Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 new to me authors in 2017

I have been eyeing this meme by the wonderful Bionic Book Worm for a while now and this week’s topic was too great to ignore. If you’d like to join or see what others have posted head on over to her blog.

I am, as I have said before, a very moody reader and do not often tend to read many books by the same author in a short amount of time. That said, there were a few authors I discovered this year that just blew me away.

Jeff VanderMeer

33919I first read his newest release, Borne, and was blown away by his imagination. I adore the way his particular brand of weirdness, his commentary on climate change and pollution, and the way he structures his sentences. I am currently still reading his most famous trilogy, The Southern Reach, and while the second book was beyond slow, I cannot ignore his brilliance. (Also I am very excited and scared to see the movie when it comes out next year)

N. K. Jemisin

N.K. JemisonI adore her. I read two of her trilogies this year and have now only one duology left. I am trying very hard to convince myself to take it slow and not devour this immediately because afterwards I will have to wait. She is without a doubt one of the best fantasy authors there are (and you do not have to take my word for it: the first two books in The Broken Earth have won Hugo Awards) and I just find everything she writes so important. I wish she had won the Goodreads Choice Awards.

Lidia Yuknavitch

435891Again, what a brilliance. Her memoir The Chronology of Water is by far my favourite book of the year. I still cannot put into words how brilliant I think she is. I have two of her books already at home and cannot wait to dive in. If you have not read her, you really really should.



Katherine Arden

13922215I technically read The Bear and The Nightingale last year but as it has only come out at the beginning of this year, I have to include her. I adore that book and I thought her second novel was still great enough to be really excited to see where she will go next. I love the way her language flows.


Robert Jackson Bennett

2916869He, together with N. K. Jemisin, reignited my love for fantasy. I was growing a bit weary of the genre that often felt derivative. His The Divine Cities Trilogy was among my favourite things of the year. I am very excited to read all the other books he has written.



I am only including authors I have read more than one book of. I have also loved and adored reading books by Mira T. Lee, Chloe Benjamin, Megan Stielstra, Elizabeth Strout, Carmen Maria Machado, Amber Sparks, Mike McCormack, Ben Loory, Samantha Irby, and more. (Is this cheating? It feels like cheating.)

What are some of your favourite newly discovered authors?

11 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 new to me authors in 2017

  1. Fantastic list! I’m just past the halfway point in The Bear and the Nightingale and would agree that she should make this list. It’s so atmospheric! And N.K Jemisin is one I haven’t read yet but can I just say – she looks like such a fierce bad ass!
    Thanks so much for joining us! I’ve added you to the participants list 🙂


  2. Oh my goodness, you’ve read so many Jemisin books this year!!! I’m taking the slow road with her – I read The Fifth Season in 2016 and The Obelisk Gate recently, so I guess I’m doing one a year. But she’s utterly brilliant and I’ve had the Dreamblood Duology highly recommended to me so I can’t wait to get around to that after I read The Stone Sky.

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      1. Broken Earth – hands down. I find it rare that the final part in a trilogy is THIS brilliant. Inheritance was also great but the last book was better as a conclusion of a series than as a book in its own right. But, the mythology aspect of that series (along with the creation of gods and demi-gods that actually feel inhuman for a change) is still super brilliant.

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