In terms of discovering new authors, this was an amazing year. I read so many authors for the first time this year, and I loved almost as many of them. These are my favorite new to me authors of 2017 (and the books I read by them)
Carrie Fisher (The Princess Diarist): I loved The Princess Diarist so much, and immediately added most – if not all – of Fisher’s other books to my TBR. Her writing is amazing and hilarious, and I just really enjoyed it. I haven’t gotten to her other books yet, but I’m planning on it.
Celeste Ng (Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere): I adored Everything I Never Told You, and had to get (and read) Little Fires Everywhere the second it came out. She is such a brilliant writer, and I love how subtle her stories are. I will definitely be reading whatever she comes out with next.
Fredrik Backman (A Man Called Ove and Beartown): To be fair, I didn’t love Beartown, but I think that was more personal than anything against Backman’s writing, and A Man Called Ove was one of my favorite books this year (spoiler for my favorites post!). I own two of his other novels, and I am planning on reading them very soon.
Mohsin Hamid (Exit West): I am still obsessed with Mohsin Hamid’s writing. It’s so subtle and clever, and I just love it. I know he has a few other novels out, and I am looking forward to reading another one soon. (I think I’m going with The Reluctant Fundamentalist, but if you have another suggestion, let me know!)
M. L. Rio (If We Were Villains): Rio’s debut novel is one of the best I’ve read in a long time. She is a brilliant writer, and her love for books and Shakespeare were evident in her writing. I am so looking forward to her next book.
Virginia Woolf (A Room of One’s Own and Three Guineas): I can’t believe it took me this long to read Virginia Woolf, but I did, and I loved it. I am planning on reading To the Lighthouse in 2018, because I’ve heard so many good things about it and I really want to explore Woolf’s fiction.
Mindy McGinnis (The Female of the Species and A Madness So Discreet): I was kind of surprised by how much I enjoyed McGinnis’s books this year. She was an author I was on the fence about in the past, but I really loved both books I read by her, which is kind of amazing since they are very different. Will definitely be reading more of her books soon.
Sarah Schmidt (See What I Have Done): I rarely love fictionalizations of historical events I’m already familiar with. Especially if they are mysteries. But Sarah Schmidt pulled it off with See What I Have Done. I had so much fun reading this, and I can’t wait for her next novel.
Mackenzi Lee (The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue): If you TGGTVAV, I don’t know how you can say Mackenzi Lee isn’t one of your favorite authors. This book was incredible, and I immediately bought a copy of her other published novel, which I am planning on reading very soon.
Seanan McGuire (Every Heart a Doorway and Down Among the Sticks and Bones): Seanan McGuire’s books are just as amazing as everyone says they are. I love her books, and am so excited to read the rest of this series.
Roxane Gay (Hunger): I can’t believe I hadn’t read any of Roxane Gay’s books before this year, but I am so glad I started with Hunger because it was amazing. I really liked her writing and how open she is, and I am planning on reading more of her books soon.
Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give): When I started reading THUG, I didn’t think I was going to like the writing. It was much different than what I usually read, but it fit the story perfectly, and it made her novel so much better overall. I’m excited to see what she does next!
Hillary Rodham Clinton (What Happened): Another book/author I didn’t think I was going to love. I’m kind of hesitant about books written by celebrities or politicians, just because they often feel a bit unpolished. And Clinton wrote and published this almost 500-page book in less than a year. But it was great. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the writing in particular, and I’m so happy I finall read her work.
Khizr Khan (An American Family): While I was really interested in Khan’s memoir because I was curious about his story, what impressed me most was his writing. It was so well-written, and felt incredibly authentic. I loved it! I’m not sure if he’s planning on writing another book, but if he does, I will read it. I’m actually probably going to reread this one anyway.
Trevor Noah (Born a Crime): Another author I was skeptical about, even a few chapters into his book. But it really felt like Noah has a passion for writing, and took the time to tell his story the right way. I enjoyed the writing, and absolutely love his sense of humor.
Chloe Benjamin (The Immortalists): My expectations for Benjamin’s newest novel (out next month) were pretty low, but it blew me away. I think this is the closest I’ve come to The Night Circus, and that’s saying a lot. I immediately added her other published novel to my TBR, and I may even revisit this one in the next year. Her writing is just fantastic.
I’m sorry this list was so long – there were too many great authors on my list this year, and I had a hard time narrowing it down. But I truly loved all of the authors on this list. I think they’re extremely talented, and I’m looking forward to reading more of their work.
Who is the best author you’ve read for the first time this year? I’d love to hear about authors you discovered in 2017 (new or previously published).