I Discovered These Awesome Authors in 2016

It's time for Top Ten Tuesday and this weeks topic is:

New to Me Authors of 2016

So far this year I have read 116 books. It means I have exceeded my goal of 100, but I am still disappointed as I could have got to 150 if I hadn't hit a massive reading slump. I actually have only read 6 books in the last 3 months, which is 2 books a month when I usually read that in a week. So, yes, my slump hit me pretty hard. I have read a fair amount of books this year though, so I am still very proud of myself for getting 116 in so far. I discovered a few new authors this month, ones where I thoroughly enjoyed the books.

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) Saga, Volume 1 The Leaving
Jay Kristoff, Brian K. Vaughan & Tara Altebrando

I read Illuminae & Gemina this year and absolutely loved both. I fell in love with the unique way that Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff decided to tell the story. It also has one of the most interesting 'villains' as well. I literally could not put down either book and lost much needed sleep so I could devour them as quickly as possible. Saga is the series that got me into reading graphic novels this year, and I spent a lot of money trying new ones. Nothing has compared to Saga - not the beautiful style of drawings and not the fantastic story. Saga is a graphic novel everyone should read - the characters are absolutely hilarious and the story is incredible and emotional.The Leaving was a surprising read for me, I was expecting to love that one as much as I did. I was just so taken in by the story, Tara Altebrando is definitely an author whose writing just completely works for me and I am excited to read whatever she does next.

Vain (The Seven Deadly, #1) An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1) Things We Know by Heart
Fisher Amelie, Sabaa Tahir & Jessi Kirby

Fisher Amelie was an author who I took a chance on, as I don't usually read New Adult. I am so glad I took that chance as I absolutely LOVED Vain. It was the start of a series and I ended up buying the next two books in the series, and have bought two more Amelie books since. I love the development that her characters go through over the course of her novels - it is my favourite thing about them. I really enjoyed An Ember in the Ashes, and am surprised I haven't got to the sequel yet but I am blaming it on my awful reading slump which is just the worst right now. Things We Know By Heart was such a beautiful, emotional read and I LOVED it. I will definitely be reading more books by this author as I completely loved this one.

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1) The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1) Every Breath (Every, #1)
Maggie Stiefvater, Evelyn Skye & Ellie Marney

I finally read a Maggie Stiefvater book! It only took me years and years and much pestering from fellow bookworms. She is very beloved, so I felt a lot of pressure to love this one. I did really love the first book, but I admit that I struggled far too much with The Dream Thieves as it was quite boring. I hope to continue the series and that the third book is as good as the first, if not better. I thoroughly enjoyed The Crown's Game as it was brilliant fantasy set in one of my favourite times - Imperial Russia! Can't wait to get my hands on the sequel. And Every Breath was as great as everyone had suggested, definitely need to get to the sequels asap.

What authors did you discover this year that you would recommend?

I am planning to do a proper post soon about my return to the blog, as I have been absent for quite some time. I plan to hold a giveaway, so felt I might as well just get it all sorted now. The giveaway is for one winner to receive up to £40 of books of their choice from Book Depository. It's a giveaway for my return to blogging and to celebrate 15k followers on Instagram.

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  1. That's an impressive number of books! I feel like a reading sloth now. :-)

  2. Ellie Marney and Maggie Stiefvater were new to me too this year! Some last year. Most I still haven't read. Ackk. XD

  3. Interesting post :D I discover Marissa Meyer, Austin Kleon, Frederik Backman, Orizuka :)

  4. I so loved The leaving. I have read anther book by this author and loved it. This book just confirmed I love this author.

  5. Ooh I'm crushing on some of these authors too - Stiefvater is fantastic - Hope you check out Scorpio Races.

    Tanya Patrice

  6. I'm just going to happily pretend you didn't say Ronan's precious sequel book was boring and NOW FLAIL FOREVVVVVVER BECAUSE YOU LOVED THE RAVEN BOYS! AHHH!!!!! I AM SO HAPPY!!! *FLINGS ALL THE CONFETTI IN THE AIR* 😂😂 And also omg I'ms o glad you loved Every Breath! I'm pleased at not one, but two (!!) Aussie books on your list!! (My list only has one Aussie author haha. I'm terrible.) And yes I loved the Crown's Game too so much omg. And I re-read Illuminae and it was perfection. I need to work up the courage for Gemina though, hehe.

  7. I read the Raven Cycle this year but I've read Shiver years ago. TRC reintroduced me to Maggie's beautiful writing! <3 I discovered a lot of amazing authors this year, but my favorite is Renee Ahdieh! I'm madly in love with the books<3

    Tasya // The Literary Huntress

  8. OOh nice! I think I could've added Amie and Jay to my list. Forgot that I read Illuminae this year! Lol! I already read and loved Sabaa, but I STILL need to read Evelyn's book! I plan to binge read her duology next year though!!

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  9. I ADORE MAGGIE STIEFVATER'S WRITING! I also discovered her this year and OMG SHE IS SO GOOD! She has such a musical and unique way of writing and I was in love!

    xx Anisha (https://sprinkledpages.blogspot.com.au)

  10. Great list! I love An Ember in the Ashes and the Raven Boys! And The Crown's Game was also wone of my favorite reads of the year, I'm sad I forgot to onclude it on my list ;) I'm hoping to get to Illuminae soon!

  11. Jay Kristoff and Ellie Marney are two of my favorite authors so I'm so glad to see them on your list! :) Thanks for sharing and, as always, great choices! <3

  12. Maggie Stiefvater has been calling to me lately. I meant to get to her this year but it didn't happen so 2017 is the year! An Ember in the Ashes looks amazing and The Crown's Game looks like a book I must read. Great list!

  13. I haven’t read books by any of these authors! (shame!) I definitely want to check them out though! Your description of Maggie Stiefvater's book definitely peaks my interest - I know I have seen those around the book blogosphere frequently!

  14. I can't wait to read Gemina, I liked Illuminae a lot. And I've never read Saga but heard so many things!

  15. An Ember in the Ashes looks really good! Hope you're able to read the sequel soon!

  16. Maggie Stiefvater's one of my favourite authors, glad to hear you liked The Raven Boys. Personally, I loved The Dream Thieves, but I'm a big Ronan fan so that's probably why!
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  17. I will have to try Every Breath! I've heard so many awesome things about it! :)

    Lauren @ Always Me


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