2017 has been a good year for new authors (for me personally). I haven't found many per say, but the ones I did, I really loved. I know the year isn't over yet, but from my planned TBR I already know that I won't be reading any new authors this year, so here's a short list of my new favorites.
1. In the beginning of 2017 I jumped on the biggest band-wagon ever and finally read one of Leigh Bardugo's books. My first ever book by her was Six of Crows and you might imagine how that went. It was love at first sight (or first read, if you will). Since then I read more of her books including The Grisha trilogy (one of my favorites) and Wonder Woman (not one of my favorites). I realized that I preferred her fantasy setting books over her contemporary book, but that didn't make me like her work any less. Leigh has a rightful spot on my favorite authors shelf. Click on the button above to be taken to her website.
Brandon Sanderson made the biggest impact on my reading career this year. Every book of his is truly a masterpiece, and the world he has built with his characters is simply astonishing. My first book by him was The Mistborn, and while in the beginning it took me a while to get into it, once I did - I was sucked in with no way of ever returning. If you've never read anything by Branderson and the sheer volume of his books scares you - try one of his novellas, The Emperor's Soul in particular. It's a 130-something pages masterpiece and it will definitely do you some good. It is one of my goals to one day read all of his books, but I admit that it is quite a hefty goal. Press on the button above to be taken to his website.
While I've only read one book by Hannah Kent, The Burial Rites, but it has made such an impact on me that she immediately became one of my favorite authors. Burial Rites is heartbreaking and bleak and I recommend it a 100 percent. The book deals with many important issues and the writing takes the reader on a very personal and painful journey. She also recently released another book called The Good People and I cannot wait to read it. Click on the button above to be taken to her website.
Honeyman's debut novel Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine took the reading world by storm - and it had every right to do so. It was simply brilliant. I fell in love with Eleanor, the prickly pear or all prickly pears. This book has so many emotions and so many funny moments - it's a true gem. I still cannot believe it was a debut - it was just SO good! I already want to re-read it. Press on the button above to be taken to Honeyman's Twitter.
I discovered Marissa Meyer by reading Heartless, and while that story didn't blow me away, as I found it to be too un-original for my liking, I still really enjoyed her writing style. So I gave a chance to her The Lunar Chronicles books and I was very pleased. I really liked Cinder, enjoyed Winter, absolutely adored Cress and had some problems with Winter - but in general I thought that those were some pretty good series with great characters. I will be reading Renegades shortly, and hopefully that one will be a great one. Meyer is a hit or miss for me, but despite of that I enjoy her writing style and her way of story telling very, very much.
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