Top Ten New-To-Me Authors In 2017

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors In 2017
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Here are the gems of authors that I have been introduced to this past year.  Lucky me!


Nic Stone

Nic Stone

Author of:

Dear Martin (Full review of Dear Martin)
Welcome Home
Hope Nation: YA Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration

New book coming out:

Fit for a Queen

Dear Martin was her first book and she smashed it.  


Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas

Author of:

The Hate U Give
Hope Nation: YA Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration

New book coming out:

On the Come Up

If you haven't read The Hate U Give please drop whatever it is that you are doing and read it.  Not only is it an important story and a perfectly zeitgiest but it is also a great read with wonderful characters that stay with you and full of so much heart and humor. Pay attention to her.


I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

Maureen Goo

Author of:

I Believe in a Thing Called Love
Since You Asked

New book coming out:

The Way You Make Me Feel

I love the way that she has of writing funny feel good stuff.


Eric Smith

Eric Smith

Author of: 

The Geek's Guide to Dating
Inked (Inked #1) 
Textual Healing
Welcome Home
Branded (Inked #2)  

New book coming out:

The Girl and the Grove

Welcome Home was one of the most ehartwarming anthologies that I have ever read.  I follow him on twitter and all signs point to him being the nicest guy on the planet.  His dog a kid are pretty damn cute too.


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Erin Morganstern

Author of: 

The Night Circus
Flax-Golden Tales

New book coming out: ?

The Night Circus was one of the most unique books that I have ever.  Erin Morganstern's writing is a thing of beauty. I hope she writes more.


Jay Kristoff

Anna-Marie McLemore

Anna-Marie McLemore

Author of: 

When the Moon Was Ours
The Weight of Feathers
Wild Beauty
Magical Mayhem
Our Stories, Our Voices: 21 YA Authors Get Real About Injustice, Empowerment, and Growing Up Female in America
 

New book coming out:

Blanca & Roja
All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages
The Radical Element (A Tyranny of Petticoats, #2) 
Toil & Trouble: 16 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

Magical realism can be very hit or miss for me. Either I love it or I hate it so much that I spend weeks being mad.  There is no middle group.  Anna-Marie McLemore is firmly in the love category. I am still working on her backlog and look at what her 2018 is going to be like.  She is going to be the reigning queen of this genre for me for a long time to come.


Tiffany D. Jackson

Tiffany D. Jackson

Author of: 

Allegedly

New book coming out:

Monday's Not Coming
Let Me Hear a Rhyme

I am putting her on this list but I want it known that I am still mad at her for what she did to my feels with Allegedly. I may never trust again.


Kelly Barnhill

Kelly Barnhill

Author of: 

The Girl Who Drank the Moon
The Witch's Boy
Iron Hearted Violet
The Mostly True Story of Jack
Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch
The Unlicensed Magician
Probably Still the Chosen One
Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories
 

New book coming out: ?

Any woman who comes up with a tiny dragon who thinks that he is perfectly enormous os alright by me.  The best part is that I have a huge backlog to get through.  This is good because she doesn't seem to have anything coming out in 2018.


Katheryn Ormsbee

Katheryn Ormsbee

Author of: 

Tash Hearts Tolstoy
Lucky Few

New book coming out:

The Great Unknowable End

Katheryn Ormsbee was a surprise.  


Are any of these authors new to you?

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Top Ten 2018 Releases I am Dying to Get My Hands On

Top Ten 2018 Releases I am Dying to Get My Hands On
  Top Ten Tuesday  is a meme hosted by the Awesome people over at  The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the Awesome people over at The Broke and the Bookish.

I feel like we just did the "Top Ten Books I MUST Read this Winter" tag but looking at the date it is longer ago than I thought.  Is time going faster?

Anyway, I I tried not to overlap so most of the books on this list are from March 2018 onwards.


The Girl and the Grove by Eric Smith

The Girl and the Grove
by Eric Smith

Goodreads | Amazon 
Series: no
Published: May 8th 2018
Recommended by: I follow the author on twitter and love him and he mentioned that this is the "book of his heart"

I actually have this one already thanks to netgalley but I haven't read it yet.  We are flying out on Saturday though so I should have some plane time to get to it. 

From Goodreads:

Teenager Leila’s life is full of challenges. From bouncing around the foster care system to living with seasonal affective disorder, she’s never had an easy road. Leila keeps herself busy with her passion for environmental advocacy, monitoring the Urban Ecovists message board and joining a local environmental club with her best friend Sarika. And now that Leila has finally been adopted, she dares to hope her life will improve.

But the voices in Leila’s head are growing louder by the day. Ignoring them isn’t working anymore. Something calls out to her from the grove at Fairmount Park.


Dread Nation by Justina Ireland 

Dread Nation
by Justina Ireland 

Goodreads | Amazon
Series: I don't think so
Published: April 3rd 2018
Recommended by: twitter

It is a goddamn alternate history about what would have happened if the confederacy won. Normally that would be a no go because the likely hood of the book advancing white supremacy.  But this book written by a very sharp black woman so 

From Goodreads:

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.

But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems. 


A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir 

A Reaper at the Gates
by Sabaa Tahir 

Goodreads | Amazon
Series: (An Ember in the Ashes #3)
Published: May 22nd 2018. Why so far away!!!!
Recommended by: Me because of the first two books

*Hyperventilating I HAVE TO KNOW HOW THIS SERIES ENDS!!! 

From Goodreads:

Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger. 

The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister’s life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance.

Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight. 

And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias’s devotion—even at the cost of his humanity.


Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

Love, Hate & Other Filters
by Samira Ahmed

Goodreads | Amazon
Series: no
Published: January 16th 2018
Recommended by: Eric Smith on Twitter

Yes, I have tried to preorder this book a dozen or so times.  Thank goodness someone keeps track of this or I would be getting a hundred copies of the book sent to my kindle on January 16.  I am dying to read this.

From Goodreads:

A searing #OwnVoices coming-of-age debut in which an Indian-American Muslim teen confronts Islamophobia and a reality she can neither explain nor escape--perfect for fans of Angie Thomas, Jacqueline Woodson, and Adam Silvera.

Maya Aziz is torn between futures: the one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter (i.e.; staying nearby in Chicago and being matched with a "suitable" Muslim boy), and the one where she goes to film school in New York City--and maybe, just maybe, kisses a guy she's only known from afar. There's the also the fun stuff, like laughing with her best friend Violet, making on-the-spot documentaries, sneaking away for private swimming lessons at a secret pond in the woods. But her world is shattered when a suicide bomber strikes in the American heartland; by chance, he shares Maya's last name. What happens to the one Muslim family in town when their community is suddenly consumed with hatred and fear? 


 There is something about this cover that just touches me.  Gorgeous.

There is something about this cover that just touches me.  Gorgeous.

Tyler Johnson Was Here
by Jay Coles 

Goodreads | Amazon
Series:
Published:
Recommended by: I follow the author on twitter and love him and he mentioned that this is the "book of his heart"

I am not ready for this and I am going to be SOBBING through the whole book and them I suspect thrusting it into the hands of every unsuspecting person I meet. *pencils in book breakdown

From Goodreads:

When Marvin Johnson's twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid.

The next day, Tyler has gone missing, and it's up to Marvin to find him. But when Tyler is found dead, a video leaked online tells an even more chilling story: Tyler has been shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels and mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean.


Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone
by Tomi Adeyemi

 

Goodreads | Amazon | Audible
Series: (Legacy of Orïsha #1)
Published: March 6th 2018
Recommended by: twitter

OH, MY GOD.  I need this book like NOW. Look at that cover.  LOOK AT IT.  Now read the blurb. This look spectacular on a level that I am not even sure I am prepared for. My expectations are set unrealistically

From Goodreads:

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. 

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. 

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.


A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

A Thousand Perfect Notes
by C.G. Drews

Goodreads | Amazon
Series: no
Published: June 7th 2018
Recommended by: Me

It is Cait from Paperfury's book!  'Nuf said.

From Goodreads:

An emotionally charged story of music, abuse and, ultimately, hope.

Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music - because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence.

When Beck meets August, a girl full of life, energy and laughter, love begins to awaken within him and he glimpses a way to escape his painful existence. But dare he reach for it?


The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk 

The Beauty That Remains
by Ashley Woodfolk 

 

Goodreads | Amazon
Series: no
Published:
Recommended by: Probably twitter

One of the multiple books on music on my TBR.  This isn't usually a theme that speaks to be but I have high hopes for this one. It is also blurbed by Becky Albertalli.  

From Goodereads:

Music brought Autumn, Shay, and Logan together. Death wants to tear them apart.

Autumn always knew exactly who she was—a talented artist and a loyal friend. Shay was defined by two things: her bond with her twin sister, Sasha, and her love of music. And Logan always turned to writing love songs when his love life was a little less than perfect.

But when tragedy strikes each of them, somehow music is no longer enough. Now Logan can’t stop watching vlogs of his dead ex-boyfriend. Shay is a music blogger struggling to keep it together. And Autumn sends messages that she knows can never be answered.

Each of them wonders: How different would my life be if this hadn’t happened? And now that it has . . . what’s next?


 I don't like this cover. 

I don't like this cover. 

Leah on the Offbeat
by Becky Albertalli 

Goodreads | Amazon
Series: yes
Published:
Recommended by: me, again

Speaking of Becky Albertalli. She is an autobuy for me. Leah was by far my least favorite character in Somon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda but I am hoping that she comes into her own here.  Also, third book in a row with a heavy music theme?  Weird.

From Goodreads:

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

 


The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan 

The Astonishing Color of After
by Emily X.R. Pan 

Goodreads | Amazon
Series: no
Published: March 20th 2018
Recommended by: Goodreads

There can never be enough book about China/Taiwan for me.  This one looks so beautifully heartbreaking.

From Goodreads:

Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird.

Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime secret crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life.

Alternating between real and magic, past and present, friendship and romance, hope and despair, The Astonishing Color of After is a novel about finding oneself through family history, art, grief, and love.


Are we looking forward to the same books?  Are there some upcoming books that I should put on me list?

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Santa Baby... I Want Books

Santa Baby...  I Want Books
  Top Ten Tuesday  is a meme hosted by the Awesome people over at  The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the Awesome people over at The Broke and the Bookish.


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling and  Jim Kay

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
by J.K. Rowling and  Jim Kay 

Goodreads | Amazon | Audible
Series: (Harry Potter #3)
Published: October 3rd 2017

“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”

The Annotated Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina 

The Annotated Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina 

Goodreads | Amazon | Audible
Series: (The Annotated Books)
Published: October 15th 2007

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”

EveryDayCook by Alton Brown

EveryDayCook
by Alton Brown

Goodreads | Amazon
Series: no
Published: September 27th 2016

"But I do hope you’ll actually consider pasta for breakfast because that should be a thing."

Illuminae  by Amie Kaufman 

Illuminae
by Amie Kaufman 

Goodreads | Amazon | Audible
Series: (The Illuminae Files #1)
Published: October 20th 2015

“I am frequently underestimated. I think it's because I'm short.”

S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst

S.
by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst

Goodreads | Amazon
Series:
Published: October 29th 2013

“It's what happens. You love, then you lose, then you die. Even if you survive, you die.”

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women by Elena Favilli (Goodreads Author), Francesca Cavallo (

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women
by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo 

Goodreads | Amazon 
Series: no
Published: December 1st 2016

"Alek wants every girl on the planet to know, 'You are beautiful. It's okay to be quirky, it's fine to be shy. You don't have to go with the crowd."

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin 

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone
by Adele Griffin 

Goodreads | Amazon | Audible
Series: no
Published: August 12th 2014

“I love that I never know who I'm going to meet next in New York. Sometimes I imagine all these millions of kids who have come here like jeweled doorknobs marked “turn me.” It's an Alice-in-Wonderland kind of city.”

Women Who Love Books Too Much: Bibliophiles, Bluestockings & Prolific Pens from the Algonquin Hotel to the YA-YA Sisterhood by Brenda Knight and Vicki León

Women Who Love Books Too Much: Bibliophiles, Bluestockings & Prolific Pens from the Algonquin Hotel to the YA-YA Sisterhood
by Brenda Knight and Vicki León

 

Goodreads | Amazon
Series: so
Published: August 1st 2000

"When the pace of life seems only to increase, the opportunity to take quiet time to savor a book and then to meet with friends to talk about it is a welcome retreat for many."

Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature's Most Memorable Meals by Dinah Fried

Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature's Most Memorable Meals
by Dinah Fried

 

Goodreads | Amazon
Series: no
Published: April 15th 2014


"Many of my most vivid memories from books are of the meals the characters eat. I read Heidi more than twenty years ago, but I can still taste the golden, cheesy toast that her grandfather serves her, and I can still feel the anticipation and comfort she experiences as she watches him prepare it over the open fire."

 


First Crossing: Stories About Teen Immigrants by Donald R. Gallo

First Crossing: Stories About Teen Immigrants
by Donald R. Gallo

Goodreads | Amazon
Series: no
Published:  September 9th 2004

"What I have can never -- and should never be -- copyrighted. What has been passed on to me is harder than any hardware, softer than any software. A series of words, a sequence of movements -- a story, a dance, these things Grandma passed on to me, these things that are almost sacred in their simplicity. And they are mine, yet they belong to me only as much as the flame of a candle belongs to its wick. When the candle is melted away, the flame is passed on -- that's all."

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