Top 10 New-to-Me Authors of 2017

by - 11:17 PM


Êl síla erin lû e-govaned vîn! Today, I'm linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for Top Ten Tuesday (which I really should do more often?? wtf Ellie??). This week's prompt is authors we discovered in 2017. I'm sorry to say I thought I read a lot of new authors last year, but scrolling through my Goodreads has shown me I didn't! However, I did discover a few, and here are the best of them:


  • One of the most BREATHTAKING debuts I've read in FOREVER
  • Buy some tissues
  • Buy them in bulk
  • Buy out Costco's entire tissue section
  • Because if you want to know what it's like to be gay in a homophobic family, how it feels to be locked in the closet purely for self-defense, what it looks like to be afraid for your life because of your sexuality, this book will show you.
  • It looks like this.


  • Anyone who's ever heard me talk about books ever knows The Martian was my favorite read in 2017
  • I'm a bit suspicious of Artemis, but we'll see how it goes
  • Wittiest author of 2017
  • Best science
  • 10/10


  • I actually think I'm the only person who liked this book.
  • IT WAS BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN, DAMMIT.
  • You may hate Scarlett. I thought Garber's decision to write a heroine such as she was interesting.
  • If nothing else, read it for the cover.


  • I CAN'T BELIEVE I HAD THE CHANCE TO BUY A SIGNED COPY OF THIS AND DIDN'T
  • Definitely not for everyone
  • About a spy for North Vietnam who infiltrates South Vietnamese refugees after the fall of Saigon
  • I guess I could compare the writing style to David Vann's Aquarium?
  • Sometimes graphic and disturbing
  • Always beautiful


  • Again, I think I am the only person who likes this book
  • Again, I am not sure why
  • Undertaker brothers with grave magic
  • Blood witches
  • Politics
  • Amazing villains
  • Supernatural meets YA fantasy
  • High stakes, fast-paced
  • Only dislike: my fave gets killed


  • Tell me that title doesn't make you want to read this book right now
  • Da Vinci Code-esque
  • A 24-hour bookstore and its mysterious patrons
  • THE COVER GLOWS IN THE DARK
  • Again, a stunning debut


  • One of my favorite poetry books of ever
  • Rupi Kaur but better
  • Better (adj.): darker, no romance, empowerment that doesn't have to do with either the absence or presence of men


  • BEST SCHOOL READ EVER
  • I went out and bought my own copy. That's how much I loved this.
  • Like books like Les Mis or TV like Downton Abbey? Read this.
  • Some of the most beautiful writing of ever


  • DO YOU LIKE JONATHAN STROUD? DO YOU LIKE EOIN COLFER? YOU WILL LIKE THESE.
  • 12 year old boy in Victorian England solves supernatural mysteries in London's underbelly
  • Fast-paced, awesome voice
  • The 3rd and 4th are the best. Read those.


  • DO YOU LIKE ANGST?
  • DO YOU LIKE GAY?
  • DO YOU LIKE THRILLERS?
  • DO YOU LIKE GRITTY YA?
  • DO YOU LIKE THE FOXHOLE COURT?
  • DO YOU HAVE A PULSE?
  • READ THE WICKER KING.
  • this has been a public service announcement.
But wait!
THERE'S MORE.

If I haven't scared you off yet, hold on just a moment before clicking out. December 31st was my three (3!) year blogaversary, and I have so many people to thank for helping me along this amazing journey. For all their help and friendship over the past three years, I would like to bestow many thanks upon Gwen, AdalineSunset, SophyAnnaEmily, Charlotte, Elijah (for putting up with me being a sub-par beta reader), and Reagan (for everything, as always).

Okay, now that I'm done being soppy, we can chat about books! Who are the best and worst authors you discovered in 2017? Do you agree with any of my selections? Comment below, and have a happy new year. <3

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22 Comments

  1. Ooh, Emily Brontë!!! xD I haven’t heard of much of these authors before... this Anthony Weir guy, I’ve never heard of him before!!! (I was being saracastic— But I REALLY should read The Martian ASAP.)

    Loving your new blog design (and the aesthetic of this post’s layout, GOALS).

    xoxo Abigail Lennah | ups & downs

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    1. Hah, you should!

      AHH THANK.

      - Eleanor

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  2. I'm really looking forward to reading Caraval this year. :-) I'm glad that you've discovered so many wonderful authors.

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    1. I hope you like it! It's a gorgeous read :)

      - Eleanor

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  3. Great list! I'd like to check out The Wicker King, and It Looks Like This is immediately going on my TBR.

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  4. I've seen Viet Thahn Nguyen on several lists this morning. I think I need to read his book. I'm not a person who likes a lot of action in my stories, but I'm glad I occasionally break this rule because I've discovered some wonderful stories with action.

    https://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2018/01/top-new-to-me-authors-i-read-in-2017.html

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    1. There are so many good ones out there! The Sympathizer is more focused on philosophy and character than action, if that helps.

      - Eleanor

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  5. The Martian was a wonderful book. Good choice there with Andy Weir!

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thanks!

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  6. I liked Caraval too, you are not alone!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/02/top-ten-tuesday-140/

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    1. Hah, glad to see there's someone else.

      - Eleanor

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  7. Lots of new authors I haven't heard of! :) Really want to read The Martian.

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  8. I actually liked Carnival too, I just ordered it actually! XD

    Love the new blog look. <3

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    1. Awesome! And ahhh, thank.

      - Eleanor

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  9. I listened to the audiobook of Carnival and I did it like it! It wasn't one of my top favorites of 2017 but it was definitely interesting. I've been searching for more poetry books to read and saw that Heaven Water Blood was available on Kindle Unlimited so I borrowed it.

    Tina @ As Told By Tina

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    1. I actually haven't been able to find Heaven Water Blood, so thank you for that! In terms of more poetry, I could also recommend Crush by Richard Siken or, if you feel like branching out a little, anything by Jack Kerouac or E.E. Cummings.

      - Eleanor

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  10. the wicker king looks SO AMAZING i must read it NOW.

    also these graphics are so nice whAAAT

    ~ noor

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    1. it IS and you MUST.

      Ahhh, thank you!!

      - Eleanor

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  11. I really enjoyed Caraval as well! All the books on this list sound interesting especially The Wicker King. :)

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