Last Airbender, which I've never watched. (I know.) Rebel Genius is his first novel and I could not put this book down. I'm really looking forward to seeing where he takes this series. Also I will watch ATLA now.

I can't remember who first recommended Joanna Bourne's books to me, but I have a lot of friends who love them. Now I love them too. Her series spans Revolutionary through Post-Napoleon France and its wars with England. British Intelligence agents and French women dedicated to their country in various ways. So. Good. To be honest, I like the first two books way less. I was really happy that I started with book 3 (The Forbidden Rose) because I might have given up if I had started with book 1. And that would be tragic because books 3-5 are magnificent and will be life-long comfort reads. I can't wait for book 6!!!

Lois McMaster Bujold's books have been on my TBR for YEARS. YEARS. I first heard of these books through the Queen's Thief fan community Sounds on LiveJournal. (See. I told you. YEARS.) Why did I wait so long? I think I had worked it up so much in my head, I was a little afraid. But I dove into the Vorkosigan series this year and I'm loving them. Fortunately for me the series is huge so I will be reading new to me Bujold books for years to come.

 Love & Gelato is the sort of contemporary YA book I'm always looking for to recommend. I know a lot of teen readers who enjoy this type of book and I thoroughly enjoy them too. I'm really looking forward to seeing what Jenna Evans Welch offers the world next

Both of these books were written by one author whose work I was already familiar and one author who was new to me. I really hope that Gita Varadarajan and Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich write more books. I will read every one.


Stephanie Burgis said...

It's so good to hear that about Joanna Bourne, because I read Book 1 when it came out and then never tried any of her others. I'll try Book 3 after all!

Greg said...

I really like Love and gelato and I also look forward to whatever else Welch writes. And Secrets of the Dragon Tomb looks awesome! I'll have to go check it out. :)

Kim Aippersbach said...

You're just discovering LMB now??? I envy you! How far have you gotten?

I remember reading the first couple of Joanna Bourne books several years ago—was there a great opening scene with a blind narrator?—and really enjoying them. You say there are more, and they get better??

Been meaning to get my hands on Dragon Tomb for a while now, and Rebel Genius sounds awesome!

(I bet I would like the contemporary ones, too. They just never excite me as much when I see them ...)

Anonymous said...

RUN, do not walk, to Avatar. RUN. NOW.

Also, I take all the credit for the Bourne books, thankyouverymuch ;)

Brandy said...

Yeah...book 1 had some blurry consent and feeling like the heroine was all out of choices that I didn't like. Books 3, 4, and 5 are truly excellent though.

Brandy said...

It's great if you love adventure, intrigue, and sci-fi with fantasy flair.

Brandy said...

I've only read The Warrior's Apprentice, The Mountains of Mourning, and The Vor Game so far.

Brandy said...

I will be watching soon. I promise!

Haha. I think you might have to share credit with some others but okay. ;)