top 5 tuesday: New to Me Authors in 2017

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fantastic Bionic Bookworm.  This week’s topic:

DECEMBER 12TH – Top 5 (OR 10!) new to me authors in 2017

I wasn’t initially going to do this topic since it slipped my mind this week, but I was #blessed with a snow day today and have nothing better to do, so why not!

I could easily do 10, but I think I like the challenge of narrowing it down to 5.

123715Agatha Christie.  It’s hard to believe I only read And Then There Were None earlier this year – I feel like I’ve been reading Christie for so much longer.  Since then I’ve read five more Christie novels – Murder on the Orient Express, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Three Act Tragedy, Sparkling Cyanide, and Crooked House – and none of them has received less than a 4 star rating from me.  I’m not even a little bit tired of her books, and I can’t wait to read even more in 2018.

7195John Boyne.  I know, I won’t shut up about John Boyne, but I just think he’s brilliant.  I’ve only read two of his books so far – The Heart’s Invisible Furies and The Absolutist, and no, I’ve never read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – but both of them ripped my heart out, which, if you know me, is something I particularly enjoy.  He also published this fantastic Guardian article today about why women are better writers than men which is worth checking out, particularly if you hate Jonathan Franzen.

Also this was the single most iconic moment of 2017:


recp_vsv_400x400Lisa McInerney.  Another Irish writer I discovered this year, when I read her genius debut The Glorious Heresies.  This book knocked the wind out of me in the best possible way.  McInerney provides a really brilliant exploration of crime and poverty in contemporary Ireland – her novel is is moving and profane and challenging and utterly fearless.  I’ve never read anything like it.  And her character Ryan Cusack still haunts me.  I can’t wait to hopefully read the sequel, The Blood Miracles, next year.

38185Mary Renault.  I’ve only read one Renault novel so far, Fire From Heaven, and it took me the better part of three months, so that probably doesn’t sound like the biggest endorsement ever.  But it’s one of those books that’s completely worth the effort that you need to put into it.  Renault’s research into the life of Alexander the Great is absolutely impeccable, and I have so much admiration for her as a writer and historian.  I didn’t want to rush straight into The Persian Boy, the next book in her Alexander trilogy, but I really look forward to getting around to it in 2018.

3p216vdmMin Jin Lee.  I haven’t stopped talking about Pachinko since I read it very early this year, but that’s only because that book ripped my heart out and positively haunted me.  I still find myself thinking about that novel and its characters – and since I’ve read about 90 books since then, that’s a pretty big accomplishment.  I haven’t gone back and read Lee’s debut yet, but I intend to, and I will definitely pick up anything she publishes in the future.

Honorable mentions to: Donal Ryan, Leigh Bardugo, M.L. Rio, Caite Dolan-Leach, Mira T. Lee, Josh Malerman, Maggie Stiefvater, Edward St. Aubyn, Kanae Minato, David Mitchell, Mohsin Hamid, David Vann, and Brian Friel.  And probably others.

Who’s your favorite author that you discovered in 2017?  Comment and let me know!

19 thoughts on “top 5 tuesday: New to Me Authors in 2017

  1. Great list! I will have to reread some Agatha Christie soon; I think I read most if not all her Miss Marple books but only in German. I haven’t yet decided which edition I want to buy though, so I have been putting off actually getting them.

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    • I actually haven’t read any Marple yet! But the next one I’m going to read is Murder at the Vicarage so I’m very excited about that.
      And that struggle is very real. I’m so partial to the William Morrow covers so I’ve been collecting those (and will probably go bankrupt in the process – how on earth did she write so much??)

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  2. I have seriously gotta get on the Agatha Christie train soon!!! My library has a bunch of her stuff as e-books so I’m trying to decide what to go for. I remember years ago I read one of her books but was pretty unimpressed – so much so that I don’t even remember what the damn book was or what it was even about. I’m thinking maybe of starting with The Mysterious Affair at Styles since it’s #1 in the Poirot series though it doesn’t seem to be important to read these in order…

    Renault is the author of that book you want to read, SPQR, right? I just saw my co-worker reading it today (which makes sense since he’s head of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World).

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    • YEAH YOU’VE GOTTA!!! If you like her I can lend you some of my copies too next time I see you. And yeah the order definitely does not matter, but I’ve heard good things about that one!

      Nope, that’s Mary Beard! Beard is contemporary, Renault is deceased. But you are right I do really want to read SPQR. Beard also has another book out called Women & Power: A Manifesto that I am very intrigued by.


  3. Ooh great choices! I’m so excited about finally reading some Mary Renault in 2017! I picked up three of her books second hand because they were in really good condition and those pretty gold covers/spines so I must get to them!

    I had actually read a Christie short story for my detective fiction course in university, although I can’t remember which story it was, but otherwise Agatha Christie is up there. I must read more of her books.

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    • Omg GOOD CHOICE tbh my editions of the Alexander trilogy are so ugly lol!!! But those gold editions are so gorgeous, I really need to collect them at some point.

      And YES YOU MUST I’ve also been trying to convince Steph and Hadeer to get on the Christie train in 2k18!!


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