New Favorite Authors in 2016

2016 isn’t over but everyone seems to be ready to do year-end wrap-ups and so on. I don’t want to rush December. One, because I’ve been enjoying this year and am so not ready for it to be over and two because I still have a lot of goals I am chasing this month so I need these next 24 days to go as slowly as possible.

But, in the spirit of reflection, today I am participating in a little look back at some authors I read for the first time in 2016 who’ve become favorites. My top ten (or whatever) are:

  1. JoJo Moyes I read Me Before You early in the year and fell in love with this writer’s mind. I then went on to read maybe 7 of her books, from different parts of her writing career. Thankfully, she’s published a lot so I still have more to read.
  2. Nicola Yoon This Jamaican-American writer reminds me so much of myself, her writing is fun and tragic and tells a great story. I just read her second book (The Sun Is Also A Star) last week and enjoyed it every bit as I did her first (Everything Everything). I can’t wait for what she writes next. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
  3. Colleen Hoover This YA novelist spins a great tale. My first introduction to her writing was November 9th and I gave it a glowing review. I didn’t love the next one as much but it was a different kind of read and I understood why. But she’s on my list and I have a couple of her other books on my TBR shelf right now.
  4. Helen Oyeyemi So far I’ve only read one of her books (Boy Snow Bird) but again, it reminded me of a book I would have written. Her style grabbed me and I am so impressed by her writing accomplishments, I want to read everything she’s published. Boy, Snow, Bird, literary fiction by Helen Oyeyemi
  5. Ta nehisi Coates This Non Fiction writer has been nominated for several, well deserved awards. His Between The World and Me struck a chord in my heart that hasn’t left me even several months later. I want to read more of his work. Ta-nehisi Coates Between The World and Me
  6. Gillian Flynn 2016 was the year where I read Gone Girl and couldn’t imagine that a writer could produce so twisted. I read two of her other books and still thought the same thing. You’re a really clever writer, Ms. Flynn, but man, I’d be scared to meet you in real life.
  7. Kurt Vonnegut I read my first Vonnegut novel this year and really enjoyed the writing style. It was very different from anything I’ve read before and I know I’ll be reading more from him
  8. Graeme Simsion This Australian writer published The Rosie Project which I thought was so refreshingly funny. The sequel fell a little short but I’m still waiting for more from this author.
  9. Jonathan Tropper I don’t want to include this writer on my list of favorites, because his books often contain explicit language but his plots are so unique, I can’t help myself.
  10. Myself – Karen Wright In 2016, I published my first book and I am enjoying being an author, loving sharing my writing with old friends and making new friends who connect with what I write so I have to include myself on this list. It's Complicated

Which authors became your new favorites this year?

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. pennma05 says:

    A lot of great choices on your list and some I still need to read! I adored Everything, Everything and am going to read The Sun Is Also A Star at some point this month. I’m really excited about that.

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Yeah I hope you enjoy it

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  2. Kathryn says:

    I’ve enjoyed a couple of Jojo Moyes books but still want to read more of her. I read Colleen Hoover for the first time, didn’t put her in my list though for 2016 as had so many others. But would read her again. I enjoyed Graeme Simsion too with his Rosie books in the last couple of years. Congrats on publishing your book, big achievement.


  3. Glad to see you have enjoyed many new-to-you authors. Sadly I haven’t read any of them, but did watch the film adaptation of Gone Girl.

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    1. Run Wright says:

      I watched the Gone Girl movie first but there are some things that are different (read better) in the book 😀

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  4. I read Everything, Everything last year and loved it so much! I plan on reading This Sun Is Also A Star very soon!

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    1. Run Wright says:

      I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  5. I discovered Nicola Yoon and Jojo Moyes this year as well, and I loved both of them 🙂 Oh, and congratulations on publishing your first book this year, that’s an amazing achievement!

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  6. Kate W says:

    Graeme Simsion has new book out (The Best of Adam Sharp), although it may only be released in Australia at this stage – keep an eye out for it. I loved Rosie Project but thought the follow-up was pretty bad. Hoping that this latest is a return to form.

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Ooh that’s great news. I’ll check it out. I’m sure it’ll make it to the US at some point

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  7. KliScruggs says:

    Ooooo YES! I love The Sun is Also A Star. I’ve heard sketchy things about Colleen Hoover, but I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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