Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I magically discovered in this unmagical year of 2016

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When the Moon Was Ours - Anne Marie McLemore 

I've been meaning to read her since Weight of Feathers came out, and instead began with her glorious, lush coming-of-age tale about a girl with a rose garden wrist and a trans boy who paints the moon. I will get to Weight of Feathers eventually!  

And I Darken - Kiersten White 

I'll be getting to all of White's beautifully-covered books later, because And I Darken was viciously beautiful, a rich, multifaceted, dense epic of an unlovely girl and a gay boy growing up as hostages in the Ottoman Empire.  Oh, and the girl is the female version of Vlad Dracul.  
1Q84 - Haruki Murakami 

I finally read the great Murakami, and I started light (har har).  His spin on Orwell was vast and nigh unconquerable, but I devoured it during my internship interviews and loved its intricate detail, stark weirdness, and Japanese everything. 

The Memory Book - Lara Avery 

Lara Avery isn't actually new, I just hadn't encountered her until she shredded my heart out with her quirky tragicomedy about an obsessive, awkward girl whose determined to meet her diagnosis of a progressive dementing disorder with a bucket list of essential life goals.  

Passenger - Alexandra Bracken 

I didn't love Passenger.  It was okay.  The portal-driven time travel adventure was great in concept, but I didn't connect with it as much as its 2016 time travel counterpart, The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig. However, I do plan to go back and read The Darkest Minds, because Alex is super sweet and I've heard good things. 

Outrun the Moon - Stacey Lee 

Lee totally enraptured me with her spirited historical drama of a young Chinese girl trying to make her way in a white girls school on the eve of the San Francisco earthquake.  She's since bowled me over with The Secret of a Heart Note, and I'll be swinging back to catch Under a Painted Sky in the coming months while I wait for her next offering. 
Geek Girl - Holly Smale 

I finally read this and it's freaking adorable and hysterical, like a British version of The Princess Diaries (which was one of my favorite series as a teen).  Gawky girl becomes newest model sensation on accident.  Hilarity totally ensues. 
The Lie Tree - Frances Hardinge 

Despite having A Face Like Glass on my shelf for ages, I read this first. And I'll be backtracking for sure, because The Lie Tree, a historical fantasy murder mystery about a tree that feeds off of lies, was phenomenally clever and beautifully written. 

Your turn!  What books did you read this year by new-to-you authors? 


  1. Stacey Lee and Lara Avery are two amazing authors so I am so glad to see them on your list as well. :) Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous choices! <3

    1. I love them! I already have other books by them on my shelf to continue the obsession. Thanks for commenting! As always, your comments make my day! <3