It’s another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
At first consideration, I didn’t think I had read 10 NEW authors this year because I tend to gravitate to favorite authors I know I will enjoy. Upon looking through Goodreads, however, I found I had read more than 10 new authors in 2016. I’ve listed below my favorites, in alphabetical order (because who could ever rank them!!??), and my corresponding book(s) review(s).
Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read for the First Time in 2016
1. Pepper D. Basham
Let me just tell you now: you need to read Pepper’s books. As of last week, I have read all 4 of her published works and cannot wait for more. She conquers both historical and contemporary romance with the same determination to communicate messages of God’s grace and Christ’s love with her characters.
The Thorn Bearer
The Thorn Keeper
A Twist of Faith
2. Rachelle Rea Cobb
While I might have been a little late in discovering fellow blogger Rachelle Rea Cobb’s historical series, I hope I made up for it by devouring her series this year. I was also privileged to participate on her special launch team for book 3. This is a series not to miss if you’re a fan of history, gripping drama, fantastic romance, or stories of redemption.
The Sound of Diamonds
The Sound of Silver
The Sound of Emeralds
3. Melanie Dickerson
After hearing about Melanie’s skill at transforming fairytales into clever retelllings with an inspirational bent, I had to try one of her stories for myself. Everyone was right! I will be reading more of her books in the future.
The Beautiful Pretender
4. Ruth Logan Herne
Ruth seems like such a sweet person! I enjoyed one of her recent releases for the first time this year in conjunction with SLB Tours.
More Than a Promise
5. Liz Johnson
Liz’s contemporary romance series set on the idyllic Prince Edward Island was a treat! It’s not to be missed. I’m anxious for book 3!
The Red Door Inn
Where Two Hearts Meet
6. Jenny B. Jones
Another author I kept hearing about in the young adult genre, one I don’t visit very often. though that might be changing with such discoveries as Jenny (and the next on the list, Amy….)
I’ll Be Yours
7. Amy Matayo
Amy is such fun! I reviewed her latest release and have since added a few more of her novels to my collection to be read soon, hopefully.
The Thirteenth Chance
8. Dani Pettrey
I know, I know, I haven’t read anything from Dani until this year. I *need* to read her Alaskan Courage series because it is totally my type of series. I just know I need some dedicated time because I have a feeling I’ll want to binge-read it. Anyway, I really loved the start of her new action/mystery/romance series and look forward to book 2 early next year!
9. Kathleen Rouser
Kathleen contacted me concerning her new release from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, a small-time publisher, and I’m very glad she did! She is a delightful person, as evidenced in my interview post, and her novel is equally as delightful in depth of story and character.
Rumors and Promises (and interview)
10. James L. Rubart
The synopsis of James’s newest release, combined with the stunning cover and previous praise of his novels, made me eager to read this one. I knew it would be different than the norm, and I was happily correct. Fans of contemporary drama, stories of purpose, and even slight fantasy in a C.S. Lewis-like vein will enjoy James’s latest release.
The Long Journey to Jake Palmer
Well, have you read any of these books or authors before? Which is your favorite? What new authors have you discovered recently? I’d love to hear your comments and recommendations!