Top Ten Authors New to Me in 2016


What a year for reading 2016 has been!! Aside from a plethora of sequels and conclusions to awesome series, I read so many books by authors new to me! Here are some of the highlights:

1. Naomi Novik – Uprooted


See my review here!

Uprooted was probably my favorite new author read of the year. It’s also easily on my top 10 reads of 2016. A really wonderful standalone that I am tempted to read again (which I don’t really do!)

2. Anne Aguirre – Sirantha Jax


See my review here!

A really awesome sci-fi space adventure with some romance thrown in. I adore Sirantha Jax, especially in Grimspace.

3. V.E. Schwab – A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade final for Irene

See my review here!

This was such a creative and fascinating book! I really enjoyed the world building, and I’m definitely interested in continuing the series. I’d been meaning to read something of Victoria Schwab’s for a few years now, and I’m glad I started with A Darker Shade of Magic!

4. Julia Quinn – The Duke and I


See my review here!

I’d heard that Julia Quinn was sort of the quintessential Historical Romance author, and let me tell you, she does not disappoint! Loved The Duke and I and can’t wait to see what other shenanigans the other Bridgerton siblings get into!

5. Jessica Khoury – The Forbidden Wish


See my review here!

Who doesn’t want a richly atmospheric and romantic retelling of Aladdin but with a feisty and strong female jinni as the main character? Loved this one!

6. Brittany Cavallaro – A Study in Charlotte


See my review here!

A Study in Charlotte is probably also on my top ten reads for 2016; I loved this quirky Sherlock Holmes retelling!

7. Alwyn Hamilton – Rebel of the Sands


See my review here!

This mash up of fantasy and western in a desert setting was AMAZING. I loved how fast paced and cinematic and creative it was!

8. Virginia Boecker – Witch Hunter


See my review here!

Dark and magical with a romance I could really cheer for. A good and interesting historical/fantasy.

9. Jana Oliver – The Demon Trapper’s Daughter


See my review here!

Sassy main character, cool post-apocalyptic-ish world building, BECK. Need I say more?

10. Jennifer Donnelly – These Shallow Graves


See my review here!

An eerie historical mystery with a strong heroine and an absolutely adorable slow building romance? YES PLEASE.

What are your favorite new to you authors from 2016?



  1. sjhigbee says:

    This is a cracking list! I’d endorse the 3 of your choices that I know – Novik, Schwarb and Aguirre, while also aware there are a couple more I’m seriously interested in reading – Khoury and Oliver. I’d also agree that 2016 has been an awesome reading year.
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