Hi everyone! As promised, I am sticking by my Top Ten Tuesday posts, so here is my new post with this week’s theme. This weekly meme was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and you can find their post about it here. I still think this is a great idea to keep bloggers posting when life gets crazy (i.e. me right now). I’m currently writing this when I should be editing an essay, but alas this is my study break. So let’s dive in!
I have to say that 2016 was a good year for me book-wise, even if I didn’t reach my reading goal. I discovered so many new series and authors that I now love, and I’m excited to share them with you! These will be in no particular order, so buckle in, we’re going on a trip.
1. Diana Gabaldon
Author of Outlander series
I cannot and will not lie, my mom has gotten me on the Outlander train. She was so ecstatic to hear I was reading it, as it’s her favourite series ever, and has been waiting for me to read it. I have to say I wish I had read it earlier, although due to some of the topics discussed in the novel, it’s probably better that I waited. Anywho, I loved Gabaldon’s writing, and I’ve just started Dragonfly In Amber and I am so excited to read the rest of the series.
2. Marissa Meyer
Author of the Lunar Chronicles and Heartless
I think Marissa Meyer is the author I’m happiest about reading this year, but also the one I’m kicking myself for, because I am still mad I put off reading Cinder for so long; like why did I do this to myself? Her writing is amazing and develops so much even over just three books, and I am so excited to read the rest of the series. I can definitely say that this book series is now in my top ten favourites.
3. Renee Ahdieh
Author of The Wrath & The Dawn duology
I love love love Renee Ahdieh and the world she has crafted. I owned The Wrath & the Dawn last year, but I never got around to reading it because first year was so busy, and I’m so happy I read it this past summer. I even got my mom on the train as she’s already finished the duology while I’m still getting around to it! I love this duology because a) diverse characters by a diverse author and b) Middle Eastern culture in a positive light!!! I loved being able to learn about some of the specifics of Middle Eastern culture, and I know that because I am white I can’t say what is correct and what’s not, but it was amazing to read about diverse characters. Ahdieh is definitely in my top ten favourite authors, with her gorgeous writing as well. 10/10.
4. Jandy Nelson
Author of I’ll Give You the Sun and The Sky Is Everywhere
Okay, I know that opinions on Nelson’s books are usually either love love love or no it didn’t work for me, so I know some people won’t agree with me here, but hey it’s my blog right? I personally loved Nelson’s writing in I’ll Give You the Sun. I thought it was super refreshing and cool to read a book with crazy descriptions and a lot of hyperboles. It worked for me, because I always understood Nelson’s intent with the out of this world descriptions. Plus I love the positive LGBTQA+ rep in the book; I was impressed with what Nelson did with it.
5. Evelyn Skye
Author of The Crown’s Game
I’m not going to lie, I almost put Sarah J. Maas on this list instead, but I’m lowkey still mad about what happened at the end of Crown of Midnight, and she’s been around for a while so I’m going with a newer author instead. Evelyn Skye’s debut novel The Crown’s Game was published this year, and I actually read it for a book club, and I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. The plot was very interesting and I really liked the characters. It was also cool to see a book based on Russian culture, as there aren’t very many out there. I’m excited for the sequel in this series to come out next year, so I can see how the story continues! I really recommend this book if you love magic as well, it was well done overall.