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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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