Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is Top Ten Authors I Read for the First Time in 2016. The authors in this post aren't debut novelists; these are novelists who have been around for longer than just this year, but whom I personally hadn't read before. There's a lot of greatness here, so check it out!
1) Jason Reynolds. Jason Reynolds is an African-American YA and children's author, first published in 2014, who writes fantastic, heart-wrenching books about black boys. I first read All American Boys, his award-winning 2015 novel with Brendan Kiely, and it absolutely blew me away. I then read The Boy in the Black Suit, also from 2015 and also great. I've got his other books on my to-read now.
2) Kody Keplinger. Kody Keplinger published her first novel when she was about eighteen, in the year 2010. Her novels are YA contemporaries about fierce teen girls and the issues they face with relationships and sexuality. It's exactly the sort of book I couldn't handle when I was a teen, but I wish I had been able to. Keplinger depicts sexuality in a positive, feminist way that for me today has been reassuring, and for me then could have brought necessary knowledge. This year, I first read Shut Out, her 2011 release, and adored it. Then I read her debut, The Designated Ugly Fat Friend, and also liked it, which means I've added a bunch more of hers to my to-read list.
3) Jessica Day George. Jessica Day George is a well-established children's and YA fantasy author, first published in 2006, whose books are female-centric and have a great fairytale-style feeling. I have no idea how I hadn't read one of her books before, but this year for my children's lit class, I picked up Tuesdays at the Castle, from 2011, and really enjoyed it. I'm excited to read more of that series and begin the rest of her collection.
4) Cat Winters. Cat Winters, from what I can tell, writes intense female-centric YA historical fiction, often with a touch of fantasy and strong social justice themes. She was first published in 2013, but I read her release from this year, The Steep and Thorny Way, very recently. It's stunning and horrific and definitely high-quality stuff. I look forward to reading more.
5) Rin Chupeco. First published in 2014, Rin Chupeco is a Filipina, YA horror-style fantasy novelist whose books I've been eager to read, and for good reason. This year I read her two published novels, The Girl from the Well and The Suffering, and found them to be captivating. I can't wait for more!
6) William Ritter. William Ritter is a YA novelist whose quirky debut series, of which the first book was published in 2014, has attracted quite a bit of praise. I read Jackaby on a bit of a whim and really enjoyed it. It's like a strange, haphazard mix of four of my favorite things: Sherlock, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, and Supernatural. Whee! On to the rest of the series now!
7) Alison Goodman. Alison Goodman, though she's done a few other genres, is best known as a YA fantasy author and was first published in 1998. I read Eon this year, her 2008 release, and found it to be a fantastic feminist epic. I'm eager to read the second in the duology!
8) S.E. Grove. S.E. Grove's lower YA fantasy series The Mapmakers is pretty well-acclaimed. I read the first book, The Glass Sentence, first published in 2014, this year, and found it to be quite good. Waiting for my chance to read the second one now.
9) Sara Raasch. Sara Raasch's YA fantasy trilogy, Snow Like Ashes, is another well-loved one that began in 2014. I started reading it this year, and it is indeed a great read.
10) Alexandra Duncan. Alexandra Duncan writes YA sci-fi. This year, I read her debut from 2014, Salvage, which I thought was great, as well as the sequel Sound. I look forward to her upcoming 2017 and 2018 releases.
Thanks for reading! I'll see you tomorrow.
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