Monday, January 1, 2018

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is currently hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is all about the new authors we read in 2017. I discovered some new favorites this year, and I finally read an author I've been hoarding for years. Here are ten authors I read for the first time last year (and the books I read by them).

Rachel Caine



I met Rachel Caine at a book signing last year, and I wound up loving her reading style. I'm glued to her Stillhouse Lake series. I need to go back and read the books I've been missing out on.

Grady Hendrix



Paperbacks from Hell is one of my favorite books from last year. It's a fun, gorgeous, witty, informative book on the history of the horror genre. I'm glad I grabbed a copy of My Best Friend's Exorcism because deciding not to read Grady Hendrix was a mistake.

Algernon Blackwood



Algernon Blackwood is probably my favorite discovery of 2017. I have several of his stories lined up for this year.

Todd Keisling



After reading and loving The Final Reconciliation, I was excited to read some more short work by Todd Keisling in his Ugly Little Things. He's an author I will continue to follow.

Edith Wharton



I may be cheating by adding Edith Wharton to this list. I DNFed Ethan Frome in a previous year. I really enjoyed her writing in Summer, though. Summer must have been quite the scandalous book back its day, too. I have a collection of her ghost stories on my shelf that I look forward to checking out.

Sarah Pinborough



This is the most shocking entry on my list. I've been buying books by Sarah Pinborough since the days of Leisure Horror, but I think this is the first book by her I've actually read. I have no excuses.

Richard Chizmar



It's possible I've read some short stories by Richard Chizmar, but this is the first longer work (albeit only novella length) I've read. I look forward to reading more of Chizmar's work.

Mercedes Yardley



Mercedes Yardley is another author I will continue to read. I have another book or two by her on my kindle I need to read. I love the imaginative quality of her writing.

Ira Levin



I finally read Ira Levin this year. Rosemary's Baby was a treat, and at some point I need to read more of his work.


Kim Liggett



I'm excited about discovering Kim Liggett. I haven't had much success with Young Adult Horror, but Kim Liggett is one to watch. The Last Harvest was straight up horror which is not something I usually find in the YA world.

Are these authors new to you or have you been wise enough to read them long before now?

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35 comments:

  1. Isn’t it funny how long we wait to read some authors? I’m glad you liked Rachel Caine’s books. I haven’t read these two but I’ve liked some of her others.

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    1. It really is a funny thing. I need to see which Rachel Caine books I can find at my library this year.

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    1. Apologies for that, I made a mess of the comment, mixing up two authors for some stupid reason! I haven't read Stillhouse Lake but I did love The Morganville Vampires. I liked Sarah Pinborough's Breeding Ground too.

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    2. I've heard of The Morganville Vampires. It's great to know you loved them. If I come across them, I will definitely pick one up. I may have a copy of Breeding Ground. I will check! :)

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  3. I discovered Rachel Caine this year too! I'm up to date with The Great Library series and have just started The Morganville Vampires (so much to catch up on!) She's the only one I've read anything by on your list :)

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    1. Hopefully I will find more of her books this year!

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  4. so I want to read Todd Keisling now too Jen! look at those covers!!! I don;t know if I mentioned it before but I LOVE your blog :)

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    1. Thank you so much! :) The Final Reconciliation is novella length. It's a great one to pick up.

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  5. Rachel Caine is one I want to try, Stillhouse Lake looks so good.

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  6. I love Rachel Caine's Great Library Series!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/02/top-ten-tuesday-140/

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    1. I've heard great things about that one. That will probably be the next series that I try.

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  7. I have not read Rachel Caine yet but I am loving the positive reviews about her work. I need to add this author to my 2018 list.

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    1. She seems to be very well loved! I'm glad to finally read something by her.

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  8. Great bunch of books here and I still need to read the Rachel Caine books. I've heard only good things about them. I enjoyed Rosemary's Baby too and have Paperbacks from Hell to read. However, you know my thoughts on My Best Friend's Exorcism. I hope he releases a new book soon!

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    1. I don't think I've heard a negative thing about Rachel Caine. I'm so sorry I keep reminding you of Max!! I may do it again soon if I post my Year End Survey. O_O

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    2. That's okay :) I actually really liked the rest of the book. I'm pretty sure I even sent him a tweet about Max.

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  9. I enjoyed Rachel Caine's Weather Warden books and am curious to read her other work. I have heard such good things about Stillhouse Lake. I look forward to reading to it. I need to give Wharton a try one of these days... Great list!

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    1. I've never heard of the Weather Warden books! I will have to check those out. Thanks!

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  10. I've read a novel by Edith Wharton (I can't remember which one now), but I didn't like it!! :-(

    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. It may have been Ethan Frome. I DNFed that one. I just could not get into it. I plan to try again now that I've read Summer, though.

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  11. Both Rachel Caine and Sarah Pinborough have become "must read" authors for me, ever since I picked up their books for the first time. Kim Liggitt might be joining that club too, she was a new-to-me author this year as well and I love her style! :D

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. I will definitely read more by all three of those authors!

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  12. I'm also loving Rachel Caine (although I've not read the second yet but I'm really looking forward to it.) Plus Sarah Pinborough.
    Great list.
    Lynn :D

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    1. The books I read by both of them were hard to put down.

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  13. I am most excited to read Rachel Caine and Sarah Pinborough. Both Stillhouse Lake and Behind Her Eyes are on my soon TBR list.

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  14. Like you, I have numerous Pinborough titles lingering in the tbr pile. Perhaps 2018 will finally be the year I finally read one :)

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    1. Why is that? :) Maybe this will be the year!

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  15. OOOH Rachel Caine! I haven't read the books you listed above, but I have read one of her YA books in the past (although I can't really remember if I enjoyed it). Thanks for sharing!

    - Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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    1. I need to read some of her YA at some point.

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  16. I really want to read the Stillhouse Lakes series. I'm glad you are enjoying them. I read Ethan Frome for fun in high school and liked it. The only other book I've read by her was Age of Innocence, which wasn't too bad.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I'm definitely going to give Ethan Frome another go at some point.

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  17. I love Grady Hendrix, ever since I discovered Horror Stor. And I love Rachel Caine, but I've never read her mysteries. I'll have to try them someday😁

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